TULSA — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops doesn't know which individuals belong on the impending College Football Playoff's selection committee.
“I don't know what's a good answer to that to be quite honest with you,” Stoops told reporters Monday at the OU Caravan stop in Tulsa.
Beginning with the 2014-15 season, four teams will play to crown college football's national champion in a season ending tournament, which replaces the 15-year old Bowl Championship Series.
The 10 conference commissioners recently announced the new system's name and bowl affiliates, but still haven't named — or even defined, really — the group of people tasked with choosing the College Football Playoff's four teams.
“(Athletic directors) have too much of a stake in it,” Stoops said. “Coaches have too much of a stake in it. We all have agendas, and/or (want to) protect our conference. It doesn't work.”
How about the media?
“Oh, hell no,” Stoops said with a laugh. “Regardless of what you want to say about your journalistic integrity, you have agendas. You in your local area, you have a team that's undefeated and you vote a one-loss team ahead of them and you're going to pay the price for it and you're gonna think about it.
“Who doesn't have an agenda? You tell me.”
Lots of ideas for the committee have been floated around, like including former coaches and former administrators. Last week, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott told CBSSports.com the current committee proposal being discussed doesn't include specific representation for each of the 10 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision conferences.
“We don't want people on the committee representing a particular constituency,” Scott told the website. “Then people are in there with a narrow interest. We want people in there who can take a broad view and do what's right.”
Asked about the possibility of a committee composed entirely of full-time members, devoted fully to the selection process, Stoops said there's still no way to make up for every person's inherent bias.
“You can't take away from where they live or where they went to school,” Stoops said. “There is bias in everybody.”
Stoops said he wouldn't mind seeing college football develop an RPI-type computer system to help eliminate that bias, and to ensure strength of schedule is prominently considered.
“Otherwise, why are we going to Notre Dame this year?” Stoops said. “Why travel to Florida State two years ago? If you're not going to be reward for it, then play a bunch of softies and try and be undefeated.”
Last season, Stoops' team finished the regular season ranked No. 11 in the final BCS Standings and was widely expected to earn a Sugar Bowl bid. But the Sooners fell out of the BCS altogether because MAC champion Northern Illinois rose to No. 15 in the standings.
Kansas State, which beat Oklahoma in the regular season, earned the Big 12's automatic BCS berth. Northern Illinois was 11-1 during the regular season, but its one loss was to lowly Iowa.
Northern Illinois lost to Florida State in the Orange Bowl, while Oklahoma was routed 41-13 by Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.
“Last year going into the bowl games, Northern Illinois had one loss and we had two,” Stoops said. “Theirs was to Iowa. Ours were to Notre Dame and K-State. They got the bid to BCS bowl ahead of us … If they went through our whole schedule would they have been 11-1? I don't know, but I doubt it.
“Obviously, the voters, it didn't matter too much to them. It's not right. I think the schedule you play matters. The cumulative affect of playing good teams week in and week out is different.”