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Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops isn't worry about playoff selection — but hopes strength of schedule matters

Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops said human bias will inevitably be an issue in the new College Football Playoff selection system, but that he isn’t concerning himself with it. Stoops just hopes strength of schedule matters.
by Jason Kersey Published: May 25, 2014
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photo - Head coach Bob Stoops talks to his team following the Spring College Football Game of the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, April 12, 2014.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Head coach Bob Stoops talks to his team following the Spring College Football Game of the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

— 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.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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