Tony Barnhart’s got a useful list of things to know about our new college football playoff overlord here. There are plenty of items there that, well, if they don’t outright make sense, at least raise some questions about what’s going on. Like this, for example:
How is the selection committee going to work?
The committee, chaired by Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long, will meet several times during the season to discuss the relative strengths and weaknesses of the teams that could be chosen for the national semifinals. With all kinds of data at their disposal, the committee will come up with a Top 25 ranking several times during the course of the year.
“We just felt that it was helpful for college football to have some kind of measuring stick out there from our selection committee,” Hancock said.
The committee will not in any way be bound by the rankings they produce when they make their choice of the four teams. [Emphasis added.]
A measuring stick that doesn’t measure anything… what’s the point to that exercise? Other than giving ESPN more meaningless programming fodder, that is.