A 16 team tournament featuring the conference champions from all 11 conferences, yes even the WAC and Sun Belt, plus the top 5 at-large team in the Bowl Championship Tournament rankings. The difference between these ranking and the current BCS standings is the fact that my ranking have no human polls which takes that element out of the rankings.
2011 Final Rankings:
The teams highlighted in yellow are the at-large teams.
LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma St., Stanford, Arkansas, Boise St., Oregon, Kansas St., Wisconsin, Clemson, TCU, Southern Miss., West Virginia, Arkansas St., Northern Illinois, Louisiana Tech
The at-large team come from the SEC(2), Big 12, Pac-12, and Mountain West.
The teams are ranking based on their place in the poll and matched up just how they should be in a 16 team bracket. The 1-16, 4-13, 5-12, and the 8-9 match-ups are in the East bracket while the other four game are in the West. The brackets swap each year and defined by the location of the 2nd and 3rd round games. The East bowl games are Outback, Capital One, and Orange and the West bowl games are Rose, Cotton, and Fiesta. The seventh bowl game is the Sugar bowl which this year is hosting the championship game. They rotate around each year so each bowl gets the championship once every 7 years and a semifinal game every 3-4 years. The 1st round game take place at the home of the highest ranked team which encourages team to play well during the season to get an extra home game.
Here is the bracket with the 1st round match-ups.
December 22 1st round games:
- West #8 Northern Illinois at West #1 Alabama, at Bryant-Denny Stadium
- East #7 West Virginia at East #2 Stanford, at Stanford Stadium
- East #6 Southern Miss at East #3 Arkansas, at Reynolds Razorback Stadium
- West #5 Clemson at West #4 Oregon, at Autzen Stadium
- East #8 Louisiana Tech at East #1 Louisiana State, at Tiger Stadium
- West #7 Arkansas State at West #2 Oklahoma State, at Boone Pickens Stadium
- West #6 TCU at West #3 Boise State, at Broncos Stadium
- East #5 Wisconsin at East #4 Kansas State, at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium