NCAA Football Playoff System By The Numbers

Last year [well, technically this year since Championship Monday is in January]  represented the last year for the BCS Championship. Speaking as a fan of a team that's gotten a couple of bad draws from the Bowl Selection Committee, this seems like a step in the right direction if not a final solution for college football. Let's break it down by the numbers, shall we?

4 - The number of playoff games that will be determined by a variety of factors, including strength of schedule [so you can't play all cupcake teams], head-to-head results, championships won, comparisons based on similar opponents, etc.
13 - The number of members on the selection committee. That includes representatives from each major conference in the FBS [including Condoleezza Rice, the only female member. You go girl]
2 - The number of semifinal games on New Years Eve [possibly helping that night live up to the always too high expectations set for it]
6 - The number of bowl games that will be rotated as semifinal and championship locations [as it currently stands: Sugar, Rose, Orange, Cotton, Peach, and Fiesta]
28 - The day in October that will see the very first ranking.
25 - The number of teams each committee member will be allowed to rank as the "best teams in the country"

There are arguments on both sides of the playoff debate. I am excited to see how this system works, I never did like the BCS computers. I don't think they cared for the University of Georgia, remember how I think the media hates us? For some reason I'm hoping 13 people can make a better decision on our caliber of play. Mostly I'm just excited for something new, and a few extra college football games to watch. You can see a pretty legit infographic of the new system here. Where do you sit on the NCAA College Football Playoff fence?

1 comment :

  1. based on what I've read, they have to consider more factors than the computers ever did [it appears to weigh pretty heavily on strength of schedule] and they also have to come to an agreement. I'll be interested to see how the first ranking turns out...