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Syracuse Football: Orange Eliminated in Second Round of 128-Team College Football Playoff

No, Syracuse didn't even sniff the REAL College Football Playoff; but what about this fake one?

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse in THE College Football Playoff? This year? Fat chance! But this 128-team College Football Playoff? Yeah, we were there!

Brian Fremeau, who as you probably know is a very smart person when it comes to football and the advanced statistics around football, put together a pretty fantastic 128-team playoff based on this year's actual results. As he points out -- and I think was pretty clear throughout this season -- the regular season was a playoff in many respects, and this visualization shows that pretty clearly. Embiggened, for your reference below:

As you may notice, Syracuse DOES make this playoff, though the Orange are knocked out of the upper-right bracket in round two, by Notre Dame. At least they won that one game against Central Michigan, right?

Interestingly, this bracket also brings us to the same four-team conclusion -- yes, that's also by design. For the most part, this plays out with the best teams moving on each round, with some minimal exceptions (hi, West Virginia in the quarterfinals?). A full rundown of where ACC teams finished:

  • Florida State: Final Four participant
  • Georgia Tech: Elite Eight; lost to Florida State
  • Clemson: Sweet 16; lost to Florida State
  • Boston College: Round of 32; lost to Clemson
  • Miami: Round of 32; lost to Nebraska
  • NC State: Round of 32; lost to Florida State
  • Louisville: Round of 64; lost to Florida State
  • North Carolina: Round of 64; lost to Miami
  • Pittsburgh: Round of 64; lost to Georgia Tech
  • Syracuse: Round of 64; lost to Notre Dame
  • Virginia Tech: Round of 64; lost to Boston College
  • Duke: First Round; lost to North Carolina
  • Virginia: First Round; lost to UCLA
  • Wake Forest: First Round; lost to Clemson

Fun? Pointless? I'll go with the former, personally.