Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: With or without Condi, playoff committee will have issues
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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As painful as it is to do, maybe we should come out and say Pat Dye isn’t completely wrong.

No, not on the quote that comes to mind about Condoleezza Rice, who reportedly will be part of the College Football Playoff committee: “All she knows about football is what somebody told her. Or what she read in a book. Or what she saw on television. To understand football, you've got to play with your hand in the dirt.”

Yes, that’s insulting, and it accomplished nothing but create a ruckus that shouted down his main point: Rice’s strength is politics, and should the committee be about that?

“That goes back to politics,” Dye told WJOX radio in Birmingham. “Which one she likes the best. Which one is the smoothest talker. The game is played on the field."

People seem to hate the Bowl Championship Series uniformly, but it does have a strong point – it’s out in the open. Two different polls with a combined 177 voters are published every week, letting each team see where it stands. In addition, six computer rankings are published every week, beginning at midseason.

It adds up to a set of standings that we see every week, also beginning at midseason. It’s like one big, giant, diverse committee, and we can see exactly how everybody is perceived. You know going into each game whether you’re ahead, behind or somewhere in the middle.

But the four-team College Football Playoff is going to throw that away. Instead, it will have a committee of only 12 to 18 people, meeting behind closed doors. If reports are correct, it will include at least one politician – a very good one. We won’t know how these committee members stand until after they pick the anointed four teams.

What happens when this committee picks four teams that are different from the top four in the old-fashioned polls?

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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