Your responses to my discussion topic were mixed.
Several good points were made that I'd like to address.
- detr0 noted that deciding what matters in a computer poll is in itself objective, causing him to support use of only human polls.
- I, however, agree with Red Blooded, who argues that despite the subjectivity in making a formula, at least a formula can be critiqued in an abstract fashion and cannot be biased toward any particular team, but only a certain type of schedule.
- billyzane goes in a different direction, noting that human voters tend to focus on 1 or 2 big games to determine schedule strength
- Some wonder out loud how strong a one-loss team's schedule should have to be to trump an undefeated like WVA
- Finally, in what I think is the most important point, cornnation argues that SOS has to emphasized for the good of college football, lest weak scheduling prevail in boring us all.
With WVA at 4 in both the AP and Coaches' polls I feel that the answer lies in the computers, and that's a big reason I asked for feedback on this question. Most times these problems work themselves out, but essentially we're working with a ticking time-bomb here.