How They Measure Up: Demystifying the BCS Computer Rankings

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How They Measure Up: Demystifying the BCS Computer Rankings
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To make it to Glendale, teams will have to impress the computers as well as the humans.

One third of the BCS formula consists of an average of six computer rankings—that’s not really a secret.

But if you thought the brains behind the computer rankings were all mathematicians or statistical experts you’d be wrong. You’d also be wrong if you thought someone, anyone, was checking the formulas for accuracy and validity. In fact, five of the six inputs are proprietary.

A description of each and their top five teams this week follows:

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