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Bill James: Boycott the BCS

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Bill James has an excellent article up on the stupidity of the BCS system, and why folks who value quantitative analysis should boycott the BCS.

In particular, he highlights the particularly moronotological rule that margin of victory cannot be taken into account in the computer rankings (even though everyone agrees that it is taken into account in the human polls), and the fact that the BCS basically uses the BCS computers to validate what the human pollsters say.  If the human polls and the computer results are significantly different, well, the computers must be wrong, and the BCS tinkers with the formulas.