Preseason bracketology

Today is my very first post, starting my ninth season as a bracketologist for college basketball. I will do weekly posts on Monday mornings until we get to the new year, then the posts will start ramping up. Should be a very interesting year in the world of college basketball.

My #1s are Houston, Gonzaga, Kentucky and North Carolina. For the rest of the bracket: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JQhCbW8gLIEsBiNsFHQZ_8Z28guZCaxL0YpHvGz4t_0/edit

Enjoy the games!

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What if there was a college football playoff from 1946-1959?

What if we had the 12 team playoff setup dating back to 1946 (first post war year)?

Top 6 conference champs, 6 at larges (four bowls used for semifinals and third place game until 1959, Cotton, Sugar, Orange, Rose). Top 4 teams get byes

1946 (Rose Bowl national title)

(1) Notre Dame (8-0-1)

(2) Army (9-0-1)

(3) Georgia (SEC) (10-0)

(4) UCLA (PCC) (10-0)

(5) Illinois (Big Ten) (7-2)

(6) Michigan (6-2-1)

(7) Tennessee (9-1)

(8) LSU (9-1)

(9) North Carolina (Southern) (8-1-1)

(10) Rice (Southwest) (8-2)

(11) Yale (7-1-1)

(12) Oklahoma (Big Six, 14 in final poll) (7-3)

1947 (Cotton is national title)

(1) Notre Dame (9-0)

(2) Michigan (Big Ten) (9-0)

(3) SMU (Southwest) (9-0-1)

(4) Penn State (9-0)

(5) Texas (9-1)

(6) Alabama (SEC) (8-2)

(7) Penn (7-0-1)

(8) USC (PCC) (7-1-1)

(9) North Carolina (Southern) (8-2)

(10) Georgia Tech (9-1)

(11) Army (5-2-2)

(12) Kansas (Big Six) (8-0-2)

1948 (Orange national title)

(1) Michigan (Big Ten, 9-0)

(2) Notre Dame (9-0)

(3) North Carolina (9-0-1)

(4) California (PCC, 10-0)

(5) Oklahoma (Big Seven, 9-1)

(6) Army (8-0-1)

(7) Northwestern (7-2)

(8) Georgia (SEC, 9-1)

(9) Oregon (9-1)

(10) SMU (Southwest, 8-1-1)

(11) Clemson (Southern, 9-0)

(12) Vanderbilt (7-2-1)

1949 (Sugar national title)

(1) Notre Dame (9-0)

(2) Oklahoma (Big Seven, 10-0)

(3) California (PCC, 10-0)

(4) Army (9-0)

(5) Rice (Southwest, 9-1)

(6) Ohio State (Big Ten, 6-1-2)

(7) Michigan (6-2-1)

(8) Minnesota (7-2)

(9) LSU (SEC, 8-2)

(10) Pacific (10-0)

(11) Kentucky (9-2)

(12) North Carolina (7-3, Southern, 16)

1950 (Rose national title)

(1) Oklahoma (Big Seven, 9-0)

(2) Texas (Southwest, 8-1)

(3) Army (8-1)

(4) Tennessee (SEC, 9-1)

(5) California (PCC, 9-0-1)

(6) Princeton (9-0)

(7) Kentucky (10-1)

(8) Michigan State (8-1)

(9) Michigan (Big Ten, 5-3-1)

(10) Clemson (Southern, 8-0-1)

(11) Washington (8-2)

(12) Wyoming (MSAC, 9-0)

1951 (Cotton national title)

(1) Tennessee (SEC, 10-0)

(2) Michigan State (9-0)

(3) Maryland (Southern, 9-0)

(4) Illinois (Big Ten, 8-0-1)

(5) Georgia Tech (10-0-1)

(6) Princeton (9-0)

(7) Stanford (PCC, 9-1)

(8) Wisconsin (7-1-1)

(9) Baylor (Southwest, 8-1-1)

(10) Oklahoma (Big Seven, 8-2)

(11) TCU (6-4)

(12) California (8-2)

1952 (Orange national title)

(1) Michigan State (9-0)

(2) Georgia Tech (SEC, 11-0)

(3) Notre Dame (7-2-1)

(4) Oklahoma (Big Seven, 8-1-1)

(5) USC (PCC, 9-1)

(6) UCLA (8-1)

(7) Mississippi (8-0-2)

(8) Tennessee (8-1-1)

(9) Texas (Southwest, 8-2)

(10) Wisconsin (Big Ten, 6-2-1)

(11) Tulsa (MVC, 8-1-1)

(12) Duke (Southern, 8-2, 16)

1953 (Sugar national title)

(1) Maryland (ACC, 10-0)

(2) Notre Dame (8-0-1)

(3) Michigan State (Big Ten, 8-1)

(4) Oklahoma (Big Seven, 8-1-1)

(5) UCLA (PCC, 8-1)

(6) Rice (Southwest, 8-2)

(7) Illinois (7-1-1)

(8) Georgia Tech (SEC, 7-2-1)

(9) Iowa (5-3-1)

(10) West Virginia (Southern, 8-1)

(11) Texas (7-3)

(12) Texas Tech (BIAA, 10-1)

1954 (Rose national title)

(1) Ohio State (Big Ten, 9-0)

(2) UCLA (PCC, 9-0)

(3) Oklahoma (Big 8, 10-0)

(4) Notre Dame (9-1)

(5) Navy (7-2)

