So, Doug Segrest of The Birmingham News decided to play a simulation tourney, the SoS Playoffs II, to determine the best SEC teams of the last 12 years. Setting the tournament up like a mini World Cup tournament, he structured it as follows:
- Four groups of five teams each (20 teams total).
- Each group plays a home-home set against each opponent for a total of 8 eight each.
- The top two teams in each group advances to the quarterfinals.
- From there it is single elimination to the finals with each game played at a “neutral” site.
Each game is run using the NCAA Football SimMatchup tool at WhatIfSports. It is a fun little device. He takes the first outcome and then captures the box scores. It only goes back to 1996 in stats, thus the limitation in this bit of entertainment.
As a little disclaimer, I started this post about halfway through the Quarterfinals, so I had no idea of the results when I started.