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Even in an all-inclusive tournament, Iowa found a way to be left out.

“The BCS was awesome! Let’s bring it back!”

“Coastal Carolina deserved a shot at Alabama!”

“Expand to 8!”

“The fact that UTEP doesn’t get a chance to prove themselves is ridiculous!”

Who else is tired of hearing these arguments? Alabama and Ohio State are going to play for the National Title on Monday. No matter what happened in the regular reason, that matchup was pretty much inevitable for the most part. It was unavoidable.

I believe all of these arguments are tiresome and get nowhere, mainly because the decision is in the hands (or pockets) of ESPN, powerful people and stuff. No one will ever agree, and ESPN will never change it! That’s why I won’t listen to any argument other than one.

A 130 team playoff that is played over the course of the season, including every single FBS team, giving every team a fair shot to play for a National Championship.

So what I did, is I randomly generated a ranking 1-130 of every single team in College Football to fairly create a ranking for the 2020-21 season. Naturally, Gary Patterson and the fighting Horned Frogs finished first and the stinky Iowa Hawkeyes finished last. Take a look at the rankings below before I get into the mega-bracket.

  1. TCU
  2. Middle Tennessee
  3. North Texas
  4. Kansas
  5. Washington State
  6. UCF
  7. Wisonsin
  8. Texas A&M
  9. Buffalo
  10. Stanford
  11. Houston
  12. Rutgers
  13. Mississippi State
  14. Tulsa
  15. LSU
  16. Georgia
  17. Indiana
  18. SMY
  19. BYU
  20. Penn State
  21. Minnesota
  22. Purdue
  23. Temple
  24. UConn
  25. Colorado State
  26. Air Force
  27. Washington
  28. Texas
  29. Oklahoma
  30. Memphis
  31. California
  32. Boston College
  33. Michigan
  34. Maryland
  35. San Diego State
  36. FIU
  37. Ball State
  38. New Mexico State
  39. Georgia Southern
  40. Liberty
  41. Kansas State
  42. West Virginia
  43. Utah
  44. UTEP
  45. Oregon State
  46. Arkansas State
  47. Florida State
  48. Ohio
  49. Akron
  50. Flordia Atlantic
  51. Rice
  52. UAB
  53. South Florida
  54. Texas Tech
  55. Missouri
  56. South Carolina
  57. South Alabama
  58. Duke
  59. Army
  60. Tennessee
  61. Northwestern
  62. Old Dominion
  63. Utah State
  64. Northern Illinois
  65. Nevada
  66. Florida
  67. Wake Forest
  68. Ole Miss
  69. Kentucky
  70. Troy
  71. Georgia Tech
  72. Baylor
  73. UNLV
  74. Wyoming
  75. Nebraska
  76. Southern Miss
  77. Central Michigan
  78. Virginia Tech
  79. Syracuse
  80. Georgia State
  81. Oklahoma State
  82. UTSA
  83. Hawaii
  84. Miami (FL)
  85. Eastern Michigan
  86. Arkansas
  87. Oregon
  88. Coastal Carolina
  89. Texas State
  90. San Jose State
  91. Western Michigan
  92. Louisiana Tech
  93. Western Kentucky
  94. Alabama
  95. Appalachian State
  96. Pittsburgh
  97. Toledo
  98. Tulane
  99. Michigan State
  100. Arizona
  101. Colorado
  102. Louisiana
  103. Vanderbilt
  104. Illinois
  105. Bowling Green
  106. Marshall
  107. USC
  108. UCLA
  109. Charlotte
  110. New Mexico
  111. Navy
  112. Miami (OH)
  113. Louisville
  114. Boise State
  115. Auburn
  116. Virginia
  117. UMass
  118. Fresno State
  119. North Carolina
  120. NC State
  121. Ohio State
  122. Arizona State
  123. Clemson
  124. Cincinnati
  125. Louisiana-Monroe
  126. Kent State
  127. Iowa State
  128. East Carolina
  129. Notre Dame
  130. Iowa

In 2017, the FBS expanded from 128 teams to 129 (thanks Coastal Carolina.) In 2018, it went from 129 to 130 (thanks Liberty.) If those teams didn’t join, we wouldn’t have had a highly entertaining Autocare Nation Cure Bowl in 2020 could’ve had an even 128-team bracket. Instead, we need two play-in games (that don’t count as tournament appearances) to get to an even 128.

Naturally, heated rivals, Notre Dame and East Carolina would need to play for a chance to take on TCU. While Iowa and Iowa State would play at Jack Trice Stadium to fight for their chance at a season.

Using, NCAAgamesim.com, this entire bracket is completely randomized to find the most-fair National Champion of all time.

Play-in game results

Notre Dame 46 @ East Carolina 7

Iowa 6 @ Iowa State 35:

The Iowa Hawkeyes finish as one of two teams to not make the 128-team 2020 NCAA Tournament.

Now let’s get into the bracket.

