There has not yet been chaos in the three years of the College Football Playoff. Maybe this is the year. The first rankings from the selection committee—released Tuesday night—always invite imagination because so many permutations remain well within the world of possibilities. And then reality sorts it all out. But consider this season's wild cards: A top-heavy SEC and Notre Dame.
It's the blue blood vs. the new blood in tonight's NCAA men's basketball championship game
PHOENIX, Arizona—Gonzaga, often cast as the gutty underdog, finally finished the climb to its first Final Four, doing so as a No. 1 seed. The Bulldogs' reward: playing a gutty underdog. South Carolina, which advanced to the Final Four as a seventh seed in the East, is hardly a Cinderella, coming from the Southeastern Conference. But the Gamecocks seemed more like bracket-filler than bracket-buster when they lost five of their last seven games before the NCAA Tournament.
The East Region is officially crazy. After a largely uneventful first round of the NCAA Tournament, the East produced two huge upsets on the weekend. No. 8 Wisconsin seed toppled defending champion and top-seeded Villanova on Saturday, and No. 7 South Carolina shocked No. 2 Duke on Sunday night. Just like that, what appeared to be a top-heavy region is now filled with various shades of underdogs, including third-seeded Baylor, which lost four of its last seven games before the NCAA Tournament.