Sunday, November 30, 2008

It's Oklahoma!

The voter shifts in the coaches poll and Harris poll were not enough to prevent Oklahoma from jumping Texas in the latest BCS standings, sending the Sooners to the Big 12 title game.

The Longhorns, however, can still win the BCS title and the AP title as well. Texas is ahead of Oklahoma in the AP poll. And should OU lose to Missouri in the Big 12 title game, the Longhorns are guaranteed a spot in the BCS title game.

One Harris voter did not cast a ballot. And as usual, all coaches and Harris ballots were secret.

Also, Oregon State's loss to Oregon prevented a mini-championship game scenario where Texas would've taken on USC in the Fiesta Bowl, with the winner potentially winning the AP title. With the Trojans locked into the Rose Bowl now (should they defeat UCLA), both teams will face lower-ranked teams in their respective bowl games and a split title scenario becomes a bit more remote.


Anonymous said...

The way the computer polls are calculated and averaged with each other, and then with the two human polls, is extremely crude (mathematically very half-assed) and has essentially given OU the nod over Texas. I have data to show this clearly, although I'm awaiting some responses from the 6 computer pollers to verify and elaborate.

Anonymous said...

When calculted using a different, more defensible method of synthesizing the 6 computer poll numbers, it is essentially a dead heat.