College football: BCS computer pollster opposes selection committee's secret ballots

BCS — A Q&A with computer pollster Richard Billingsley, a Hugo man whose rankings have been part of the outgoing BCS rankings.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: November 27, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: November 26, 2013
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The BCS is on the way out, soon to be replaced by a four-team playoff and a selection committee.

That means Richard Billingsley is about to give up his role in helping determine college football's national champion. The computer pollster from Hugo will continue to do his rankings, but they will no longer be used to calculate who plays for a title.

Here's a Q&A with Billingsley on what he thinks about the changes coming to college football.

Question: We've been told that any data or information that the selection committee wants, it will be given. Do you anticipate the committee will want to see computer rankings when doing their selections?

Answer: “I hope they will access the computer rankings. I do. As far as I know, we're all going to continue on to do our rankings. So, I hope that the committee will access the rankings. Whether or not they will and how much stock they'll put into it, I don't know.”

What do you think about the selection committee?

“I have no issue with anyone that's on the committee. The 13 people that they have chosen, I think they're wonderful. They're all capable. I'm disappointed about the fact that they're going to go behind closed doors and make a decision and they are not going to release individual ballots. I would like to know how Tom Osborne's gonna vote. I would like to know how Condoleezza Rice is gonna vote. I'd like to know how Oliver Luck is gonna vote.

The BCS embraced transparency in recent years. It released the coaches' ballots, for example.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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