College Football Playoff committee rankings are extensive, confusing

Tom Pennington

Good luck figuring out how the weekly rankings from the college football playoff committee.

The 13-member college football playoff committee has been in Texas going over the finer points for their job, and one of their jobs is to create a weekly top 25 poll starting in late October and going through the end of the season. For some reason the committee put together some absurd, confusing and exhausting. No wonder the committee is given 24 hours to create this poll.

Here is how they will set up their poll:

1. Each member of the committee will list his or her top 25 teams in the country. This is a simple list of 25 teams with no specific order to determine highest ranked teams. Schools must appear on at least three lists in order to be given further consideration.

2. When it comes time to seed teams, each committee member will list his or her top six teams. The six teams with the most votes will be used for the seeding ballot.

3. The six teams appearing on the seeding ballot will then be ranked by each committee member, with one being considered the top team. Once all ballots are submitted, the three teams receiving the fewest votes will be eliminated from consideration. The three remaining teams with the most votes will again be seeded by the committee on a second ballot process.

4. The committee will then focus on the next six best teams. Committee members will rank the six best teams left to use, in no order. The three teams with the most votes in this process will follow the three top-ranked teams as determined in the previous step.

5. Repeat previous two steps until all 25 teams have been ranked.

What is not mentioned above is the recusal policy, which will not allow any member of the committee who is getting paid by a school under consideration or discussion from casting a vote. This extends to even the immediate family members of the committee

Also left out in that five-step process is the time that will be taken before each vote to review, analyze and debate the options up for a vote at any particular time. The committee will increase the number of teams per ballot once the top nine  are seeded according to this lengthy protocol.

That is not even all of the method and USA Today has even more on the voting process.

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