The BCS is on the way out, soon to be replaced by a four-team playoff and a selection committee.
That means Richard Billingsley is about to give up his role in helping determine college football's national champion. The computer pollster from Hugo will continue to do his rankings, but they will no longer be used to calculate who plays for a title.
Here's a Q&A with Billingsley on what he thinks about the changes coming to college football.
Question: We've been told that any data or information that the selection committee wants, it will be given. Do you anticipate the committee will want to see computer rankings when doing their selections?
Answer: “I hope they will access the computer rankings. I do. As far as I know, we're all going to continue on to do our rankings. So, I hope that the committee will access the rankings. Whether or not they will and how much stock they'll put into it, I don't know.”
What do you think about the selection committee?
“I have no issue with anyone that's on the committee. The 13 people that they have chosen, I think they're wonderful. They're all capable. I'm disappointed about the fact that they're going to go behind closed doors and make a decision and they are not going to release individual ballots. I would like to know how Tom Osborne's gonna vote. I would like to know how Condoleezza Rice is gonna vote. I'd like to know how Oliver Luck is gonna vote.
The BCS embraced transparency in recent years. It released the coaches' ballots, for example.
“That's my point. The commissioners, their goal in this process is ‘total transparency.' Well, when I read (selection committee ballots wouldn't be revealed) ... the first thing I thought was, ‘How can you call that total transparency?' Now, that doesn't mean they're not going to make just the right decisions and we're going to be happy with it, but I'd sure like to know how the individual vote went. Because let me tell you, I have put my work out there every Sunday and I have to take the repercussions. If fans don't like the way my computer rankings go, I hear about it, and I want the people on that committee to have to share that same responsibility.”
What do you think about the four-team playoff?
“I was against it and personally had fought against it and spoke against it to the very end. But what I've finally come to realize is that the time is right for it. I think that we just had to go there. And so because of that, I'm more accepting of it now.”
“The public finally won me over. That's really all it is because honestly deep down in my heart, I still feel like we don't need (a playoff) every year. Now, history is either going to prove me wrong or agree with what I'm saying.”