I’ve had this bouncing around in my head and we at the Mumme Poll received an e-mail on the subject, so I thought I’d toss it out there for some thought: assuming the BCS is about to expand in one form or fashion, why not use approval voting to select the playoff field? We’ve long pitched approval voting as a means of addressing the flaws inherent in the Coaches Poll, but I can see it serving the needs of a selection committee either picking two teams to play in a title game after the bowl games are played or selecting four teams to play in the semi-finals.
Obviously, this gets funkier if the format is a mish-mash of conference champs and at-large picks, or if the format ultimately chosen doesn’t go the selection committee route (although it’s still something the coaches should adopt), but I see some real merit to the idea.
It’s something to watch as things develop. It’s likely we’ll incorporate some change into the voting down the road if we feel it’s appropriate. If you have any thoughts on this, please share in the comments.