While the voters in the Coaches and AP poll play musical chairs with which SEC team belongs at the top, the computers have a completely different view of just who should be in the top 25.
If you aren’t familiar with the Sagarin ratings, you should be. They were developed by Jeff Sagarin, a mathematician from MIT, and his rating system was a part of the BCS. Despite the BCS being replaced with the CFB Playoff, USA Today has continued to feature the ratings anyway. Which is a good thing, because it’s now providing a benchmark to show just how out of hand the other, more prominent, polls are getting.
The Sagarin Rating is also much higher on the Big 12 than the other polls. Six Big conference schools are ranked, but even this top 25 isn’t without controversy. The top two teams already have a loss. However, if you remove the one-loss teams, the Big 12 would make up the top three. It’s also interesting that if you keep ignoring the one-loss teams, Texas A&M would be the first SEC team ranked, and there wouldn’t be an SEC team in the playoff. Wait, what?
This is all hypothetical of course, especially at this point in the season, but if you look at the top undefeated teams of each conference, the playoff would be Baylor, Clemson, Utah, and Ohio State. I realize this is all a lot of what ifs, but it is interesting. If only to show what the SEC has been trying to tell us all season: they aren’t what everyone keeps making them out to be.
Sagarin Rating Top 25 – Week 6