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Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
yeah, that's the one the barners use
As I've said all year, as a rather computer savvy person, I hate the computer polls. They are mostly flawed to begin with, and are hopeless without margin of victory.
When two teams have the same record, and one crushed the other, there's only one way the ranking should go.
But we don't have the same record. We have 1 more victory, including 1 more top 25 victory, than ND. And obviously this thing doesn't account for head-to-head. This is the one that is created by a UAHuntsville professor if I'm not mistaken.
Komputahs is stoopid
But really the computer ranking that has them first should be banned. Bad formula
Never Gets Old
So I guess they are ordering thousands of "We're # 1" shirts in South Bend.
1984 300ZX Anniversary Model, 1970 Olds 442 W-30 & Pepper Bird
Time to haul out a hammer, too.......smash that sucka......
Tough to believe this, No computers for the playoff though, just a search committee
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This is sort of the interesting thing with the Colley Matrix, it really only focuses on how many losses you had, and who you played. It doesn't actually care which specific games *were* the losses. Considering that margin of victory is dissallowed, it isn't too far off to say that his formula is a mathematically complicated version of "your opponents went .650, and you went .900, so you get a score of .595". It really doesn't care if we lost to Texas A&M or FAU, so long as our opponents' records were the same. An article on it is linked below.
This goes back to a point I've made several times this year. Many computer formulas are blind to the difficulty of winning "elite" games. They, far more than humans, will consistently rank a team that beats 3 .600 teams over a team that goes 2-1 against 3 undefeated teams. It's just that Colley is even worse, as it would rather you go 4-1 against 5 .750 teams than 4-1 against 3 undefeated teams and 2 FAUs. A computer is only as good as the forumula it runs, and our computer polls have some pretty poor formulas right now.
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