Butler High's football team is in a 64-team virtual national high school football championship that begins today.
The tournament is being seeded by USA Today editors, using 50 state football champions, like the Bulldogs, plus 14 at-large berths. The opponents will play in computer simulations programmed by Ken Massey, one of mathematicians whose computer models were used to create the BCS rankings for college football 10 years ago. Massey is a professor of mathematics at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn.
Butler was the No. 13 seed in the South and beat Hoover (Ala) in its first round "game". Butler meets Camden County (GA) in its second round game.
The winner will be announced Jan. 9 at this link. The winning school will get a national championship trophy. A similar girls and boys basketball "tournament" is also planned in the spring.