Ed Redesigns The NCAA Division 1 Football League – Includes Playoffs Configuration


REGION 1
Division A
Rutgers
Connecticut
Boston College
Army
Division B
Maryland
Navy
Syracuse
Buffalo
Massachusetts

REGION 2
Division A
Ohio State
Penn State
Temple
Miami (OH)
Indiana
Division B
Ohio
Toledo
Bowling Green
Pittsburgh
Purdue
Division C
Notre Dame
Kent State
Cincinnati
Ball State
Akron

REGION 3
Division A
Duke
South Carolina
North Carolina
Wake Forest
Marshall
Virginia
Division B
Clemson
North Carolina State
West Virginia
East Carolina
Virginia Tech

REGION 4
Division A
Florida
Georgia
South Florida
Florida Atlantic
Florida International
Division B
Florida State
UCF
Miami (FL)
Georgia Tech

REGION 5
Division A
Alabama
Middle Tennessee
South Alabama
UAB
Memphis
Division B
Louisville
Arkansas
Vanderbilt
Missouri
Auburn
Division C
Western Kentucky
Troy
Arkansas State
Tennessee
Kentucky

REGION 6
Division A
Wisconsin
Michigan
Iowa State
Minnesota
Illinois
Eastern Michigan
Division B
Northern Illinois
Northwestern
Iowa
Michigan State
Western Michigan
Central Michigan

REGION 7
Division A
Louisiana Tech
Oklahoma
Louisiana-Monroe
Tulane
Southern Miss
Division B
Mississippi State
LSU
Louisiana-Lafayette
Ole Miss
Oklahoma State

REGION 8
Division A
Utah State
Brigham Young
Utah
Colorado State
Kansas State
Wyoming
Division B
Boise State
Nebraska
Idaho
Colorado
Air Force
Kansas

REGION 9
Division A
Tulsa
Texas A&M
Texas State
Southern Methodist
Rice
Division B
Texas Tech
San Jose State
Houston
UTEP
Division C
TCU
Texas
UTSA
Baylor
North Texas

REGION 10
Division A
Oregon State
Nevada
Arizona State
Stanford
New Mexico State
UNLV
Division B
USC
Arizona
Fresno State
California
Washington State
Hawaii
Division C
Oregon
UCLA
New Mexico
San Diego State
Washington

Note: during the regular season, each team will play 3 games in their division, 3 games in their region but outside their division, and 6 games in other regions.

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PLAYOFFS CONFIGURATION

First Round
The 24 divison winners will play 12 games in 6 days (over 2 consecutive weeks). Each matchup will be based on win/loss records and schedule strenghts so that No. 1 plays No. 2, No. 3 plays No. 4, No. 5 plays No. 6, etc.

Second Round
The 12 remaining teams will play 6 games over 3 consecutive days. Each matchup will be determined by first round performances based on winning points margins – and in cases of ties in that regard – strength of opponents based on regular season rankings.

No. 1 plays No. 4, No. 2 plays No, 7, No. 3 plays No. 6, No. 5 plays No. 10, No. 8 plays No.12, and No. 9 plays No. 11.

Third Round
The 6 remaining teams will play 3 games over 3 consecutive days. Each matchup will be determined by combined first and second round performances based on winning points margins – and in cases of ties in that regard – total net yardage.

No. 1 plays No. 3, No, 2 plays No. 5 and No. 4 plays No.6.

Note: these 3 games will called the Orange Bowl, the Sugar Bowl and the Cotton Bowl respectively.

Fourth Round
The 3 remaining teams will be ranked by combined first, second and third round performances based on winning points margins – and in cases of ties in that regard – total net yardage.

No. 1 will have a week off while No. 2 plays No. 3 to determine who meets No. 1 in the national championship game.

Note: this game will be called the Rose Bowl and will be played on New Year’s Day.

National Championship
No. 1 pays No. 2.

Note: this game will be called the Camp Bowl – named for Walter C. Camp, the father of American football.
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Ed Picks The Winners Of The College Football Bowl Games That Actually Matter – 2013

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ROSE BOWL – 01/01/13 (5pm ET)
Stanford vs. Wisconsin
Stanford CardinalW

ORANGE BOWL – 01/01/13 (8:30pm ET)
Florida State vs. Northern Illinois
Florida State SeminolesW

SUGAR BOWL – 01/02/13 (8:30pm ET)
Florida vs. Louisville
Florida Gators – L

FIESTA BOWL – 01/03/13 (8:30pm ET)
Kansas State vs. Oregon
Oregon DucksW
Note: the Fiesta Bowl is one of many useless bowl game concepts that should never have been realized, but because the teams playing in it this year are among the top five teams in the country, I decided to include it in my list of bowl games that actually matter.

