Expounding on the idea of an inclusive playoff more in line with what we’d expect a real sport to do, how would the tournament itself actually play out? Well, let’s tease it out. Suppose we keep the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl as the national semifinals? For the regions, use the other “Big Six”. EAST: Orange Bowl, SOUTH: Peach Bowl, MIDWEST: Cotton Bowl, WEST: Fiesta Bowl. For the first round games, we use campus sites. We’ll use WhatifSports simulations using today’s weather forecasts for the sites.
(Tuscaloosa, AL) This game was over quickly as Alabama used a 21 point 2nd quarter to take a 28 point lead, too big a mountain for the run oriented Eagles to transcend. Alabama’s defense held the Sun Belt champs to a mere 223 yards. Meanwhile Blake Sims, as part of his 5 touchdown day, connected with Amare Cooper 8 times for 147 yards.
(East Lansing, MI) Jeremy Langford ran for 160 yards and 2 scores on 29 carries while Michigan State piled up 535 yards of offense in a 28-14 win over Georgia Tech at Spartan Stadium. The Michigan
State defense successfully bottled up Georgia Tech’s nationally reknown option game, as the Yellow Jackets could only muster 321 yards total offense. An 89 yard drive ending with a Langford touchdown with 7 minutes to go in the 3rd gave the Spartans a 21-0 lead they would not relinquish. Zack Laskey ran for 158 yards for Georgia Tech who saw their season end at 10-4.