What if? School soccer playoff matches in 12-team format

Based on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee’s final ranking for each season, matchups will look post-season using the proposed 12-team format during the CFP’s four-team era.

First round (the bottom seed is the home team)

No. 5 Notre Dame (at-large) vs. No. 12 Coastal Carolina (Sun Belt Champion)

No. 6 Texas A&M (by and large) vs. No. 11 Indiana (by and large)

No. 7 Florida (total) vs. No. 10 Iowa State (total)

No. 8 Cincinnati (American Champion) vs. No. 9 Georgia (by and large)

Quarter finals

Cincinnati Georgia Winner vs. No. 1 Alabama (SEC Champion) at Peach Bowl

Florida-Iowa State Winner vs. No. 2 Clemson (ACC Champion) in the Orange Bowl

Texas A&M Indiana winner against No. 3. Ohio State (Big Ten Champion) at the Fiesta Bowl

Notre Dame Coastal Carolina Winner vs. No. 4. Oklahoma (Big 12 Champion) at the Cotton Bowl.

Played semi-finals at Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl

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2019

First round (the bottom seed is the home team)

No. 5 Georgia (at-large) vs. No. 12 Memphis (American champion)

No. 6 Oregon (Pac-12 Champion) vs. No. 11 Utah (by and large)

No. 7 Baylor (by and large) vs. No. 10 Penn State (by and large)

No. 8 Wisconsin (total) vs. No. 9 Florida (total)

Quarter finals

Wisconsin Florida winners versus No. 1 LSU (SEC champion) at Sugar Bowl.

Baylor-Penn State Winner vs. No. 2 Ohio State (Big Ten Champion) in Rose Bowl

Oregon-Utah winner versus No. 3 Clemson (ACC champion) in the Orange Bowl

Georgia Memphis Winner vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (Big 12 Champion) at the Cotton Bowl

Semi-finals in the Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl

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2018

First round (the bottom seed is the home team)

# 5 Notre Dame (by and large) vs. # 12 Penn State (by and large)

No. 6 Georgia (broadly) vs. No. 11 LSU (broadly)

No. 7 Michigan (total) vs. No. 10 Florida (total)

No. 8 UCF (American Champion) vs. No. 9 Washington (Pac-12 Champion)

Quarter finals

UCF Washington Winner vs. Alabama (SEC Champion) at Sugar Bowl

Michigan Florida Winner vs. Clemson (ACC Champion) at Peach Bowl

Georgia LSU winner against Oklahoma (Big 12 Champion) at the Fiesta Bowl.

Notre Dame-Penn State winner against Ohio State (Big Ten Champion) in the Rose Bowl.

The semi-finals were held in the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl.

2017

First round (the bottom seed is the home team)

No. 5 Alabama (at-large) vs. No. 12 UCF (American champion)

No. 6 Wisconsin (total) vs. No. 11 Washington (total)

# 7 Auburn (by and large) vs. # 10 Miami (by and large)

No. 8 USC (Pac-12-Champion) vs. Penn State (at-large)

Quarter finals

USC Penn State winner against No. 1 Clemson (ACC champion) in the Orange Bowl

Auburn Miami Winner vs. No. 2 Oklahoma (Big 12 Champion) at the Cotton Bowl

Wisconsin-Washington winner versus No. 3 Georgia (SEC champion) at the Peach Bowl

Alabama UCF winner against No. 4 Ohio State (Big Ten Champion) at the Fiesta Bowl

Played semi-finals at Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl

2016

First round (the bottom seed is the home team)

No. 5 Ohio State (at-large) vs. No. 12 Western Michigan (MAC Champion)

# 6 Michigan (overall) vs. # 11 Florida State (overall)

No. 7 Oklahoma (Big 12 Champion) vs. No. 10 Colorado (by and large)

No. 8 Wisconsin (Big Ten Champion) vs. No. 9 USC (at-large)

Quarter finals

Wisconsin USC winner vs. No. 1 Alabama (SEC champion) at Sugar Bowl

Oklahoma Colorado winner vs. No. 2 Clemson (ACC champion) in the Orange Bowl

Michigan-Florida State Winner vs. No. 3 Washington (Pac-12 Champion) at Rose Bowl

Ohio State-Western Michigan Winner vs. No. 4 Penn State (Big Ten Champion) at the Cotton Bowl

Semi-finals in the Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl

2015

First round (the bottom seed is the home team)

No. 5 Iowa (at-large) vs. No. 12 Houston (American champion)

No. 6 Stanford (Pac-12-Champion) vs. No. 11 TCU (at-large)

No. 7 Ohio State (overall) vs. No. 10 North Carolina (overall)

No. 8 Notre Dame (by and large) vs. No. 9 Florida State (by and large)

Quarter finals

Notre Dame-Florida State winner vs. No. 1 Clemson (ACC champion) at the Peach Bowl

Ohio State North Carolina Winner vs. No. 2 Alabama (SEC Champion) at Sugar Bowl

Stanford TCU winner against No. 3 Michigan State (Big Ten Champion) in Rose Bowl

Iowa Houston Winner vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (Big 12 Champion) at the Fiesta Bowl

Semi-finals in the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl

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2014

First round (the bottom seed is the home team)

No. 5 Baylor (Big 12 Co-Champion) vs. No. 12 Boise State (Mountain West Champion)

No. 6 TCU (Big 12 Co-Champion) vs. No. 11 Kansas State (at-large)

No. 7 Mississippi State (by and large) vs. No. 10 Arizona (by and large)

No. 8 Michigan State (overall) vs. No. 9 Mississippi (overall)

Quarter finals

Michigan State-Mississippi winner versus No. 1 Alabama (SEC champion) at Peach Bowl

Mississippi State-Arizona winner against No. 2 Oregon (Pac-12 champion) at the Fiesta Bowl

TCU Kansas State Winner vs. No. 3 Florida State (ACC Champion) at Orange Bowl

No. 5 Baylor-Boise State Winner vs. No. 4 Ohio State (Big Ten Champion) at the Cotton Bowl

Semi-finals at Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl

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