North Carolina State
San Jose State
New Mexico State
San Diego State
Note: during the regular season, each team will play 3 games in their division, 3 games in their region but outside their division, and 6 games in other regions.
The 24 division winners will play 12 games in 6 days (over 2 consecutive weeks). Each matchup will be based on win/loss records and schedule strengths so that No. 1 plays No. 2, No. 3 plays No. 4, No. 5 plays No. 6, etc.
The 12 remaining teams will play 6 games over 3 consecutive days. Each matchup will be determined by first round performances based on winning points margins – and in cases of ties in that regard – strength of opponents based on regular season rankings.
No. 1 plays No. 4, No. 2 plays No, 7, No. 3 plays No. 6, No. 5 plays No. 10, No. 8 plays No.12, and No. 9 plays No. 11.
The 6 remaining teams will play 3 games over 3 consecutive days. Each matchup will be determined by combined first and second round performances based on winning points margins – and in cases of ties in that regard – total net yardage.
No. 1 plays No. 3, No, 2 plays No. 5 and No. 4 plays No.6.
Note: these 3 games will called the Orange Bowl, the Sugar Bowl and the Cotton Bowl respectively.
The 3 remaining teams will be ranked by combined first, second and third round performances based on winning points margins – and in cases of ties in that regard – total net yardage.
No. 1 will have a week off while No. 2 plays No. 3 to determine who meets No. 1 in the national championship game.
Note: this game will be called the Rose Bowl and will be played on New Year’s Day.
No. 1 pays No. 2.
Note: this game will be called the Camp Bowl – named for Walter C. Camp, the father of American football.