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. 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...