1171 The Best Team in the Best Conference

The NCAA college football season has not had a single game, yet you can find out which team is in first place through twenty-fifth place now or anytime during the season by looking here. How are these football standings determined? By FIFTEEN people voting. Sure, it’s only one of several polls, but the four teams who play for the national championship are determined by a computer that uses polls like that one. Can you believe that there are people who find that rather unsatisfying? Your team could finish the season with the exact same record as one of those four teams but not be allowed to compete for the championship.

What do college football teams have to play for then? Almost every team is in a conference. They can play hoping to win their conference. Those teams who have a winning record can also be selected to play in one of 38 bowl games in December or early January. Winning a bowl game allows a team to finish the season with a win and is an honor to the school. Other than that, 35 of those bowl games mean absolutely nothing.

Perhaps this is a bit simplistic, but why can’t each conference send their best teams to play in bowl games against teams from a different conference. The conference that wins the most bowl games would be deemed the best conference.  The team that won that conference’s championship would be the best team in the best conference and the national champion. Every bowl game would then be important. Each eligible team would still only have to play one bowl game. More people would watch EVERY bowl game which would cause them all to make more money. The sports stations would also make more money as they keep their viewers updated with the win/loss records for every conference week after week.

Of all the things that are happening in the world today, this issue is far from being the most important, but thinking about it, like sports or this football-shaped mystery level puzzle, is a nice diversion.

Print the puzzles or type the solution in this excel file: 12 factors 1161-1173

Here’s the same puzzle but without all the color.

Now I’ll write a few things about the number 1171:

  • 1171 is a prime number.
  • Prime factorization: 1171 is prime.
  • The exponent of prime number 1171 is 1. Adding 1 to that exponent we get (1 + 1) = 2. Therefore 1171 has exactly 2 factors.
  • Factors of 1171: 1, 1171
  • Factor pairs: 1171 = 1 × 1171
  • 1171 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √1171 ≈ 34.21988

How do we know that 1171 is a prime number? If 1171 were not a prime number, then it would be divisible by at least one prime number less than or equal to √1171 ≈ 34.2. Since 1171 cannot be divided evenly by 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29 or 31, we know that 1171 is a prime number.

1171 is the sum of seven consecutive prime numbers:
151 + 157 + 163 + 167 + 173 + 179 + 181 = 1171

1171 is a palindrome in three bases:
It’s 14141 in BASE 5 because 5⁴ + 4(5³) + 5² + 4(5) + 1 = 1171,
1J1 in BASE 26 (J is 19 base 10) because 26² + 19(26) + 1 = 1171,
and 191 in BASE 30 because 30² + 9(30) + 1 = 1171