December 4, 2003

College Football and Computers

POST #    608

College football is one of the few sports that incorporates computers into a ranking system for its participants. Starting in 1998, the Bowl Championship Series has been used to determine the match-ups for the most prestigious bowls. The NY Times has an article about the various computer rankings used. It's a nice primer for those that don't know too much about what the B.C.S. rankings entail. It doesn't get too in depth about each poll's formulas, but it does mention what the polls look at and emphasize. The Times also looks at some of the people behind the polls and their credentials.

I wonder if Justin and I could start our own rankings. His college football knowledge and my computer. I think we would need a statistician too.

- NY Times: In the College Bowl Race, the Crucial Players Are the Programmers

Posted by tien mao in Sports at 12:36 AM



I like the idea of starting our own college football rankings. We could call it the top 25, or "little read book index" or something!

I actually prefer subjective, human rankings though, not computer ones. However, one thing I do like about computers is how they adjust their rankings constantly and do not simply rely on the previous week's order. What I mean is, if a team gets a big win, they can jump up several spots in the computer polls. In the media/coaches polls though, often times that same team will only move up if teams ahead of them lose.

Posted by: Justin at December 5, 2003 1:38 PM

justin, you are more than welcome to do a ranking on my site. just let me know and i can set up a username and password. you just have to promise that you will do it every week during the season.

Posted by: tien at December 5, 2003 2:03 PM

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