Sunday, November 15, 2009

An Ideal World

The latest college football poll is out. The top six teams are all 10-0. The top three of those -- Florida, Alabama, and Texas -- are almost impossible to separate from one another. Behind the top six are teams at 10-1 and 9-1, then a group that includes a few big-time programs (LSU, Ohio State, Penn State, etc.) with a couple of losses each.

Clearly, the best thing to do here would be to feed lots of abstract information about all of these teams into some type of supercomputer and have the supercomputer figure out which of the two teams should play each other to determine the best team. Especially pesky are those top three teams, so it would be particularly satisfying to see which of those three the supercomputer determines is unworthy of playing for the championship.

Wait, what? That's what they're going to do? The supercomputer exists? Oh. Whew.


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