Category Archives: College Football

College Football Playoff 2016 – Achievement Rankings

Tomorrow, we’ll find out who the committee thinks should be the final four teams in the College Football Playoff. As I’ve laid out before, I’m not a fan of the “committee” approach, which is given vague and unspecific guidelines on … Continue reading

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College Football Playoff – Final Achievement Rankings

We’re less than an hour from the CFB Playoff selection, so I figured I’d release a final version of my system. For an explanation of the system and caveats with it, see this post. We can set the baseline team … Continue reading

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College Football Playoff – Achievement Rankings

Decided to dust off the ol’ blog for the new College Football Playoff system. I’m simply going to apply my Achievement S-Curve [see here] to college football to see who should be selected for the inaugural CFB Playoff this year. … Continue reading

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BCS Series: Review of Colley ratings

For those that have read the first five installments of my BCS Ratings review, you’ll notice one major theme: nobody publishes their full methodology for how they calculate their ratings. Many of them are a “black box” where the inputs … Continue reading

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BCS Series: Review of Massey ratings

The Massey ratings have been around since December of 1995, according to his site. The explanation he lists is actually for his rankings that include scoring margin, and not those that are used in the BCS (which can’t use score … Continue reading

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BCS Series: Review of Wolfe ratings

Continuing with my review of BCS computer rating systems, the 4th of the 6 systems in my series is Dr. Peter Wolfe’s ratings. On his site, Wolfe only gives a brief explanation: We rate all varsity teams of four year … Continue reading

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BCS Series: Review of Anderson & Hester ratings

In the third installment of my review of the BCS computer rankings, I will take a look at the ratings of Anderson and Hester. For starters, they have a great tagline on their website: “showing which teams have accomplished the … Continue reading

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BCS Series: Review of Billingsley ratings

Next up in my review of the computer ranking systems in the BCS is Richard Billingsley. He gives a much more detailed explanation of his ratings on his website: read them here. I will pull out pertinent parts of his … Continue reading

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BCS Series: Review of Sagarin ratings

Jeff Sagarin produces some of the most respected ratings, not just for college football but for the NBA, NFL, college basketball, and others. His ratings, found here, include both a Predictor and an Elo Chess rating. The Predictor rating includes … Continue reading

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BCS Series: Introduction

In the lead up to March Madness, I wrote about determining which teams are the “most deserving” as opposed to which teams were the “best”. I eventually created what I called the Achievement S-Curve (in college basketball, the S-Curve refers to ranking … Continue reading

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