Discussion for Week 8


Why is Alabama number one? Is it just because they're Bama?

Alabama is number one in week 8 because their T100 score is higher than those of all the other teams. Six of their 8 wins have been against teams who have won over half of their games. 

The GCS does not take into account a team's conference, prior accomplishments, fan bias, or profit potential in the media. 

The only human factor in the T100 formula comes from the players and coaches on the field.

Why is Baylor ranked so low in the GCS but in the top 10 of the other major polls?

First, Baylor has only played five I-A games at this point in the season while most other teams have played 6 or 7.

Second, four of their five games have been against teams who have two or fewer I-A wins. Two of these teams have yet to win a I-A game.

Third, human polls tend to favor undefeated teams.

Why is Washington State ranked high in the GCS but low in the other polls?

Easy answer. Washington State opened their season with a loss to a I-AA team. Human polls are slow to forgive a I-AA loss. They have a good chance of breaking into the top 25 with a win next week against Pittsburgh.

The T100 formula does not include I-AA games.