Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Does the eye test deceive us?
By David M. Hale
Jimbo Fisher hates the computers.
The Florida State coach doesn't claim to have much understanding of the formulas the BCS computers use, but he knows enough not to trust them. They're faceless, emotionless automatons programmed to chew up data and spit out rankings without much logic mixed into the recipe along the way.
Football, he believes, requires instincts and passion and perspective.
Sure, Fisher backtracked a tad when the first BCS standings of 2013 had his team at No. 2, but that was short-lived. Florida State dipped to third this week, and Fisher was back on the human-voter bandwagon.
"You have to come back to the eye test," Fisher said. "People are so important in this poll. People watch teams."
Fisher has watched his BCS competition, and the eye test tells him Florida State is not No. 1 -- at least not yet. He has a vote in the USA Today coaches' poll, and while he declined to reveal the entirety of his ballot, he strongly hinted that Alabama owned the top spot.
The Crimson Tide, Fisher said, pass the eye test.
"Alabama's playing great defense, they've got playmakers that can run the football, they're very physical," Fisher said.
He's right on all counts, but Fisher's take on Alabama -- his eye test -- is as much about the perception of the program as it is about the reality of how the Tide have played this season.