Looks like someone wasn’t watching the BCS championship Monday night. Or, computing numbers correctly. Either one.
ESPN’s BCS guru Brad Edwards shared an interesting piece of information Thursday morning via his Twitter account, noting that one BCS computer kept Notre Dame at No.1 despite a 42-14 beatdown by Alabama.
“Just checked final computer rankings and found this interesting item: Colley Matrix still has Notre Dame ranked No. 1,” Edwards tweeted. “It just underscores the flaw of rating teams without using margin of victory. One more year of this system, folks.”
Here’s the website for the Colley Matrix, one of six computer polls used by the BCS. As you can see, the Irish have an overall rating of .973997 with Alabama recording a .961139. Notre Dame has been ranked as the No. 1 team consistently in that poll since Week 9. The Tide dropped from No. 2 to No. 4 in the Colley Matrix after a loss to Texas A&M and never got higher than that spot until this week.
Not that it matters — there are no end-of-year BCS rankings and there’s certainly no disputing Alabama as the best team in the country — but it’s another headscratcher for the BCS.
2014 can’t get here fast enough. Then we’ll get to complain about the selection committee.
(Hat tip: al.com)