How is this an improvement over the BCS?
The College Football Playoff announced its 13-person selection committee on Wednesday, essentially confirming names that already had been reported by multiple media outlets. They are Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long, Wisconsin athletics director Barry Alvarez, former Air Force Academy superintendent Lt. General Mike Gould, Southern Cal athletic director Pat Haden, former NCAA VP Tom Jernstedt, West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, former Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning, former Nebraska coach and athletics director Tom Osborne, Clemson athletics director Dan Radakovich, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese, former USA Today college football writer Steve Wieberg and former Notre Dame and Stanford coach Tyrone Willingham.
These 13 people will decide which four teams playoff in the national championship playoff that begins after next season. Not a lot of new blood is there? How many names do you see in that group who are not affiliated with a BCS power conference?
“Unlike the BCS, which uses a formula based on a combination of computer rankings and human polls to select teams, selection committee members for the new playoff will have flexibility to examine whatever data they believe is relevant to inform their decisions. Among the many factors the committee will consider are win-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, and conference championships won,” according to the press release announcing the group.
In short: Whatever you feel like is fine gang.
CFB executive director Bill Hancock, the same Bill Hancock who presided over the BCS system, said the group will try to be transparent in its workings and decision-making process.
“We don't know what that means exactly," Hancock said.
Apparently not. Hancock also said the group, which will begin meeting midway through the 2014 season, will release its standings “about every other week” from that point forward.
At least there’s a rock solid plan. So much has been made about Rice’s addition to this group and whether or not she belongs. Heck, Rice is the only one who does belong. The other 12 members bring a lifetime of affiliations and loyalties to the work that can’t make for a much better outcome than the good ol’ BCS computers gave us.
Around the SEC:
It looks like Tennessee will have running back Marlin Lane back in the backfield on Saturday.
It also looks like Georgia won’t have Todd Gurley in its backfield. The Dogs still won’t have any trouble against a bad Vandy team, though.
And, finally, here’s a different look at why Florida’s offense is so bad, through the lens of offensive line recruiting.