PROTEST PLAYOFF '04: Data and Analysis

Hit the jump for the full bracket and some assorted data and tables. Eventually. Photobucket is messing up on me again. Hopefully everything shows up at some point today.

Congratulations are due to Oklahoma, by the way. 21-20 is a lot more respectable than 55-19. At least in this alternate reality you didn't deliver the first in a long string of utter embarrassments.

Also, USC's championship represents the first time the current BCS system has been validated. It's the first time in seven years that the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds met as they are supposed to, it's the first time in seven years that No. 1 finally won the whole thing like they're supposed to and it's the first time in seven years that the FBS mythical champion has been the same as the BCS "real life" champion. So, uh, good for you, Trojans...?

The 2004 FBS Playoff Field

2004

 

Final Associated Press Poll (with final game result)

  1. USC (16-0) - beat Oklahoma 21-20 in the Orange Bowl
  2. Oklahoma (15-1) - lost to USC 20-21 in the Orange Bowl
  3. Auburn (13-1) - lost to Louisville 20-45 in the Sugar Bowl
  4. Utah (12-1) - lost to Texas 10-61 in the Holiday Bowl
  5. Texas (12-2) - lost to USC 10-16 in the Rose Bowl
  6. Louisville (12-2) - lost to Oklahoma 17-41 in the Fiesta Bowl
  7. Boise State (11-2) - lost to Georgia Tech 40-51 in the Liberty Bowl
  8. Virginia Tech (11-3) - lost to Oklahoma 14-45 in the Cotton Bowl
  9. Navy (10-2) - beat New Mexico 34-19 in the Emerald Bowl
  10. Georgia (10-3) - beat Wisconsin 24-21 in the Outback Bowl
  11. Iowa (10-3) - lost to USC 7-33 in the Capital One Bowl
  12. Cal (10-3) - lost to Texas Tech 31-45 in the Poinsettia Bowl
  13. Tennessee (10-3) - beat Texas A&M 38-7 in the Independence Bowl
  14. Miami (9-3) - beat Florida 27-10 in the Peach Bowl
  15. Florida State (9-3) - beat West Virginia 30-18 in the Gator Bowl
  16. Wisconsin (9-3) - lost to Georgia 21-24 in the Outback Bowl
  17. Arizona State (9-3) - beat Purdue 27-23 in the Sun Bowl
  18. Boston College (9-3) - beat North Carolina 37-24 in the Continental Tire Bowl
  19. Fresno State (9-3) - beat Virginia 37-34 in overtime in the MPC Computers Bowl
  20. Michigan (9-4) - lost to Oregon State 37-38 in the Insight Bowl
  21. LSU (9-4) - lost to Ohio State 25-33 in the Citrus Bowl
  22. Texas Tech (8-4) - beat Cal 45-31 in the Poinsettia Bowl
  23. Ohio State (8-4) - beat LSU 33-25 in the Citrus Bowl
  24. Virginia (8-4) - lost to Fresno State 34-37 in overtime in the MPC Computers Bowl
  25. Pittsburgh (8-5) - lost to Wyoming 7-24 in the Las Vegas Bowl

 

The Champions

Real BCS

TennesseeRight FloridaStateRight OklahomaRight MiamiRight
1998 1999 2000 2001
Tennessee Volunteers Florida State Seminoles Oklahoma Sooners Miami Hurricanes
OhioStateRight LSURight USCRight
2002 2003 2004
Ohio State Buckeyes LSU Tigers USC Trojans

 

Sim-FBS

KansasStateRight KansasStateRight FloridaStateRight FloridaRight
1998 1999 2000 2001
Kansas State Wildcats Kansas State Wildcats Florida State Seminoles Florida Gators
OklahomaRight BoiseStateRight USCRight
2002 2003 2004
Oklahoma Sooners Boise State Broncos USC Trojans

 

Playoff Participation

2004participation16

 

2004participation8

 

2004participation4

 

2004participation2

 

Playoff Records

2004coach

 

2004conference

 

2004seed-1

 

2004seed-all

 

2004team

 

All helmet images are courtesy of The Helmet Project. Check it out - it's pretty cool.

 

BracketCat's Protest Playoff Archives

1998: Selection Sunday | Sweet 16 (1) | Sweet 16 (2) | Elite 8 | Final 4 | Fiesta | Data | Encore

1999: Selection Sunday | Sweet 16 (1) | Sweet 16 (2) | Elite 8 | Final 4 | Sugar | Data | Encore

2000: Selection Sunday | Sweet 16 (1) | Sweet 16 (2) | Elite 8 | Final 4 | Orange | Data | Encore

2001: Selection Sunday | Sweet 16 (1) | Sweet 16 (2) | Elite 8 | Final 4 | Rose | Data

2002: Selection Sunday | Sweet 16 (1) | Sweet 16 (2) | Elite 8 | Final 4 | Fiesta | Data

2003: Selection Sunday | Sweet 16 (1) | Sweet 16 (2) | Elite 8 | Final 4 | Sugar | Data

2004: Selection Sunday | Sweet 16 (1) | Sweet 16 (2) | Elite 8 | Final 4 | Orange

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