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College Football Playoff committee to be revealed Wednesday

October 14, 2013|By Chris Dufresne

This is a big week for future and past postseason systems as the College Football Playoff announced plans to formally unveil its selection committee on Wednesday, four days before the first release of the final BCS standings.

Ah, what impeccable timing.

The CFP system will replace the BCS starting next year, when the sport moves to a four-team playoff that is being hailed as a major improvement over a system that clanked and wheezed for the past 15 years.

Instead of using polls and computers to determine the title game participants, a selection committee will pick the top four teams and also slot other schools into major bowl games.

It was announced Monday that Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will be the chair of the 13-member selection committee.

The panel will be an eclectic mix of current and former followers of college football. Athletic directors Pat Haden (USC), Barry Alvarez (Wisconsin) and Oliver Luck (West Virginia) will join forces with the likes of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, a former superintendent at Air Force.

The committee will also include former coaches Tom Osborne (Nebraska), Ty Willingham (Stanford, Notre Dame, Washington) and former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese.

But that's not all!

Steve Wieberg, a former sportswriter at USA Today, will also be on the panel.

Before moving forward, however, there is still one more exciting season of the BCS. The first standings will be released Sunday and continue weekly until December, when the top two finishers will meet Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl for the final BCS title game.

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