NORMAN — Bob Stoops expressed some concern last summer about the College Football Playoff selection committee, saying any decision made by humans will be — at least to some degree — marred by bias.
In a recent interview with The Oklahoman, Stoops said he isn’t worrying himself with it because there’s nothing about the process he can really control.
“I don’t know how you get away from that,” Stoops said. “There’s no way around it. I don’t care who you have. If you have a human — I don’t care if it’s coaches; I don’t care if it’s reporters; I don’t care who it is — everybody has either a bias or an allegiance to something, or is influenced by something. Or someone they answer to.”
The committee was revealed last season, and includes members like legendary former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, former Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
“There’s no sense in concerning myself with it,” Stoops said. “You’ve got some great leaders and people of great integrity and responsibility in their jobs that’ll do their best to do it the way they feel is best.”
Beginning Oct. 28, the committee will release its own Top 25 rankings to give everyone an idea of its thinking each week. A committee member who is currently employed or paid by a particular school — or has an immediate family member at a school — won’t be allowed to vote for that school.
The rankings will be released on Tuesday nights after the committee meets in person for a day every week. After the conference championship games, the committee will choose four teams to participate in the first-ever College Football Playoff, which will conclude with the national championship game Jan. 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Stoops said he hopes the committee will lean heavily on strength of schedule when making its final selections.
The Sooners are widely considered a strong contender in 2014, especially in light of their 45-31 Sugar Bowl upset of two-time defending national champion Alabama last January. Sporting News recently revealed its 2014 preseason rankings and had the Sooners on top.
“To me, strength of schedule is the biggest issue,” Stoops said. “Some conferences play nine conference games; some play eight. That’s a big deal, who you’re playing in those other four, or other three games.
“We’re playing nine (conference games) and Tennessee. We just had Notre Dame and Florida State, outside of our nine conference games. Hopefully that should make a difference, if you’re all winning.”