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Where the bracket stands now

Quinn Cook and Aaron Harrison have their respective teams in prime position for a No. 1 seed. Getty Images, AP Photo

This first edition of "Bracket Math" for 2014-15 includes games through Sunday, Dec. 7. Rankings reflect an up-to-date seed list from yours truly, posing as one hypothetical member of the NCAA men's basketball committee.

Major college football took a huge step forward yesterday. It presented us with a four-team playoff bracket that is a 100 percent improvement over the BCS system. Unfortunately, the new selection and seeding process -- such as it is -- remains about 1,000 percent off where it needs to be.

I know this the same way a 12-year-old understands Little League. There can't be a true champion of anything until every team with a legitimate chance to win is included. This is why the NCAA tournament -- along with pretty much every level of every sport -- will continue to trump FBS football.

I hope (and actually expect) the powers that be to someday get the college football playoff right. And I applaud the CFP committee members, who no doubt devoted considerable time and talent to their charge. But their task -- unlike the compilation of this or any edition of "Bracket Math" -- was doomed from the start. Unless and until the playoff field is truly representative and inclusive, the FBS championship will always be tainted.

This is never a problem in college basketball. Quite simply, no team below No. 68 on any seed list is a legitimate title contender. And the inclusion of every conference champion ensures a truly national field that represents the entire Division I membership.

So wake me when we have a 16-team FBS bracket that includes all conference champions and a suitable number of at-large teams. Until then, leave the selection and seeding of collegiate tournaments to the experts.

With that, we happily return you to our regularly scheduled programÂ…

As I was saying, this first edition of "Bracket Math" for 2014-15 includes games through Sunday, Dec. 7. Rankings reflect an up-to-date seed list from yours truly, posing as one hypothetical member of the NCAA men's basketball committee.

The bracket

This is where teams would fall if Selection Sunday were today. Remember, the S-curve flows left to right, then right to left, then back again as you read down the chart.