Ranking the Top 5 college football teams using blind resumes

Jan. 3, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: Detailed view of a BCS logo during the game between the Oregon Ducks against the Kansas State Wildcats during the 2013 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Oregon defeated Kansas State 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

After Alabama’s loss to Auburn on Saturday, the BCS chaos really ensued. Most people were content with seeing a dominant Florida State team take on the powerhouse of this decade, the Alabama Crimson Tide.

But, the Tide’s slip-up changed all of that. No, we’re left with all sorts of talk about quality of wins, strength of schedule, and breaking down every little bit of the teams that are considered left in contention for the title, including Ohio State, Auburn and Missouri.

Generally, in the heat of the moment, some of those arguments can be skewed by one’s hatred for a particular team. For example, Ohio State catches a lot of flack for competing in the Big Ten, which frankly isn’t considered all that great overall.

However, have you ever wondered how things would turn out if you took the names away from those ever-important stats to find out who really should be playing for the championship, if that’s what we’re basing everything on?

Fortunately, Mr.SEC.com delved into that, and the results may surprise you.

First, here’s the criteria that was used:

  • Opponents’ winning percentage
  •  Overall margin of victory for the season (with deficits in losses deducted)
  • The average margin of victory per game (with deficits in losses deducted)
  • The number of opponents currently ranked in the top 25 of the BCS standings
  •  The number of opponents ranked in the top 25 of the USA Today Coaches’ Poll at the time of the game
  •  The number of top 50 foes played (according to the current 1-125 BCS rankings)
  •  The number of sub-75 foes played (according to the current 1-125 BCS rankings)
  •  The average current BCS ranking of each team’s foes

Using those, the results were a bit surprising.

According to the study, the top teams in order are:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Alabama
  3. Auburn
  4. Florida State
  5. Missouri

Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?

 

 

Topics: BCS, College Football

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