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Sunday, December 4, 2011

College Football Playoffs

The BCS has announced their final regular season rankings. The Arbitrary ... I mean Allstate BCS National Championship game will feature a re-match between LSU and Alabama. Are these the best two teams in the country? Yeah, probably. Is a BCS rematch five weeks from now a satisfying ending to a great season? Not really, no.

Enter the Banshee Blog!

Banshee Blog, with the help of EA Sports NCAA '12, is about to put together a 16-team playoff. Here is how it will work. The champions of the power six conferences automatically qualify for the tournament. That is regardless of the method those conferences use to choose their champions. Here is the list of automatic qualifiers:

ACC: Clemson
Big East: West Virginia
Big Ten: Wisconsin
Big 12: Oklahoma St.
PAC 12: Oregon
SEC: LSU

The remaining ten teams for the tournament will be selected by the Banshee Selection Committee. All sixteen teams will be seeded by the selection committee, regardless of automatic qualifying status. For example, neither Alabama or Stanford got an automatic bid, but they could still be seeded #2 and #3 in the tournament.

The brackets will be announced mid-week. The games will begin on Saturday. The first two rounds of the tournament will be "played" at the home field of the higher seeds. The semi-finals and finals will be played at neutral sites. All games will be simulated by EA Sports NCAA Football 2012.  The results will be reported each week with an updated bracket.  This is certainly not an entirely novel idea, but it should be fun. 

If you want to be part of the selection committee or know someone who you think should be included, please email ASAP.