My Issue With Some Computer Rankings

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Wins should not cost you a spot in your ranking. I repeat winning football games should not drop you in the standings and yet they do.

View Exhibit A, the Colley Rankings which beautifully has a feature where you get to play God and either add wins or take wins away. The current Colley Rankings has Penn State at 4th behind Texas, Alabama and Florida. Now let's play with the rankings for a second to see what happens when we add or remove victories.

Michigan is essentially the worst team in the Big 10 this season. So what happens when we eviscerate this victory from Colley Ranked #4 Penn State's season? Well Penn State actually moves up to third in the rankings.

Ok now let's flip the switch. What would happen to Florida's ranking if they also beat Michigan this season? Well of course they drop below Penn State.

And obviously, if Florida beat Michigan instead of Penn St. than... you guessed it Penn State would be ranked higher.

I don't know whether to scream at the stupidity of all of this or scream at the fact that somehow Michigan is so bad this year that they could actually cost Penn State a spot in the National Title Game.

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