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SBD/June 20, 2013/Colleges
College Football Playoff Brass Will Begin Forming Selection Committee This Summer
Published June 20, 2013
MISSED OPPORTUNITY: SI.com's Stewart Mandel writes the decision not to have a dry run this season is "understandable," as the national champion "shouldn't have to face questions about who it might have faced in a hypothetical second postseason game, or whether it would have finished No. 1 in the new system." But the CFP's "paranoia about this inevitable clash may lead to a major flaw in the new playoff's eventual launch." The selection committee could be the "most important facet of the new playoff," as there has "never been anything like it in FBS football." The panel's "credibility will be essential to the public's acceptance of this new event." Mandel: "Given those stakes, wouldn't the committee want to take advantage of a gift-wrapped opportunity to iron out the kinks? There's a reason Google and other technology companies beta test new products before unleashing them for mass consumption." A dry run does run the risk of "undermining this year's championship game," but the idea of "hurting someone's feelings over an imaginary matchup is a far lesser evil than harming the real playoff by failing to properly vet the selection process" (SI.com, 6/20).