PROTEST PLAYOFF '07: Selection Sunday

20 DAYS UNTIL KICKOFF!

Stay tuned for quite a bit more programming this week. Yes, it got a little quiet around here near the end of last week, but it was only the calm before the information storm. I caught up on quite a bit this weekend, so you can expect Protest Playoff as normal every day at noon this week. Also, I cranked out three other posts on various subjects, beginning with the abortive Dominique Sutton post you accidentally might have seen if you check the blog at least once per hour. Look for those to post at midnight starting Tuesday, so you'll have something interesting to read in the mornings.

And I can't end this without promoting the extremely excellent position-by-position breakdowns Panjandrum will start this week. He put a lot of work into this, guys, and I think you'll be very pleased with the results.

Yep, it's gonna be a huge week here at Bring on the Cats, and I don't care what rumors you might have heard about players getting injured or quitting - we're not giving up on this team and we're going to keep rolling out content, full speed ahead, until glorious, glorious kickoff.

Selection Sunday for 2007 is after the jump.

Straight seeding yields:

  1. Ohio State Buckeyes: Big Ten Champion (who will probably get destroyed by an SEC team again.)
  2. LSU Tigers: SEC Champion (who already won it last season in a minor upset.)
  3. Virginia Tech Hokies: ACC Champion (who got embarrassed by Kansas in the Orange Bowl.)
  4. Oklahoma Sooners: Big 12 Champion (who got embarrassed by West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl.)
  5. Georgia Bulldogs: at-large (A successful season in spite of a Stafford infection.)
  6. Missouri Tigers: at-large (Beat OU and they play for it all - but Pinkel piddled down his leg.)
  7. USC Trojans: Pac-10 Champion (What the hell are they doing all the way down here?)
  8. Kansas Jayhawks: at-large (Don't worry - there isn't a chance in hell that they will win this thing. I'll take matters into my own hands if I have to...)
  9. West Virginia Mountaineers: Big East Champion (Coach Hee-Haw's crowning achievement.)
  10. Hawai'i Warriors: WAC Champion (who got embarrassed by Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.)
  11. Arizona State Sun Devils: at-large (Nation's best party school - screw you, Wisconsin, your chicks aren't hot enough - finally makes its first playoff appearance.)
  12. Florida Gators: at-large (Apparently, Tim Tebow had not yet ascended to the right hand of the Father...)
  13. BYU Cougars: Mountain West Champion (Not sure, but I think the Mormons have appeared more than any non-BCS school not named TCU or Boise State, who are both conspiciously absent this season.)
  14. UCF Golden Knights: C-USA Champion (How'd they get in here? Maybe they faked their playoff resume... Ba-dum-bum-SPLASH!)
  15. Florida Atlantic Owls: Sun Belt Champion (The Fighting Schnellenbergers...)
  16. Central Michigan Chippewas: MAC Champion (Brian Kelly's swan song)

Some shuffling was needed at the top, as LSU already defeated Virginia Tech in a major early-season match-up, dictating them to be on opposite sides of the bracket. So Oklahoma jumped the Hokies.

Of course, now Oklahoma is staring at a potential Elite Eight three-match against No. 6 Missouri, so that's gotta change. Flipping Missouri for No. 5 Georgia works out well, though, because Georgia did not play LSU in the 2007 regular season. That puts Florida on the top side of the bracket, away from the Bulldogs and the Tigers, both teams the Gators played.

One more round of shuffling was needed to complete the top eight seeds. Just like Florida needed to be opposite of Georgia and LSU, both teams it played who also did not play each other, so too does Missouri need to be opposite of Kansas and Oklahoma, both teams it played who also did not play each other. So Kansas jumps USC for the No. 7 seed, and the football gods cry salty tears of despondent doom. (Can you believe the Jayhawks actually had a better record than the Trojans that year?)

 

2007: The Field

No. 1 seed Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1; BCS #1): Big Ten Champion (automatic bid)
6th playoff appearance
3rd consecutive playoff appearance
- 1998: 4th round elimination
- 2002: 2nd round elimination
- 2003: 1st round elimination
- 2005: 3rd round elimination
- 2006: 3rd round elimination

Notable Wins: BCS #18 Wisconsin
Losses: BCS #13 Illinois
Head Coach: Jim Tressel (5-4 playoff record)
Offensive Style: Balanced

Quarterback: Todd Boeckman
Running Backs: Chris Wells and Brandon Saine
Wide Receivers: Brian Robiskie and Brian Hartline
Tight End: Rory Nicol

 

No. 2 seed LSU Tigers (11-2; BCS #2): SEC Champion (automatic bid)
5th playoff appearance
2nd consecutive playoff appearance
- 2001: 1st round elimination
- 2003: 4th round elimination
- 2004: 1st round elimination
- 2006: National Champion

