Category Archives: BCS/Playoffs

Who wants to be a selection committee member?

The more I hear about the playoff selection committee, the less impressed I grow.  Oliver Luck, the West Virginia AD and member of the committee, admits that he and his colleagues probably won’t be able to watch everything they need to make an informed decision.  But don’t worry, peeps, Luck thinks they’ve got that covered.

Luck admitted it would be impossible for every committee member to watch every game of college football this season. That’s why Luck said the committee also would be leaning heavily on analytics and technology to help differentiate teams.

“I’m not sure this committee could do this without the technology that exists today,” he said. “All the stuff these analytics guys are going to provide us is going to be extraordinarily helpful. We’ll be able to call up any game, in whatever sequence we’d like. For example, all third downs for Missouri when they were playing Texas A&M. We’ll have all that access, which will be really helpful.

“But we’re also going to use our eyeballs. Everyone also has their friends, their former teammates or former coaches or whatever. We’ll all use our support systems a little bit differently. But ultimately, with only one goal: to make the best decision we can.”

Support systems? Is that like Phone-a-Friend?

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Bang for the postseason buck

Just like everything else around college football, the cost of big time sponsorship is on the rise.

Under the old Bowl Champsionship Series format, sponsorship ranged from $15 to $20 million annually. Under the new playoff, those numbers reportedly could be closer to $25 million annually.

It’s probably not a coincidence this is now happening:

Capital One is reportedly ending its sponsorship of Orlando’s top bowl as part of a bigger bowl sponsorship shakeup first reported by the Sports Business Journal Monday.

Tostitos and Discover have told ESPN — the media rights holder for both games — that they plan on ending their sponsorships with the Fiesta and Orange bowls. Both bowl games are part of the new College Football Playoff.

Tostitos is one of the longest running title sponsors in college football. Its decision would end an 18-year relationship with the bowl game.

Cap One is reportedly looking at stepping into Discover’s former shoes at the Orange Bowl.  There’s always somebody that wants to get in front of live eyes and is willing to pay for the privilege.  At least for now.

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Benefit of the doubt

It’s nice to have this sort of national perception:

Time to analyze the SEC’s non-conference schedule. Although there’s not much to analyze. Pitiful run of opponents. Georgia, as usual, more than carries its weight. Nobody else really does.

At least maybe it is.  I can’t say it’s really gotten Georgia much extra juice in any given national title hunt it’s been involved in during the Richt era, although to be fair, I can’t say it’s really cost Georgia much, either.  (Some of you will probably point to the 2008 loss to ‘Bama after the Arizona State trip, but let’s be honest – any team that loses by 39 to Florida ain’t a national title contender.  Also, let’s not ignore the fact that last season, Georgia emerged deserving to be included in the national title discussion after its September, despite the road loss at Clemson.)

But as we approach the dawning of a new postseason day, this kind of stuff is really supposed to matter now, right, selection committee?  So why do I remain unconvinced it will?

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Tuesday morning buffet

Something for everybody.

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Friday morning buffet

The tidbits just keep on coming.

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Thursday morning buffet

The shipment from Destin has arrived.  Dig in.

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“You just can’t call people up and schedule a game.”

I mentioned in passing in this morning’s buffet that even though the SEC has locked down its conference schedule for the next decade, there was still a debate in Destin yesterday about football scheduling.  It’s worth understanding what that signifies.

In discussing the national title hunt, Mark Richt used to insist that all he focused on was winning the SEC.  That’s all he could control and he’d let matters take care of themselves after that.  The last eight years of the BCS title game bore that wisdom out.

But that’s not the world Richt and his conference peers operate in any more.  With a four-team playoff that doesn’t restrict the number of teams from a single conference, there’s more than one way to skin a national title cat now.  Enter scheduling debate.

Something that is making coaches jittery is the new College Football Playoff that starts this upcoming season. A 13-member selection committee chooses four teams to play for the national championship and eight other teams to play in the four non-playoff New Year’s Day bowls.

But unlike the BCS that used computers and polls to ultimately determine who played in the national championship game, the CFP is subjective. Coaches around the nation want to know what it will take for their teams to get in the final four.

“Coaches all over are interested in the criteria and I don’t blame them,” said CFP executive director Bill Hancock, who spoke to the SEC coaches Tuesday afternoon. “The core criteria is very much common sense – strength of schedule, head-to-head, common opponents.”

Notice what’s missing from that list of criteria?

Now the reality is that, barring an upset of ginormous proportions in the SECCG, the conference champ will make it into the national semi-finals.  But if you’re a coach or athletic director of a powerhouse, you also have to think seriously about plotting a narrow course that will make your program attractive enough for the selection committee to choose in the event you don’t win the conference championship.  In other words, for the first time, Mark Richt has to entertain the notion that he needs to factor a Plan B into the equation for achieving a shot at a national title.

That’s a subtle distinction at the moment, I’ll grant you.  Nobody knows how the process is going to play out and won’t until the first postseason pool is filled.  And that’s reflected in the SEC’s conservative approach to scheduling, skipping the ninth conference game in favor of a Big 5 opponent mandate.  Will that be the case down the road?  Who knows?  But because of the nature of the selection process, it will always be a factor in scheduling from now on.

It’s impossible to ignore the fact that winning the conference isn’t the be all, end all goal anymore for that national title chance.  And it’ll never be again as long as subjective criteria are used to pick the national semi-finalists.  If you’re asking me to point to something about the new playoffs that affects the regular season, there you go.

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Wednesday morning buffet

Lots of specials from Destin today…

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The surest sign of bracket creep

Ladies and gentlemen, how do you know when Bill Hancock is talking out of his ass?

Why, when his lips are moving.

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Greasing the postseason skids

Obviously, it’s not getting the attention that the new playoffs are, but there’s another change being ushered in with the demise of the BCS that has the potential to be even more significant over the long haul.  The bowl system as it is today is being dismantled.

The 13-member selection committee will not only provide the final Top 25 rankings, but will determine which teams go to which New Year’s Six bowls that do not have conference tie-ins. In other words, you’ll see fewer bowl reps on campus wearing tacky blazers because they have no control over who comes to their bowl. That’s right: no control over what team plays in their bowl. Nada.

The selection committee will determine who plays where. Another big change: Bowls can no longer skip teams in the rankings to pick a lower-ranked team that travels better.  [Emphasis added.] The bowl teams will be selected based on the highest-available ranked team.

Right there is your admission that the power conferences have made the call that the future of college football is in broadcast revenue.  The bowls will have to live with that.  In fact, with the conferences negotiating lower ticket purchase guarantees, the TV money is going to be their key to survival.

But not as independent entities.  Because the other thing being established here is the principle that bowls outside the current semi-final arrangement are being reorganized around a pure seeding arrangement.  That makes things smoother when they’re preempted in the name of an expanded playoff.

The conferences have discovered how much leverage they wield.  Bowls as we know them are the dinosaurs of college football.

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