Brown puzzled by computer rankings

Monday, November 6th 2006, 6:17 pm
By: News On 6

HOUSTON (AP) Texas coach Mack Brown is puzzled by the Bowl Championship Series computer rankings.

The Longhorns (9-1, 6-0 Big 12) are ranked 4th in this week's Associated Press Top 25, 3rd in the coaches poll, but 5th in the BCS.

Texas' only loss came to top ranked Ohio State and the Longhorns have beaten Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas Tech, all ranked teams at some point this season.

But the Longhorns also played North Texas, Rice and Division I-AA Sam Houston State, games that hurt the schedule strength component of their computer ranking.

Brown said all Texas can do now is win out and hope the teams ahead of his team falter.

``Looking back doesn't do any good,'' Brown said, ``and I still can't figure out the computers. I'm proud the humans are voting us 3rd and 4th in the country. And we are a really good football team.''

Brown wants more consistent parameters about how teams should schedule without getting hurt in the BCS rankings.

``If all the coaches and athletic directors could understand exactly who the computers want you to play and where they want you to play them, and then if you could know how many games they were going to win, it would probably help all of us,'' Brown said.

The AP poll is no longer part of the BCS formula. Brown wishes it was.

``Everybody says there's flaws with the different polls that we have,'' Brown said. ``But at least we've got eyes looking at it and people who are basing it on what they feel and the strength of schedule and the way the team is playing at this time.

``But the system we've got is what we've got.''

Texas can clinch a share of the South Divison title and a berth in the league championship game with a victory Saturday night at Kansas State (6-4, 3-3).