The Norman Transcript

May 9, 2013

Stoops would like to see computers in future postseason selection process

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The College Football Playoff has the dates and stadiums set for the end of the 2014 season. The issue that remains is deciding who will pick and seed the four teams.

Conference commissioners want a committee similar to the NCAA tournament selection committee. The hope is that a panel can be created that won’t have any biases.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said that’s a pipe dream.

“Administrators have too much of a stake in it. Coaches have too much of a stake in it. We all have an agenda, and/or protect our conference; that doesn’t work,” he said. “Old coaches have the same thing. Old coaches may go to bed too early. I go to bed early. They’re not going to watch USC play at 9, 10 at night. I don’t know what’s a good answer to that to be quite honest with you.”

The conference commissioners have to come up with one by the 2014 season. The goal is to pick the best four teams, but that’s a subjective process. The human element is part of a process the OU coach was never a fan of to begin with. He would like to see the computers still be part of the process or something akin to the Ratings Percentage Index, used in college basketball and baseball, used by the playoff selection committee.

The one thing the RPI does is reward teams for playing quality opponents.

“Otherwise, why are we going to Notre Dame this year? Why travel to Florida State two years ago?” Stoops asked. “If you’re not going to be rewarded for it, then play a bunch of softies and try and be undefeated. It should matter. Otherwise, we’re going to have to reconsider why we’re playing these games and why play anybody?”

The recent case he sites is Northern Illinois moving up in the BCS rankings last season. The Huskies didn’t make it into the BCS rankings until the final two weeks of the season and beat one ranked team — Kent State — all season.

“Last year going into the bowl games Northern Illinois had one loss and we had two. Theirs was to Iowa. Ours were to Notre Dame and K-State. They got the bid to a BCS bowl ahead of us … If they went through our whole schedule would they have been 11-1? I don’t know, but I doubt it,” Stoops said. “Obviously, the voters, it didn’t matter too much to them. It’s not right. I think the schedule you play matters. The cumulative affect of playing good teams week in and week out is different.”

Stoops admits he doesn’t have an answer for the kind of “experts” that should pick the playoff teams. He believes the coaches and administrators — even retired ones — have too many biases.

When asked if that means the media should decide, he had retort for that one, too.

“Oh, hell no,” he said. “But listen, regardless of what you want to say about your journalistic integrity, you have agendas. You in your local area, you have a team that’s undefeated and you vote a one-loss team ahead of them and you’re going to pay the price for it and you’re gonna think about it.”

John Shinn

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