(6) Mississippi (SEC, 9-1)

(7) Army (7-2)

(8) Maryland (ACC, 7-2-1)

(9) Wisconsin (7-2)

(10) Arkansas (Southwest, 8-2)

(11) West Virginia (Southern, 8-1)

(12) Auburn (7-3)

11 Miami on probation

1955 (Cotton national title)

(1) Oklahoma (Big 8, 10-0)

(2) Michigan State (Big Ten, 8-1)

(3) Maryland (ACC, 10-0)

(4) UCLA (PCC, 9-1)

(5) Ohio State (7-2)

(6) TCU (Southwest, 9-1)

(7) Georgia Tech (SEC, 8-1-1)

(8) Auburn (8-1-1)

(9) Notre Dame (8-2)

(10) Ole Miss (9-1)

(11) Pittsburgh (7-3)

(12) Michigan (7-2)

1956 (Orange national title)

(1) Oklahoma (Big Eight, 10-0)

(2) Tennessee (SEC, 10-0)

(3) Iowa (Big Ten, 8-1)

(4) Georgia Tech (SEC, 9-1)

(5) Michigan (7-2)

(6) Syracuse (7-1)

(7) Michigan State (7-2)

(8) Oregon State (PCC, 7-2-1)

(9) Baylor (8-2)

(10) Minnesota (6-1-2)

(11) Pittsburgh (6-2-1)

(12) TCU (Southwest, 7-3)

5 Texas A&M and 6 Miami on probation

1957 (Sugar national title)

(1) Ohio State (Big Ten, 8-1)

(2) Michigan State (8-1)

(3) Oklahoma (Big Eight, 9-1)

(4) Navy (8-1-1)

(5) Iowa (7-1-1)

(6) Mississippi (SEC, 8-1-1)

(7) Rice (Southwest, 7-3)

(8) Texas A&M (8-2)

(9) Notre Dame (7-3)

(10) Texas (6-3-1)

(11) Arizona State (BIAA, 10-0)

(12) Duke (ACC, 6-2-2, 16)

1 Auburn and 15 NC State on probation

1958 (Rose national title)

(1) LSU (SEC, 10-0)

(2) Iowa (Big Ten, 7-1-1)

(3) Army (8-0-1)

(4) Oklahoma (Big 8, 9-1)

(5) Air Force (9-0-1)

(6) Wisconsin (7-1-1)

(7) Ohio State (6-1-2)

(8) Syracuse (8-1)

(9) TCU (Southwest, 8-2)

(10) Mississippi (8-2)

(11) Clemson (ACC, 8-2)

(12) California (PCC, 7-3, 16)

4 Auburn on probation

1959 (Yankee Stadium national title)

(1) Syracuse (10-0)

(2) Ole Miss (SEC, 9-1)

(3) LSU (9-1)

(4) Texas (Southwest, 9-1)

(5) Georgia (9-1)

(6) Wisconsin (Big Ten, 7-2)

(7) TCU (8-2)

(8) Washington (AAWU, 9-1)

(9) Arkansas (8-2)

(10) Alabama (7-1-2)

(11) Clemson (ACC, 8-2)

(12) Oklahoma (Big 8, 7-3, 15)

Final NIT bracketology

Here’s my final NIT bracketology after the Selection Sunday reveal. We still have COVID NCAA replacements as a possibility, but Dayton was shockingly the first team out of the NCAAs. Only 2 brackets of 100 on the Bracket Matrix had them in.

They will have to play on the road against a 8 seed because of the First Four in Dayton’s arena. I also have South Carolina on the road because of the women’s NCAA in their arena.

Here is my final NIT bracket. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FUEC4WhGP8n_4qQLe3QwFzuSUo-DMs8RbDUDgMW7-YI/edit

FINAL bracketology and seed list

My final bracketology and seed list for the Bracket Matrix. Finishing up my seventh full year, eighth doing this. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1A31_BElzOtbrnWP1s4l9S49epvZSt37g-PjS1wTfQFs/edit

1: Gonzaga (WCC), Arizona (Pac 12), Kansas (Big 12), Baylor

2: Kentucky, Villanova (Big East), Auburn, Tennessee (SEC)

3: Purdue, Wisconsin, Duke, Texas Tech

4: UCLA, Illinois, Arkansas, Providence

5: Houston (AAC), Iowa (B1G), UConn, Texas

6: St. Mary’s, USC, LSU, Alabama

7: Murray State (OVC), Boise State (MWC), Michigan State, Ohio State

8: Creighton, Seton Hall, Marquette, Colorado State

9: Memphis, TCU, Iowa State, San Diego State

10: North Carolina, San Francisco, Miami (FL), Davidson

11: Virginia Tech (ACC), Loyola Chicago (MVC), Indiana, Texas A&M, Wyoming

12: Notre Dame, Michigan, South Dakota State (Summit), Richmond (A-10), UAB (C-USA)

13: Chattanooga (SoCon), Vermont (America East), Akron (MAC), New Mexico State (WAC)

14: Montana State (Big Sky), Colgate (Patriot), Yale (Ivy), Delaware (CAA)

15: Longwood (Big South), Georgia State (Sun Belt), St. Peter’s (MAAC), Jacksonville State (OVC)

16: Cal State Fullerton (Big West), Norfolk State (MEAC), Wright State (Horizon), Texas Southern (SWAC), Bryant (NEC), Corpus Christi (Southland)

NIT bracketology after the Selection Show.