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MIXIN' UP THE OLD BOWL GAME: FORMULA TO DECIDE TITLE MATCHUP

          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).  

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