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Power Ratings Rule
NOVEMBER, 2018 -- When last weekâ€™s updated College Football Playoff rankings were released, I was curious how theyâ€™d compare with a well-crafted set of College Football power ratings (which, as you know, are the foundation for pointspreads, and contain all math, no human judgment or manipulation). The ones I used were the publicly available ratings at Sagarin.com. The CFP Rankings do not include polls. They are made by people on a selection committee, which allegedly makes evaluations based on the olâ€™ tried-and-true â€śnumerous factors that we look at.â€ť Whatever. I would have figured that they base it on how much they are paid off the books by ESPN, but what do I know? Two months out, Iâ€™m not interested in who will be in the College Football Playoff. When they get to that point, let me know whoâ€™s playing who, and what the Line and Total are. Then, Iâ€™ll care. But at least the CFP rankings are not comprised by Associated Press and Coaches Polls, allegedly. When the former system, the BCS, was ruling college football post-season protocol, those things were used to come up with rankings. Ugh. Having a 13-person committee of clowns is probably preferable than basing a post-season system on the votes made by 65 broadcasting and sportswriting trivia turkeys who cover a sport they donâ€™t understand, and whose judgment is distracted by their obsession with â€śthis team, just beat a ranked opponent, in November, for the first timeâ€¦ since 2016!.â€ť The fewer dopes with that kind of perspective, the better, right? Itâ€™s also probably better than anything that can be cooked up by the 130 borderline psychotics coaching FBS-level football programs. But enough of my sarcastic critique of a tiresome tradition. MORE