It's November (well, almost) and it's time to start beating up on the BCS rankings again.
Lets look at LSU. The Tigers are 6-1, with quality wins against ranked teams Florida and Auburn. Among human beings who get to watch the games and stuff, LSU is ranked No. 7 by the Harris Poll and No. 6 by the USA Today Poll. The AP Poll puts LSU at 6 as well.
So why is LSU ranked no. 8 in the BCS. Well there are these computers which also follow college football, and LSU doesn't do so well there. For example, someone named Jeff Sagarin runs a computer ranking system, and according to that system, LSU isn't as good as some other teams that actual human beings rate lower, including West Virginia and Colorado. West Virginia is also 6-1, but where LSU has beaten two 25 ranked teams, West Virginia has beaten - well they haven't really beaten anyone who is really any good. And Colorado is 6-2, and also has yet to beat a ranked opponent.
Well, okay, LSU hasn't played either of these teams, and I guess maybe LSU could lose to either of those teams if they ever played them. But Sagarin also ranks LSU below Florida, who LSU beat 21 to 17. Did his computer see that game? Florida's vaunted spread offense was held to only 206 years of total offense, and I can't see how anyone can have watched that game and come away with the notion that Florida is the better team (even disregarding the final score, which is usually the way we humans decide which of the teams is better than the other).
Oh well, it's early yet, and I am sure that I will have plenty more to complain about this wacky system as the season progresses.