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College Football Playoff: How the selection committee will pick the 'Final Four'

THE PROCESS — Inside the selection process,which includes how and when committee members will vote, recuse themselves and be supplied “countless pieces” of statistical information on every team.
by Berry Tramel Published: August 27, 2014

/articleid/5336278/1/pictures/3370082">Photo - The new College Football Playoff committee. ILLUSTRATION BY ROB BACKUS, The Oklahoman
The new College Football Playoff committee. ILLUSTRATION BY ROB BACKUS, The Oklahoman


The committee is charged with selecting the top four teams for the playoff, ranking them and assigning them to semifinal sites; ranking the next group of teams to play in other New Year’s bowls if berths are available; selecting the highest-ranked champion from the five conferences without New Year’s bowl contracts; assigning teams to New Year’s bowl, with the priorities of creating competitive matchups, attempting to avoid regular-season rematches and repeat bowl appearances, and considering geography.


The committee will review video, statistics and their own expertise. The College Football Playoff has retained SportSource Analytics to provide “countless” pieces of statistical information on every team. The data will allow the members to compare and contrast every team on every level possible. The committee will NOT use a single particular formula, such as the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) that is used for NCAA championships.


Bracket: The team ranked No. 1 will play the team ranked No. 4. The teams ranked second and third will play each other.

Advantages: The No. 1 seed will be given the most advantageous site, weighing criteria such as convenience of travel for fans, home-crowd advantage or disadvantage, and general familiarity with the host city and its stadium. There are no restrictions on number of teams from a certain conference eligible for the four-team bracket. Rematches from the regular season are not prohibited in the semifinals.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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