The people behind the computers

Oklahoman Published: November 17, 2008
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Jeff Anderson

Together with Chris Hester, Anderson, Ph.D. in political science, has been computing college football ratings since the early 1990s. Originally, their ratings were published in the Seattle Times and, along with The New York Times and Sagarin ratings, were among the first three computer ratings used in the BCS.

A graduate from the University of Washington, Anderson is currently a speechwriter in Arlington, Va.

Richard Billingsley

Billingsley, who calls himself the only “dummy” of the group, lives in Hugo and is a retired business consultant.

Billingsley got involved with the BCS after he submitted a research project to the NCAA that ranked teams in every season dating back to 1869. According to his formula, 1971 Nebraska is the highest-rated team of all-time.

Wes Colley

Colley earned his Masters and Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences from Princeton in the late 1990s. Not long after, he began rating college football teams.

“The New York Times rankings that had just come out didn't make a lot of sense to me,” Colley said.