Aug 27, 2011
The Use of BCS Standings
Written under: Sports
It’s Bowl Championship Series season once again. And while many of us are busy looking at the title odds for the Season 2012 BCS Rankings that will start this 2011, some are also asking, what is the BCS standings used for?
Well, the BCS Standings are mainly used for determining the two teams that qualify to play in the BCS National Championship Game. Second, it is used to determine any other automatic qualifiers. And lastly, to establish the pool of eligible teams for at-large selection.
The 2011 preseason standings is not final, that is because the BCS Standings are released for eight consecutive weeks each season. This includes the final BCS standings on selection Sunday. The National Football Foundation compiles and releases the official standings each week.
This 2011-2012 season, the BCS Standings will once again include three components: USA Today Coaches Poll, Harris Interactive College Football Poll and an average of six computer rankings. Each component will count one-third of a team’s overall BCS score in the BCS Standings.
The statistical rating system used to determine the teams that will participate in the championship game of the Bowl Championship Series consists of three components and each will count as 1/3rd of the final BCS formula – subjective polls of Harris Interactive (replaces AP) and coaches (USA Today) and six computer rankings.