How will the selection committee determine how the four teams to play in next season’s College Football Playoff be chosen? Those details are still being put together, but one thing we do know is that any sitting administrator tied to any school up for consideration will have to leave the room before those discussions begin behind closed doors. At least, that is what will be recommended to the managing committee of the College Football Playoff later this month.
The recusal policy is similar to the one used by the NCAA’s basketball committee. If approved, the policy would help to determine beforehand which committee members would not be eligible to vote on the playoff teams, or specific schools. For example, if Wisconsin was up for consideration, Barry Alvarez may be ruled ineligible to vote. He may also be ruled out of the voting mix if another Big Ten school were to be included in the mix if it meant a better postseason possibility for the Badgers. Or, if the debate for one final spot is tight between Wisconsin and LSU (for example), Alvarez may be ruled ineligible to vote on LSU’s playoff status as well.
The policy makes sense and it is designed to keep the committee honest when it comes time to unveil the playoff teams. According to various reports, such as ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy, the recusal policy could be slightly different from the one used in the NCAA’s basketball selection committees, although the finer details that would differentiate between the two has not been disclosed at this time.
We also got a glimpse as to how the rankings will be utilized. According to McMurphy, the selection committee will meet at some point during the college football season to review their top 25 rankings, but the committee will not reveal which teams received first place votes or how many points a team received. So much for transparency under this new format. The final poll will also be used to determine the playoff participants, although the exact release of the final ballot is among the details still to be etched in stone.