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It hosts the Congrove Computer Rankings created by Dave Congrove, a college football fanatic who desired to create an unbiased comparison of major college football teams. He was looking for answers, and not attempting to validate a theory. Thus, he devised a formula that contains only hard data and nothing which could be perceived as opinion. In 1993, the Congrove Computer Rankings were born and were initially syndicated on radio with a twice-weekly show. When the website was launched in 1999, the radio show was retired.
The rankings and website have been referenced by numerous newspapers, sports radio stations, college game day programs, and school media guides across the country. Mr. Congrove has been interviewed on ESPN radio affiliates and other sports stations in markets such as Tampa, San Diego, Dallas, New York, Albuquerque, Portland and Knoxville.
Dave Congrove is a:
- member of the Football Writers Association of America
- member of the National Football Foundation & College Hall Of Fame
- member of the Intercollegiate Football Researchers Association (IFRA)
- voting member for the College Football Hall Of Fame
- voting member for the Vince Lombardi Award
- voting member for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award
- voting member for the Ray Guy Award
- voting member for the Fred Biletnikoff AWard
- nominating member for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy
- nominating member for the Outland Trophy
- nominating member for the FWAA All-America Team
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ABOUT THE RANKINGS
Congrove's approach is vastly different from the numerous computer rankings available and the goals can be summarized in two words - simplicity and accountability.
Simplicity. The computer program is designed to predict who is supposed to beat who and by how much.
What actually happens when the game is played directly alters subsequent predictions. A unique "season-averaging variable" prevents wild fluctuations due to anomalies, and renders it meaningless to "run up the score".
A strong team that is supposed to whip an obviously out-matched opponent by 40, but wins by 60, only sees a fraction of the difference added to their power rating. If they win by only 20, the failure to "cover" the other 20 points also declines their power rating only fractionally.
The rise and fall of a team's Power Rating is relevant to the strength of the team it played, whether it won or lost, and how other teams fared against similar opponents.
Accountability. The Congrove Computer Rankings are designed to predict the outcome. Success is determined by how many games were predicted correctly.
CollegeFootballPoll.com not only publishes the rankings, but also provides the computer's pick of every game and tracks the success rate. Our users can plainly see where the computer is right, and where it is wrong. Or, as Congrove half-jokingly likes to say, "You can plainly see where teams failed to do what they were supposed to do. Nothing ticks me off more than two football teams blowing a perfectly good prediction."
Additionally, the Season Preview section features team pages that highlight the computer's predicted record of every team for every year since 1993, and compares it to their actual record.
Results. The Congrove Computer Rankings have picked the winner in 75% of all games played since 1993 (12,190-4,066) while beating the spread in 53.4% of those games (7,866-6,862). (year-by-year record of computer).
For 2014, it projected the exact regular season record of 13 teams and came within one or two victories on 55 others. It also correctly forecasted the champion of 9 different conferences or divisions.
The Congrove Computer Rankings (CCR) picked 11 BCS title game participants in 16 BCS seasons and projected half of the final four in the first season of the College Football Playoff. (See Commentary)
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