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Why Jeff Sagarin Doesn't Deserve to Have a Hand in the BCS
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A bachelor of science degree in mathematics from MIT is all that's required to become a major driving force in the multibillion dollar Bowl Championship Series.

Enter Jeff Sagarin.

This 1970 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has become one of the most well-known sports statisticians around. But his ranking methodology is botching his all-important slice of the BCS rankings pie. Even by his own admission, the BCS is using the wrong rating system.

The BCS “computer ratings” are perhaps the most mystifying part of the whole chase for the national championship. Try as we might, the so-called experts can't manage to pull back the curtain on how these rankings work.

But we do know they're destroying college football.

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