Playoff panel weekly Top 25 starting Oct. 28

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 30, 2014 at 8:18 pm •  Published: April 30, 2014
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IRVING, Texas (AP) — The BCS standings are out. The College Football Playoff selection committee Top 25 is in.

Starting Oct. 25, the 13-member panel given the task of picking the schools for the new four-team playoff will release weekly rankings.

Voting for the newest college football poll will be done using the same procedure and recusal policy used by the committee that chooses the 68-team field for NCAA men's basketball tournament. The voting will be broken down into tiers, with the panel first grouping teams and then coming to a consensus on how they should be ordered with numerous votes.

A committee member who is currently employed or compensated by a school, or who has an immediate family member at a school, will not be allowed to rank that school.

The 13-member panel, which includes five current athletic directors, will meet in person and their rankings will be released on Tuesday nights on ESPN.

"The concept will be, if the season ended today, these will be the rankings," College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said Wednesday.

Hancock, along with the FBS commissioners, have been meeting in north Texas this week, the site of the first College Football Playoff championship game at AT&T Stadium, to hammer out the last details of the new postseason system.

The commissioners had decided months ago the selection committee would produce some rankings during the season, but had not determined when they would start or how often the poll would come out.

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long, the selection committee chairman, said the idea to release rankings weekly came from the panel.

"We felt we wouldn't be meeting our responsibility," Long said. "Once we made a ranking, we felt then we needed to make them weekly. That's what the fans have become accustomed to, and we felt it would leave a void in college football without a ranking for several weeks."

Polls and rankings have always played a role in determining the champion of college football — and been a source of much controversy and debate.

"That debate that goes on among fans goes on among fans bases and groups is healthy for the game of football," Long said. "Early on there was some talk that we would go into a room at the end of the season and come out with a top four, but that didn't last long."

The Associated Press media poll started in 1936. The coaches' poll began in 1950.

The Bowl Championship Series used standings determined by combining polls, computer ratings and other variables to determine which teams played for the national title for the past 16 years.