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ESPN Crowns National Champion For 64-Team CFB Bracket

The 2019 Heisman Trophy finalists including Justin Fields with the trophy.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: (L-R) Finalists for the 85th annual Heisman Memorial Trophy, quarterback Joe Burrow of the LSU Tigers, quarterback Justin Fields of the Ohio State Buckeyes, quarterback Jalen Hurts of the Oklahoma Sooners and defensive end Chase Young of the Ohio State Buckeyes pose for a picture on December 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

With NCAA men's basketball tournament not happening, ESPN decided to have a little fun by creating a 64-team CFB bracket for the (hopefully) upcoming 2020 season. They then went through the bracket, simulating games and matchups, to crown a national champion.

So who came away as the national champion in the ESPN 64-team bracket? As it turns out, Ohio State overcame some very real results to win the national title. They knocked off SEC powerhouse Georgia to claim the crown.

To get there, the Buckeyes had to knock off a number of ACC and SEC titans. Ohio State overcame Duke and Louisville in the First and Second Rounds respectively. In the Sweet 16 they took down No. 4 Auburn, then beat No. 3 Florida in the Elite Eight.

Heading into the Final Four, the Buckeyes took on Clemson, avenging the 2019 Fiesta Bowl to beat the Tigers.

Then, in the National Championship Game, Ohio State faced Justin Fields' former Georgia team, winning the national title in a 35-31 victory.


"In the new age of quarterback free agency in college football, you just knew we were going to get one of these matchups. Both teams have transfer quarterbacks who've had monster seasons, but one of those quarterbacks has a little extra motivation. Fields takes a pounding early from his former Georgia teammates, but keeps getting back up off the turf to lead the Buckeyes on a winning drive they will be talking about at the Ohio State University for a long time to come."

That definitely sounds like an exciting path to victory for the Buckeyes.

Do you think Ohio State would be national champions in a 64-team CFB bracket?