Rage against the machine
The BCS computer rankings aren't working, but there may be a better way
IT'S BEEN CLEAR FOR A WHILE that the BCS is a mess. (A rematch in the title game? Really?) Fans want something as straightforward as a playoff system, but until that happens, we can turn to a statistical system that offers true clarity on the nation's best teams.
No, we're not talking about the BCS computer ratings. That's nearly as big a mess as the BCS itself, for reasons we'll explain in a bit. We're talking about the Simple Rating System (SRS), which uses a concept so, well, simple that nobody knows who invented it. But Doug Drinen, a mathematics professor at
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ESPN The Magazine: December 26, 2011