CFP rankings reaction: In the end, committee will have to balance eye test, body of work






SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg breaks down the Auburn Tigers’ and Miami Hurricanes’ big wins and what it means going forward.

Saturday comes and goes, and then the real matchup begins. Each weekly meeting of the College Football Playoff selection committee entails a battle between the many analytical metrics at the group’s disposal and the eyeball test, and only one half of the matchup can be predicted with any degree of confidence

In a conference room in Grapevine, Texas, the committee sits at computers, sips on coffee and breaks down the numbers: strength of schedule, résumé of wins, quality of losses, offensive and defensive production. But it isn’t that simple.

The poll era of college football’s national championship was too easily influenced by human error — yes, media voters and even coaches have been known to make a mistake or two, with several examples at our disposal. What followed, the Bowl Championship Series, transferred much of the responsibility to computers

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