Your NCAA Tournament bracket is busted. To you, UMBC should be spelled O-U-C-H.
Had enough madness this March? Of course not. So why not consider what a 64-team college football bracket would look like?
Fortunately, ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg did the heavy lifting for us. Recently, he published the final rounds of ESPN’s “fictitious and fun” 64-team college football tournament for the 2018 season. The result? Clemson beats Georgia 28-27 in the National Championship Game.
Here’s how the national title game went down:
(1) Clemson 28, (1) Georgia 27: It’s more heartbreak for Georgia in familiar fashion. The Bulldogs jump ahead by 10 before Clemson’s defensive line tightens up to shut down Swift, White and the running game. After an ineffective first half, Dabo Swinney benches Bryant in favor of true freshman Trevor Lawrence, a native of Cartersville, Georgia, who leads Clemson on the decisive touchdown drive.
That’s not to say the SEC didn’t have a strong showing in the tournament. In the national semifinals, Georgia beat Auburn 27-21. Alabama reached the South Region title game, only to lose to Auburn 27-25. LSU appeared in the East Region semifinals before losing to Michigan State 23-21.
ESPN’s preseason Football Power Index rankings were used to seed the teams. The top four seeds were Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State. You can see the first part of the results here, followed by the later rounds here. As you might expect, many of the outcomes leave room for debate.
Hey, anything that makes these offseason months pass quicker is a good thing.