Alabama Continues Leading In BCS

The new College Football Playoff system, which goes into effect at the end of the 2014 season, has a committee of Condaleza Rice and 14 others. They will make up their own parameters, etc. And it has been said they will have available to them all resources. That spells Computers, and it starts with C, and that rhymes with B, and that stands for Bull.

The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) system now in place relies 33 per cent on a group of six mysterious computer programs which are kept secret and which vary widely. First of all, if this could be done by computer, it would take only one, and there would be no need for Condaleza. But look at them! Northern Illinois is ranked 18th in the most recent BCS standings. Northern Illinois was 20th in the Harris Interactive Poll and 20th in the Coaches Poll conducted by USA Today. In the Computer Rankings, Northern Illinois was 22nd by Anderson & Hester and 20th by Massey. But Sagarin had Northern Illinois No. 4!

Can anyone explain why these computers are being used?

By the way, Alabama continues number one in the BCS Standings this week, but only because the human polls – the Harris Poll and the Coaches Poll – both have the Crimson Tide number one. Those polls have Florida State number three. But because FSU gets the benefit of these mysterious computer rankings – which have the Seminoles No. 1 in five of the six programs – Florida State is number two in the BCS Rankings, ahead of Oregon, No. 2 in both human polls, but third by the computers.

Some of the computer guys in the past have said not to pay any attention to their programs because they won't take complete effect until all the games have played. Well, duh! That's the same for the human polls. But if a voter in the human polls had a team fourth when the preponderance of other voters have that team 20th, the voter with number four would be politely uninvited from participation.

Oddly, the computer rankings could conceivably affect the way a human voter might see things.

The BCS is best known for putting the best two teams together at the end of the year in a national championship game. There has been basically no complaint that the BCS has not accomplished that charge.

The BCS also arranges games for the four bowls that participate in the series – Rose, Fiesta, Sugar, and Orange, albeit with parameters that put teams at traditional bowl destinations when possible.

The rest of the top ten in the BCS has Ohio State fourth, Stanford fifth, Baylor sixth, Clemson seventh, Missouri eighth, Auburn ninth, and Oklahoma tenth.

SEC teams lurking nearby are 12. South Carolina, 13. LSU, and 15. Texas A&M.

This week Alabama has a tough assignment, hosting LSU in Bryant-Denny Stadium at 7 p.m. CST Saturday. CBS will televise the game. Computers, unfortunately, cannot watch television.

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