Report: College Football Playoff still plans to use same criteria to select Top 4 teams
The last thing on anyone’s mind right now is the College Football Playoff. As much as we enjoy the drama it provides at the end of the season, most are just crossing their fingers and toes that we have a season first.
But, the College Football Playoff still has to prepare and plan for the upcoming season, just like teams and conferences. And while there will be some changes to the season, right now, the selection committee plans to follow the same criteria for its process.
College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock told Paul Myerburg of USA Today that, for now, it will continue to judge the top four teams based on the same system it has used in the past.
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“Clearly there will be challenges this year, and we will see what those challenges are and work through them,” Hancock told USA Today. “Whatever the season looks like, the committee will select the best four teams based on the protocol.”
There’s already at least one issue with that procedure. The B1G announced on Thursday that it will have a conference-only schedule in 2020, if the season can be played at all. That eliminates key nonconference games like: Michigan-Washington, Ohio State-Oregon, Penn State-Virginia Tech, Miami (FL)-Michigan State and Wisconsin-Notre Dame.
It will make the selection process even more difficult.
Obviously, changes can come to the selection process if it becomes necessary. And if all conferences switch to league-only schedules, it could create some interesting conversations in that selection committee room.
That is, if the season makes it that far.