Iowa and the problem with college football rankings

The crew from FiveThirtyEight's Hot Takedown podcast at how the college football rankings mix human and computer voting, and how that can leave teams like Iowa behind.
2:11 | 06/25/18

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I would worry if I was a fan of Iowa football. Even if they won out. Because I think there's always a human tendency for. These committee members when they're really pressed hurting and a goal wins a Notre Dame or an Alabama power these teams who have a Lacey in history. And they can at least defend that and say okay we'll let's put all house inner Alabama. Verse is. Taking a chance on an Iowa and that should really be torn apart if you the committee in an island it's into the top warning it's destroyed in the in the first round. But I still think one of the things that are simulation has kind of shown and we're gonna run a story on this is. And I think Nate actually ran a story who earlier this week about it too. Is the idea that lake. Even though we kind of look at the rankings right now we say oh my gosh there's so many like one and zero loss teams and you know how is an Iowa even if they can't get the respect now. By being undefeated. You know how are the only drug of these teams that that that one of the advantages of our model it because it does seem laid out the rest of the season from this point onward is that. So a lot of the teams ahead of them in the the rankings have to actually play each other there's no way that night this bloodbath in the B twelve for instance with Baylor. And with TCU. That that they don't make you know. Oklahoma even one of those teams has to lose and our system kind of reflects how difficult it's going to be because that conference back loaded all of its game so. Just your point about winning out. Iowa we ran the numbers if they went out the rest of the season isn't 96% chance they make the playoffs and in fact for all a lot of these teams almost all of them that had 01 losses. If they win out with the exception being Notre Dame. Then they're gonna have a very high likelihood of making. Playoff and now what are the Colorado buffaloes rank fifth up. I deer on the moderates can ansari I don't know maybe it's all valuable light and now felt that we'll we'll talk about them later in the past the NRA gives the edge just go to page for maybe it's the tenth time.

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