College Football has decided to do away with the BCS format where the No. 1 and No. 2 team’s face off in a National Championship game. They’ve expanded it to a four team play-off with the teams being selected by a selection committee. There had been a lot of rumors around who would be on the committee and we have the list now.
The biggest name is arguably Condoleezza Rice. The rumors surrounding her had some backlash, particularly from ESPN College GameDay personality, and former Georgia player, David Pollack.
Aside from that responsibility, they’ll be responsible for ranking and placing at-large teams in non contract New Year’s Day bowls.
The College Football Playoff selection committee is:
- Jeff Long, vice chancellor and director of athletics, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville (Chair)
- Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, former superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy
- Pat Haden, director of athletics, University of Southern California
- Oliver Luck, director of athletics, West Virginia University
- Barry Alvarez, director of athletics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Tom Jernstedt, former NCAA executive vice president
- Archie Manning, former University of Mississippi quarterback and all-pro NFL quarterback
- Tom Osborne, former head coach and director of athletics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Dan Radakovich, director of athletics, Clemson University
- Conoleezza Rice, Stanford University professor, former Stanford provost and former United States Secretary of State
- Mike Tranghese, former commissioner of the Big East Conference
- Steve Wieberg, former college football reporter, USA Today
- Tyrone Willingham, former head coach of three FBS institutions
How frequently will rankings come out?
They plan to put out 4-5 rankings around the middle of the season, around when BCS rankings currently come out. They’ll be released every other week.