Oct 16, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; New chairman of the playoff committee Jeff Long speaks to the media at the College Football Playoff Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Looking at the College Football Playoff

Starting this season, every team in the nation will have one ultimate goal: win the national championship. We’ve been accustomed to letting the Bowl Championship Series computers pick the two teams that will play for the national championship.

When the final seconds ticked off the clock at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, a new era of college football was born: the College Football Playoff.

For years, coaches players and fans had been lobbying for a playoff system for college football, much like March Madness is for college basketball. Although a four team playoff is a far cry from the 68 teams that participate in college basketball’s national championship, its a start.

For the first time in college football history, the four best teams in the nation will participate in a playoff to win the national championship. How exactly will it be chosen?

The 2014-2015 College Football Playoff committee, consisting of the athletic directors, former players and even a professor. They will meet on Monday’s and Tuesdays during this season to produce interim rankings before the selection weekend on December 5th-7th.

Air Force – Mike Gould

Arkansas – Jeff Long

Clemson – Dan Radakovich

Mississippi – Archie Manning

Nebraska – Tom Osborne

Southern California – Pat Haden

Stanford – Condoleezza Rice

West Virginia – Oliver Luck

Wisconsin – Barry Alvarez

The selection committee will choose their four teams through a voting process, which each committee member will process a wide variety of data and information from all eligible teams.

“The voting process generally will include seven rounds of ballots through which the committee members first will select a small pool of teams to be evaluated, then will rank those teams, with the top-ranked teams being placed in the rankings in groups of three or four.  Individual ballots will be compiled into a composite ranking.  Each committee member will independently evaluate an immense amount of information during the process.  This evaluation will lead to individual qualitative and quantitative opinions that will inform each member’s votes.”

Interestingly, the committee will also choose the participants for the rest of the bowl games through a similar set of conditions and requirements.

It may not be a perfect solution to deciding the national champion in college football, but its a step in the right direction. What do you think? Should they include eight teams in the College Football Playoff going forward? 16? Lets hear it from our readers.

For more information about the selection committee and the College Football playoff in general, visit their website here.

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