The NCAA Tournament bracket was released on Sunday evening and, as is my duty, I viewed the release through a football perspective.

Twenty-nine programs have now officially reached the football postseason and the NCAA Tournament. Most of them hail from the Power 5 conferences, because the bar is much lower there. Power 5 schools suck up most of the bowl bids and the vast majority of at-large Dance tickets. The Big 12 led the way on a per capita basis with 60 percent of its membership reaching the promised land in football and basketball, followed by the ACC (50 percent), the SEC (36 percent), the Big Ten (29 percent) and the Pac-12 (25 percent). (It hasn’t been a good year for the Pac-12 — Larry Scott’s league missed the College Football Playoff and placed only two at-large teams in the tournament, both of whom were shipped to Dayton for the First Four.)

ACC (7)
Clemson
Duke
Florida State
Miami
NC State
Virginia
Virginia Tech

Big Ten (4)
Michigan
Michigan State
Ohio State
Purdue

Big 12 (6)
Kansas State
Oklahoma
Texas
TCU
Texas Tech
West Virginia

Pac-12 (3)
Arizona
Arizona State
UCLA

SEC (5)
Alabama
Auburn
Kentucky
Missouri
Texas A&M

The bar is much higher to clear at the mid-major and FCS level. In fact, exactly one (1!) such school received an at-large bowl bid and an at-large tournament selection — Houston. The other four such schools all had to win their conference basketball tournaments to reach the field.

FBS Group of 5/FCS (5)
Georgia State — Sun Belt
Houston — American
Marshall — Conference USA
San Diego State — Mountain West
South Dakota State — Missouri Valley/Summit League

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National columnist - Zach joined the staff in 2012...and has been attempting to improve Doug and Scott's writing ability ever since (to little avail). Outside of football season, you can find him watching the San Antonio Spurs reading Game of Thrones fan theories.