Hopefully, strength of schedule will be a heavily weighted factor in determining which four teams are selected to the first College Football Playoff.
But, as with most things involving the selection committee, no one really knows for sure if that's going to be the case. For that matter, does the committee know what its selection requirements will be?
Anyway, we'll find out how important scheduling is and whether losing to quality nonconference opponents is weighted differently. In other words, is it a make-or-break game?
The criteria for a make-or-break game is relatively simple. It has to either significantly boost a team's resume with a win, or breaks a team's playoff chances if it loses—likely as a result of a difficult schedule elsewhere.
Which nonconference games could make or break a team's playoff hopes? The answers are in the following slides.