The newest and final BCS Rankings have come out, with the Alabama Crimson Tide claiming the No. 1 spot after destroying the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame 42-14 in the championship game in Miami. This final ranking is merely a formality for the top two teams. They decided on the field who was the better team, and not even the soulless BCS computers could screw that up.
Well, maybe one could.
The Colley Matrix, which is one of the six computer rankings the Bowl Championship Series uses in its formula to determine the top two teams, released its final ranking today. The Colley Matrix has Notre Dame ranked No. 1 in front of Alabama by approximately .013 percentage points.
Colley also has two-loss Florida, who was embarrassed by Louisville in the Sugar Bowl, ranked fourth, ahead of one-loss Fiesta Bowl Champions Oregon.
Each computer system the BCS employs uses a different algorithm to determine the best teams in the country. The Sagarin Poll is probably the most famous in the BCS: College basketball also uses Jeff Sagarin’s systems to rank college basketball teams, and it is these rankings that selection committees use to determine who will dance in March.
I wouldn’t begin to be able to explain how any of this works, but I do know The Colley Matrix does not take into account margin of victory or strength of schedule, which is logically absurd. Clearly the Colley Matrix has some explaining to do.
Congratulations, Notre Dame, you are the 2013 Colley Matrix National Champions.
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