With a 41-21 win, Cal Poly exposed a Montana team who has yet to defeat a Division I team with a winning record.
Selecting the Field
Every week's bracket is based on an "If the season ended today" mindset. The 11 automatic bids are just that: automatic. Whichever team is atop the standings of each of the 11 auto-bid conferences at the end of the week receives a bid. Expectedly, teams on top of conference standings early in the season often are not in the same spot come Selection Sunday. The other 13 bids, the at-large selections, are simply the teams I believe to be the best remaining in the country. Keep in mind again this is not a prediction of what I think the brackets will look like in late November, but rather a collection of deserving teams week to week.
All first and second round match-ups in these brackets are my best attempts at mimicking what the committee would do with the chosen 24 teams while adhering to these rules:
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