COTTON BOWL – 01/04/13 (8pm ET)
Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M
Texas A&M AggiesW

BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – 01/07/13 (8:30pm ET)
Alabama vs. Notre Dame
Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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Related:

Ed’s list of college football bowl games that almost matter.

ALAMO BOWL – 12/29/12 (6:45pm ET)
Texas vs. Oregon State

SUN BOWL – 12/31/12 (2pm ET)
Georgia Tech vs. USC

CHICK-FIL-A BOWL – 12/31/12 (7:30pm ET)
LSU vs. Clemson

GATOR BOWL – 01/01/13 (12pm ET)
Mississippi State vs. Northwestern

CAPITAL ONE BOWL – 01/01/13 (1pm ET)
Georgia vs. Nebraska

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Related:

Ed’s top ten list of the dumbest-named college football bowl games… in no particular order.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Maaco Bowl
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Belk Bowl
Meineke Car Care Bowl Of Texas
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
GoDaddy.com Bowl
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NCAA hammer to fall on Penn State tomorrow at 9AM

 

Word is that Penn State is pretty much screwed

The NCAA has called a 9 a.m. ET Monday press conference to address the situation in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. CBS News reported earlier Sunday that the NCAA will hit Penn State with “unprecedented” penalties. A source confirmed that for CBSSports.com. There are indications that the penalties could be so unique and severe they would be different than any previously applied by the NCAA.

CBSSports.com has also learned that the penalties could last beyond one season. The NCAA on Sunday said that it will levy “corrective and punitive actions” against the school. A person with knowledge of the process said there is a way to impact Penn State’s competitive ability in football without applying the so-called “death penalty.” That term could be mere semantics by the time the NCAA sanctions are announced according to a source. Penn State, the source said, may prefer the death penalty.

But even if the NCAA stops short of shutting down the program and docks Penn State several scholarships, critics have wondered where NCAA president Mark Emmert would get the authority. His letter to acting president Rodney Erickson in November putting Penn State on notice of a possible investigation seemingly departed from NCAA investigative procedure.

“How many other athletics department employees have there been [at other schools] that engaged in criminal activity and the NCAA has done nothing about?” said a person familiar with the NCAA process.

 

March Madness Sunday Regional Quarter Final results

Wolf Pack nip Hoyas 66-63

NC State an 11 seed upended Georgetown the 3 seed to reach the Sweet Sixteen where they will meet the winner of Purdue and Kansas

Spartans edge St. louis 65-61

The Spartans survived a scare but held off the Billikens to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they will face the Louisville Cardinals

Tar Heels best Creighton 87-73

John Henson had 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in his return from a wrist injury, and North Carolina beat Creighton 87-73 on Sunday in the third round of the NCAA tournament.Kendall Marshall added 18 points and 11 assists for the top-seeded Tar Heels (31-5), who reached the round of 16 for a record 25th time. North Carolina got off to a fast start and built a 15-point lead in the first half, then kept control of the game and pushed the margin to 19 after the break on the way to its second straight double-digit victory in the Midwest Regional.

Gators shred Norfolk state 84-50

- No big upset this time. Kenny Boynton and Florida were just too good for surprising Norfolk State.Boynton scored 20 points and the balanced Gators routed the 15th-seeded Spartans 84-50 on Sunday to reach the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.

Bobcats neuter Bulls 62-56

Walter Offutt scored 21 points, D.J. Cooper had 19 and No. 13 seed Ohio beat South Florida 62-56 on Sunday night to advance to the NCAA tournament’s Midwest Regional semifinals.The Bobcats (29-7) will play No. 1 seed North Carolina in their second trip to the regional semifinals.

Bearcats derail Seminoles 62-56

Dion Dixon and the Cincinnati Bearcats are making it an Ohio party in the NCAA tournament, giving the Buckeye State four teams in the final 16.Next up, the sixth-seeded Bearcats play Ohio State for only the second time since beating the Buckeyes in 1961 and 1962 for back-to-back national championships.

Xavier upends Lehigh 70-58

Xavier is making a habit of reaching the round of 16.Senior center Kenny Frease scored a career-high 25 points to go with 12 rebounds, and the Musketeers knocked off upset-minded Lehigh 70-58 Sunday night to advance to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in five years.

Kansas survives Purdue challenge 63-60

The messages were flying in the Kansas locker room at halftime.Elijah Johnson told his team to stop second-guessing itself. Tyshawn Taylor reminded the Jayhawks that they’d been in trouble before. Coach Bill Self finally stood up and told his team that it would take sheer toughness to rally past Purdue.

Johnson finished with 18 points, including the go-ahead basket in the final minute, and No. 2 seed Kansas held off Robbie Hummel and the No. 10 seed Boilermakers 63-60 on Sunday night in a dramatic third-round game in the NCAA tournament.

