Watching the selectives

I mentioned that while the money fight from the new postseason would get most of the attention, the selection committee would be the place where the real action is.

It turns out that the two may be joined at the hip.  Per Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick,

The most notable revelations from Swarbrick on Wednesday were the criteria ND must meet to qualify for consideration for the top tier of bowls in years the Irish fall short of the Final Four, and that a selection committee will be charged with not only designating the four teams to play for the national title, but creating weekly standings of what it considers to be the top 20 teams from midseason on.

Twenty teams?  Why so, when only four qualify for the national playoff?  Well, because it’s the teams that show up in the next eight slots that will be eligible as at-large schools to play in the top bowls.  And that’s big.

But because there are six bowls that will rotate as hosts as the national semifinals and because of bowl tie-ins with the Rose, Champions and Orange bowls, there may be years with very limited at-large spots available.

“Because of the complexity of the Rose and Champions bowls and the Orange Bowl,” Swarbrick said, “it’s impossible in any year to say it’ll be ‘X’ spots available for teams 5-12.”

If you’re a school not in one of the big five conferences, your window of opportunity has just shrunk.  I’m amazed Swarbrick signed off on this.  If the day comes when Notre Dame has to join a conference, you’ll probably be able to point to this as why.

All this is all the more reason the selection process itself has to be transparent.  With this much at stake, financially speaking, being placed on it, there will be tremendous pressure to see certain schools’ appearance.

Publishing weekly results is nice, but if nobody knows how the results were tabulated and the committee isn’t required to explain them, it’s hardly going to matter.  The way the BCS results flipped in 2007 after West Virginia lost in the last game of its regular season left a bad taste in a lot of Georgia fans’ mouths.  That kind of unexplained reshuffling by a selection committee won’t sit any better – at least not with the public.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major

5 responses to “Watching the selectives

  1. Skeptic Dawg

    This is the stuff that 16 team super conferences are made of! I only hope that Slive and the SEC powers do a better job with the next two teams (Clemson and UVA or FSU please?) than they did with the most recent two duds. As for 2007, have we all forgotten that LSU was undefeated in regulation? Their marketing blitz with this slogan vaulted them into the national title game.


  2. Steve Phillips

    Elvis has re-entered the building, thank you Senator.
    I hope this does force ND to join a conference. That would make me happy.


    • Nate Dawg

      Crap – it’s posta be Nate Dawg, forgot to change over – sorry…You were saying something about filtering commenters…?


  3. Mayor of Dawgtown

    You have uncovered the real reason behind why they will use a committee rather than computerized rankings to decide the top four teams and the rest of the teams in the biggest bowls–$$$$. They are going to cook the books and send inferior teams to the biggest paying bowls based on conference affiliation. No wonder Delaney was smiling at the announcement ceremony. This is so pro- Big 10 and anti-SEC its a joke. If you can’t beat ’em, cheat ’em.


  4. Always Someone Else's Fault

    Love the title. Too bad Mr. Delaney’s first name isn’t Oliver.

    So the Playoff Pill comes with a Merit-Based Fig Leaf that allows the Commission to stock the Former BCS Bowls with the 2nd and 3rd place teams from the major conferences? I guess the Rose and Fiesta were way less than thrilled with Boise and TCU turn-out.

    Joining a 4 team playoff format at the hip with Big Bowl Selection, 5-12, is a really, really bad idea. Still one target, way more missiles.

    You were right, Senator. They found a way to screw this up.