Fact Sheet for the New College Football Playoff Selection Committee
Published October 16th, 2013
College Football Playoff Selection Committee Fact Sheet
Mission. The committee’s task will be to select the best teams, rank the teams for inclusion in the playoff and selected
other bowl games and, then assign the teams to sites.
Principles. The management committee has charged the selection committee to select the teams using a process that
distinguishes among otherwise comparable teams by considering:
Conference championships won
Strength of schedule
Comparative outcomes of common opponents (without incenting margin of victory)
Other relevant factors such as key injuries that may have affected a team’s performance during the season or
likely would affect its postseason performance
Voting Process. The voting process will include a series of ballots through which the committee members first select a
pool of teams to be considered, then rank those teams. Individual ballots will be compiled into a composite ranking. Each
committee member independently will evaluate an immense amount of information during the process. This evaluation will
bring about individual qualitative and quantitative opinions that will inform each member’s vote.
Recusal. Committee members directly associated with any team under consideration during the selection process will
recuse themselves from any deliberations associated with that team, and will not participate in any votes involving that
Number of Teams to Be Ranked. It is planned that the committee will rank 25 teams. If no champion of a non-contract
conference is among that group of 25 teams, then the committee will rank additional teams.
Evaluation Process. It is planned that a committee member or members will be assigned to monitor each conference—
generally not a conference where the member is employed—to present a comprehensive report on that conference’s teams
to the full committee.
Metrics. No one single metric will be identified as paramount over all other data.
Assigning Teams to Semifinal Sites. When assigning the games to the semifinals sites, the committee will place the top
seeds at the most advantageous sites, weighing criteria such as convenience of travel for its fans, home-crowd advantage
or disadvantage and general familiarity with the host city and its stadium.
Meeting Schedule. The committee will meet in person beginning at mid-season and will meet several times to produce
interim rankings before selection weekend each season. The interim rankings will be made public. It will meet again during
selection weekend to decide the final rankings and announce the pairings.
Pairings for the Playoff Games.
In the playoff, the team ranked No. 1 by the selection committee will play team No. 4 in the semifinals. Team No. 2 will
play team No. 3.
Bill Hancock, Executive Director
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There will be no limit on the number of teams that may participate from one conference, and matters such as rematches
will not be a consideration.
Pairings for Non-Playoff Bowls.
All displaced conference champions and the highest ranked champion from a non-contract conference, as ranked by
the committee, will participate in selected other bowl games and will be assigned to those games by the committee. If
berths in the selected other bowl games remain available after those teams have been identified, the highest ranked
other teams, as ranked by the committee, will fill those berths in rank order. (Note: A “displaced conference champion”
is a champion of a contract-bowl conference that does not qualify for the playoff in a year when its contract bowl hosts
a semifinal game.)
The committee will strive to provide the most compelling matchups in the bowl games.
There will be no limit on the number of teams that are allowed to participate from a conference.
The committee will use geography as a consideration in the pairing of teams and assigning them to bowl sites, but not
in the ranking of teams.
The committee will attempt to avoid regular-season rematches when assigning teams to these non-playoff bowl games.
To benefit fans and student-athletes, the committee will attempt to avoid assigning a particular team or group of teams
to the same bowl game repeatedly.
Conference championships will be a criteria to be considered when the committee assigns teams to bowls (i.e., if Dallas
were a convenient site for two teams, preference would go to a conference champion.)
Terms. Members will serve three-year terms. Until the rotation has been achieved, certain terms may be shorter or longer.
Terms will be staggered to allow for an eventual rotation of members.
About College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff will begin with the 2014-15 season. A committee will select the four participating teams. The
No. 1 seed will meet No. 4, and No. 2 will face No. 3. The semifinal games will rotate annually among bowl games in
Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, New Orleans, Pasadena and Phoenix. The first semifinals will be played January 1, 2015 at the
Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The first national championship game will be played January 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in
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