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Topic: 64-Team Tournament (Football)

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Re: 64-Team Tournament (Football)
« Reply #42 on: March 25, 2020, 05:42:04 PM »
Region 2 - 2nd Round:
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18 Clemson vs 14 OSU
This isn't a tournament you can win by simply "being hot".  OSU beat 2 legit teams to earn its NC, but this Clemson team doesn't really have a weakness.  I'm simply picking against the team with the leaky defense in this one.
18 Clemson over 14 OSU
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72 USC vs 74 OU
Whoa Nellie!  This is a big'un.  Pull-up-your-pants, hold-my-beer type of a matchup.  No one respects 439 yds rushing per game more than I do, but USC did have a great defense.  The Trojans were more battle-tested.  But if these teams actually played, the fact that USC was willing to pass the ball would be their downfall - leading to a couple of turnovers.  As long as the Sooners didn't fumble it a bunch of times (which is certainly possible), I think they eek it out.
74 OU over 72 USC
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78 USC vs 99 FSU
Tough game to pick.  FSU has the most dynamic player on the field (Peter Warrick), but Weinke threw too many INTs.  This Trojan squad could actually pass the ball (better than 72).  USC would run the ball some, and complete a couple of long passes.  FSU would probably abandon the run, and despite Smith and Lott getting some big hits on receivers, they'd score.  Big edge to FSU in the kicking game, and maybe that's the difference in a close one.
99 FSU over 78 USC
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96 Florida vs 92 Alabama

Big O vs Big D.  As good as Bama's D was, their offense was...offensive to watch.  Ick.  It may be unfair, but we got to see the adjustments Spurrier made in their rematch with FSU's pass-rushing pair, implementing the shotgun and fixing his blocking scheme.  If the 92 Gators could give the Tide fits, the 96 national champs could score enough to beat them.
96 Florida over 92 Alabama
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Sweet 16 - Region 2:
18 Clemson vs 74 Oklahoma
99 Florida St. vs 96 Florida
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Re: 64-Team Tournament (Football)
« Reply #43 on: March 25, 2020, 08:15:39 PM »
Region 3 - 2nd Round:
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17 Alabama vs 13 Florida St
This isn't one of the elite Saban teams.  They'd be able to really move the ball on the ground vs this Noles D, but I can't take them in a shootout.  This FSU offense was all-time great.  Bama keeps up the pressure for 60 minutes, but never gets close enough to steal the win.
13 FSU over 17 Bama
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73 Alabama vs 05 Texas
Listen, Bama would run and run and run on these Horns.  USC did in the RB and this Tide squad averaged 6 yards per carry as a team.  Crazy.  AND they passed extremely well, despite only tossing it 9 times per game.  But...while they'd get their yards and points on the ground, Texas' great DBs would prevent those limited, successful passes.  Meanwhile, the Horns would run at will as well, and make gains through the air (somewhat).  It will be enough to move on.
05 Texas over 73 Bama
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02 Ohio St vs 98 Tennessee
These guys might be in over their head in this region.  While the Buckeyes showed they can handle anyone by beating Miami, they're still flawed.  If/when they face a great passing team here, they'll be in trouble.  But the Vols couldn't exploit that.  Actually, this would be a low-scoring, probably boring game of two teams insistent on running the ball and not really being able to.  But I think the Buckeyes pull it out.
02 OSU over 98 Tennessee
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95 Nebraska vs 91 Miami

I feel like we all know everything there is to know about Nebraska here.  This Miami team did not let you pass (under 5 yards per ATTEMPT!) AND shut out the 91 Huskers in the OB.  Sheesh.  But the offense used the run merely as a change-up and the passing game wasn't elite or anything.  Their best weapon was Kevin Williams, the punt returner.  With their trio of LBs (Armstead, Barrow, Smith), I'd go so far to say they'd make these Huskers look mortal and really struggle to drive the ball down the field.  Maybe they'd even hold them to 21-24 points...but that would be more than enough.
95 Nebraska over 91 Miami
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Region 3 - Sweet 16:
13 FSU vs 05 Texas
02 Ohio St. vs 95 Nebraska
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Re: 64-Team Tournament (Football)
« Reply #44 on: March 26, 2020, 01:17:01 AM »
Region 4 - 2nd round:
16 Clemson vs 71 Nebraska
Yes, Deshaun Watson will get his yards and points, but this Husker D is special.  Clemsson's relative weakness is run defense - uh oh.  Not a good team to face in that case.   Back-and-forth game, but the lockdown D wins out.
71 Nebraska over 16 Clemson
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08 Florida vs 04 USC
Yeah, I don't know.  If it's a shootout, I lean USC.  If it's lower-scoring, Florida.  Trojans have Bush, Gators have Harvin.  Similar total O and D numbers.  Both with great punt returners.  Both cause plenty of turnovers.  I guess if I had to find an edge here, there's kicking game (adv Florida) and offensive balance.  USC is more pass-heavy, and the Gators showed what they could do vs OU's big pass game.  Florida's attack is more balanced, harder to key on any one thing.  That'll tip the scale in a CLOSE game.
08 Florida over 04 USC
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01 Miami vs 97 Michigan
I see this one similar to the 95 Neb/91 Miami game - one team reliant on defense limiting their superior opponent, but unable to muster much of a threat on the scoreboard.  Portis, McGehee, Gore, Johnson, Shockey...Woodson can't cover all of them.  I don't think the UM offense does much of anything here, and while the defense plays valiantly, it's just not enough.
01 Miami over 97 Michigan
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87 Miami vs 91 Washington

