Commissioners of the 11 FBS conferences, Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick and other network TV and college football officials gather in Chicago this week, kicking off a month of meetings that could alter the future of college football's postseason.
Gene Wojciechowski kicks off the coverage calling for a selection committee and calling for a scrapping of the BCS system:
That's how I feel about the BCS standings. When the four-team playoff format is approved -- and it will be, of course -- I've got a piece of advice for the decision-makers who want to keep the BCS standings:
Don't do that.
The combo platter of the Harris Poll, USA Today Coaches Poll and six computer rankings worked as well as stripes with plaids. The polls, especially the Harris, were funnier than Chris Rock. The coaches' poll was often an exercise in favoritism, grudge-holding and ignorance. And don't even get me started on the six computer programs.
Polls don't work. You think the media doesn't see all the teams and all the games on a given weekend? Coaches see even less. They're focused on their own team and their next opponent. End of story.
Therefore, a selection committee is needed. Here's how Gene thinks it should be set up.
SEC blogger Chris Low offers some words of caution about the construction of a committee, especially using former coaches:
Hall of Fame coaches certainly know what they're talking about when it comes to evaluating football teams. But that's not the rub regarding this whole selection-committee nonsense.
The rub is that it's not realistic to expect former coaches, current coaches, former players, current athletic directors, former athletic directors or current conference commissioners to completely set aside their biases in picking four teams to play for the national title.
It doesn't mean they're not honorable men, and it doesn't mean they don't have the best interests of college football at heart.
What it means is that they're human, and with so much at stake, it would be foolish to allow those with a dog in the hunt to be the ones who are settling on the four top dogs in the race.
Low also goes on to look at a more balance human element in the selection process:
Keep the two polls as part of the process. Keep the computer rankings, too, but make the formulas for those rankings more transparent.
The big change that needs to be made to the BCS standings formula is putting the strength-of-schedule component back into the equation, which would force teams to play more challenging nonconference schedules.
Granted, a lot of these nonconference matchups are set well in advance, but the playoff wouldn't begin until the 2014 season.
With added weight given to schedule strength, we'd get to see more games in the mold of Alabama-Michigan, Georgia-Boise State, LSU-Oregon and Florida State-Oklahoma.
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Finally, Heather Dinich looks at what would go into a selection committee: how much work it would be and what some potential issues could be. Read the story here.