Jimbo Fisher blasts BCS format
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Lamenting his team's position in computer polls of the latest BCS standings, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher railed against the use of computers in determining the standings, saying he'd prefer a move back to a pre-BCS system in which human pollsters simply ranked teams at the conclusion of a season to determine a champion.
"I think it stinks," Fisher said. "I think the BCS and how we do it with these computers, I think we're ruining it. And the playoff isn't going to solve it, either. They've got to change how we pick the top teams in this country. It's not working. I think it was better in the old days when you did it by the eye test and you didn't have a championship game."
The latest BCS standings have Florida State (9-1) ranked 10th, behind three two-loss teams. The average computer ranking, which accounts for one-third of the BCS formula, has Florida State 16th, including two computer polls that do not rank the Seminoles at all.
When asked about Florida State's being 10th behind three Southeastern Conference teams with two losses, he asked "how retarded is it?" Fisher apologized later for using the derogatory word.
Fisher's full statement, released on the school's Twitter account, reads: "It was brought to my attention I used a word during today's conference that I did not intend to use. That's not the way I think. It was a poor choice of words. I didn't mean to offend anyone in any way. Please accept my sincere apology."
The reason for Florida State's limited appeal in the computer polls is a particularly soft strength of schedule, which includes two FCS teams and a weak ACC slate. Still, Clemson comes in two spots ahead of the Seminoles in the computer polls despite FSU having won the head-to-head matchup.
"They're in the same conference, and we beat them," Fisher said. "Clemson is playing great, but you look at something and go, 'That doesn't make sense.' You've got to fix it."
Fisher thinks the coaches' poll is the most accurate way to evaluate teams, suggesting his fellow coaches provide the most knowledge about how teams have actually performed and, he believes, would vote without bias.
"I don't think writers could do it better than coaches could do because it's what we do, and we understand the true guts of the business," Fisher said. "(Coaches) understand the importance of winning. You understand how you win. Coaches understand the grind. Any win is hard."
Fisher revealed that his own ballot in the coaches' poll, which he said he spends about two hours per week completing, includes Florida State at No. 4 behind only undefeated Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame.
Asked if he believed the Seminoles were the best of the one-loss teams, including SEC leaders Alabama and Georgia, Fisher said, "I think we're as good as any of them."
The lone losses for Alabama and Georgia have come at the hands of highly ranked foes, while Florida State fell 17-16 to NC State (6-4). Meanwhile, the Seminoles' win over Clemson remains their only marquee victory of the year.
Fisher said voters -- and computers -- put too much emphasis on style of wins and strength of schedule, however, and said the eye test is a fairer way to evaluate Florida State's actual ability.
"The integrity is the key, but the computer doesn't solve that," Fisher said.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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