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THE COMING COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SYSTEM

May 27, 2014
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



The college football landscape will change drastically this season.  No more BCS! The multi-dimensional, computer system will be replaced by the first ever CFP, The College Football Playoff.  The CFP will be managed by 13 member of the selection committee. Before we talk about how the process works, here are the 13 members:

 

Tyrone Willingham, former coach at Notre Dame, Stanford and Washington.

Steve Weiberg, former reporter for USA Today. 

Jeff Long, AD at Arkansas. (Chair of the Committee). 

Mike Tranghese, Former Big East Commissioner. 

Mike Gould, former superintendent of the Air Force Academy. 

Condoleeza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State. 

Dan Radakovich, AD at Clemson.
Oliver Luck, AD at West Virginia. 

Tom Osborne, Former Coach and AD at Nebraska. 

Archie Manning, former QB at Ole Miss. 

Pat Haden, AD at USC. 

Tom Jernstedt, former Executive VP for NCAA. 

So let's keep the explination simple:

Here is what this committee will do.  Rank all the teams from mid-season to the end of the regular season.  They will select the best four teams for the playoffs.  They will also assign eight other teams to the four host bowls.  By the way, votes by the committee and the totals will not be released, just the rankings. 

The committee’s criteria will be based on the following: 

Win-loss record

Strength of schedule

Head to head results

Comparison of results against common opponents

Conference Championships 

In other words, the four teams making the playoffs will be up to the committee, not polls or computer rankings.  Each member will also receive an ipad loaded with software that will allow them to watch any game at any time.  It is a new system with a basketball twist to it.  It is also believed the 4-team playoff system will increase to 8-teams before 2026. 

You asked for a change in the system…here’s what you got!  Enjoy the argument for team’s 5 and 6.


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