We already know a playoff is a near certainty for college football. But how would the playoff teams be selected?
Anybody in favor of a selection committee, like the NCAA hoops tournament?
That was the most significant piece of news that came out of the BCS meetings, where 11 conference commissioners, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, network TV officials and college football officials are meeting in Hollywood, Fla., to discuss the future of the BCS.
Here is more from ESPN.com college football writer Mark Schlabach:
A selection committee was first proposed a few months ago, but didn't seem to carry much weight at the time. Under current BCS rules, the top two teams in the final BCS standings play in the Allstate BCS National Championship Game.
If conference commissioners approve a four-team playoff, which would pit four teams in two semifinal games and the winners in a championship game, a selection committee could choose the teams, or the BCS standings could be tweaked to put greater emphasis on factors such as strength of schedule.
"I think (a committee) is worth looking at," commissioner Mike Slive said. "I think in the final analysis, we need to look at the entire process. That's a matter that applies to any format."
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said, "I'm trying to stay open-minded about how a committee could work. In basketball, it's established. At first blush, it feels a little counter intuitive to me in how the world has gone and what I think our fans want, which is more objective and more transparent and utilizing technology. I think this is an opportunity for college football to leapfrog forward and to write some more objective system. It doesn't mean that committees can't work, but it just wouldn't have been my first thought."
The BCS meetings will continue today, and a final decision could come as early as late June.
At first glance, I am not sure I am in favor of a selection committee. Would natural biases come into play? That would be my main concern. I think having both the computer and human element in the BCS rankings the past several years has worked well, so I would not be opposed to continuing to use some sort of BCS ranking to determine the four teams to make a playoff.