We’re now one game away from the conclusion of the 2016 college football season and the College Football Playoff bracket is coming to a close next Monday.
Also coming to a close is the 128-team playoff bracket created by Brian Fremeau. Fremeau is an ESPN Insider who does college football FEI ratings and data visualization according to his Twitter bio.
— Brian Fremeau (@bcfremeau) January 5, 2017
Both brackets feature Alabama and Clemson facing off for a national title, but how they got there is a little different, though somewhat the same.
Fremeau created the bracket based on regular season and bowl season games and accounts for every single team in the FBS.
We’ll take a literal spin around the bracket and touch upon how each team did, using actual wins and losses from this season to determine their bracket fate.
This could get confusing, so follow along using the bracket posted in the link or tweet above.
Starting with CFP team Ohio State, the Buckeyes beat Maryland, defeated Northwestern (who defeated Purdue to face the Buckeyes), beat Tulsa, Wisconsin and Oklahoma to earn its spot in the final four before falling, obviously, to Clemson.
Only two other Big Ten teams made the round of 16 in Fremeau’s projection — Penn State and the Badgers.
The Nittany Lions beat Indiana and then Minnesota (who beat Oregon State), before beating Temple and then falling to USC as they did in the Rose Bowl last Monday.
The Badgers beat Georgia State, LSU and Western Michigan before falling to the Buckeyes in the round of 16.
In the next tier, Iowa beat Illinois and Nebraska (who beat Fresno State) before falling to Florida, while Michigan beat Rutgers and Hawaii before losing to Florida State.
Michigan State joined the Illini, Hoosiers, Terps and Boilermakers as squads that didn’t make it out of the first round. The Spartans lost to BYU.
It’s a crazy configuration that can only be set up after all of these games, but it’s still interesting to see another look at how the season shook out.