What if the NCAA women's soccer tournament was seeded 1-64 & played out accordingly? … 

What if the Division I women's soccer tournament was a totally equitable event – with the entire field seeded 1-64 and teams playing each other accordingly (i.e. 1 at 64, etc.)? Using our Composite National Rankings as a primary seeding factor (plus RPI for teams not listed in the CNR), College Soccer 360 has created this "ideal world" scenario.

Let's pretend for a moment that some wealthy fans of college soccer stepped forward to endow the NCAA tournament – making it a "fair" draw across the board, with no travel costs to worry about. The 64-seed would play at the #1, while the #33 would play at #32 in what should be one of the best matchups (at least on paper). We've provided just such a hypothetical bracket below, even forsaking the requirement that teams from the same conference can't meet in the first two rounds (the only conference matchup for the first week would be Miami at Virginia Tech).

We've indicated what the top four seeds would be in each quadrant – and fans can assume the current 2nd/3rd-round format (four teams at one site) or simply forecast a one-game progression. For example, in quadrant-1 below, if the higher seeds won on the first weekend, then Missouri would play a 2nd-round game at Stanford and Tennessee would be at Maryland.

The CNR predicted all but two of the at-large entries in the 2012 field (Central Michigan & Rutgers; instead forecasting Dartmouth & Louisville in the field … Rutgers beat Louisville head-to-head, a factor not utilized in the CNR formula). For an added twist, seeds 42-48 below include teams that are in the actual field (with a note as to who would have filled that spot solely based on the CNR, i.e. Dartmouth at #42 and Louisville at #46).

Based on this "ideal-world" scenario, four teams that are being send on the road in the actual bracket instead would be playing at home: (18) California, (19) Georgetown, (29) La Salle and (31) Miami Ohio – indicating that the Golden Bears & Hoyas probably are the two teams most deserving of playing at home that must hit the road. Conversely, this 1-64 bracket would send (35) Kentucky, (37) Denver, (39) Washington & (54) Colgate on the road this week (all have the benefit of playing at home, due to the geographical benefits and air-travel concerns). Colgate clearly is the biggest beneficiary of geographical proximity, earning a home game vs. (48)  Rutgers.

Before the games begin, we hope you enjoy this fun "what-it" … and we all can only dream at this point that some day the 64-team field simply will reward excellence and each team's qualifications, without other factors affecting the draw. …     


QUADRANT-1 (top seeds: Stanford, Florida, Marquette & Maryland)

(under current format, winners of these four games would advance to one site for 2nd/3rd round, likely at Stanford)

(64) Mississippi Valley Stateat (1) Stanford

(33) Princetonat (32) Missouri

(49) Florida Gulf Coastat (16) Maryland

(48) Rutgers  (based on actual field … CS Northridge based on the CNR)
at (17) Tennessee

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(under current format, winners of these four games would advance to one site for 2nd/3rd round, likely at Florida)

(57) Idaho State
at (8) Florida

(40) Arizona State
at (25) Portland

(56) Illinois State
at (9) Marquette

(41) Washington State
at (24) Pepperdine

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QUADRANT-2 (top seeds: BYU, UCLA, Baylor & Ohio State)

(under current format, winners of these four games would advance to one site for 2nd/3rd round, likely at BYU)

(63) Stony Brook
at (2) BYU

(34) Stephen F. Austin
at (31) Miami Ohio

(50) North Texas
at (15) Ohio State

(47) Cal State Northridge  (based on actual field … Wisconsin based on the CNR)
at (18) California

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(under current format, winners of these four games would advance to one site for 2nd/3rd round, likely at UCLA)

(58) Loyola, Maryland
at (7) UCLA

(39) Washington
at (26) Boston College

at (55) Hofstra
(10) Baylor  (unable to host due to "administrative error")

(42) Arizona State  (based on actual field … Dartmouth based on the CNR)
at (23) Central Florida

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QUADRANT-3 (top seeds: San Diego State, Florida State, North Carolina & Duke)

(under current format, winners of these four games would advance to one site for 2nd/3rd round, likely at San Diego St)

(62) Long Island
at (3) San Diego State

(35) Kentucky
at (30) Texas Tech

(51) Utah State
at (14) Duke

(46) Central Michigan  (based on actual field … Louisville based on the CNR)
at (19) Georgetown

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(under current format, winners of these four games would advance to one site for 2nd/3rd round, likely at Florida State)

(59) Milwaukee
at (6) Florida State

(38) Miami
at (27) Virginia Tech

(54) Colgate
at (11) North Carolina

(43) Illinois  (based on actual field … Arizona State based on the CNR)
at (22) West Virginia

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QUADRANT-4 (top seeds: Virginia, Penn State, Wake Forest & Texas A&M)

(under current format, winners of these four games would advance to one site for 2nd/3rd round, likely at Virginia)

(61) Tennessee-Martin
at (4) Virginia

(36) Colorado College
at (29) La Salle

(52) Radford
at (13) Texas A&M

(45) Wisconsin  (based on actual field … Long Beach based on the CNR)
at (20) Notre Dame

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(under current format, winners of these four games would advance to one site for 2nd/3rd round, likely at Penn State)

(60) Oakland
at (5) Penn State

(37) Denver
at (28) Michigan

(53) Georgia Southern
at (12) Wake Forest

(44) Long Beach State  (based on actual field … Illinois based on the CNR)
at (21) Santa Clara







 

 editor@collegesoccer360.com