Consolation Games

In many basketball tournaments, they play a consolation game where the teams that just lost in the semi-finals play for 3rd place.  If we extended that idea to the FBS Football season this year and took the #2 finishers in each of the divisions from those conferences that have a championship game, we would have the following match ups.  In a couple instances, we end up with a “re-match” from earlier in the season.  While this is OK for the championship game, we will try to avoid it in the consolation game, so I have added replacement games.

SEC — #3 Alabama (11-1) vs #8 South Carolina (10-2)

ACC — #13 Clemson (10-2) vs Virginia Tech (8-4)

B1G — #21 Wisconsin (9-3) vs Iowa (8-4) (rematch) replace with:

  • #21 Wisconsin (9-3) vs Nebraska (8-4)
  • Iowa (8-4) vs Penn State (7-5)

PAC — #12 Oregon (10-2) vs #18 UCLA (9-3) (rematch) replace with:

  • #12 Oregon (10-2) vs USC (9-4)
  • #18 UCLA (9-3) vs Oregon St. (6-6) (because UCLA has also played Washington already)

MAC — Buffalo (8-4) vs Ball State (10-2)

USA — ECU (9-3) vs N. Texas (8-4)

MWC — Boise State (8-4) vs San Diego State (7-5) rematch replace with:

  • Boise State (8-4) vs San Jose State (6-6)
  • San Diego State (7-5) vs Colorado State (7-6)

One Marquee Match-up and a handful of entertaining football. 




About Jesse Alber

Jesse Alber attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communications with an Athletic Coaching Endorsement from Hastings College in May, 1993. From 1994 - 2000, Alber served in leadership roles in human resources, retail, and production. Alber enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2000. He served as a Armored Cavalry Scout and Troop Training Manager with A 3/7 CAV 3d ID until 2004. Alber deployed to Bosnia in 2001 and Kwait / Iraq in 2003. Alber served in the Army Reserves from 2005 - 2008. From 2004 - 2010 Alber served as the Adult Education Coordinator for Central Community College and Executive Director for the Hastings Literacy Program. Alber returned to Hastings College in 2010 to study Computer Science and Web Design. He is currently emploed as a Programming and Web Development Intern with Servi-Tech Industries. Alber will complete his program of study in the summer of 2012.
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