College Track Bracketology – First Round

A few weeks ago, just as March Madness was taking off, I introduced my College Track Bracketology. Using the indoor season’s results, I picked 64 teams and seeded them into a six-round playoff.

I determined first-round winners by comparing best marks made outdoors in March and scoring as if a dual meet. The results:

Upsets are in yellow. If you prefer a .pdf version, here you go.

There were relatively few upsets, but one was huge. #1-ranked Florida was knocked off by Kennesaw State. The Gators have done little since winning the NCAA Indoor Championships, with quality results but not much across-the-board participation, and didn’t have enough results to fend off the Owls. Is this a big deal? Not really, since this is all just for fun.

Another “upset” was predicted by Spiked Up Psyched Up‘s Kevin Liao, that being UCLA over Illinois. UCLA is one of the teams that puts a lot more into the outdoor season than the indoor season, and already has run two dual meets.

The second round winners will be determined by marks acheived in the next two weeks. Three of the matchups I find most intriguing are Iowa versus Minnesota, Indiana versus Cornell, and Notre Dame versus Stanford. Partly this is due to regional concerns — they all include midwestern teams — but two are due to exceptional depth. Cornell and Notre Dame both have an army of athletes, and upsets are possible.

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