White confirmed as much Monday, and denied that the system was unfair or even changed.
"The formula was not modified," he said. "The formula was used."
Marshall led Rice in just one index, C-USA said, the Billingsley, 41-42. Those were the high numbers for both and therefore dropped. In the Sagarin ratings, Rice was listed at 54 vs. Marshall's 56, a result Sagarin himself disputes.
"I was NOT contacted at all by anyone from Conference USA nor anyone else about this," Sagarin said Monday via e-mail.
Sagarin compiles, with explanations, four different sets of numbers. The BCS uses the "PURE_ELO" number, in which only winning and losing matters. Sagarin's main ranking is simply known as "RATING," and he also uses a "DIMIN_CURVE" and a "PREDICTOR" index.
"You'll note that they evidently used my ELO ratings even though the explanation over the ratings says that the more accurate rating for predicting who will win is NOT the ELO," he said. "So Rice ends up as the home team even though I have Marshall as the better team in all three of my score-based ratings: RATING [53 to 72], DIMIN_CURVE [61 to 74], PREDICTOR [47 to 72]."
That's not his biggest objection, though.
"The ultimate insult is they got Jerry Palm [of CBS Sportsline] - who has no connection with me or my rating system - to advise them on how to use the computer ratings," Sagarin said.
"I guess they thought it would be dumb to actually ask the programmers who created the ratings."
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