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MIXIN' UP THE OLD BOWL GAME: FORMULA TO DECIDE TITLE MATCHUP
Published June 10, 1998
With "little hope" for a national playoff in sight, college football's Bowl Championship Series (BCS) officials yesterday unveiled a "complicated four-pronged statistical system to determine the 1-2 matchup in the bowl championship series' annual national title game," according to Chris Dufresne of the L.A. TIMES. The new formula considers four variables: POLLS -- rankings in the AP and USA TODAY/ESPN polls will be added, then divided by two, to arrive at a composite ranking; COMPUTERS -- computer rankings by the N.Y. Times, Seattle Times, and statistician Jeff Sagarin are combined to produce another point calculation; STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE -- Two-thirds of this component will be weighted by the record of a school's opponents, the other third on the record of a the opponents' opponents; RECORDS -- each loss during the regular season represents one point. At the conclusion of the regular season, the four components will be added, with the schools with the two lowest totals meeting in a national title game (L.A. TIMES, 6/10).