College Football Playoff selection committee tracker: All the criteria in one place


What we know about the College Football Playoff’s selection committee: very little. It’s the most critical portion of the tournament as far as competition goes, but for now, also the least settled question.

Things we know about the Playoff as a whole include where games will be played, how much money will be made off television rights, and how long until it can expand beyond four (plus how many people with important job titles are already calling for it to expand). Plus a bunch of other stuff.

Almost all of what we know about the committee itself is as follows:

  • Its membership will likely be somewhere between 12 and 20 members, based on comments by BCS-turned-Playoff director Bill Hancock and others.
  • The committee will release some sort of regular rankings. Expect this to be televised, perhaps replacing the current Sunday night BCS standings reveal.
  • The Playoff has an official description of the committee’s duty — “A selection committee will choose the four teams for the playoff based on their performance during the regular season, including, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, championships won, and other factors” — and the committee will also rank teams for the other four non-Playoff BCS 2.0 bowls, according to a previous announcement. That means ranking at least 12 teams (since members will surely lobby for bubble teams), not just four.

That’s about all that’s set in stone.

We have some hints and gestures beyond that, however. Below, the status of various college football entities as potential selection committee members:


There are not any of these yet.


People recommended by current conference commissioners.


People who know a lot about college football.

People who like math.

People who live in gated communities.

People who watch a ton of college football.


Archie Manning or Condoleezza Rice.

Barry Switzer, if there are gift certificates.

Former athletic directors, conference commissioners, and media members.

Former players.

John Cooper, Vince Dooley, LaVell Edwards, or R.C. Slocum.

Other former coaches, as in maybe even the whole darn Legends Poll.

People who prefer conference champions.

Phillip Fulmer.

Scouts with NFL experience.


Probably not

Current athletic directors.

Hopefully not

The Coaches Poll.

Bob Stoops doesn’t like

Media members.


Akon, the singer and record producer. Not official. Just feeling confident.

Bobby Bowden.

Current coaches. Duh.

Current conference commissioners.

Current players. But that would be terrific.

Several current media members, who’ve said they’d decline.

Your turn

Who’s your No. 1 recommendation, and who’s the last person you want to see given the honor?

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