ESPN projects how Miami football would perform in 64 team playoff bracket

Nov 27, 2021; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 27, 2021; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports /

How would the Miami football team perform in a 64 team playoff bracket? Chris Low of ESPN projects what a 64 team College Football Playoff would look like as the NCAA Tournament begins on Tuesday night with the first four in Dayton, Ohio. A 64 team College Football Playoff bracket is more than 50 percent of the FBS teams.

The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament have 68 teams out of 358 that participate in Division I. Low in his words somewhat based his seeds on the SP+projections entering the 2022 season. As should be expected the top four teams in the virtual 64 team CFP are Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia and Michigan.

Miami lost defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson to Alabama but replaced him with Jahmile Addae from Georgia. The Hurricanes also hired Josh Gattis as offensive coordinator from Michigan. Mario Cristobal has hired an elite staff. The ability for Cristobal to hire coaches away from CFP programs is impressive.

Similar to the NCAA Tournament, Low created his bracket with East, South, Midwest and West Regions. Low has Miami as the fifth seed in the South Region East Region against 12th seed Kansas State in the first round. Miami has outscored Kansas State 134-19 in four meetings all-time in real life.

"“(5) Miami 31, (12) Kansas State 30: (Running back) Deuce Vaughn is sensational for the Wildcats with two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown, but a 48-yard field goal in the final seconds by Andres Borregales sends The U into the second round.”"

Borregales made 17 of 21 field-goal attempts as a freshman in 2021 and all 45 of his extra points. Miami returns 14 starters in 2022 led by quarterback Tyler Van Dyke. The Hurricanes are in the same bracket created by Low as defending National Champion Georgia. Miami would play four seed Penn State in the second round.

"“(5) Miami 30, (4) Penn State 24: Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, further cementing his place as one of the country’s top breakout players, has his way with a Penn State defense that simply can’t stop the Hurricanes’ passing game.”"

After avoiding the vaunted 12 five upset often seed in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, the Miami football team pulls the slight upset over East Fourth seed Penn State. Manny Diaz was unable to game plan for the Penn State defense to stop Van Dyke. Low did not provide any stats in the Hurricanes’ victory.

Low has the Miami football team playing the East top seed Georgia in the Regional Semifinals. The Bulldogs won their first-round game 35-10 over Syracuse and second-round game 24-16 against Houston. Georgia continued to use a dominant defense in their virtual wins to advance to the regional semifinals.

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After the virtual first two rounds posted on Tuesday, Low will have the remainder of his College Football Playoff bracket. The ESPN projections last season in the virtual CFP have Alabama defeating Clemson in the National Title Game with Georgia and Iowa State losing in the semifinals.