 

March Madness Regional Quarter Final scores

Only 32 teams are still standing, and 16 more will fall by Sunday night scores updated through the weekend

Syracuse drops K-State 75-59

It had been a while since Syracuse played like the team that spent all season ranked in the top five.During the second half Saturday, the top-seeded Orange looked like that group and maybe even better, pulling away to a 75-59 victory over eighth-seeded Kansas State in the third round of the East Regional.

Buckeyes top Gonzaga 73-66

Jared Sullinger doesn’t get mad anymore. Those days are over. The Ohio State sophomore forward knows he can’t afford to lose his temper if the Buckeyes want to reach the Final Four.So rather than sulk after foul trouble and some solid Gonzaga defense frustrated him for 36 minutes Saturday, the quickly maturing big man relaxed, took a deep breath and hoisted the Buckeyes on his broad shoulders.Sullinger scored 18 points, including two big baskets on soft hook shots in the final 3 minutes to lead Ohio State to a 73-66 victory and a spot in the regional semifinals for the third straight year.

Marquette derails Murray State

Jae Crowder scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half, and Marquette used a late run to overcome Murray State 62-53 Saturday, sending the Golden Eagles to the West Regional semifinals.Trailing 46-41 with 7:43 to play, Marquette went on a 14-2 run. While Crowder and Davante Gardner took care of the offense, scoring all but two points during the spurt, the Golden Eagles used their size and strength to wear down the pesky Racers.

Badgers outlast Vandy 60-57

The Wisconsin Badgers are riding the nation’s stingiest defense — and admittedly a bit of luck — back to the round of 16.The Badgers held the Southeastern Conference’s two leading scorers in check Saturday night and Ryan Evans grabbed a crucial rebound with 2.1 seconds left to help Wisconsin fend off Vanderbilt 60-57 in the NCAA tournament.

Hoosiers stage late rally, stun VCU

Four years after hitting rock bottom, Indiana is making noise again in the NCAA tournament.Will Sheehey made a 15-footer from the baseline with 12.7 seconds left after a shot was blocked right to him, and the fourth-seeded Hoosiers rallied to beat 12th-seeded VCU 63-61 in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday.

Kentucky rolls over Cyclones

Freshman Marquis Teague scored a career-high 24 points and top seed Kentucky put together another complete performance with a dominating second-half run in an 87-71 victory over Iowa State in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday night.Freshman Anthony Davis had 15 points and 12 rebounds, senior Darius Miller added 19 points and Doron Lamb finished with 16. The Wildcats (34-2) move on to South Regional semifinals in Atlanta and will face fourth-seeded Indiana on Friday.


Baylor pulls away late buries Buffs

The basket was as wide as the ocean for Brady Heslip, and because of that, the future looks as bright as those uniforms for the Baylor Bears.Heslip made 9 of 12 from behind the 3-point line Saturday to lift third-seeded Baylor and their highlighter-yellow uniforms to a pullaway 80-63 victory over No. 11 Colorado. The Bears (29-7) advance to the South Regional semifinals, their second trip to the final 16 in three seasons. They’ll play the winner between Xavier and Lehigh next Friday in Atlanta.

Louisville wins thriller over Lobos 59-56

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Gators chomp Cavs 71-45

So much for Virginia’s vaunted defense shutting down Florida’s up-tempo offense.Even on a day when the Gators couldn’t find the basket with their 3-pointers, they had no trouble beating the Cavaliers 71-45 Friday in the NCAA Midwest Regional.Bradley Beal had 14 points and 11 rebounds, reserve Casey Prather scored a career-high 14 and Florida pulled away in the second half.

Seminoles survive scare 66-63

Bernard James scored 19 points and Florida State barely avoided a big upset, rallying to beat St. Bonaventure 66-63 on Friday in the NCAA tournament.

Wolfpack feasts on Aztecs

— Richard Howell has been a solid, if often overlooked, part of North Carolina State’s resurgence this season.On Friday, he decided to step into the spotlight.Howell doubled his average, scoring 22 points, and 11th-seeded North Carolina State used its muscle inside and a sticky defense to upset San Diego State 79-65 on Friday in a second-round East Regional game.

Creighton edge Bama 58-57

Josh Jones figured he owed his teammates one.After missing two crucial free throws with 8.7 seconds left, the junior guard blocked a 3-point attempt by Trevor Releford on the other end of the floor to help Creighton end its 10-year NCAA tournament drought with a 58-57 victory over Alabama on Friday.

Georgetown slams Belmont 74-59

Jason Clark scored 21 points, Otto Porter added 16 and Georgetown’s ruthless defense bottled up Belmont’s shooters during a 74-59 NCAA tournament win Friday, sending the Hoyas into the next round after early exits the past two years.