Notable Wins: BCS #3 Virginia Tech, BCS #12 Florida, BCS #23 Auburn, BCS #16 Tennessee
Losses: Kentucky, Arkansas
Head Coach: Les Miles (4-0 playoff record)
Offensive Style: Favor Run

Quarterback: Matt Flynn
Running Backs: Jacob Hester and Keiland Williams
Wide Receivers: Early Doucet and Brandon LaFell
Tight End: Richard Dickson

 

No. 3 seed Oklahoma Sooners (11-2; BCS #4): Big 12 Champion (automatic bid)
6th playoff appearance
2nd consecutive playoff appearance
- 2000: 4th round elimination
- 2002: National Champion
- 2003: 3rd round elimination
- 2004: 4th round elimination
- 2006: 1st round elimination

Notable Wins: BCS #19 Texas, BCS #6 Missouri (x2)
Losses: Colorado, Texas Tech
Head Coach: Bob Stoops (12-4 playoff record)
Offensive Style: Balanced

Quarterback: Sam Bradford
Running Backs: Allen Patrick and DeMarco Murray
Wide Receivers: Manuel Johnson and Juaquin Iglesias
Tight End: Jermaine Gresham

 

No. 4 seed Virginia Tech Hokies (11-2; BCS #3): ACC Champion (automatic bid)
4th playoff appearance
- 1999: 4th round elimination
- 2000: 3rd round elimination
- 2004: 2nd round elimination

Notable Wins: BCS #15 Clemson, BCS #20 Virginia, BCS #14 Boston College
Losses: BCS #2 LSU, BCS #14 Boston College
Head Coach: Frank Beamer (6-3 playoff record)
Offensive Style: Balanced

Quarterback: Tyrod Taylor
Running Backs: Branden Ore and Jahre Cheeseman
Wide Receivers: Eddie Royal and Josh Hyman
Tight End: Sam Wheeler

 

No. 5 seed Missouri Tigers (11-2; BCS #6): Big 12 North Co-Champion (at-large bid)
1st playoff appearance

Notable Wins: BCS #13 Illinois, BCS #8 Kansas
Losses: BCS #4 Oklahoma (x2)
Head Coach: Gary Pinkel
Offensive Style: West Coast

Quarterback: Chase Daniel
Running Backs: Tony Temple and Jimmy Jackson
Wide Receivers: Jeremy Maclin and Danario Alexander
Tight End: Martin Rucker

 

No. 6 seed Georgia Bulldogs (10-2; BCS #5): SEC East Co-Champion (at-large bid)
5th playoff appearance
- 2002: 2nd round elimination
- 2003: 1st round elimination
- 2004: 1st round elimination
- 2005: 2nd round elimination

Notable Wins: BCS #12 Florida, BCS #23 Auburn
Losses: South Carolina, BCS #16 Tennessee
Head Coach: Mark Richt (2-4 playoff record)
Offensive Style: Favor Run

Quarterback: Matthew Stafford
Running Backs: Knowshon Moreno and Thomas Brown
Wide Receivers: Mohamed Massaquoi and Demiko Goodman
Tight End: Tripp Chandler

 

No. 7 seed Kansas Jayhawks (11-1; BCS #8): Big 12 North Co-Champion (at-large bid)
1st playoff appearance

Notable Wins: none
Losses: BCS #6 Missouri
Head Coach: Mark Mangino
Offensive Style: Balanced

Quarterback: Todd Reesing
Running Backs: Brandon McAnderson and Jake Sharp
Wide Receivers: Marcus Henry and Dexton Fields
Tight End: Derek Fine

 

No. 8 seed USC Trojans (10-2; BCS #7): Pac-10 Co-Champion (automatic bid)
6th consecutive playoff appearance
- 2002: 3rd round elimination
- 2003: 2nd round elimination
- 2004: National Champion
- 2005: National Champion
- 2006: 2nd round elimination

Notable Wins: BCS #11 Arizona State
Losses: Stanford, Oregon
Head Coach: Pete Carroll (12-3 playoff record)
Offensive Style: Balanced

Quarterback: John David Booty
Running Backs: Chauncey Washington and Stafon Johnson
Wide Receivers: Patrick Turner and Vidal Hazelton
Tight End: Fred Davis

 

No. 9 seed West Virginia Mountaineers (10-2; BCS #9): Big East Co-Champion (automatic bid)
2nd playoff appearance
- 2005: 1st round elimination

Notable Wins: BCS #22 Cincinnati, BCS #25 Connecticut
Losses: BCS #21 USF
Head Coach: Rich Rodriguez (0-1 playoff record)/Bill Stewart**
Offensive Style: Balanced

Quarterback: Patrick White
Running Backs: Steve Slaton and Noel Devine
Wide Receivers: Darius Reynaud and Dorrell Jalloh
Tight End: Sam Morrone

 

No. 10 seed Hawai'i Warriors (12-0; BCS #10): WAC Champion (automatic bid)
1st playoff appearance

