Copying the FCS: What a 32-team playoff would look like in 2015
The FCS currently uses a 20-team playoff system to determine their national champion every year. The big boys use a simple four-team playoff, and that’s it.
But what if the FBS had its own 32-team playoff? Now that would be interesting.
The easiest way to set the brackets would be to rely on measures of worth that already exist, otherwise known as the College Football Playoff rankings. The 25 teams who make it onto that list by the end of the season should each deserve a chance to play in the 32-team playoff and for the national championship. After all, they are supposed to be the 25 best teams in the country.
Using this method to creating a 32-team playoff, we’ve estimated what that playoff might look like if it happened in 2015. By using the last College Football Playoffs rankings, statistical rankings from Football Outsiders, and a traditional seeding system, here are the 16 matchups that would result:
No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 32 Memphis
No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 31 Toledo
No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 30 Mississippi State
No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 29 Washington
No. 5 Iowa vs. No. 28 Bowling Green
No. 6 Stanford vs. No. 27 Arkansas
No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 26 Western Kentucky
No. 8 Notre Dame vs. No. 25 USC
No. 9 Florida State vs. No. 24 Temple
No. 10 North Carolina vs. No. 23. Tennessee
No. 11 TCU vs. No. 22 Utah
No. 12 Ole Miss vs. No. 21 Navy
No. 13 Northwestern vs. No. 20 LSU
No. 14 Michigan vs. No. 19 Florida
No. 15 Oregon vs. No. 18 Houston
No. 16 Oklahoma State vs. No. 17 Baylor