Monday, November 4, 2013

FOURTH-RANKED BUCKEYES LOOK BETTER TO THE UNBIASED EYE

(AP)
The link below is the Colley's Bias Free Matrix Rankings — an official ranking system used in the Bowl Championship Series standings.


The rankings have Florida State sitting at No. 1, while the Ohio State Buckeyes follow at No. 2. Alabama, Oregon and Stanford round out the top five.

I find these rankings interesting being that Florida State and Ohio State — who are ranked second and fourth respectively in the BCS standings — are the only teams in the FBS which possess top 10 ranked offenses and defenses, something that hasn't seemed to be taken into account in many of the human polls.

Also, Ohio State — which many pundits question have not faced strong enough talent this season — is the only team in top five of the Jeff Sagarin computer ranking (non-BCS pure-elo formula) to have beaten a top 10 squad. The Buckeyes defeated Wisconsin, which according to Sagarin's computer is ranked sixth.


Another tidbit ... Ohio State is the only team in the top four of the BCS standings to have defeated two top 13 ranked defenses — Wisconsin (6th) and Iowa (13th). They may also get the opportunity to face the top defensive unit in the country (Michigan State) in the Big Ten Championship game.

Just food for thought when you're listening to the talking heads on ESPN blabber on about how inferior Ohio State's competition has been in 2013.

The (unbiased) numbers tell a different story.