Notable Wins: BCS #24 Boise State
Losses: none
Head Coach: June Jones
Offensive Style: Heavy Pass

Quarterback: Colt Brennan
Running Backs: Kealoha Pilares and Leon Wright-Jackson
Wide Receivers: Daniel Libre and Ryan Grice-Mullins
Tight End: Greg Salas

 

No. 11 seed Arizona State Sun Devils (10-2; BCS #11): Pac-10 Co-Champion (at-large bid)
1st playoff appearance

Notable Wins: none
Losses: Oregon, BCS #7 USC
Head Coach: Dennis Erickson
Offensive Style: Favor Run

Quarterback: Rudy Carpenter
Running Backs: Ryan Torain and Keegan Herring
Wide Receivers: Chris McGaha and Kyle Williams
Tight End: Brent Miller

 

No. 12 seed Florida Gators (9-3; BCS #2): at-large bid
6th playoff appearance
2nd consecutive playoff appearance
- 1998: 2nd round elimination
- 1999: 1st round elimination
- 2000: 1st round elimination
- 2001: National Champion
- 2006: 4th round elimination

Notable Wins: BCS #16 Tennessee
Losses: BCS #23 Auburn, BCS #2 LSU, BCS #5 Georgia
Head Coach: Urban Meyer (4-3 playoff record)
Offensive Style: Favor Run

Quarterback: Tim Tebow
Running Backs: Kestahn Moore and Brandon James
Wide Receivers: Percy Harvin and Andre Caldwell
Tight End: Cornelius Ingram

 

No. 13 seed BYU Cougars (10-2; BCS #20): Mountain West Champion (automatic bid)
3rd playoff appearance
2nd consecutive playoff appearance
- 2001: 1st round elimination
- 2006: 1st round elimination

Notable Wins: none
Losses: UCLA, Tulsa
Head Coach: Bronco Mendenhall (0-1 playoff record)
Offensive Style: Balanced

Quarterback: Max Hall
Running Backs: Harvey Unga and Manase Tonga
Wide Receivers: Austin Collie and Michael Reed
Tight End: Dennis Pitta

 

No. 14 seed UCF Knights (10-3; Sagarin #46*): C-USA Champion (automatic bid)
1st playoff appearance

Notable Wins: none
Losses: BCS #19 Texas, ECU, BCS #21 USF
Head Coach: George O'Leary
Offensive Style: Heavy Run

Quarterback: Kyle Israel
Running Backs: Kevin Smith and Phillip Smith
Wide Receivers: Kamar Aiken and Brian Watters
Tight End: Mike Merritt

 

No. 15 seed Florida Atlantic Owls (7-5; Sagarin #78*): Sun Belt Co-Champion (automatic bid)
1st playoff appearance

Notable Wins: none
Losses: Oklahoma State, Kentucky, BCS #21 USF, UL Monroe, BCS #12 Florida
Head Coach: Howard Schnellenberger
Offensive Style: West Coast

Quarterback: Rusty Smith
Running Backs: Charles Pierre and Willie Rose
Wide Receivers: Cortez Gent and Jason Harmon
Tight End: Jamari Grant

 

No. 16 seed Central Michigan Chippewas (8-5; Sagarin #82*): MAC Champion (automatic bid)
2nd consecutive playoff appearance
- 2006: 1st round elimination

Notable Wins: none
Losses: BCS #8 Kansas, Purdue, North Dakota State, BCS #15 Clemson, Eastern Michigan
Head Coach: Butch Jones
Offensive Style: West Coast

Quarterback: Dan LeFevour
Running Backs: Justin Hoskins and Ontario Sneed
Wide Receivers: Antonio Brown and Bryan Anderson
Tight End: JJ Watt

 

*BCS rankings only went from #1-25 from 2003-present, so I used Sagarin rankings to help seed all teams not listed in the BCS Top 25.

**Rich Rodriguez departed before the Fiesta Bowl, in which the team was coached by Bill Stewart. It is reasonable to hypothesize, however, that Rodriguez would have remained at West Virginia until the team was eliminated from the playoff.

 

2007: What Really Happened

Wikipedia's 2007 season summary

 

Tomorrow's Games

#16 Central Michigan @ #1 Ohio State
Ohio Stadium
Columbus, Ohio

#13 BYU @ #4 Virginia Tech
Lane Stadium
Blacksburg, Va.

#12 Florida @ #5 Missouri
Faurot Field
Columbia, Mo.

#9 West Virginia @ #8 USC
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles, Calif.

 

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 | Data

2005: Selection Sunday | Sweet 16 (1) | Sweet 16 (2) | Elite 8 | Final 4 | Rose | Data

2006: Selection Sunday | Sweet 16 (1) | Sweet 16 (2) | Elite 8 | Final 4 | Fiesta | Data

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