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Activity Number: 208
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Monday, August 1, 2011 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics in Sports
Abstract - #300514
Title: The Bowl Championship Series: Still Crazy After All These Years
Author(s): Hal Stern*+
Companies: University of California at Irvine
Address: Department of Statistics, Irvine, CA, 92697-3425, USA
Keywords: football ; championship ; ratings ; prediction

The college football national championship for the highest level of competition is decided by a complicated arrangement called the Bowl Championship Series (also known as the BCS) that has been developed over the last 15 years. It remains a source of great controversy, heightened by the recent release of a ball called ``Death to the BCS''. This talk reviews the role of statistical methods in the BCS and also considers what an alternative approach to choosing a champion might be like.

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