It’s March, so if you’re tired of seeing bracket references, you’ve come to the wrong place.
This week, Sports Illustrated’s Joan Niesen joined the fun by publishing a post that featured the 16 teams that took part in the College Football Playoff throughout its existence. The teams faced off in this mythical tournament, with an ultimate winner crowned.
You can view the full post here to see the results. But the teams’ seeds are listed below.
- 2016 Clemson
- 2015 Alabama
- 2014 Ohio State
- 2016 Alabama
- 2017 Alabama
- 2015 Clemson
- 2014 Alabama
- 2017 Georgia
- 2017 Clemson
- 2017 Oklahoma
- 2014 Oregon
- 2014 Florida State
- 2015 Oklahoma
- 2016 Ohio State
- 2016 Washington
- 2015 Michigan State
And the champion? Niesen gives 2016 Clemson the edge over 2015 Alabama.
After three straight years in which this new rivalry has been at the forefront of college football, it only seems fitting that the best iterations of Clemson and Alabama would face each other in this imaginary title game.
As for who’d win, my educated guess would give Clemson the nod. Even setting aside Watson’s year-over-year growth, Clemson evolved for the better between 2015 and ’16, and it’s hard to envision Jake Coker turning in another spotless performance. That said, as we all learned in January, picking against the Tide doesn’t tend to work out well.
Of course, all this is subjective and completely for fun. Still, 2016 Alabama was so close to knocking off that Clemson team in the National Championship Game, so it’s possible to imagine a former champion getting the job done against that Tigers squad. As we’ve learned, anything is possible with March’s madness.
Let the debate continue as we wait for real football to be played.