College Football Playoff 2014: Will Selection Committee Be as Bland as the Name?

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College Football Playoff 2014: Will Selection Committee Be as Bland as the Name?
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The suits in charge of the BCS have been hard at work all spring coming up with a name for your new college football playoff system. And after what surely must have been spirited discussions, the suits decided on the name...drum roll, please...college football playoff. 

*crickets chirping*

This is why the BCS boys make the big bucks, folks. They get paid for their sheer genius, forward-thinking innovation and edgy marketing ideas. 

Bravo. 

The BCS executives probably slapped themselves on their backs after coming up with this idea and murmured among themselves, "Do you think the fans will understand what we're trying to convey?"

Actually, we don't.

Because this so-called four-team college playoff isn't really a playoff—it's an invitational.

A playoff weeds out the good from the bad through a series of games and the last two teams standing play for the title. A true playoff system doesn't include two teams playing for a title in the first (and only) round. 

But this is what we have. Now the next important step in this so-called college football playoff process will commence: forming the Selection Committee. 

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Alabama's football team at the White House

From what we know, this Selection Committee—and yes, I'll go out on a limb here and assume that is its official name—will be in charge of selecting four teams to play for the BCS title.

There's no room for error here. And that's the problem with a four-team playoff. 

This new playoff isn't like the NCAA tournament where 68 basketball teams are selected. With that many teams in the mix, the probability that the best teams in the country will be represented is extremely high.

But four teams? There is a high probability that a major snafu will occur if the right people aren't picked to select those teams. So who punches his ticket to the Selection Committee?

Experienced pundits and talking heads are always preferred, but too many old-school members will probably result in safe picks. Instead of of the college football playoff, it will be nicknamed the SEC Invitational. Conversely, a member who has an out-of-the-box personality is certainly needed for an alternative perspective but that too can cause problems.

What the Selection Committee doesn't need is a Hal Mumme-like voter who is impressed with flashy teams piling on points against defenseless teams. Mumme is a helluva coach, but his vote for the top-ranked team in the 2007 USA Today Coaches poll was, well...bizarre.  

Hal Mumme, photo courtesy of Tucson Citizen

What the committee should be doing is checking every candidate's voting archives and looking for trends. Did he favor one conference over another? Did he ignore teams from a non-BCS conference? Did his voting seem consistent? Did he have a clear grasp of what occurred over a weekend and voted accordingly? 

More than anything else, each member of the Selection Committee should have a thorough knowledge of the college football landscape, have no hidden agenda and have fresh perspective on evaluating potential playoff teams.

In other words, pick the guy who hates the new name of our college football playoff system.

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