You got questions? The College Football Playoff has answers.

Well, some, anyway.  There’s now a CFP official website, and somebody decided it was a good idea to set up a FAQ page there.  What you’ll find there is about what you’d expect from the likes of Bill Hancock – a lot of high-minded stuff that really says less than what it sounds like.  In fact, as is usually the case, it raises as many questions as it attempts to discuss.

Take for example, this part:

What criteria will the selection committee use to rank the teams?

Selection committee members will have flexibility to examine whatever data they believe is relevant to inform their decisions.  They will also review a significant amount of game video.  Among the many factors the committee will consider are win-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, comparison of results against common opponents and conference championships.  Each committee member will evaluate the data at hand, and then the individuals will come together to make a group decision.

Will there be ballot votes to determine the top four teams?  What about the other New Year’s bowls?

The voting process will include a series of ballots through which the committee members first select a pool of teams to be considered, then rank those teams. Individual ballots will be compiled into a composite ranking. Each committee member independently will evaluate an immense amount of information during the process. This evaluation will bring about individual qualitative and quantitative opinions that will lead to each member’s vote.

The first thing that comes across there is how incredibly subjective the process seems.  The members can look at whatever they want and consider whatever they want.  No common standards at all.  Second, I presume all these folks have day jobs.  To do what these answers suggest – more specifically, to do them right – strikes me as requiring a significant time commitment.  Especially since the committee, for some unknown reason, is expected to rank the top twenty-five teams.  We all know what a lot of coaches did when faced with a similar issue.  The committee members don’t have SIDs to pass the ballots to for completion.  Color me skeptical.

And the reality is they already recognize that the members aren’t going to be able to devote full attention to the field, even if they won’t come right out and admit that.

Will committee members have specific assignments, i.e. specific conferences?

Yes, committee members will gather information on conferences and will provide reports on the conferences’ teams to the full committee, but all committee members will be expected to study all teams and be prepared to discern among all the information available, including video, to make evaluations.

That’s a crutch, however you want to spin it.

Then there’s the most amusing Q&A on the page.

Why are athletics directors on the committee?

The directors of athletics (ADs) have some of the best institutional knowledge of college football, and the selection committee is much stronger with their participation.  Many ADs have careers spanning more than one conference and many have worked at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level as well.  The goal was to make the selection committee the best and strongest it can be, which is why ADs are included.  Like all selection committee members, ADs will act in the best interest of the game.

CFP, please.  We know why they’re there.

But have no fear.  It’s all going to work out because transparency.  Or something.

The selection committee process will be as transparent as possible, and both the selection committee and management committee will deliberate and determine the most appropriate ways to achieve that.  We want to create an arrangement that allows for maximum disclosure, while also allowing the committee to deliberate among themselves in a thoughtful and effective manner…

“As possible” leaves a hole big enough to drive a Mack semi through.  And they will.  Look on the bright side, though.  Think about how much broadcast fodder it’ll give ESPN.



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18 responses to “You got questions? The College Football Playoff has answers.

  1. Bill Hancock, Mike $live, Jim Delany, and the rest of these guys are going to screw this up so badly that we’re going to clamor for the return of the Bc$. Why couldn’t they just take the current formula, take out some of the ridiculous computer rankings (Colley), and not release the first human polls until October? Put the top 4 teams from the Bc$ standings in the playoff, play the semifinals on the #1 & #2 home field the Saturday after the conference championship games, put the semifinal losers into one of the other big New Year’s games, and play the final game in the current slot. Instead, we’re going to get a process designed by a group of people who would screw up a 1-car funeral.


    • uglydawg

      Now, now, now, now, now…eethomas…there you go again, trying to insert logic into this thing. Just relax and understand that a bunch of biased and uninformed folks will be using any or none of the info available to make the choices.
      I can imagine “But look how strong ND looked in this film against NW Wyoming Junior College. They look much better than Georgia did in their 30 point squeeker against GT. Let’s just put them in..after all…the IRISH!

      The Big Interger Champ.
      The SEC Champ
      The Pac 10 Champ
      The ACC Champ
      Everybody else….
      It’s going to suck.

      There will be one heap of a lot of people pissed off
      It’s been easy for most fans (and institutions) to admit their team probably was not deserving to be in the NC game.

      But it’s going to be a much harder pill to swallow…that your team..conference is not even in the top four.

      The people on this committee better have unpublished addresses, emails, etc.
      And if Alabama doesn’t get in, they better look after their oak trees and not turn their backs on blondes in skinny jeans.


  2. Noonan

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.


  3. 69Dawg

    This is going to end badly.


  4. Hogbody Spradlin

    Press Release: Minutes of Selection Committee Meeting; 12/14/14

    The members met for 3 days in Maui. Matters of significant interest were discussed.

    Recording Secretary


  5. John Denver is full of shit...

    I’m so glad ‘dem smart people isincharge of dis playoff. I wish I wuz dat smart. Thanks Condolezzza. I kaint wait til next season, I’ll justa be here waiting on bated breath for new debelopments, ummkay.


  6. DawgPhan

    sounds like they put together that is going to work just like every other committee I have ever seen. good luck with that.


  7. DawgPhan

    Also wondering how this new committee fits into the pro-playoff crowd’s “settling it on the field” meme.


  8. Beer Money

    Seriously, if the general public is already seeing through these empty comments and we are still almost a year away, then the spin and concessions they will make after the first botched attempt will make the BCS look like a well-oiled machine.


  9. Macallanlover

    My biggest concern is the inclusion of ADs in the process, it just makes no sense to add that as an indefensible target of critics. I actually prefer the flexibility being afforded the committee in their rankings but don’t understand why they will rank 25 teams to select only four. Just more ammunition for the bitchers, given their mission, who cares about 17th or 23rd? There are plenty of those polls out, usually based purely on W/L, seems like a Top 10 or 12 would be more than enough to announce in advance.


    • uglydawg

      Macallanlover wrote,” My biggest concern is the inclusion of ADs in the process, it just makes no sense to add that as an indefensible target of critics”. I worry that the ADs will, out of fear of being accused of favorable bias, screw a deserving member of their conference out of a playoff spot. And how on earth are they going to handle having their own team under consideration? They’re going to be damned if the do and damned if they don’t. This is a mess…but the moneygrubbers got their way.


  10. Scorpio Jones, III

    Yessir, them playoffs is gonna stop all the arguments. I can’t wait. The World Leader in Bullshit is preparing a whole new network devoted to speculation about who got left out that shoulda been in.

    My team plays in the SEC. If my team wins them all, my team will get in the playoffs…from there on its all up to who has the best medical staff in the nation.

    All this committee shit is just that.


  11. Dog in Fla

    “Selection committee members will have flexibility to examine whatever data they believe is relevant to inform their decisions.”

    If she was good enough for Mohammar, she’s good enough for Bagman Bill Hancock’s College Football Playoff Selection Committee®™© ℠


    • Macallanlover

      She is good enough by anyone’s standards. Bright, high integrity, and will do her homework. Along with Archie Manning, a top choice for the committee. Fans may not agree with the final choices, and many won’t regardless of the four chosen teams, but this member will be fair.

      I wonder if the committee doesn’t need more members just to dilute those who will be biased.