After 14 years of the BCS, most college football types have had about enough of computers. They weren't used properly from the start, so they had to be outweighed by humans at some point along the way to keep fans from destroying their waffle makers in a fit of anti-technological rage.
Should college football's playoff thus use a selection committee to pick its four (for now) entrants, which would seem to render moot concerns over whether conference champs or top-four teams make it in? Wisconsin Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez has come out in support of a committee:
"I like a committee and I like a committee that might be diverse enough that maybe you have some national sportswriters in it," he said recently.
"(Herbstreit) is neutral, is on top of it, talks to coaches around the country," Alvarez said. "And every week you come out with your rankings and possibly explain the process."
However, Gainesville Sun columnist Pat Dooley reports "a bowl official" says the selection committee "won't happen."
Committees work in basketball, but the biggest controversy there is whether to choose the, like, 30th or 31st best team in the country. It might be harder to sell a committee tasked with telling, say, either a Big Ten or SEC fan base that its conference champion isn't good enough. Easier to let some machines do it.
What do you think?