Commentary: Rewards matched the polls as far as the top three teams after the bowl games were completed, and did reasonably well with up through the top 15 teams, but after that, it rated Purdue, South Carolina and Georgia all lower than their final position in the polls. The latter two were probably bolstered in the polls by their bowl victories. Purdue did beat Michigan, and won the Big-10, but Rewards did not see enough evidence to rate them above teams losing less than the 4 games that the Boilermakers did in 2000. In the before bowl ratings, Rewards matched exactly the top two teams in the polls, which is quite different from the eight computer systems in the BCS at the time. (The systems were allowed to use the full margin of victory then if they wished to.) Three of the eight BCS systems had Florida State and Miami (F) as #1 and #2, and undefeated Oklahoma #3, and the other five had Oklahoma as #1 or #2, and Miami (F) no higher than #3; four of those five had Florida State as the other top two team, and the other one listed Washington instead of Florida State as its choice to play in the National Championship game.
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