Alabama's Longest One Second
Last night's BCS Championship Game certainly settled things (and quickly). With their victory over Notre Dame complementing every else they've achieved this season, it is not surprising that Alabama has moved into #1 in these algorithmic rankings at most values of the bias parameter, p, as visualized below.
Like all but one of the official BCS computer rankings, the (having nothing to do with the process) RWFL rankings have Florida at #2, not just at our selected p=0.75 bias parameter but at all values of p, despite Alabama's SEC Championship win over Georgia. But Florida is #4 in the polls, and rules are rules.
A few minor differences are evident when comparing the plot below with last week's figure; but on the whole, the trends are very similar. Florida continues to be the "surprise" #2 at all values of p in the RWFL rankings, but it would seem to be all but academic that the BCS title game will feature Notre Dame against the winner of the Alabama-Georgia SEC Championship Game. We will wait to see how much higher the winner of that game rises in the RWFL rankings.
Notre Dame and postseason-ineligible Ohio State are the only remaining unbeaten teams. The conventional wisdom this morning is that an Alabama-Georgia SEC Championship Game might well determine the team to play Notre Dame for the BCS Championship. Interestingly, Florida is currently the solid #2 in the RWFL system at all values of p below. But a one-loss SEC Champion team certainly makes a good argument for inclusion in the BCS Championship Game.