Norfolk stuns Mizzou 86-84

Overview: As if George Mason and VCU weren’t enough, another unlikely March hero has emerged from the state of Virginia.

Norfolk State – a school of about 6,000 that had never appeared in the NCAA tournament – shocked Final Four favorite Missouri 86-84 before a sellout crowd of 16,843 fans at the CenturyLink Center Friday in Omaha.

The victory marked the first time since 2001, when Hampton defeated Iowa State, that a No. 15 seed has defeated a No. 2 seed. Kyle O’Quinn scored 26 points for Norfolk State, which advanced to play Florida Sunday for a trip to the Sweet 16. Missouri ends its season with a record of 30-5.

Trailing by two points with 2.8 seconds remaining, Missouri had a chance to win with 2.8 seconds remaining. Tigers guard Phil Pressey took an inbounds pass near mid-court, took a few dribbles and got off a decent look from 3-point range. The shot clanged off the side of the rim as the horn sounded, setting off a wild celebration by Norfolk State.

Cincy survives Texas rally

This time, Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin wanted to be on the other end of a slow start.Cronin had caught his Bearcats slogging through the beginning of the Big East championship game last week, and it cost them. So when Texas came out slow after an early tip time in the NCAA tournament, Cincinnati was ready to pounce.

Heels stomp Belmont

Tyler Zeller had 17 points and 15 rebounds to help North Carolina beat Vermont 77-58 on Friday in its NCAA tournament opener despite playing without injured starter John Henson.Freshman forward James Michael McAdoo added a season-high 17 points for the top-seeded Tar Heels (30-5), who pushed ahead by double figures late in the first half and then broke the game open after halftime.

St.Louis ousts Memphis

Kwamain Mitchell scored 22 points, including three big 3-pointers, and Saint Louis rode its gritty defense to a 61-54 victory over Memphis on Friday night in a West Regional second-round game.

Bobcats bite Wolverines 65-60

Ohio, a #13 seed continued the upset trend, knocking off the #4 seed Wolverines

Walter Offutt grabbed a loose ball, was fouled by Evan Smotrycz and sank both of his free throws with 6.8 seconds left to preserve Ohio’s 65-60 upset of Michigan on Friday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament’s Midwest Regional.The 13th-seeded Bobcats (28-7) had the Wolverines on their heels throughout the game, but Michigan’s Trey Burke hit a 3 with 4:12 left to cut it to 63-60. But the Wolverines missed their final five shots, four by Burke.

Lehigh Stuns Blue Devils 75-70

Lehigh became the 6th #15 seed to defeat a #2 seed, and the second today.  Earlier today #2 Mizzou was stunned by #15 Norfolk State 86-84

C.J. McCollum scored 30 points and Lehigh upset Duke 75-70 on Friday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.Lehigh became the sixth No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2 and the first since Norfolk State pulled off the trick earlier in the day.Duke dropped its first tournament game for only the second time in the past 16 years, and this one occurred just 55 miles from its campus.

Purdue edges St, Mary’s 72-69

Purdue made four free throws in the final 23 seconds to beat No. 7 seed Saint Mary’s in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The victory propels the No. 10 seed Boilermakers into a third round game against either Kansas or Detroit on Sunday.

Purdue trailed 69-68 after Saint Mary’s guard Jorden Page swished a 3-pointer from the left wing with 45 seconds remaining. But 22 seconds later, the Gaels’ Stephen Holt fouled Purdue’s Lewis Jackson as Jackson was driving to the basket. He made both free throws to put the Boilermakers ahead 70-69.

Saint Mary’s had a chance to tie it on the ensuing possession, but this time Page air-balled a wide-open 3-pointer. Purdue’s Robbie Hummel snared the rebound and was fouled with 8 seconds left. His free throws extended Purdue’s lead to three, 72-69. The Gaels had one more chance, but Rob Jones misfired on a 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired.

Xavier out”lucks” Irish 67-63

With his team trailing by as many as 10 points in the second half, Xavier guard Tu Holloway had one thought: “If it comes down to one of us winning this game on a shot, I’m going to win this game for us.”

It did.

And he did.

With 21.3 seconds left Friday night, Holloway banked in the go-ahead field goal to beat seventh-seeded Notre Dame 67-63 in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Xavier, the No. 10 seed in the South, will play No. 15 seed Lehigh at Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday.

Kansas mows down Detroit 65-50

Thomas Robinson bullied his way for 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the second-seeded Jayhawks rolled to a 65-50 victory over Detroit in the second round of the Midwest Regional.

Bulls gore Temple 58-44

South Florida gave the Temple Owls an early preview of the Big East’s grinding style, and the Bulls added another upset to the NCAA tournament.Even though the Bulls could barely find the basket themselves in the first 20 minutes, they stand a win away from advancing to the second weekend.

Spartans spank LIU 89-67