Hey, the playoff selection committee, or at least most of it, got together and hung out on Monday. I’m not really sure why, but Bill Hancock seized the opportunity to engage in some Olympic-level flackery:
Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff, called the committee “a group of all-stars” and said the occasion, though essentially an orientation session, was “truly a historic day for college football, a signature moment for our game.”
Goosebump City, I tells ‘ya. I mean, I get chills just thinking about it. At least until I get to how one member intends to evaluate the job:
“I try to watch more games – which in my case is almost impossible, since I already watch a lot of football,” said Rice, a former provost and current professor at Stanford who has long had a reputation as a devout football fan. “It’s not so much to say how I would be ranking but, ‘What ought I to be looking for? What am I really seeing in this game that will help me when we get together for discussion? How am I thinking about what this team is showing on the field and what I see another team show on the field?’
“It’s more like that for me than, ‘This team I would be thinking of as stronger than that team.’ “
Yeah, why concern yourself with which team is stronger? Of course, part of the problem is nobody’s figured out yet how to measure that.
The committee will be expected to consider factors including conference championships, strength of schedule, head-to-head competition, common opponents and the effects of injuries. Part of the task of the committee, beginning now, is to develop metrics to compare and contrast teams. [Emphasis added.]
Hey, the game’s only been around 145 years. What’s a few more months trying to come up with a ranking system?
That’s not even the touchiest problem they’ve got to address.
Also to be determined the next few months is the committee’s protocol on recusal. Long noted that several members have been associated with more than one school.
They’re gonna need a bigger committee, methinks.
All in all, the whole thing reeks of stability.
“I think there is going to be a lot of times where there is more than one right answer,” said Steve Wieberg, the former college football reporter for USA TODAY Sports, who is on the committee as a former media member. “It will be up to us to come up with the best right answer. And it will be defensible.”
These folks will be a walking advertisement for an eight-game playoff in less than two seasons.