Since the BCS standings came out last night, I’ve had a few fans ask me what it would take for Georgia or Georgia Tech to crack the upper levels of the rankings.
The short answer is: an unexplained series of events, most likely orchestrated by mysterious cosmic forces.
I’m going to remove the human polls used in the BCS — the Harris poll and the USA Today coaches’ poll — from this discussion because far be it for me to project the emotions of a voter who’s sitting on his couch in South Bumpstead.
There are six computer polls used in the BCS formula. When you see where Georgia and Georgia Tech are ranked by the computers, you will realize just how low the programs are sitting.
Hello, Dogs: You’re No. 60.
Hello, Jackets: You’re No. 45.
Those are only the averages. The six computer rankings are Anderson & Hester, Billingsley, Colley Matrix, Massey, Sagarin and Peter Wolfe. Here’s how each of the six ranks Georgia and Georgia Tech:
– Anderson & Hester: Georgia 60, Georgia Tech 46.
– Billingsley: Georgia 65, Georgia Tech 31.
– Colley Matrix: Georgia 72, Georgia Tech 40.
– Massey: Georgia 44, Georgia Tech 41.
– Sagarin: Georgia 48, Georgia Tech 60.
– Peter Wolfe: Georgia 74, Georgia Tech 52.
The averarages: Georgia 60.5, Georgia Tech 45.
Each poll includes a strength-of-schedule factor. So obviously the Dogs could significantly improve themselves if they upset Auburn or Florida (though the Gators have slid way down), and the Jackets could do the same by winning the next three games: Clemson, Virginia Tech, Miami.
But both have a long climb up. As coaches preach, it’s probably best just to focus 0n the next game.