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Latest bracket: A lot of sorting out to do …

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Now that the National Football League has crowned its champion, we look forward to March Madness.  Selection Sunday is just over a month away.  With that in mind, two quick observations about our bracket update.  First, the No. 1 seeds remain solid – Ohio StateKansas, Pittsburgh, and Texas.  Second,  the bottom half of the bracket is a mess.  Bubble Banter opened with an incredible 41 teams on bubble.  Not much has changed.  See a team seeded eight or lower in the bracket?  An NCAA future is far from certain.  Thankfully, we have another month for teams to play their way in or out.

February 7 Bracket Projection.

Notable changes this week are the inclusion of three teams from the Colonial – George Mason, Old Dominion and VCU.   Plus, the departure of Michigan State and Penn State from the Big 10.  Then, there’s Alabama.  If we set up the bracket as … if the season ended today … the Crimson Tide would be designated with the SEC automatic bid.  Although we don’t use that formula directly, we’ve include Alabama as one of the last teams in the field.  Alabama is 7-1 in a BCS conference, and despite early struggles, they have won 10 of 12 games, including wins over Kentucky and at Tennessee.  Certainly, ‘Bama still has work to do, but so do a large number of other teams with underwhelming profiles.  Whether the Crimson Tide stay very long remains to be seen.  You’ll find more in our Bubble Banter update on Tuesday. 

Have a different take? Rebounds welcome.  More at Bracketville.  Follow me on Twitter @BracketguyDave.

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