A Much-Needed Refresher Course on How the BCS Works

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A Much-Needed Refresher Course on How the BCS Works
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We're getting to the point of the season where the BCS standings are going to start to matter very soon. They don't yet—the only thing important to your team right now is still the next opponent in front of it, and that ain't about to change—but the standings are eventually going to decide who plays in the big bowls.

So now's as good a time as any to go back over what it is you're actually looking at with these BCS standings. It's easy for your eyes to just glaze over the mass of numbers next to each team as you go down the list, but it's even easier to figure out what those numbers mean if you know what you're looking at.

The math isn't even intimidating, either; it's grade-school-level arithmetic. At least it is in the BCS standings, anyway; you'll have to ask the computer poll operators about their formulas (and they won't answer you).

But back to the original point: All you need to know about the calculations of the BCS standings is what you already learned in, like, fourth grade.

So it's time to get brushed up. Let's do this.


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