Great Cane team - great defense, good offense - all that.  Big names on both sides of the ball....but the Huskies!  You could not run on them.  At all.  That's okay, because they didn't let you pass, either.  Very balanced offense.  Honestly, I'm not sure who I'd pick to beat this UW team.  We'll see, but not here - and not close.
91 Washington over 87 Miami
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Region 4 - Sweet 16
71 Nebraska vs 08 Florida
01 Miami vs 91 Washington
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Re: 64-Team Tournament (Football)
« Reply #45 on: March 26, 2020, 01:19:46 AM »
Updated Sweet 16:
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19 LSU vs 11 Alabama

03 USC vs 97 Nebraska
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18 Clemson vs 74 Oklahoma

99 Florida St. vs 96 Florida

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13 FSU vs 05 Texas

02 Ohio St. vs 95 Nebraska

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71 Nebraska vs 08 Florida

01 Miami vs 91 Washington
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Re: 64-Team Tournament (Football)
« Reply #46 on: March 26, 2020, 11:17:18 AM »
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08 Florida vs 04 USC
Yeah, I don't know.  If it's a shootout, I lean USC.  If it's lower-scoring, Florida.  Trojans have Bush, Gators have Harvin.  Similar total O and D numbers.  Both with great punt returners.  Both cause plenty of turnovers.  I guess if I had to find an edge here, there's kicking game (adv Florida) and offensive balance.  USC is more pass-heavy, and the Gators showed what they could do vs OU's big pass game.  Florida's attack is more balanced, harder to key on any one thing.  That'll tip the scale in a CLOSE game.
08 Florida over 04 USC
OU lost the NC game to both of those teams.  08 Florida won by 10, while 04 USC won by a jillion.  04 OU was a more talented team than 08 OU, but it was also a team that quit when the going got rough.  I still think 04 USC was better than 08 Florida.
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Re: 64-Team Tournament (Football)
« Reply #47 on: March 26, 2020, 11:47:54 AM »
OU lost the NC game to both of those teams.  08 Florida won by 10, while 04 USC won by a jillion.  04 OU was a more talented team than 08 OU, but it was also a team that quit when the going got rough.  I still think 04 USC was better than 08 Florida.

Yeah, it's basically a coin flip to me.
USC had 4 close calls (one possession) wins, 3 of which were with unranked opponents.  Florida had the 1-point loss, but beat everyone else by double-digits.  
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A prudent case can be made for either team.
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Re: 64-Team Tournament (Football)
« Reply #48 on: March 26, 2020, 02:57:59 PM »
Reggie Bush – Sophomore - was getting paid

along with who knows how many others on the 04 team

nod to 08 Gators
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Re: 64-Team Tournament (Football)
« Reply #49 on: March 26, 2020, 05:02:57 PM »
Reggie Bush – Sophomore - was getting paid

along with who knows how many others on the 04 team

nod to 08 Gators
It would have been OK with me had you left 04 USC out of this tournament, as they did have to vacate the BCS NC.
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Re: 64-Team Tournament (Football)
« Reply #50 on: March 26, 2020, 05:47:42 PM »
I was thinking I should have included 04 Auburn and 94 Penn State, but I forgot to.  Meh.
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Re: 64-Team Tournament (Football)
« Reply #51 on: March 26, 2020, 06:07:55 PM »
glad you forgot

04 Auburn = cheaters

94 PSU should have received a share, but they did not
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Re: 64-Team Tournament (Football)
« Reply #52 on: March 26, 2020, 09:56:33 PM »
I don't even want to pick the rest of this tournament, they're all so good.
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Re: 64-Team Tournament (Football)
« Reply #53 on: March 26, 2020, 10:12:23 PM »
95 Nebraska vs 71 Nebraska

for all the marbles
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Re: 64-Team Tournament (Football)
« Reply #54 on: March 26, 2020, 10:53:42 PM »
I'm researching 1980 UNC, and in during the broadcast of the 1980 Bluebonnet Bowl, they had the audience call one phone number to vote yes and another to vote no on if college football should go to a playoff.
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Anyone remember something like that going back further? 
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Re: 64-Team Tournament (Football)
« Reply #55 on: March 26, 2020, 11:00:12 PM »
150,000+ voted yes
13,000+ voted no
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Cost 50 cents to vote.
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