I agree with those of you that there should be some sort of computer element to the CFP, as there was in the BCS days. For those of us who feel like that, you’ll enjoy reading this interview/oral history with the folks who were responsible for the BCS computer rankings.
This is my favorite bit:
The men were awkward, sure, but they were also outspoken, especially when the BCS changed the rules it used to govern the computers and the rankings in general. In 2002, it decided to drop margin of victory from the computer polls after Washington and Oregon had seen 11–1 campaigns marked by close, hard-fought wins come up short in the eyes of the rankings in consecutive seasons. Mike Tranghese, at the time the commissioner of the Big East, summed up the move this way: “A computer can’t get at the nuances of a score.”
Sagarin: “Somebody should have raised their hand and said, ‘Well just what are the nuances of a 59–3 score?’”
Sadly, I can see that being something the selection committee actually tries to fumble around and answer.