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BCS computer ranks Notre Dame No. 1 over Alabama

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08:43 PM ET 01.11 | The BCS is a system that has been under intense criticism for the last five years, well, really since its inception, but the bulk of the hate has materialized and avalanched in recent years. It's been called a system of favorites, a flawed system, and a system that doesn't accurately reflect the best teams in the country. While BCS cronies starkly defend it as a money grubbing legitimate system of ranking college football teams, we've had yet another slip up when it comes to the BCS and its rankings. It's called the Colley Matrix and it's one of six computers that rank and make up the BCS standings. However, its final and official ranking of the 2012 season places Notre Dame as the No. 1 team in the country, despite being blown out in the championship game by the consensus No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide. The final rankings in the Colley Matrix had Notre Dame at No. 1 with a score of .973997, ahead of No. 2 Alabama, which came in at .961139. Every other system of ranking, both computer and human, ranked Alabama over Notre Dame because, ya know, they crushed them in a head-to-head matchup. But not the Colley Matrix.

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January 11, 2013  11:16 PM ET

Ja hey der, why is this site using KenoshaMarkie's baby picture's without his permission?

January 11, 2013  11:19 PM ET

That's why there are more factors than the colley matrix in BCS rankings

January 11, 2013  11:32 PM ET

Shared BCS titles, just like pre-BCS. Thank goodness for BCS to clear things up.

January 11, 2013  11:37 PM ET

Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M, Oregon, Stanford....all better than Notre Dame. If the computer doesn't see that - reprogram the computer.

January 11, 2013  11:50 PM ET

need an 8 team playoff using the bowls. of course there will still be complaints from the 9th/10th.......... teams. or just scrap the whole thing and go back to the way it was (i still say nebraska would have beaten michigan in a heads up game. ahhh the good old days.).

January 11, 2013  11:57 PM ET

Aahh...and to think that earlier this year some blowhard over on the Message Boards sounded off about how the Colley Matrix was the only true ranking system.

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January 12, 2013  12:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

need an 8 team playoff using the bowls. of course there will still be complaints from the 9th/10th.......... teams. or just scrap the whole thing and go back to the way it was (i still say nebraska would have beaten michigan in a heads up game. ahhh the good old days.).

16 teams seems more appropriate although they might not like making all that extra money

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January 12, 2013  08:28 AM ET
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So, do they now give the trophy to ND? Stoopid systems, and the 4 team playoff will be no better, it will four teams picked by a computer that folks do not like now. Just fix the whole system by only inviting the top four SEC teams and let them playoff for the title, better outcome and more accurate.

Stir it up, sir

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January 12, 2013  08:42 AM ET

Oh good God. The off-season is officially here.

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January 12, 2013  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

So, do they now give the trophy to ND? Stoopid systems, and the 4 team playoff will be no better, it will four teams picked by a computer that folks do not like now. Just fix the whole system by only inviting the top four SEC teams and let them playoff for the title, better outcome and more accurate.

I know you're just fishing, but sometimes I think you are in serious need of an adjustment to your meds. No computers used in the play-off. And none of you SEC homers could agree on the best 4 teams in the SEC.

January 12, 2013  08:50 AM ET

What's Neo's take on this?

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January 12, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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They said they will use a committee of people, and use info from computers in determining the best four.

I think the committee is going to use only a strength of schedule calculation with an eye on the out of conference schedule as well as the conference.

But, my memory went with my hair so this could be all wet.

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January 12, 2013  10:00 AM ET
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That's why there are more factors than the colley matrix in BCS rankings

Exactly. Do the math - this is one of six computer models designed to come up with one third of the selection process. That's about a 5.6% impact.

It's as if two of the human voters voted against Bama, despite the game. Big story about nothing much on a slow sports day.

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