Every year I do what the college presidents won’t do, and have a playoff for college’s football’s national championship.
This simulation is done through whatifsports.com and seeds the top eight teams in the final BCS poll and plays them against one another in a bracket format.
The format is a no-re-seeding format so that the winner of 1-vs.-8 plays the winner of 4-vs.5 and the winner of 2-vs.-7 plays the winner of 3-vs.-6. It’s played on neutral sites under perfect conditions with the higher seed being designated the home team.
The results of this year’s simulation will shock you. Consider yourself forewarned.
(1) LSU vs. (8) Kansas St.: LSU 30, Kansas St. 26. Trailing 28-12 in the fourth quarter after the Tigers get a 54-yard touchdown from Michael Ford, the Wildcats get two touchdowns from Collin Klein – one running and one passing to Tyler Lockett. However Kansas State misses the two-point conversion after Lockett’s catch, and LSU sacks Klein in the end zone with a second left for a safety – the only sack of the game for the Tigers. The Wildcats rush for 259 yards to LSU’s 119 but Klein was just 4-of-6 for 51 yards.
(2) Alabama vs. (7) Boise St.: Boise St. 36, Alabama 30: Who said the Broncos can’t play with the big boys in the SEC? Boise St. jumped out to a 29-6 lead with 5:43 left in the third quarter and held off a 17-point charge from the Crimson Tide in the fourth to win. ‘Bama scored a touchdown with 51 seconds left but can’t recover the onside kick. The Tide hurt themselves by going just 4-of-13 on third downs.
(3) Oklahoma St. vs. (6) Arkansas: Arkansas 49, Oklahoma St. 37. Razorback Dennis Johnson runs for two touchdowns and catches two more to lead Arkansas to an upset win over their Big 12 rivals. Razorback signal-caller Tyler Wilson outduels Cowboy counterpart Brandon Weeden, as Wilson was 16-of-23 passing for 318 yards and five tuddies, while Weeden was 41-of-57 for 514 yards and four scores. Arkansas wins despite a 34-24 first-down deficit and seeing Wilson sacked four times.
(4) Stanford vs. (5) Oregon: Oregon 42, Stanford 24. Stanford was looking forward to a rematch after Oregon won the regular-season game 53-50. After the Cardinals get out to a 10-0 lead halfway through the first quarter, the Ducks score 35 unanswered points to beat Stanford again. Three Stanford turnovers turned into 14 Oregon points. Oregon’s LaMichael James is player of the game after rushing 24 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns and catching four balls for 80 yards. Stanford’s Andrew Luck was just 18-of-29 for 261 yards and a pick.
(1) LSU vs. (5) Oregon: LSU 40, Oregon 13. So much for that much-ballyhooed Ducks offense. Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas picks the wrong time to have the worst game of his career, throwing three interceptions – including a pair of pick-sixes in the third quarter – and is sacked five times in going just 13-of-25 for 171 yards and a score. LSU’s Jordan Jefferson is player of the game after going 17-of-29 for 251 yards and a tuddy.
(7) Boise St. vs. (6) Arkansas: Boise St. 41, Arkansas 20. Could this be the year the Broncos win it all? They get to the championship game after dominating the Razorbacks. Moore is 30-of-41 for 444 yards, five touchdowns and two picks in the win. Arkansas hurts themselves with 11 penalties in the game and was outgained 567-371 on offense.
(1) LSU vs. (7) Boise St.: Boise St. 22, LSU 16. Yup, this was the year. Despite this game being a field-goal battle (each team made three field goals), the difference was turnovers, as the Broncos converted both of the Tigers’ fumbles into 10 points while LSU did nothing with a Moore pick. Moore was still 27-of-37 for 307 yards and two touchdowns while Jefferson was 17-of-25 for 201 yards, no scores and no picks.
So for the second year in a row, a No. 7 seed wins the BCS playoff. (Oklahoma was seeded seventh and won last year.) Also this proves that the BCS should let the Broncos, who were in the non-automatic-qualifying Mountain West this year, into the championship game, since they knocked off both of the teams playing in the real national championship game.
The ball’s in your court, BCS presidents.