College Football Playoffs: Selection Committee The Next Big Issue?

Now that we all but know college football's playoff games will be played at existing bowl sites, to much rejoicing by ... people who work at bowl games, the two major issues remaining are how to choose which teams get in and who does the choosing. With the ACC, Pac-12 and Big Ten in support of conference champs only, we could call that plan the favorite there, while whether to use a rankings system or a selection committee may be the most unsettled.

The Big Ten ADs are talking it over, finding as much to fret about as reasons for or against anything, while Texas' DeLoss Dodds is pro-committee, as is Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez. Commenters, however, might not be the biggest fans.

SI.com's Andy Staples makes the case for a committee:

The committee would eliminate several of the major problems posed by the polls and computer rankings. First, the committee wouldn't begin deliberation until the entire body of work was submitted. This would keep preseason poll bias from creeping into the selection process. It doesn't matter what I or anyone else thought Alabama would do in August. All that matters is what the Crimson Tide did from September through the first weekend in December. Second, committee members would be intelligent enough to avoid the trap of, as Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott calls it, tracking one loss.

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