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NFL #1 Seeds, or Why the BCS Does Not Work

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Here are some interesting stats and facts about the AFC and NFC number one seeds, which further prove how messed up the BCS truly is: "Indy's loss at home to Pittsburgh makes it a staggering 10 times in the past ...

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Old 01-17-2006, 01:14 PM   #1
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NFL #1 Seeds, or Why the BCS Does Not Work

Here are some interesting stats and facts about the AFC and NFC number one seeds, which further prove how messed up the BCS truly is:

"Indy's loss at home to Pittsburgh makes it a staggering 10 times in the past 14 years that the AFC's top seed was knocked out before reaching the Super Bowl. The Colts join a list that includes Pittsburgh in 2004, 2001, 1994 and 1992, Tennessee in 2000, Jacksonville in 1999, Kansas City in 1997 and 1995, and Denver in 1996.

Six times in those 14 years, the AFC's top seed hasn't even won its playoff opener in the divisional round. The only teams to buck the trend? New England in 2003, Oakland in 2002, Denver in 1998 and Buffalo in 1993. And if you're wondering, the NFC's top seed is 8-5 in terms of getting to the Super Bowl during the same span, with No. 1 Seattle still alive this season." - Don Banks, Sports Illustrated

If the NFL had the same system in place as college football, then our recent list of Super Bowl champions would look nothing like they currently do. In fact, most of the teams that won the Super Bowls in the last 14 years, would not have even had the opportunity to play for the championship. This further proves that the preceived top two teams, are often not the two best teams when the games are actually played on a football field, as they are supposed to be.
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Old 01-17-2006, 08:14 PM   #2
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The BCS doesn't work because people don't want it to work.
One, the AP reporters don't want to let go of the "power" of electing the champion.
Two, there is too much money involved in bowl games and "tradition"- the champion of this conference playing this bowl vs the champion of that conference -.

I find it extremely amusing that the talking heads refer to the BCS as "those geeks with their computers", then they turn around and spew stats out of their yinyangs... what, do they think that guys are figuring out all of those stats with abaci?? No, they are using computers to store the data and come up with the numbers.

The NFL actually utilizes a tie-breaking system which kind of mirrors the BCS, and no one complains about it. The only difference is that the BCS makes it a percentage, while the NFL shows it as a ratio. For example, when figuring in division tie breakers, a team that goes 3-6 (wins 3 out of 6 games ) goes before a team that goes 2-6 (wins 2 out of 6 games). The BCS just goes one step further and makes it a percentage, i.e., the team with a .500 record in the division goes before the team with a .333 record in the division.

Every year, at the beginning of the NFL season, we always hear that this team's schedule is harder because the teams they'll play against have a hight win percentage, and I don't hear anyone referring to the NFL as "those geeks with their computers".

And even the NFL system is not very "fair". This year, the Jaguars won more games than the Patriots, yet the Jaguars had to travel to N.E. to play a playoff game. That doesn't seem fair to me.

The only "fair" way to select a college champion is to come up with a system, ANY system, that is agreed upon by all parties involved, and follow it, being using computers to come up with percentages, or drawing sticks out of a hat.

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