How a playoff could make Vandy champions

With the lack of controversy in the final BCS standings this year the national media have had to find something else to occupy their time. One of the items that was run by USA Today this week was a projected field for a 64 team playoff to decide the National Title.

With the lack of controversy in the final BCS standings this year the national media have had to find something else to occupy their time. One of the items that was run by USA Today this week was a projected field for a 64 team playoff to decide the National Title. Obviously this was a just for run story, but it is interesting to break down the possibilities from a Commodore perspective, nonetheless. After spending hours and hours (or at least 20 minutes) analyzing the details I have come to the conclusion that if this were to happen Vandy would walk to the pinnacle of college football. Here is how:

Round of 64 - Vanderbilt (8) vs. Nebraska (9)

Nebraska lost two of three to end the season and just have not been the same team this year without Taylor Martinez healthy. They are not sure if they are a pass of run first team and in a Big Ten that was not all that sparkling this year they didn't exactly set the world on fire. On a neutral field I would take the focused intensity of James Franklin over the crazy ranting and questionable decision making of Bo Pelini every day of the week.

Round of 32 - Vanderbilt (8) vs. Michigan State (1)

Another Big Ten team for the 'Does as they face a Michigan State team who crushed North Texas in the first round. The Spartans have been on a tear since a loss to Notre Dame which is the only reason they are not in the National Title conversation. This would be a tense battle as both schools have defenses that have shown the ability to completely shut down their opponents this year. The Spartans, however, pick a bad day to have a meltdown on offense and Jordan Matthews goes off for over 150 yards receiving in a narrow win.

Sweet 16 - Vanderbilt (8) vs. Georgia (5)

First match against seeding in the tournament for the black and gold as they rematch with a Georgia team who squeaked past UCLA in the round of 32. Vandy knows how to beat the 'Dogs and prove the win earlier this year was no fluke with a convincing victory.

Elite 8 - Vanderbilt (8) vs. Clemson (3)

Another minor upset of ACC over Pac-12 as Clemson come through to take on the 'Dores after going over Stanford. The Tigers prove to be an interesting matchup as Taj Boyd and Sammy Watkins are walking big play machines. With Kenny Ladler and Andre Hal patrolling the defensive backfield, however, Watkins is unable to shake loose. Matthews has his customary big game and Franklin proves beating his team in December is just as difficult as beating them in November.

Final Four - Vanderbilt (8) vs. Alabama (1)

Now it gets real. The 'Dores meet SEC monsters Alabama in the Final Four and no one is giving Vandy a chance. Unfortunately for the Crimson Tide, Nick Saban takes the Texas (for $10 million per) job on the eve of the game, only informing his players that morning. Alabama proves their worth of winning three of the last four national titles, however, before also proving they can find even more ridiculous ways to lose a game by conceding a one point safety (look it up) to the Vandy defense on the very last play of the game.

National Title Game - Vanderbilt (8) vs. Ohio State (2)

The upset of the tournament comes when Johnny Football takes down Florida State. This totally opens up the South region of the bracket and Braxton Miller takes full advantage leading the Buckeyes to the National Title game. By this point Vandy is a de facto member of the Big Ten as this is their third such opponent in the tournament. Miller and the Buckeyes are good, but on this day Vandy is better and Carey Spear finishes his Commodore career with a 53-yard field goal as time expires to bring the hardware to Nashville.

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