Once upon a time, Bobby Bowden wanted to serve on the new college football playoff selection committee. He doesn’t anymore and he’s refreshingly honest about one reason why.
Bowden also feared the possibility of bias toward a particular school or region in the selection process.
“If I was voting, and a team from the West Coast was (undefeated) and a team from Georgia was (undefeated), I’m going to go with the Georgia team because I know their coaches, I know their players, I know their people,” Bowden said. “Somehow, you’ve got to get the human element out of it.”
Good luck with that. If you’ll recall, the track record with the BCS was the exact opposite of Bowden’s sentiment. Every time the rankings came up with a result that struck people the wrong way, the response was to reduce the computer element in the calculations. And now we’ll get a committee of human beings complete with agendas and biases, however much they’ll deny it.
Then again, I’m sure Phil Fulmer would do a fine job serving. He’s a fair man. If anything goes wrong, it’ll probably be because they didn’t explain the parameters carefully enough to him.