Explaining the BCS

Just like college football used to, Turbo Bocce ranks playoff teams using a BCS formula (but in our case the B stands for bocce).  Like the football BCS, our BCS is a mixture of your record and your strength of schedule.  The good part is, there are no complicated computer logarithms in our calculations, and our formula is very simple.

Your Turbo Bocce BCS standing is your winning percentage plus your opponents winning percentage.

Lets break it down using easy to understand numbers.  We are in week six now.  Since we play three games a week (assuming you played all six weeks) you have eighteen results.    Lets say for argument sake that your team has a record of nine wins and nine losses.  In this case your winning percentage would be .500.

You have played six different teams (each three times) to get those eighteen games.  The BCS will add up the wins and losses of all six teams, and give you an opponents winning percentage.  Lets say your opponents have records of 15-3, 12-6, 11-7, 8-10, 7-11, 5-13.

Those teams are a combined 58-50, giving them a winning percentage of .537.

Your BCS score is your winning percentage – .500 – plus your opponents winning percentage – .537 – which in this case adds up to 1.037.

Whichever team gets the highest score using this calculation will be the #1 seed come playoff time, and all the other teams will be ranked accordingly.

Since our league has no set schedules and some teams randomly end up playing a more difficult schedule than others, this ranking system helps even things out by rewarding a team whose opponents happen to have very good records.

In bocce you can usually pick the team you have to play, but not always. Sometimes you just have to play whoever is around, and if you happen to be matched with a very good team, at least you know that it will benefit you somewhat (even if you lose) because that teams good record will help bump your opponents winning percentage, and therefore your BCS score.

One last note about the BCS.  You should know by now that any team who does not play all of its games gets an automatic loss for the games it missed.   This is fair, but not a fair representation of how good a team is.  So while we figure automatic losses into a teams winning percentage, we do not figure them into the teams they have played opposing winning percentage.

In other words you will not be punished because a team you played did not show up and had to take automatic losses.

In this case, lets say that you played a team that went 15-5 for the season.  This team only played 20 games when they should have played 30 (a ten week season playing 3 games a week).  So this team will have to take ten automatic losses.  Their record at the end of the year will be 15-15.  Their winning percentage will be .500.  However their automatic losses will not count against the BCS scores of any of the teams who played them.  In actual games played their winning percentage is .750.  So when your opponent winning percentage is calculated we will use the .750 number and not the .500 number.