NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > Breaking News: FBS Games to be decided by committee in 2014
October 17, 2013, 09:39 AM
Starting with the 2014 season, college football games in the FBS will be decided by committee, rather than by who scored more points in the game, according to a vote by college Presidents and conference Commissioners.

Over the last several years, FBS Presidents and Commissioners have increasingly realized the importance of human consensus in determining the worthiness of college football teams for consideration as National Champions. It had been realized that a committee of experts that are cognizant of the finer points of college football is more valuable than conference tournaments in determining worthy playoff contenders. This is because a committee can understand the role played by weather, injuries, crowd noise, referee error, and unfortunate player mistakes. A committee can recognize season-long dominance by a particular team and override the fluke results of one bad game, a nuance that is impossible to capture with the simple, antiquated algorithm of record (ie, wins and losses) formerly used in college football.

With the recent vote, Presidents and Commissioners have demonstrated their realization that the same principle applies to individual games. No longer will a dominant team be subject to the unjust results that can occur in a game, due to the same factors of weather, injuries, referee error, etc. Too often, games have been decided by phantom ???block in the back??? penalties that have wiped out deciding touchdowns, and gimme field goals that inexplicably bounce off the goal posts. Beginning in 2014, a committee will review the entire game, with rushing and passing statistics and efficiencies, offensive explosiveness, and defensive dominance and they will decide the winner by consensus. In this way, if a team was dominant throughout the course of the game but it just didn???t show in the points produced, the committee can still choose them as the game???s winners.
October 17, 2013  09:39 AM ET

Help stop the nonsense, folks. Teams should have to win their conference to even be considered for the National Championship. Never in the history of college football had a conference loser been voted as the National Champion. But with the advent of the BCS, conference losers began finding their way into a winner-take-all game, and in 2011, the loser finally capitalized on its mulligan. We should not allow a conference loser to be one of the four teams selected to the four-team playoff. Doing so is a slap in the face to the spirit of competition. The conference tournament is a pure competition, and a team must win it to advance. By restricting eligibility to conference champions (and independents, since they don???t play a conference tournament), the true spirit of competition is upheld. Teams know ahead of every season that winning the conference is a priority.

October 17, 2013  09:39 AM ET

We cannot avoid having to use a selection committee for the four-team playoff, but we can limit the bias that humans naturally introduce by restricting eligible teams to conference champions and independents. Humans are inherently biased, and they will do their best to override competitive results. It is natural, and in most cases, not even self-realized. They get a ???gut feeling??? and then they seek out facts that support that feeling while ignoring those that refute it. ???My team???s one loss is to a better team than your team???s one loss.??? ???My team doesn???t actually have a loss because the ball crossed the plane, the refs just didn???t call it that way.??? ???My team plays in a superior conference, so their one loss is better than your team???s no losses.??? ???My team???s star QB had the flu that day.???

October 17, 2013  09:41 AM ET

problem with quotes and apostrophes, I guess

October 17, 2013  09:44 AM ET

ROFL! Good one, Buff. ESPiN called and said they are behind this 110%.

October 17, 2013  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

We cannot avoid having to use a selection committee for the four-team playoff, but we can limit the bias that humans naturally introduce by restricting eligible teams to conference champions and independents. Humans are inherently biased, and they will do their best to override competitive results. It is natural, and in most cases, not even self-realized. They get a ???gut feeling??? and then they seek out facts that support that feeling while ignoring those that refute it. ???My team???s one loss is to a better team than your team???s one loss.??? ???My team doesn???t actually have a loss because the ball crossed the plane, the refs just didn???t call it that way.??? ???My team plays in a superior conference, so their one loss is better than your team???s no losses.??? ???My team???s star QB had the flu that day.???

Trying that again, for readability....

We cannot avoid having to use a selection committee for the four-team playoff, but we can limit the bias that humans naturally introduce by restricting eligible teams to conference champions and independents. Humans are inherently biased, and they will do their best to override competitive results. It is natural, and in most cases, not even self-realized. They get a "gut feeling" and then they seek out facts that support that feeling while ignoring those that refute it. "My team???s one loss is to a better team than your team's one loss." "My team doesn't actually have a loss because the ball crossed the plane, the refs just didn't call it that way." "My team plays in a superior conference, so their one loss is better than your team's no losses." "My team's star QB had the flu that day."

October 26, 2013  12:24 PM ET

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October 26, 2013  12:27 PM ET

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