Despite controversy over week-to-week rankings, and clamor to expand to eight teams, the College Football Playoff selection committee has decided they like things as they are.
“It was a very successful first year,” selection committee chairman Jeff Long said on Thursday. “We want to build upon that success.”
The committee met Wednesday and Thursday in Indianapolis, IN for the first time this year. Although, without USC athletic director Pat Haden who boycotted the meeting in protest of Indiana’s controversial religious freedom law.
Major changes weren’t expected to take place considering the selection committee cannot make new rules, only suggest them. It’s up to the conference commissioners, along with Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, to vote in any changes.
ESPN’s Heather Dinich spoke with the conference commissioners leading up to the meeting, where they discussed possibly lowering the number of rankings put out by the selection committee.
Those rankings caused controversy last season after teams at the top were inexplicably bounced up and down the polls from week to week. TCU was bumped from third to sixth after winning their final game of the regular season by 52 points, and were ultimately left out of the playoff along with fellow Big 12 Co-Champion Baylor.
“Having somebody left out is always going to cause a lot of heartburn. It also causes a lot of the anticipation and a lot of the enjoyable tension people feel as they watch their team through the season.” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told Dinich.
American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco also expressed his concerns with Dinich with how the polls were done.
“The issue was with what happened with the TCU situation: winning 55-3 and going from three to six [in the Week 16 rankings],” Aresco said. “We can talk about whether there should be continuity week to week, as opposed to starting from scratch. It’s a debate. I don’t know how I feel, myself. It’s something that publicly was one of the criticisms of the committee’s process because is it fair to the kids who think, ‘OK, we’re No. 3, and we win 55-3. We’ve been very impressive, and we fall all the way to six’? That one is something we have to talk about.”
For better or worse though, the powers at be like things the way they are. At least for another year. The selection committee will continue its weekly rankings in 2015 with the first 2015 rankings coming on November 3rd.
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