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College Football Playoff committee discusses rankings and recusal policy

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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.

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7 Responses to “College Football Playoff committee discusses rankings and recusal policy”
  1. bricktop02 says: Apr 3, 2014 6:35 PM

    This isn’t going to work. Right?

  2. blendedwhiskey says: Apr 3, 2014 6:45 PM

    This reminds me of the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”.
    I’m so sorry but due to the associations that everyone on the committee has with every potential playoff school in some way, shape, or form, you all must leave the room before discussions may begin.

  3. Professor Fate says: Apr 3, 2014 7:07 PM

    Will it just be renamed the Condoleezza Rice College Football Playoff?

  4. harleyspoon says: Apr 3, 2014 8:22 PM

    It is a stupid system…We need 8 ten team regional conferences….Every team in every conference needs to play the other 9 teams in the conference…no conference play-offs……At the end of the regular season, the champion of each conference will be bracketed based on a simple draw…8 teams will be in the play-off…3 game play-off: Quarterfinal-Semifinal-final in predetermined venues…All teams across the country with winning records can accept bids to bowls as usual under agreements with conferences and bowl committees as it is now…

  5. cincyfredo says: Apr 3, 2014 8:36 PM

    Just keep Jimbo Delaney out of it …

  6. huskerzfan says: Apr 3, 2014 9:21 PM

    @ harleyspoon

    It is a stupid system…We need 8 ten team regional conferences….Every team in every conference needs to play the other 9 teams in the conference…no conference play-offs……At the end of the regular season, the champion of each conference will be bracketed based on a simple draw…8 teams will be in the play-off…3 game play-off: Quarterfinal-Semifinal-final in predetermined venues…All teams across the country with winning records can accept bids to bowls as usual under agreements with conferences and bowl committees as it is now…
    __________________________________

    Sounds great.

    Shall we leave you in charge of making the magical and mythical 8 conference situation work out?

    Will it be complete with Leprechauns, Unicorns, and Big Foots?

    You do realize that schools have other sports like basketball, swimming, track, tennis, lacrosse, wrestling and any a number of other sports, right?

    They also have existing relationships with conferences and TV contracts.

    But, from what you are saying, we could just easily crack this down to 8 conferences of 10 teams (that’s 80 teams when we have 128 in college football alone, much less the 300+ in basketball), and everything will magically get better, right?

    Damn. Can I just pay 12% taxes for the rest of my life? Would sure make it much easier.

  7. Barry's Triceps says: Apr 4, 2014 10:41 AM

    I like his idea keep the conferences the way they are…

    Auto bids go

    Sec
    Acc
    Big10
    Big 12
    Pac

    Then 3 automatic bids but with the rule only one extra team from each conference…I dont feel like seeing 4 sec teams in the playoff because Espn and their accountants say so.

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