If you wanted to create a process designed to generate as much controversy as possible, you could hardly do a better job than the CFP selection committee does.
With the release of the first set of College Football Playoff weekly rankings, it is finally time to cut through all of the noise.
In choosing the four-team bracket, what actually matters? What a team has done or how a team looks?
“It’s all of the above,” said Rob Mullens, the Oregon athletic director who is the selection committee’s new chairman.
Hang on to that. In all of the stuff we heard Tuesday, in all of the stuff we’ll hear over the next several weeks, that was the most important soundbite – and it’s one of the truest things we’ll hear – because it’s one of the few things that’s undoubtedly not spin:
For some teams, it’s about the resume. For others, it’s all about the eye test.
“This process,” Mullens said, “… is subjective by design.”
It’s on purpose!
It’s almost as if these people deliberately go out of their way to sabotage a four-team playoff format. I say almost there, because things won’t change when the playoff field makes its inevitable move to an eight-team field.
You really couldn’t engineer a more unstable arrangement if you tried.