Playoff Talk Takes A Turn… But In Which Direction?

Tuesday, on Tim Brando’s talk show, West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, a member of the first College Football Playoff Committee, made a statement that’s going to be discussed throughout the coming season:

What is the importance of this statement? The most precise answer at the present time is that we just don’t know. That’s not a sexy answer or the one a lot of fans might want, but it’s the best one.

Yes, Luck’s statement probably means that the eye test will matter more than data, at least if history is a guide. However, the emphasis on a “best” team could also mean the following, as Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee pointed out:

Sallee wrote more about this topic in a piece from last week:

Let’s speak plainly about this heated and very central issue in college football: We all have our leanings, hunches and suspicions. We’re going to continue to carry our hopes and worries through the season until college football’s first “Selection Sunday” on Dec. 7 at 12:45 p.m. Eastern time.

Yet, in the end, this is not a massive, entrenched system, one blending several computer formulas with many dozens of poll votes. This is about “one dozen plus one,” otherwise known as the 13 people that will select the final four in college football. These 13 people could choose to act in an enlightened way, or they could choose to act in an unenlightened way. History serves as a guide, but not as a determinant or guarantee of what will happen.

Luck’s comment certainly rates as news. What kind of news? We’ll just have to wait and see.

What — were you expecting certainty and clarity in a discussion about college football’s postseason?

About Matt Zemek

Matt Zemek is the managing editor of The Student Section, covering college football and basketball with associate editors Terry Johnson and Bart Doan. Mr. Zemek is the editor of Crossover Chronicles, covering the NBA. He is also Bloguin's lead tennis writer, covering the major tournaments. He contributes to other Bloguin sites, such as The AP Party.