The first-ever College Football Playoff was one for the history books. With only 146 days until college football season kicks-off again and with the excitement levels already rising for the 2016 season, it’s never too early to start defending the title.
When the College Football Playoff was announced last year it’s safe to say most of us were slightly confused about everything: the format, the voting/ranking process and criteria for picking teams. With a year under our belt most of us are practically pros at this now. But for those who need a slight refresher, fear not! We have just the thing!
Ranking football teams is an art, not a science. In any ranking system, perfection or consensus is not possible and the physical impact of the game on student athletes prevents elaborate playoff systems of multiple games.
Let us break it down for you. For the purposes of any four team playoff, the process will inevitably need to select the four best teams from several with a legitimate claim in the game.
The Road to Four
The College Football Playoff Selection Committee Protocol, along with the voting process won’t be deviating from their formats from last year. The College Football Playoff Selection Committee will be looking at the following criteria to choose the four best teams in the nation at the end of the regular season:
- Conference Championships won
- Strength of schedule
- Head-to-head competition (if it occurred)
- Comparative outcomes of common opponents (without incenting margin of victory)
- Other relevant factors (key injuries that may have affected a team’s performance during the season or likely will affect its postseason performance.)
The College Football Playoff Selection Committee will meet in person weekly beginning mid-season to produce interim rankings before selection weekend. They’ll be ranking their top 25 teams throughout the season during each of their seven meetings.
The Voting Process
The voting process will continue using last year’s format for the 2016 season. The process will include seven rounds of ballots. The Selection Committee will first select a pool of teams to be considered, then will rank those teams.
Individual ballots will be compiled into a composite ranking. Each committee member will independently evaluate an immense amount of information (video footage and analyzing data) provided by SportSource Analytics.
The Selection Committee
The Selection Committee only had one minor change with the Archie Manning’s departure from the committee and currently has 13 members:
- Jeff Long, Chair (Vice Chancellor & Director of Athletics, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville)
- Barry Alvarez (Director of Athletics, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
- Lieutenant General Mike Gould (Former Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy)
- Pat Haden (Director of Athletics, University of Southern California)
- Kirby Hocutt (Director of Athletics, Texas Tech University)
- Tom Jernstedt (Former NCAA Executive Vice President)
- Bobby Johnson, Former Head Football Coach
- Tom Osborne (Former Head Coach & Director of Athletics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
- Dan Radakovich (Director of Athletics, Clemson University)
- Condoleezza Rice (Stanford University Professor, Former Stanford Provost & Former United States Secretary of State)
- Mike Tranghese (Former Commissioner, Big East Conference)
- Steve Wieberg (Former College Football Reporter, USA Today)
- Tyrone Willingham (Former Head Coach of Three FBS Institutions)
Most members shall serve three-year terms. Until the rotation has been achieved, certain terms may be shorter or longer and members will not be eligible for re-appointment.
For more information about all of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee members, click here>>.
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