The final four for the NCAA playoffs is set. Hopefully for the final time. If they had put Georgia in the playoffs, I would have sworn off the playoffs entirely. I know the SEC is good, I get it, but can we please let the debate be settled on the field. Give Georgia a chance to beat Alabama but do it in a way that Oklahoma, UCF and others (yes I mean you Ohio State) still have a shot to win a title. Think about NIU. A big win in the MAC Championship game over Buffalo probably lands them in the Dollar General Bowl against Troy. Wow, I know you are all setting aside any plans to watch that. You don’t think it would be more rewarding and exciting for them to get a shot at undefeated UCF? Make this happen.
So here they are, after the regular season and conference championships, here is my “No BS in FBS” Bracket and seeding.
#1 – Alabama (13-0) – SEC Champ
#2 – Clemson (13-0) – ACC Champ
I think those two are pretty clear and easy.
#3 Oklahoma (12-1) – I take them over Notre Dame because they won a conference championship and avenged their only loss of the season.
#4 Notre Dame (12-0) – 1st at large selection
#5 UCF (12-0) – Conference champ and undefeated, not a power 5 but they didn’t give up 51 points to Maryland.
#6 Ohio State (12-1) – Big 10 Champ but a bad loss to Purdue and have looked far from dominant.
#7 Georgia (11-2) – 2nd at large. Takes this spot over other two loss teams, Michigan, Army, Cincinnati, Washington State and Utah State. There were no one loss teams that were not conference champs.
#8 Fresno State (11-2) – Mountain West Champs, upset Boise State in the MWC Championship game.
#9 Washington (10-3) – PAC 12 Champs, yes I have more respect for the Mountain West than the Pac 12.
#10 Appalachian State (10-2) – Sun Belt Champs. This is a sneaky good team in a conference that is pretty good at the top.
#11 UAB (10-3) – Conference USA Champs. If they actually got a shot at Ohio State, I would cancel any plans I had to make sure I watched this game.
#12 NIU (8-5) – Great comeback win over Buffalo in the MAC title game, but the five losses puts them at the 12 seed.
So the bracket would look like this: