January 10th, 2013 02:39 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Alabama, BCS, Fighting Irish, Notre Dame
On Monday night, Alabama thrashed Notre Dame 42-14 in the BCS Championship Game. Now one of the computer ranking services that makes up part of the BCS formula has posted its final rankings for the season and the Fighting Irish are still ranked #1… ahead of #2 Alabama. Nevermind that whole 28-point beatdown on Monday.
The Colley Matrix has a top 10 consisting of Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Oregon, Stanford, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Georgia and Kansas State.
So how can Notre Dame be ranked ahead of Alabama? The Colley system isn’t allowed to use margin of victory in its formula. The BCS power brokers decided a few years ago to take margin of victory out of their overall formula and the result has been a string of flawed computer polls. Alabama’s 28-point win on Monday might as well have been a one-point nailbiter won on a last-second field goal.
Kudos to those computer ranking systems that bailed from the BCS when ordered to remove margin of victory from their formulas. Had they done it, their rankings would be as useless as Colley’s are today.
Notre Dame still #1 over a team that beat it by 28 points? That just doesn’t compute.
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