Sunday, November 30, 2008

Breakin' the tie...

We don't have much to add to what we said last week. All eyes will be watching how this week's BCS Standings break the Big 12 South division tie. Using our own random walker rankings as an imperfect stand-in for what the group of computer systems will do, it appears that Oklahoma should pick up ground on Texas in the computers this week. Importantly, Oklahoma led Texas in both polls last week, but ended up far enough behind Texas in the computers to be behind Texas in the Standings (an average of the three). We'd guess that Oklahoma will gain enough ground in the computers, between their win over highly-ranked Oklahoma State and the follow-on effects of Kansas beating Missouri, that they will close the gap with Texas in the computers. So, quite simply, it might end up to the selections of the pollsters; if they stay consistent from last week, Oklahoma will go to the Big 12 Championship, but if they change their collective minds, it could still be Texas. We'll find out soon enough, and then we'll argue about it for at least a week (if not longer)... Boise State's slimmest of hopes for a BCS bowl remain alive, but still slim. As discussed last week, it first hinges on the last at-large bid, which might still be up for grabs if USC wins the Pac-10 by beating UCLA next week. If that happens, it should come down to a bowl game selection between Boise State and Ohio State...

7 Comments:

At November 30, 2008 at 12:04 PM , Blogger Thomas said...

It would be a shame if Ohio State is picked over Boise State just because of economic reasons. Ohio State certainly hasn't earned it on the field and their recent bowl history should hurt them as well.

Did you see that segment on Sportscenter about the BCS computer system guys? It cracked me up. All you need to do is rename Random Walker Rankings to Peter Mucha System and that could be you in that segment. Favorite quote: "Jeff Anderson is a strength of schedule freak of nature!"

 
At November 30, 2008 at 12:11 PM , Blogger Thomas said...

Also, I really would hate to see a Boise State versus Utah bowl game. For arguments sake let's say national championship game is Oklahoma vs Florida and Rose Bowl is Penn State vs USC. Then we have Texas, Alabama, Cincinnati, BC/VT, Utah, Boise State. I guess I'd prefer to see Texas vs Alabama and then maybe BC/VT vs Utah and Boise State vs Cincinnati just to prove the point that these mid-majors can play and beat up the ACC and Big East. I really wish UVa had beaten VT so it would be GT instead of BC/VT in that BCS bowl.

 
At November 30, 2008 at 4:04 PM , Blogger Mason said...

Hopefully at some point we'll have somebody other than the three of us commenting here. :)

I know other people look at the rankings web page, so let's cross our fingers.

 
At November 30, 2008 at 4:13 PM , Blogger Mason said...

A comment on the format: The full list of teams seems unwieldy with the formatting below. I suggest that the posts have the top few teams (is there an easy way to center it while retaining copy and paste?) and a link to the page with the full list of teams.

 
At November 30, 2008 at 11:46 PM , OpenID GLdethwing said...

I like the new blog, and I check your rankings every week. Keep up the good work!

What are the chances that your system might get picked up by the BCS?

 
At December 3, 2008 at 1:02 PM , Blogger Mason said...

I think the Powers that Be who determine what's in the BCS didn't like our 'ranking with monkeys' message from when the project first started. (Though I should mention that some Georgia Tech students expressed the opinion that everybody likes monkeys.) So I'm guessing we won't be in the BCS any time soon, but it would be really cool if it ever happened...

 
At December 5, 2008 at 7:17 AM , Blogger Peter J. Mucha said...

Thanks for the support GLdethwing! Mason's comment about how the "monkeys" went over is based on some inside information, albeit at least second-hand inside information. We obviously have a lot of work to do to transform the old page to a decent blog. Hopefully that will come together in the off season.

 

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