In the middle of watching the college football bowl games, I wanted to offer this quick update. In my last post, I discussed how Kentucky hadn’t put together such a good non-conference season. To make up for that, they crushed a decent Louisville team in resounding fashion, 90-61 on Friday. That bumped Kentucky up to a 4 seed and sent Louisville spiraling down to the First Four Out. Elsewhere in the bracket, we see a lot of movement from the 7 line (which could essentially be considered the bubble this early in the season) on down.
In the next couple of weeks, I’ll start seeding teams from the “mid-majors” for a full 68-team field. Here’s today’s outlook.
In since last time: UCLA, St. Mary’s, Washington, Georgia Southern
Out since last time: USC, Louisville, UCF, Texas-Arlington
1s – Villanova, Duke, Michigan State, Arizona State
2s – Kansas, West Virginia, Texas A & M, North Carolina
3s – Wichita State, Xavier, Virginia, Gonzaga
4s – Purdue, Tennessee, Arizona, Kentucky (+1)
5s – TCU (-1), Arkansas, Florida State, Florida
6s – Cincinnati, Seton Hall, Missouri, Miami (+1)
7s – Oklahoma, Butler (-1), Michigan, Texas Tech (+3)
8s – SMU (+2), Syracuse (-1), Utah, Notre Dame
9s – Clemson, Rhode Island, Alabama, Baylor (-1)
10s – St. John’s (-2), Ohio State (-1), Minnesota, Maryland
11s – Texas, Nevada, UCLA (new), St. Mary’s (new), Washington (new), North Carolina State (+1)
12s – Northern Iowa, Middle Tennessee, Towson, Georgia Southern (new)
LAST FOUR IN – UCLA, St. Mary’s, Washington, North Carolina State
FIRST FOUR OUT – Creighton, USC, Louisville, UCF
NEXT FOUR OUT – Auburn, St. Bonaventure (+1), Houston (+4), Virginia Tech (+2)
THIRD FOUR OUT – LSU, San Diego State (-1), Oklahoma State (-1), Iowa State (-1)
So, that will do it for today. As always, if you want to rip me because I have your team too low or want to discuss anything else related to bracketology, feel free to do so in the comments. And as always, remember to check out the Bracket Matrix, a must for those of us who are obsessed with this stuff. Happy New Year!