And then there were 12. The AFC and PFC are guaranteed first-time champions, while the NFC has a 75% at a repeat champ. Round One lived up to the playoff hype with all but one matchup coming down to Monday Night Football. Congratulations to the semifinalists. Pour one out, however, for those championship contenders no longer with us:
War Pony, the Cocks, Dead Again, DominationStation, the Havoc, and the Xtreme
will all have to wait until 2020 to compete for a championship.
The AFC is down to Fitzgerald, Roe, Reed, and Green, and the field is wide open. Green and his Doughboys are In the semifinals for the fifth time in six seasons. After losing the last three Thunder Bowls, could this finally be their year?
Four teams. Seven championships between them. This is a loaded NFC field that includes three former champions, two three-time champions, and the defending champion.
SoonerJack is a three-time champion and the number one seed. But his 9-4 record masks a decidedly weak WR corps. Meanwhile, the Whackers coasted to a 6-1 start as perhaps the NFC favorite before injuries derailed their dominance. They upset Dead Again in Round One, though, and I think they'll do it again here to SoonerJack.
Team Tadlock and the FDC Chiefs are perennial contenders, but they're joined by the upstart Nightmares and Vandals. No matter who reaches the Patriot Bowl, it will be their first time.
Team Tadlock Is the third-best team in the entire OIL, but the Chiefs are always tough. Pennington is in the semifinals for the second consecutive season. While Team Tadlock has averaged over 15 more points per game than the FDC Chiefs, the Chiefs have averaged 160 points per game the last four weeks behind stellar waiver-wire pickup Ryan Tannehill. I'm picking the Chiefs to continue their hot streak straight into the Patriot Bowl.