Simulated BCS standings have been released today from the ‘BCS Guru’ himself, Samuel Chi. As we have all come to expect from college football, the SEC dominated the top of the rankings. Alabama and LSU came in at the top two spots and a total of five teams from the SEC conference — ‘Bama, LSU, Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia — were ranked in the top eight. How does he come up with the simulated BCS ranings? Let him explain in his own words:
This rankings method is a simulation of the actual BCS standings with the following variations: 1) The AP Poll is used in place of the Harris Interactive Poll, which is not published until after the first weekend of October; 2) Three of the six BCS computer ratings are available – Jeff Sagarin, Kenneth Massey and Richard Billingsley; 3) The other three computer ratings – Anderson & Hester, Colley Matrix and Peter Wolfe – will not be available until mid-September or October, so they’re replaced by the median ranking of 36 computer ratings.
All eleven conferences are represented in the complete BCS ranking predictions as well as independent schools Notre Dame and Brigham Young.
The biggest threat to the SEC’s dominant reign on college football this season is the PAC 12, who has two teams in the top five of the BCS predictions. Bother USC and Oregon are powerhouses but the two schools could meet twice this year and take each other out of the title picture.
How do these BCS predictions stack up? We’ll have to wait until further down the road to see exactly how the computer rankings work out. Until then, this gives us a good idea of how things could play out when the college football championship is on the line.