NCAA Football Playoff Committee Announced, Includes Nebraska Ties
The NCAA announced today the 13 member panel that will decide the Bowl Championship Playoff teams beginning 2014-2015 season. The committee will select the four participating teams. The No. 1 seed will meet No. 4, and No. 2 will face No. 3. The semifinal games will rotate annually among bowl games in Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, New Orleans, Pasadena and Phoenix. The first semifinals will be played January 1, 2015 at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The first national championship game will be played January 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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. If a committee member has ties to a school in discussion for possible inclusion into the playoffs, that member will recuse themselves from the vote.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.
Two members of the Playoff Committee have Big Ten Conference and Nebraska ties. Former Nebraska coach and athletic director, Tom Osborne, is a part of the panel, as well as Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez.