I have always had a healthy respect for those who are experts in technology, particularly folks who have a great understanding of computer software.
Some of the most interesting articles I have written or read concern data arrived through numbers crunching.
A neighbor of mine has a son who believes that he has solved the mystery of predicting football games. He apparently is making a living by navigating winners and losers each week by reading data analysis and other such secret information.
When making game predictions, many rely upon how they feel about the game based upon knowledge and information, including past performance. David Kim has advised me that "statistical referencing" is the only important issue in predicting games. What?
He informs me that transferring information through his program makes knowledge of who has "been successful in the past," "tradition," and "pulling for your team" meaningless.
David wishes to share his system with Bleacher Report. We'll avoid any specific regular season games and cut right to having him project the bowl participants. Be warned, he states there is better than a 50 percent chance this will come to pass.
Chick-fil-A Sandwich Bowl: Tennessee versus Ga. Tech
Liberty Bowl: Mississippi versus Tulsa
Holiday Bowl: Texas Tech versus Arizona State
Sun Bowl: Nebraska versus Notre Dame
Outback Steak House Bowl: Florida versus Wisconsin
Capitol One Credit Card Bowl: Alabama versus Penn State
Cotton Bowl: Auburn versus Oklahoma
Gator Bowl: Va Tech versus West Va
Sugar Bowl: Georgia versus Pitt
Orange Bowl: LSU versus Maryland
Fiesta Bowl: Texas versus Utah
Rose Bowl: California versus Ohio State
BCS Title Game: Southern California versus Missouri
Well, isn't that interesting? No BCS Title Game for #1 Oklahoma and #2 Alabama, instead they "each lose their conference title games, opening the door for the second-place teams in those divisions (Texas and LSU) to qualify for the BCS at-large openings elsewhere."
Apparently, the key to all of these matters rests with the final record of Michigan State. Who the Spartans defeat, who they lose to, will determine the placement of six of the above teams due to the effect they have on each of the other teams' final record. You mean wild card?
We can have a lively discussion about this computerized information, but, for goodness sake, half the fun of football is presenting your ideas with emotion and conviction. I appreciate David sharing this with us; however, I feel games will always be settled on the field, where intensity, coaching maneuvers, and pressure can affect the outcome.
Let the arguments begin.