The ACC has hired a private contractor to determine who would represent the Atlantic division for the conference championship game in the event of a three-way tie. SportSource Analytics, who also provides the College Football Playoff committee with data, will offer up a team rating score metric as the seventh tiebreaker in case all hell breaks loose and we have to relive the infamous 2008 Big 12 “Michael Crabtree Catch” fiasco again. That would require Clemson to knock off Louisville at home on October 1st, trip up against Florida State Halloween weekend, and then have the three teams all win out the rest of the season.
SportSource Analytics explained the team rating score as “a metric that evaluates all facets of on-field team performance that are highly correlated to team success and combines them into a single comparable value.” It combines statistics from offense, defense and special teams and uses “individual statistics that are a mix of raw, tempo-agnostic, opponent-adjusted and efficiency metrics.” Conference and nonconference winning percentages, as well as strength of schedule, also factor into the statistic.
Hate this. These sabermetrics nerds have already ruined baseball, and now they’re trying to charge five-to-six figures to poison the greatest game on the planet. No thanks. I don’t need your useless “efficiency numbers” to make the wrong choice. I can do that on my own. It’s called the eyeball test: a little tried-and-true method that humans have been using since the dawn of time. So what if I naturally lean towards a recency bias? Lose early enough for me to forget.
Or, you know, we could just rock, paper, scissors for the Atlantic crown or flip a coin Friday Night Lights (the movie) style. Cost you $0.75 — tops — if you lose the quarters to a floor crevice instead of $10,000 in “tempo-agnostics.” Kick rocks, SportSource..
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