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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
  • Head-to-head competition
  • 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 team.

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 conferencegenerally 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.
  • 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.

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