Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: A 16-team playoff could create surprise winners
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
Dec 13, 2013 | 2530 views |  0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) during the first half of the Pac-12 Championship Game. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) during the first half of the Pac-12 Championship Game. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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A 16-team college football playoff might be a bit unwieldy, but it certainly would be fun.

What if you had a playoff with all 10 FBS champions and six wild-card teams? PredictionMachine.com took that idea, used the current BCS standings to pick wild-card teams and seed the bracket, and ran 50,000 simulations.

In their tournament, Alabama would play Mid-American Conference champ Bowling Green in the first round. Auburn would draw Conference USA winner Rice.

Unbeaten Florida State made the championship game 44.9 percent of the time and won the title 29.1 percent. That's the most in both categories.

Third-seeded Alabama made the finals the second-most times at 22 percent, followed by sixth-seeded Baylor (19.2), No. 5 Stanford (19.2), No. 2 Auburn (18.3), No. 10 Oregon (16.1) and No. 4 Michigan State (15.2)

Stanford is a bit of a surprise because the Cardinal would have to go through Florida State's side of the bracket.

According to the PredictionMachine.com bracket, Stanford also won the second-most times at 10.5 percent. They are followed by Alabama (10.2), Baylor (9.0), Auburn (8.7), Michigan State (7.5) and Oregon (7.1).

Sounds like fun, doesn't it?

Or, would you rather be the SEC champion and not have to rely on an 8.7 percent chance of cashing in a championship?

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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