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ESPN’s football bracket has Alabama beating FSU for championship

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Consider it a wee bit of fun here in March.

The folks at ESPN, not content to just fill out their basketball brackets, decided to also fill out a 64-team college football bracket for the fall.

Of course, the college football playoffs are only four teams deep, so there is quite a bit of whimsy in the brackets. But they’re interesting to discuss.

For instance, ESPN had Nick Saban’s Alabama team beating Jimbo Fisher’s FSU squad, 35-31, for the national title. It would be a rematch of the season’s opening game when the schools meet in Atlanta. The two got to the title game when FSU beat USC and Alabama beat Michigan.

The University of Miami was strong in the Midwest Regional, beating BYU and Duke. The Hurricanes lost to Ohio State in the regional semifinals.

FSU beat Minnesota, Northwestern, Georgia and Washington State.

In the South Regional, Florida beat Utah and TCU before falling to Alabama in the regional semifinals.

In the West, South Florida beat Louisville before falling to Michigan in the second round.

Quick observation: There are too many teams and too many rounds. But for the sake of conversation, ESPN could do a lot worse.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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