| FTBL Sweet & Simple Explanation of BCS Voting



Hi everyone,

Do you often find yourself wondering what in the hell or who in the heck is voting and which votes count and which ones don't?

If you are like me and have frequently been bewildered by the seemingly complicated BCS formula, worry no more.

I figured that since the BCS actually means something to 'Bama fans again, many of you would like to see this little snippet I found on the BCS website.

Here you go:

The Harris Interactive Poll, USA Today Coaches Poll and computer rankings each comprise one-third of the BCS Standings. To derive the three percentages, each team is assigned an inverse point total (25 for No. 1, 24 for No. 2, etc.) The two poll percentages are calculated by dividing each team’s point total by a maximum 2850 possible points (Harris) and 1525 possible points (USA Today).

The computer rankings percentage is calculated by dropping the highest and lowest ranking for each team and then dividing the remaining total by 100 (the maximum possible points). The BCS Average is calculated by averaging the percentage totals of the Harris Interactive Poll, USA Today Poll, and computer rankings.

The teams’ BCS Averages are ranked to produce the BCS Standings. The six computer ranking providers are Anderson & Hester, Richard Billingsley, Colley Matrix, Kenneth Massey, Jeff Sagarin and Peter Wolfe. Each computer ranking provider accounts for schedule strength within its formula.

The BCS is a five-game arrangement for post-season college football that is managed by the 11 Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) conferences and Notre Dame.

It's purpose is to match the two top-ranked teams in the final BCS standings in a national championship game and to create competitive match-ups in the four other BCS bowl games.

For more information, visit


The No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the Dec. 7 BCS standings will play in the FedEx BCS National Championship on Jan. 8, 2009 in Miami Gardens, Fla. The winner of the game will be presented the American Football Coaches Association National Championship Trophy.
Also, here are links to all the computer votes homepages:






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