Elite Eight - East
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Since NCAA Football desperately needs a playoff, why not create one? Sixteen teams were chosen (11 conference winners and five at-large bids) and placed into brackets. Dan Biggio, Sim Lucien and I will take a look at each game and decide who we think will win the game. The team that moves on to the next round will be the team that gets two votes to win out of the three predictions. The predictions for each game will be posted during the time listed for each contest (i.e. Ohio State-Oklahoma will be posted 8:00 Saturday).






#1 Ohio State (12-0) vs. #4 Oklahoma (11-2).
Saturday, 8:00 ET

Walt's Take:
I don't know what the big deal is regarding the Jim Tressel voting scandal. He didn't want to vote for either Florida or Michigan to give his opponent bulletin board material. Why should he have his voting privileges revoked? And what if he does? I don't think anyone's going to lose any sleep over this. By the way, I wonder if Tressel applies this tactic to everyday life. If he is wife and daughter are arguing, does he just say, "I'm not voting because I don't want to piss anyone off!" Actually, that's ingenious. Tressel is ahead of his time.

I'm assuming Oklahoma won't have Adrian Peterson for this contest. Not like it would matter much anyway; Troy Smith, Ted Ginn and Anthony Gonzalez provide to much firepower for an Oklahoma defense that could not contain Texas, Oregon and Oklahoma State.

Ohio State 34, Oklahoma 20.

NCAA Dan's Take:
The Sooners had a nice season and played more like a Bob Stoops team of a few years ago during the second half of the season. Oklahoma showed plenty of resiliency in putting together a string of wins without their most dominant player on offense. The buck stops here though at the hands of Ohio State. Oklahoma's defense is not good enough to stop the potent Buckeye offense; they can only hope to contain them. The Sooners have a shot to hold Ohio State to less than 30, but don't expect Oklahoma to score near this.

Ohio State 27, Oklahoma 10.

Sim's Take:
I wish I could say The Buckeyes will have to earn this game. Oklahoma never really impressed me this year and I doubt this will be the game the decided to start. Troy Smith, fresh off the Heisman-winner's love fest will guide his team to another solid victory. Expect no less that 200 in the air, 75 on the ground, and four total touchdowns for this future first-rounder.

Ohio State 35, Oklahoma 17.

Mike's Take:
Ohio State rolls easily with a big game from Antonio Pittman.

Ohio State 28, Oklahoma 7.

Public Poll:
Ohio State 89%

Winner: #1 Ohio State
Ohio State 31, Oklahoma 14. (Average score of the four analysts)




#2 Florida (12-1) vs. #3 Louisville (11-1).
Saturday, 4:30 ET

Walt's Take:
I agreed with Florida playing Ohio State in the NCAA's so-called national championship, but this matchup may not have been the best thing for the sport. Just think about it. The Wolverines should be complaining about being shafted; instead, I haven't heard anything from Lloyd Carr; it's as if he's in the witness protection program. If the Gators were excluded from the title game, Urban Meyer would have held dozens of riots in the streets of Florida and Arizona. Meyer could have saved the farce known as college football.

There's no question that both Florida and Louisville have dynamic offenses. However, the difference between the two squads is the Gators' outstanding defense. I don't think Louisville stands a chance without Michael Bush in the lineup.

Florida 35, Louisville 17.

NCAA Dan's Take:
If Steve Spurrier were coaching in this game, 130 points could be scored between these two teams. Given the fact Urban Meyer is standing on the sidelines for Florida instead of Spurrier, I would expect a more modest total of about 100. In all seriousness, if you like offense then this is a game you will certainly want to tune in to. Florida's brutal schedule has made them battle tested, although many of their wins are closer than one might like to see out of one of the top ranked teams in the country.

Louisville nearly ran the table this season; only a nail-biting loss at Rutgers prevented them from going undefeated. Florida's defense is better than any the Cardinals have seen all year long. The Cardinals offense is potent enough to score on it though, and score plenty of points. Louisville's defense, however, will not be able to hold down the Gators offense. Chris Leak and company will have a field day. Not surprisingly I am predicting a shootout in this one, but the Gators taking home a victory.

Florida 48, Louisville 38.

Sim's Take:
Let me preface this by saying if Michael Bush would have been healthy all season, or even just down the stretch, the Gators would be in for a long day. However, even without the talented running back, the Cardinals will make this a game. Brian Brohm will need a career day, and so will his offensive line to ward off this ferocious Florida pass rush. Both defenses are about even, but I like Tim Tebow and Chris Leak versus Louisville's secondary and linebackers more than I like Brohm versus the Gator defense. Except Urban Meyer to pull every trick he has out in this showdown. In the end, I think the last team to get the ball will win. My gut tells me Florida on a last second touchdown.

Florida 27, Louisville 21.

Mike's Take:
This game will be first big upset of the www.walterfootball.com playoffs. Brian Brohm embarrasses Reggie Nelson and his secondary and hits a last second hail mary for the win.

Louisville 35, Florida 32.

Public Poll:
Florida 67%

Winner: #2 Florida
Florida 36, Louisville 28.



NCAA Football Tournament 2007
Brackets:
Championship / Final Four
Elite Eight - East / Elite Eight - West
Sweet Sixteen - East / Sweet Sixteen - West

NCAA Football Tournament 2006
Brackets:
Championship / Final Four
Elite Eight - East / Elite Eight - West
Sweet Sixteen - East / Sweet Sixteen - West

NCAA Football Tournament 2005
Brackets:
Championship / Final Four
Elite Eight - East / Elite Eight - West
Sweet Sixteen - East / Sweet Sixteen - West

NCAA Football Tournament 2004
Brackets:
Championship / Final Four
Elite Eight - East / Elite Eight - West
Sweet Sixteen - East / Sweet Sixteen - West

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