Even Condi Rice is an upgrade over this.
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The College Football Playoff Committee has announced its selection criteria. A drum roll, please:
The five criteria include:
1. Conference championships won
2. Strength of schedule
3. Head-to-head competition
4. Comparative outcomes of common opponents (without incenting margin of victory)
5. Other relevant factors such as key injuries that may have affected a team’s performance during the season or likely would affect its postseason performance.
My first thought is that they just put Notre Dame behind the eight-ball, as well as Herbie’s old Michigan-Ohio State rematch wet dream. It’s also probably not good news for 2011 Alabama.
My second thought is that they’re full of shit about ignoring margin of victory. They’re only human and as much as they may try to deny it, they’ll notice.
But it’s number five that really intrigues me. A team with a superstar player that makes its way through the season top rated, only to see the superstar get injured in, say, a conference championship game that it wins could be penalized for the injury? Is that the new “settling it on the field”? Yeah, that’s gonna go over swimmingly.
Oh, “the committee will meet four times during the college football season and release rankings every other week starting in mid-October, College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said.” ESPN is already wetting its pants in anticipation over the new material for its pinheads to bloviate about.
I’m beginning to suspect there’s a plot to make the public dislike the new format more than the BCS, so they can shrug and have Hancock go out and reassure us all they’ll get it right with the next expansion.
Wrap your brain around this comment from Stanford’s David Shaw:
“The one thing that I’ll say, and not that everybody needs to be a former coach or whatever, is I I would love for them to be able to watch the games and watch the teams and have discussions amongst themselves about who does what better than who else,” Shaw said. “Because it can’t come down to rankings, it can’t come down to stats, it can’t come down to things that come off a computer because otherwise we’ll just have a computer instead of a committee. There has to be some objective conversations about which are truly the four best teams.”
Here’s how Bobby Bowden describes taking an objective position:
What we won’t know until next January is whether the sitting athletic directors from the five major conferences, who called most of the shots in past BCS incarnations, will wield undue influence over this one.
”That’s another place I have problems,” Bowden noted. ”It’s just human nature to favor your team or your conference. If I were voting and it came down between Georgia and UCLA, I won’t lie, I’d vote for Georgia. I know the Georgia coach. He used to coach for me.”
Eh, what am I worrying about – it’s nothing that can’t be fixed with a sixteen-team playoff format.
The College Football Playoff has its selection committee chairman: Arkansas AD Jeff Long.
For those of you who were fretting about the SEC getting screwed, I think you can relax now.
Then again, this is the guy who thought hiring John L. Smith was a swell idea.
Give Bill Hancock and the rest of the BCS brain trust credit for one thing: they’ve managed to shift the debate away from who gets picked for the playoff field to who does the picking.
Gotta give Spurdog credit – there are times when he makes me laugh.
Steve Spurrier on Condoleezza Rice on CFB committee: "Why not? … She plays a little golf."—
Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) October 08, 2013
Bill Hancock’s got a few good men for the new selection committee. Here’s the definition of “college football experts”:
The composition of the committee (12-18 persons) remains sitting athletic directors, former coaches, former players, former administrators [including presidents] and former journalists. [Emphasis added.]
If Michael Adams is sitting on the damned thing, I may shut the blog down in protest.
A few odds and ends for your sampling pleasure…
- Four SEC teams, including two with a loss, in the top ten in the polls.
- In a rational world, news like this would mean there would be something in it for Johnny Manziel.
- Of course, we’re not in a rational world.
- Will we see Georgia’s reserves play this week?
- Louisville’s schedule is an abomination. I’m just glad we don’t have a four-team playoff this season, because the Cardinals would stand a decent chance of falling into that.
- Now we know what ESPN will be beating the drums for. Resistance is probably futile.
- The gif that keeps on giving. (The best part is that Spurrier told Holly Rowe at halftime that he’d quit tossing his visor.)
- Rennie Curran’s new project is worth your attention.
Take what you like.
- The over-under of 71 set by sports books for Clemson-Georgia is the highest ever for a Georgia game.
- Jonathan Chait responds to criticism of his position that Johnny Football should be paid for his name by talking about problems with schools paying players. Yes, that’s a totally different subject.
- Here’s a comparison of the depth charts for Georgia and Clemson, based on recruiting rankings.
- How the Chick-fil-A Classic is changing college football.
- Year2 updated his SEC two-deep talent rankings.
- If you’d like for Ray Goff to stream his game impressions to you, here you go.
- Accolades pour in from college officials about the Manziel ruling. I keed, I keed.
- If the BCS computer gurus got death threats, just imagine what’s in store for the new selection committee.
- Aaron Murray has 41 collegiate starts, which is more than any other player in the country.
- Ole Miss-Vandy wasn’t the only wild game of the night. Fresno State-Rutgers was pretty crazy, too.