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<ul><li><p>8/10/2019 College Football Playoff Griping</p><p> 1/2</p><p>College Football Playoff Griping</p><p>Using quantities for ourcollege football pickshelps our analysis stay objective andfree from human biases. This article is a rare departure from our norm, and a</p><p>moment for us to offer a completely subjective opinion on an issue of importance</p><p>affecting thecollege footballworld: the new College Football Playoff. Our concernis not with the idea of a having a college football playoff, but with howthe four</p><p>teams (out of 128 candidates) are selected.</p><p>The BCS PostmortemThe Bowl Championship Series (BCS) was instituted in 1998 with the sole</p><p>purpose of playing-off the two best college football teams to determine the National</p><p>Championship. The formula for selecting those two teams consisted of three equal</p><p>parts:</p><p>1) The USA Today Coaches Poll</p><p>2)</p><p>The Harris Interactive Poll</p><p>3)</p><p>The average of six computer rankingsOne of the most oft-cited complaints about the BCS was that computers should not</p><p>be picking the two best teams. The response to that charge should have been simple:</p><p>The Coaches Poll is comprised of current college football coaches (people, not</p><p>computers), and the Harris Interactive Poll is comprised of former college football</p><p>players, coaches, administrators and former college football media (again, all</p><p>people). That means that two-thirds of the BCS was purely human and not</p><p>computer-driven.</p><p>The Pendulum SwingsIn response to all the BCS vitriol, it was decided that the selection of the four</p><p>teams to play-off (not just two, as with the BCS)) would be decided by a selectioncommittee (all humans). That decision has been left to 13 individuals- all people</p><p>with human biases. We no longer have ANY objective component to the selection of</p><p>the four best teams; the process is entirely subjective. How is that an improvement?</p><p>Sure, most college football fans wanted to see a playoff, but were they hoping for the</p><p>most subjective way of determining the four best teams?</p><p>The SubjectsThe so-called Recusal Policy should be the sole focus of volumes of</p><p>criticism, so for this brief discussion, we focus on the individuals who have been</p><p>selected to be the Selection Committee. For this section, keep in mind the following:</p><p>Reportedly, CONFERENCES will receive an additional $6,000,000 each year foreach team it places in the College Football Playoff.Why then, would a sittingathletic director be allowed on this committee? No matter what the recusal policy,</p><p>his conference (and therefore, his school) stands to profit if ANY team from his</p><p>conference is selected as one of the privileged four. There are simply too many</p><p>conflicts of interest, yet 5 of the 13 members (38.46%) are athletic directors. With</p><p>former Nebraska head coach and athletic director Tom Osborne continuing to be</p><p>compensated by the University of Nebraska, he should be placed in the same</p></li><li><p>8/10/2019 College Football Playoff Griping</p><p> 2/2</p><p>conflict-of-interest category. We can all be grateful to Lt. General Mike Gould for his</p><p>service to our country, but what on earth is he doing on a college football selection</p><p>committee? With former Secretary of State, former Stanford Provost, and current</p><p>Stanford professor Condoleezza Rice on the Committee, we get someone who is, at</p><p>once, unqualified to preside over any part of college football AND a person with a</p><p>conflict of interest. With just that simple portrait, 8 out of 13 members (61.54%) ofthe College Football Playoff Selection Committee have no business presiding over</p><p>teams whose schools and conferences (therefore, schools again) will receive</p><p>additional compensation for their participation in the College Football Playoff. It</p><p>might take some time, but we believe that college football fans will eventually</p><p>clamor for some un-conflicted, unbiased, objective quantitative (yes, computer-</p><p>related) components to this selection process.</p><p></p></li></ul>


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