The Fleming System: Undefeated Teams and Week 13 Rankings
As we wind down toward December, the top of the rankings are really taking shape. But unlike previous years, there is a mathematical (and very real) possibility of ending the regular season with as many as six undefeated teams. Of course, nothing is a given.
The Fleming System: Discussing “Strength of Schedule” and Week 10 Rankings
One of the strengths of a computer rating system is the uniform application of criteria in the ranking of teams. However, that can also be one of the weaknesses. One potentially deceptive aspect of computer rankings manifests itself in the calculation of the strength of schedule. What exactly does “strength of schedule” mean?
The Fleming System: The Human Element of Computer Polls
The Game Outcome Measure (GOM) is the central metric used by my rating program to determine how much better the winning team is than the losing team in a specific game played. The GOM can be designed to reward offensively-oriented teams (by relying heavily on how many points the winning team scores); another GOM definition might favor defensively-minded teams by relying on how few points a team gives up. Still another might ignore the score altogether and just look at who wins the game.
Introducing The Fleming System
Since its inception in 1998, the best argument for the BCS has been that college football fans love debates. You know it’s true. Everyone loves a good fight. SEC people fighting with Big 12 people fighting with Pac-12 people fighting with computers fighting with humans fighting with Condoleeza Rice and Mark May. Nobody can agree on much of anything, which of course, makes everything somewhat interesting. Still, the BCS is a better system than the one before it. And in an effort to settle some pre-BCS debates, Patrick Fleming created his own computer ranking system,The Fleming System (TFS), in 1994. Now, with our help, . . .