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 program
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.
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.