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)
One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.
During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest. The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.
“We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.
“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.
Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.
Oklahoma State’s defense has taken what will likely prove to be a very significant and impactful blow.
On Twitter as well as Instagram late Tuesday night, Ryan Simmons announced that he “recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery.” As a result, Simmons, who was injured in the Week 5 win over Kansas State, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, even as OSU has yet to officially confirm the linebacker’s status moving forward.
Because Simmons is a senior, and this is his final season of eligibility, the end of his 2015 season would also mean the end of his collegiate career.
Simmons has started the last 31 games for the Cowboys. He was second on the team in tackles last season, and his 26 career tackles for loss makes him OSU’s active leader in that category as well.
On his official bio, it’s written that Simmons is “[o]ne of the unquestioned leaders of the team, both on and off the field.”