The new college football four-team playoff begins next year. But what if the College Football Playoff started this season? We tweaked our December Madness playoff bracket to focus on the top four teams in the country. Florida State faced Michigan State in one semifinal, while Auburn and Alabama met in the other. Tab over to Scenarios 2 and 3 to see a playoff featuring Stanford or Baylor. Our awarding-winning college football simulation engine that accurately predicted nearly 80 percent of all 2013 FBS games "played" each match-up 1,001 times and advanced the winner.
Note: The scores in the bracket and left panel (Florida St. 38 - Alabama 31) are sample scores that reflects the average result of 1,001 simulations. Click on the boxscore button for a complete recap with play-by-play.