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I went to Eufaula High School but this does not average to 15 for me.
Total 51 divide by 3 polls = 17 not 15
Is the #19 computer ranking before or after they throw out the high and low computer rankings? ESPN noted in the BCS show that 2 computers ranked NIU at #12. Amazing!
I posted this on another thread but two weeks ago they were unranked. They beat Eatern Michigan and Kent State the last two weeks of the season to jump all the way to 15. There is no way that beating those two creampuffs should help a team jump 10+ spots in the BCS. Just does not make any sense.
Your math is correct but your method is not.
The BCS converts each teams poll results into a percentage based on points for each poll. Then, the BCS uses a team's computer ranking to create another percentage.
For NIU those percentages are .3471 (Harris), .3356 (Coaches) and .3000 (computers).
Those three numbers are then averaged the same way you averaged NIU's three rankings.
.3471 + .3356 + .3000 /3 = .3276 (rounded off).
Repeat that same method for every team, and then put them in order based on the result. NIU ends up at #15.
Here's the link to the full results showing every team's percentages.
I say Nate Silver should rank the teams by himself.
I not only don't understand how they got to #15, but how are they in Top 25? If I heard right, every coach had them on their ballots. Really? Why is that? Where is the pressure to vote for these minor schools coming from? More in Top 25 than ever and almost all don't belong. Who would take NIU, Kent State or San Jose State over USC, Okie State or West Virginia? Nobody. So why is everyone voting them up there? Gotta be pressure from somewhere to do it. It's not about merit anymore. Hmmmm, this is beginning to sound familiar....
It actually makes perfect sense in the context of the BCS. For as long as the BCS (and polls for that matter) have been in use, the two biggets factors in upward movement is winning and having teams in front of you lose.
So, with that in mind, there is a way for beating those cream puffs to help a team move up 10 spots. How? Have a stampede of teams lose and head the other direction, that's how.
It's not rocket science.
I believe everyone is saying that this is precisely the problem.
Well, obviously that new rule about a non-aq in the top 16 getting an automatic bid if that teams is ahead of an aq champion backfired. That said, I think that the rule giving any AQ conference champ a bid no matter what is just as bad of a rule since that rule let 5 loss Wisconsin and unranked Louisville in. Outside of the NCG all the rules for the BCS bowls are about money and not about merit, which has led to some less compelling matchups, both this season and in past seasons.
There only loss is to a 4-8 Iowa team
This whole thing is a joke! They have NO right being ranked period. When your big win is against Kansas by 7 there is something really wrong! I hope that fsu beats them by them by 95! I hope the score at half time is 66-0. I hope after the game that they give up football due to being so embarressed.
Perhaps, but Wisconsin was an anomaly since Ohio St and Penn St ineligible. The Big East has been a problem for years. The whole corrupt system is a joke and should be scrapped. And the fact it is no longer about merit reflects a larger trend in our society. It's all about "fairness" and not achievement. What a lesson we are teaching the next generation.
Well, the bowls have never really been about merit for decades.
I agree it is a flawed system, but don't blame NIU. They are just playing football and trying to win all their games, like every other team in the country.
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