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.