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Picking your College Team: A Guide – Part 2

We are back and ready to complete step two of the Elimination process. It is week 1 and the start of the College season and it is time to get rid of another state. Now the likelihood is that you will have a travel buddy of some description whether that is like in my case a spouse, it may be a friend, a fellow football fan or it could even be someone you are always planning trips with but never actually book them.

However this scenario presents itself to you it is likely we all have a travelling buddy of some description. It is time to hand off the power to them, add a little spice to the process. Personally I spoke to wife this morning and listed the states that were still in the running. I asked her to pick the state she least wants to go to and then that would in turn eliminate the next participants in the race to become my favourite team.

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Her choice could not have been clearer, she choose New Jersey and with that the list of teams got shorter. Well I say it got shorter, we lost one team as only one FBS team is based out of New Jersey and that is the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

What Remains

Another elimination is complete, however we only lost one team bringing our list down to 54 college teams remaining in the hunt. Next up we need to find a way to completely flip the remaining field of teams to get some serious progress towards the next steps of fandom. How do we do this though? Well we have a rivalry week, a sort of varsity competition between states. For this one you will need to collect together your states, for me that is 14, and then pair them up as fairly as you can, for example pair them per amount of teams available.

Then once you have these lists, and remember some of these cuts need to be brutal, we eliminate the teams in those states who lost. For example UTEP play New Mexico State in the first game of the season, therefore loser goes home. This elimination only works if both teams are in the running, therefore teams who play outside of the list, for example San Jose State get a reprieve and live to fight another day.

Final caveat to the rule, the state with the most lost teams is eliminated, so if California puts forward four teams, and Utah two, then both states could only win one game and yet California would be gone from the race. The team economy of a state really comes into play here.

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My pairs are as follows:

UTEP Miners Vs New Mexico State Aggies
Pittsburgh Panthers Vs UMass Minutemen
Mississippi State Bulldogs Vs Louisiana State Bulldogs
Texas Longhorns Vs Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns
USC Trojans Vs San Jose State Spartans
Texas State Bobcats Vs Baylor Bears
Houston Cougars Vs Texas Tech Red Raiders
UCLA Bruins Vs LSU Tigers
California Golden Bears Vs Nevada Wolf Pack
Arizona Wildcats Vs BYU Cougars

There you have it, at least 10 teams will have left our race by the time week 2 of the season rolls around, and the teams from Texas, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Louisiana, California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah will await the results knowing their state could go too. The next cut will be the most extreme, so join me next week for the aftermath and Part 3 right here!

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