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Checkdowns: Joe Posnanski on Bye Teams Losing & the NFL vs. the BCS

Posted by Neil Paine on January 18, 2011

Joe Poz had an interesting post yesterday about the phenomenon of teams with a 1st-round bye losing half their opening playoff games since 2005. This randomness plays into why most of us hate the BCS even though in some ways a BCS-like method is "fairer" to teams based on their regular-season performance. Doug once found that the NFL's best team only won the Super Bowl about a quarter of the time, and Joe wonders what it means when we're basically OK with that.