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Tom Bowl Formula breakdown

The Tom Bowl has decided to institute the Tom Bowl Formula for selecting the teams to invite to Tom Bowl XVII

Step 1

Begin with the top 16 teams in the nation. This selection is based on the premise that if a playoff was instituted it would be a four round process comprised of 16 teams.

Alabama
Auburn
Florida
Georgia
Louisville
LSU
Miami
Notre Dame
Ohio State
Oregon
Penn State
TCU
Texas 
Virginia Tech
West Virginia

Step 2 

Cross Reference the top 16 with the computer top 16. Did the team beat a team that appears in the computer composite top 16. This is based on the computer knowing something the rest of us don't.

Team Beat
Auburn Georgia
Florida Georgia
Georgia LSU
LSU Auburn
Miami Va Tech
Notre Dame Michigan
Ohio State Michigan
Penn State OSU
Texas OSU
USC ND
Virginia Tech West Va

Eliminated
Alabama
Louisville
Oregon
TCU
West Virginia

Step 3 

Did the team beat at least three teams that were ranked when you played them minus the games lost against unranked teams. Important to note: This is whether the team beaten was ranked or unranked at the time the teams played not an end result at the completion of the year.

For example: Notre Dame defeated #23 Pittsburgh, #3 Michigan, #22 Purdue lost to unranked Michigan State. 3-1=2. Does not qualify.

This is based on the premise that there was a reason a team was ranked so high when the team played them. The pressure and expectation is higher and the fact the team beat them contributed to the other team dropping in the polls. In addition, injuries and other factors may contribute to why a team declined later in the year. Losing to an unranked team is also embarrassing and that loss, their victory, is what pulled them into the polls. Makes sense if you don't think about it.

Georgia (4)
LSU (4)
Ohio State (5)
Penn State (3)
Texas (3)
USC (5)

Eliminated
Auburn (2-1=1)
Florida (3-1=2)
Notre Dame (3-1=2)
Miami (2-1=1)
Virginia Tech (2-0=2)

Step 4 

Did team lose to any team remaining eligible in head to head match up.

This has to be in here somewhere. If a team loses to some other team after all that they shouldn't be here.

Georgia
Penn State
Texas
USC

Eliminated

Team Lost to
LSU Georgia
Ohio State Penn State

Step 5

Did team lose to any team remaining in the pool of eliminated teams.

It's not exactly fair to let some team stick around here and become Tom Bowl eligible if a team that was also part of the process beat them earlier.

Penn State
Texas
USC

Eliminated

Team Lost to
Georgia Auburn, Florida

That completes the five step Tom Bowl formula.

Tom Bowl XVII match-up.

Penn State vs. Texas vs. USC