Alabama Crimson Tide Ranked No. 4 by One BCS Computer

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Alabama Crimson Tide Ranked No. 4 by One BCS Computer
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Get your popcorn ready, college football fans, because some major BCS controversy involving the two-time defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide could be on deck in the coming weeks.

The Tide rest comfortably with an enormous lead in both of the Week 7 polls, but one BCS computer sees things much differently than the voters.

As Michael Casagrande of AL.com pointed out, the Colley Matrix—one of six rating systems that help to determine one-third of the BCS rankings—has 'Bama all the way down at No. 4 (and Oregon at No. 10).

Wesley N. Colley markets his Matrix as the "bias-free college football ranking method" and claims to have no bias toward conference, tradition or history. A full explanation can be seen on the Colley Rankings website, but unless you have a Ph.D. from Princeton like Colley does, it might just look like a foreign language.

Where the Coaches' Top 5 Rank in each BCS Computer
Team Coaches Poll Sagarin Billingsley Massey A&H Colley Comp Avg
Alabama 1 2 2 1 1 4 2
Oregon 2 1 7 2 10 10 6
Ohio State 3 15 4 14 8 8 9.8
Clemson 4 6 5 5 2 3 4.2
Stanford 5 8 1 7 4 1 4.2

Various Sources

Colley ranks Stanford, Florida State and Clemson ahead of Alabama, with Oklahoma coming in at No. 5. The Cardinal also come in at No. 1 in the Billingsley Report, with the Tide at No. 2.

Alabama ranks at No. 4 in the Colley, No. 2 in the Billingsley, No. 2 in Sagarin's Elo Chess and No. 1 in the Anderson & Hester and Massey Ratings. The sixth computer rating, the Wolfe Ratings, won't come out until next week.

Keep in mind that, together, these six computers make up only one-third of the BCS ratings. The remaining two-thirds are split between the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Harris Poll. The Harris Poll also won't be released until next week.

The first BCS rankings will be released at the conclusion of Week 8.

And for those looking for this confusing madness to end, the college football playoff begins in 2014. 

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