Monday, January 24, 2011

College Football Championship

For my hypothetical college football playoffs, here is the simulated championship game after six exciting weeks of playoffs.

Stanford 40, Florida St. 37
Stanford was able to hang on and claim the college football championship in an amazing fashion, fighting through three overtime periods to seal the win with a 23 yard field goal by Nate Whitaker. Neither team was able to stake a lead of more than seven points for the entire day. E.J. Manuel hit Taiwan Easterling for a 10 yard touchdown pass to open the scoring in the 1st quarter, but the score was tied 10-10 by halftime. The teams traded touchdowns in the 3rd quarter. In the fourth quarter the teams continued to swap the lead, with Dustin Hopkins hitting a 37 yard field goal as time expired to tie the game 27-27.

Both teams scored field goals in the first overtime, and then they both scored touchdowns in the second. In the third overtime, Florida St. had the ball first and E.J. Manuel threw an interception on 3rd and long. Stanford took over and started with a 17 yard run by Stepfan Taylor that set up Whitaker's short field goal to win the game.

Taylor finished with 127 yards while Andrew Luck threw for 229 yards and 3 touchdowns, two of which went to Doug Baldwin.

Now that college football season is finished, I'll spend the next few months posting the results of previous year's playoffs that I have simulated. I'll also eventually post the scheduling system I've used to determine which teams go to which region.

The 2010-2011 season is behind us, so it's time to start discussing what's coming up in 2011-2012. The new conference alignments should be interesting, since now there will be a championship game for the Pac-12 and the Big 10, but not for the Big 12. Who do you think is the favorite for next year?

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