BCS Announces Changes To Ratings System
The Beat
June 25, 2002

PROVIDENCE - The Bowl Championship Series ratings system will include some changes for the 2002 season, Michael Tranghese announced today. Tranghese, Commissioner of The BIG EAST Conference, will handle the administration of the BCS for the next two years.

The primary changes involve the computer component of the ratings formula.

  • The margin of victory component in the computer polls will be eliminated.

  • The quality win component will be narrowed from wins over teams in the top 15 of the BCS rankings to teams in the top 10.

The BCS standings determine which teams will participate in the national championship game of the Bowl Championship Series. The standings consist of four major components: subjective polls of the writers and coaches, computer rankings, schedule strength and team record. The two teams which have the lowest point total in the four categories will play in the national championship game in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 3, 2003.

Tranghese announced that seven computer polls will be used in compiling each team's computer ranking. They are: Anderson & Hester, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Colley Matrix, Richard Billingsley, Kenneth Massey, Jeff Sagarin's USA Today, The New York Times and Peter Wolfe. When the weekly compilations begin on October 21, each team's "worst" computer ranking will be discarded and an average of the other six rankings will be compiled.

In response to college football's increase to a 12-game regular season schedule in 2002, Tranghese said the requirement for consideration as an at-large team will be a 9-3 record and a top 12 ranking in the BCS standings.

The Commissioners of the conferences that comprise the BCS also addressed a tie-breaking plan in the unlikely event of a tie in the standings at the conclusion of the regular season. The tie-breaking components, in order, will be: head-to-head results; a win against the highest ranked team in the BCS top 25 poll; and strength of schedule component as contained in the BCS ratings formula.

Like last year, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame in Morristown, N.J. will be responsible for the compilation and release of the BCS standings.