Pick It Standings Week 9: Let the Computers Do the Talking

The pickness hits again as it is confirmed that the BCS Standings will be apart of the standings up date from here on out.   Before we discuss our picks and the BCS picks, however, we need to get one thing off our collective chest.  Ever since last week and the announcement of the first picks, we’ve heard about ‘The Computers.’  Is it me or does that just sound silly?  Granted most of that talk comes from the sports media, but whenever that is mentions, it always irks me just a bit.  Here’s why.

‘The Computers’ just spit out the requirements set up by the company/organization/guy who comes up with who the best college football team is at that point in time.  A bunch of math geeks sat down and came up with some statistical way of showing the best.  The computer makes it super fast to calculate that.  Give me a whiteboard and a dry erase marker and I can figure out who is better according to the algorithm.  There is no difference between a whiteboard and a computer in this case.

Most people are stupid (except our readers of course) and most of the sports media tend to be lower than that IQ wise, so whenever I hear some ex jock whine about the magical ‘Computer,’ I just want to reach across the radio waves and flick him in the nut sack.  Jolly gave me some insight at the last barspot, however, quoting Pablo Picasso when he said, “Computers are useless.  They can only give answers.”  Mmmmmm.  Well, I guess for the punditry livelihood it’s okay, but I still don’t like it.  Here’s our Yahoo calculated picks:

Rank Pick Set Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Total
1 Cabbottmtf 17 11 9 13 8 11 10 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 99
2 Krizzou 16 12 8 11 9 10 6 10 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
3 Purple Yeti 14 10 8 10 4 6 6 7 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 74

It looks like we need to contact Yahoo and change the configuration for the Pick ‘Em league as Cabbottmtf is still winning week in and week out.  It looks like the Penn State pick helped him out on that cause.  In the interest of full disclosure, Yahoo also has a tie breaker set up by choosing two games and making you predict the scores.  That’s why last week Krizzou won the week.  For the Purple Yeti to win the week, he will either have to get off his ass and pick for real or use some trickeration to mold the Yahoo Pick settings his way.  Okay after the rant earlier that isn’t gonna but but dang it would make things easier.   So with the new BCS section we have the Week 2 update:

  1. Texas
  2. Alabama
  3. Penn State
  4. Oklahoma
  5. USC
  6. Georgia
  7. Texas Tech
  8. Florida
  9. Oklahoma State
  10. Utah

The top 6 doesn’t change much but we see some movement toward the bottom 10.  Texas Tech jumped up expectantly after thumping Kansas, who dropped completely off the BCS map after Saturday.  The Oklahoma State Cowboys didn’t fall out of the top 10 after their almost win against Texas.  The first non BCS Conference team makes an appearance in the top 10 as Utah begins the double digit counting at 10th place.  This is what the computers tell me.  I for one give in to the computer overlords.

  • krizzou

    They’ve done studies, you know. 60% of the time, it works everytime. BTW: The computer stole my Penn pick.

  • Please take all of your computer complaints on the picks to Yahoo.com. In the event of a non-response, you are invited to jump up my butt. The computers decided that action.