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Understanding the BCS computers

Updated: November 23, 2009, 12:03 PM ET
By Brad Edwards | Special to ESPN.com

For many college football fans, there is still plenty of mystery when it comes to the BCS.

The formula that determines which two teams will play for the national championship was relatively complex in its early days and originally included a statistical element called a "maximum adjusted deviation" that caused many heads to spin.

It's since been simplified to the point that it's now just two parts polls and one part computers. But even that isn't exactly simple to ...

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