When the selection committee meets to determine which four teams will be chosen to play in the College Football Playoff, the criteria reviewed will not include the number of conference games played by potential playoff teams.
Bill Hancock, executive director fo the College Football Playoff said Tuesday the selection committee will not dictate to conferences how many conference games should be played. Of course, the committee has no authoritative power over conference operations but the decisions made by the committee in selecting playoff teams could have a serious impact on how conferences operate.
Hancock’s comments come days after the SEC announced it will keep an eight-game conference schedule with some non-conference requirements. The Big Ten will add a conference game to the schedule in a couple more seasons, joining the Big 12 and Pac-12 with nine-game conference schedules. The ACC, like the SEC, will sit on an eight-game schedule along with a scheduling agreement with Notre Dame.