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Trick or treat? College Football Playoff rankings coming late October

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The College Football Playoff selection committee will release its rankings starting October 28 to offer some transparency on where playoff contenders stand. Brett McMurphy of was first to report the target release date of the new ranking system, via Twitter.

The selection committee details are still being put together for the first year of operation in the new playoff era in major college football. This week in Dallas is seeing representatives from all conferences gather to take steps in putting details together for the new format. The committee was planning on organizing its own ranking system all along, but how often fans would get a look at those rankings was undetermined. As McMurphy reports, the new ranking will be released Tuesday nights.

It should be noted the ranking may not necessarily be the final determination for picking which four teams will be selected for the playoff. The ranking will be more of a guide as to how the committee is viewing the season’s top teams. The ultimate decision on which teams will be placed in the playoff will be done behind a closed-door meeting, just as it is in basketball.

College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock has also said the selection committee will not have any say on whether conferences should utilize eight or nine-game schedules.

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7 Responses to “Trick or treat? College Football Playoff rankings coming late October”
  1. mcjon22 says: Apr 29, 2014 9:45 PM

    This is the one part of the new playoff system that I absolutely hate. Why have a selection committee?

    And if you are going to have one and expect people to take it seriously, how are you going to put Archie Manning and Condalisa Rice on it? What exactly are their qualifications?

    I don’t understand scrapping the polls and the computer system. You could some years make an argument for who was No. 2, but was there ever an argument over the 3rd and 4th teams?

  2. bigdinla says: Apr 29, 2014 10:34 PM

    As transparent as Obamacare!

  3. bender4700 says: Apr 29, 2014 11:28 PM


    So a team like Boise being ranked 4th because of the human polls doesn’t beat out a team ranked 5th that has played a far tougher schedule.


    Leave the lame political crap out. Save it for the Fox News boards.

  4. bender4700 says: Apr 29, 2014 11:30 PM

    I love the fans complaining about something completely new and different than before.

    Go back a few months, same idiots were saying “WE NEED CHANGE”.

    They want change, that fits what they had in mind. Otherwise it sucks. Without even seeing how it works out.

  5. timh1955 says: Apr 29, 2014 11:40 PM

    Alabama has already been notified they will be in the playoffs.

  6. chadabuxton says: Apr 30, 2014 1:39 AM

    The lack of understanding that impartial geniuses are EXACTLY what the NCAA needs cracks me up. Would y’all rather have Skip Bayless than Condoleeza Rice deciding these things? You are an ignorant, sexist loser if you don’t think she is “qualified”.

  7. Deb says: Apr 30, 2014 12:22 PM

    People complained about the old polling system, and the BCS was supposed to solve everything. People complained about the BCS, and this limited playoff is supposed to solve everything. But this limited playoff is just another transition to what I hope will be our version of March Madness. In the not-too-distant future, may the top 8 or 12 teams (strictly by rank) battle it out in a real playoff. It won’t be perfect, but it will be close.

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