Replacement Challenge

Somewhere out in the dying football forest is a solution for replacing a highly partial College football selections committee with a formula that sports writers and football fans can understand. Yes, college football has been dying for the past five years, sports attendance is down at the majority of universities, and televised bowl games show most stadiums half filled with spectators.

The blame game started with the BCS Bowl system and the selections committees choice of the top twelve teams. Fairness from the committee appeared to be shelved and substituted by a committee popularity system from select ‘favored’ football conferences. New terms of contrast were devised to put teams in their place-such as strength of schedule, cupcake conferences, or little sisters of the poor. Heck, no good team would ever think of using ‘trick plays’ to score points.

The current bowl system is neither the friend to the spectators nor to the college teams reaching for the brass ring. The selections committee has manipulated the ranks of teams to set up favored teams to play in the big money bowls leaving scores of remaining teams to battle medium strength contests most spectators won’t pay to view.

College football deserves better. It deserves to have the best teams play against each other to determine a champion. The selections committee style has proven to be fallible and prone to favoritism. A new system needs to replace the committee, that employs a formula to assign a team value and diverse enough to fine tune results to avoid ties. The formula needs to include areas that are common to all competing teams, they need to be in numerical form, and simple enough for sports writers and arm- chair quarterbacks to compute on their own.

The win/loss style of choice alone leaves too much to duplicate scores, as does points scored for a team versus points scored against a team to narrow the field of eligible teams. Simple scoring should the first step of multiple assignments. As an example: number of wins squared plus total points scored equals variable #1. Variable #2 would be determined by: number of losses cubed plus the number of points scored against and then add in the total yards penalized. The final result is available when you subtract Variable #2 from Variable #1. Five different numerical values to determine a finite point.

(wins) squared + total points=Var1 (losses) cubed +total points against + penalties=Var2

Var1 - Var2 = Team score

This is only an example. The wins and points scored are value added points; the losses, points against, and penalties are game negatives that increase the win only when each has a low value assigned.

Your challenge is to devise a formula that produces individual values pinpointing the uniqueness of each team. Keep in mind, simple is best.