The 2012 GDFL playoffs are around the corner and with that all playoff spots have been locked down so the GDFL has released the official 2012 GDFL Playoff bracket. The championship game will be played at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL October 13th .
The Central Penn Piranha have been ranked No.1 most of the season and are the favorites to win the fourth ever championship in the leagues history. Naturally the Piranha are favored to win the Northern Elite bracket but could face the defending GDFL champion Chambersburg Cardinals in the third round along the way. The Piranha defeated the Cardinals in their only meeting this season.
The South Georgia Sting, Greenville Seminoles and the Carolina Venom are the favorites out of the Southern Elite bracket. This is easily the toughest bracket out of the four in the GDFL playoffs. This bracket also features a team from H.O.T.S (Heart of the South). The GDFL entered into a partnership with the H.O.T.S. at the beginning of season.
The South Buffalo Celtics are the favorite out of the Northern Empire bracket however despite having to play in a wild card game the Christian County Outlaws remain a threat out of that bracket as well.
The 2011 GDFL runner-up Oklahoma Thunder are faced with a wild card game int he opening round but the Oklahoma City Diamondbacks and Indianapolis Tornadoes will be the teams many are looking for to win the Southern Empire bracket. The Diamondbacks have beaten the Thunder twice this season accounting for the only losses by the Thunder.