College Football Playoff Committee Flawed

By Bobak Ha'Eri (Own work)

By Bobak Ha’Eri (Own work)

So everybody is excited that there is now a playoff in place to find a champion in college football. The basic idea is that it gives more teams a chance to win a championship who deserve to have that opportunity. The idea is sound in principle (minus the fact that a team will become champion having played a total of 12 to 14 games in a sport where there are 128 FBS Division 1 opponents where you can be champion by playing 10% of the competition… but I digress.) Now teams in the top conferences have the opportunity to knock helmets a couple more weeks and hopefully actually determine a national champion. 

My issue is this… we took a system that was flawed but seemed to be somewhat objective in the fact that it was a computer (I don’t want to get into the semantics and philosophy about humans program computers), and replaced it with a group of fallible, subjective human beings. Think I’m wrong?

Look at Pat Haden for USC today. The Athletic Director for USC was on the field in discussion with referees about a penalty that was called in today’s game against Stanford. Not really sure that is the role of an athletic director, especially one who is on the selection committee. 

For a look at the selection committee as a whole click here:

You have current athletic directors of schools that are competing for this championship on the committee! So when it turns into a pissing contest do we really believe they are going to remain completely objective?! There are two people that make all of the sense in the world and yet no sense to me at the same time. Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, and Former Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy Lt. Gen. Mike Gould have little to no experience in college athletics. (It does do well to note that Rice graduated from Stanford so I can’t wait to see her and Haden square off after today behind closed doors.) 

I like the idea of a playoff… I don’t hate the idea of a selection committee but I don’t like current athletic directors who clearly have so much to gain by their team and maybe even conference’s success that it may jeopardize their decision making. 


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One response to “College Football Playoff Committee Flawed

  • Mollypants

    Totally NOT kidding here – I wish they’d get real data experts in there to go about picking the playoff teams with completely transparent, data-driven criteria. Maybe not necessarily NCAA experts – as a matter of fact, I would prefer them NOT to have a dog in the fight at all – even when they say they’re now, let’s be honest, those entrenched in the NCAA will be contemplating things like TV ratings and fan followings, if not outright seeking an edge for their own teams. If my team gets in, I want the criteria from which they select to be known ahead of time and completely transparent. I don’t want to hear “they only got in because they knew the stadiums would be filled” or “well, they had an easy schedule.”
    The current committee has only a whiff of SEC representation…despite the SEC being the strongest overall conference almost every year in the past decade. There’s got Manning, and the chair has been an AD at Arkansas for a bit. That’s IT. I think Nebraska alone has more representation than the entire SEC.
    In all seriousness, I suggest Nate Silver. When he makes predictions based on data, they’re right.
    And Notre Dame has no business getting into a playoff if they’re too cool to join a conference. Don’t even get me started on that.


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