Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Computers can't lie

There is much recently hubbub about how the BCS selection went down this year. Now I am all for a playoff system, but I need to make one thing clear.

The computers did not pick this match-up, the pollsters did. I have seen many-a-article bash the BCS because a computer that never watched a football game picked the two teams to play. This is rubbish. If we look at the computer rankings we see that it paired Virginia Tech and LSU.

Don't blame the computers for a stupid decision, when it is the people that make a worse decision.


Neel Mehta said...

The state of college football got me so upset that I had to write about it over at Brevity too.

The AP poll, which is voted on by humans (sports writers, which are presumably human) collectively ranked 9-3 Florida over 12-0 Hawaii.

Now, if they were willing to quit their jobs to become Tim Tebow's agents (or lovers), I would understand. But any other reason/excuse is illogical and wrong.

The Math Ninja said...

Being in the Big XII, maybe I notice it more...but really, Mizzou got it bad. They were #1 going into a game that they earned their way into. They lost to OU and now they don't even go to a BCS bowl. But KU, who Mizzou did beat, is going to a BCS bowl. So, KU go rewarded for not winning the north and Mizzou was penalized.

I just don't like it.

Braveharte said...

Mizzou also beat Illinois who's in.

Ookami Snow said...

If they don't go to a playoff system, they are going to have to make a change about how teams are selected into the BCS bowl games.

Rewarding Ohio St. for not playing in a conference championship game is illogical, same goes for KU too.

Mizzou would have done better had they turned down playing in the Big XII title game...