Although the Penn State Nittany Lions are still ineligible for postseason play for two more years, fans are likely still interested in how the new process in college football will work. The BCS is no longer around, replaced by the College Football Playoff. The procedures that will be used by the Selection Committee have been released.
The newly formed Selection Committee will be tasked with ranking the top-25 teams each week, eventually choosing the best four teams in the nation to take part in the playoff at the end of the season. The members will meet face-to-face on Mondays and Tuesdays, with the new rankings being announced each Tuesday night on ESPN. The first set of rankings will come out on October 28. Below are the dates of when the other rankings will be released this season.
- November 4
- November 11
- November 18
- November 25
- December 2
There is no official release date yet for the final rankings, though it will come after the weekend of December 7.
Various pieces of data will be used by the Selection Committee in order to make the rankings. Things such as win-loss records, conference championships won, strength of schedule, head-to-head records and records against common opponents. According to Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, “People, not mathematical formulas, will pick the teams, and we want to make sure the committee members have all the information they want so they can make the best decisions.”
The semifinals games, which will match the No.1 seed vs. the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed vs. the No. 3 seed, will rotate each year between the Peach Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. This season’s inaugural games will take place on January 1, 2015 at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The first national championship game of the new system will be on January 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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