The Horned Region

This region includes the two biggest first-round games of the entire bracket, Notre Dame @ TCU and Ohio State @ Texas A&M A potential Georgia and Notre Dame sweet-16 matchup is a rematch of the 2019 classic. Perhaps the most noteworthy fact, the last-seeded team in the entire team would most likely open up as favorites over the top-seeded team in the country.

Rock Chalk Region

Kansas will most likely completely embarrass themselves as the top-rated team in this region, but no doubt has a chance to win an NCAA Tournament game at home for the first time in the program history. Colorado traveling to Austin is an old Big 12 matchup along with a 2020 Alamo Bowl matchup. However, the Vegas favorite for this region would be a Red River showdown to go to the Elite 8.

Blue Raiders Region

Your hometown Cyclones travel to Murfreesboro, Tennessee for the first time in school history. If they can manage a win in Gainesville, Matt Campbell has a very favorable road to the Elite 8. Oregon travels 39 hours by bus to take on the Mountaineers for the longest drive on this entire bracket in the first round. Outside of that, a whole lot of random in this region.

Mean Green Region

Self-proclaimed 2017 National Champions UCF gets to prove themselves against 2017 College Football (four-team) Playoffs Champions Clemson, isn’t this what you wanted Group of 5 weirdos?

After spending two hours using NCAAgamesim.com, I’ve simulated the entire 2020-21 season through the Elite 8. Below are the results for all four of the regions.

The Horned Region Results

Well, well, well.... The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers choke again. They were given a fair chance to win it all but lost by two touchdowns to Buffalo. The least surprising thing, the lowest-seeded in the tournament, the Fighting Irish steamrolled through the competition to make the Elite 8. Ohio State took the path of three Power 5 teams and Buffalo to make the Elite 8, putting an end to Lovie Smith’s cinderella run.

The Blue Pirates Region Results

Iowa State had a very easy route to the Elite 8 outside of the big win over Florida in Gainesville, but I’m sure Florida didn’t care because it wasn’t the National Championship. Other than that, Iowa State took advantage of the easy to set up a game with the Ducks. After winning against the Riot Bros, Oregon took advantage of an easy path to make the Elite 8.

The Rock Chalk Region Results

This site knows a thing or two when it comes to UAB and upsets, which is why I wasn’t shocked at all by UAB’s 6-3 win over Miami (FL) to get a shot at the Sooners. Another cinderella, UCLA carried the easiest path possible to the Sweet 16 before being knocked off by Texas, to set up the Red River Rivalry in the NCAA Tournament.

The Mean Green Region Results

Sigh. Nebraska made the Round of 32, oh well. Outside of a couple of upsets, Alabama is going to meet Clemson in the Elite 8. The Crimson Tide didn’t look like themselves in a 6-point win over San Diego State or in a 5-point win over Virginia Tech, but they will be ready for the matchup against the Tigers.

The Elite 8

Once we get to the Elite 8, it’s practically the New Years Six Bowls. No more home-field advantage, these games will be decided in the Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Cotton Bowl and the Sugar Bowl. Of course, the Big 10 will get their tie-in with Ohio State to face Notre Dame in Pasadena. Iowa State and Oregon will face off in the Fiesta Bowl because, well, I’ll let you figure that out. Texas and Oklahoma will play their Red River Rivalry where the game is normally played in the Cotton Bowl. Finally, Alabama and Clemson face off in the Sugar Bowl because I feel like it.

What’s interesting, through all of this randomness, every team that made the playoff in real life made the Elite 8. Along with that, only one team (Texas) didn’t make a New Years Six Bowl game. And of course, no group of five teams made the Elite 8, despite having a few cinderellas make the Sweet 16

Now, let’s see who wins this thing.

Notre Dame 38- Ohio State 20

Iowa State 27- Oregon 7 (no those aren’t the recruiting rankings)

Oklahoma 40- Texas 27

Alabama 48- Clemson 10

Final Four

The Final Four, in typical NCAA fashion, is played at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa because they forgot to book any other dome in the country. Iowa State takes on Notre Dame in a rematch of the 2019 Camping World Bowl and Oklahoma gets another shot in the semifinal against Alabama after losing in 2018 to the Crimson Tide.

To end Iowa State’s incredible run, Brian Kelly and Notre Dame were just a little bit too much for the Cyclones, knocking them off 29-25 to advance to the National Championship against.... Alabama. Did you really think it would be anyone else?

Alabama is the National Champion of the first-ever all-inclusive (except for Iowa and East Carolina) NCAA Football Tournament. Thanks to the complete randomness to prove that nothing matters and Alabama is going to win it no matter what.

I’m looking forward to 2022 when people are arguing if Vanilla Tech should’ve gotten in the playoff over LSU or not, so I can do this again.

If you made it this far to this complete and utter waste of time that was inspired by @CycloneLarry69’s Twitter fight on the night of Jan. 1, 2021, congratulations. This meant absolutely nothing. Go Cyclones.