Looks like strength of schedule is going to weigh heavily in the new college football playoff system, as expected.
Selection committee member Barry Alvarez told ESPN.com’s Adam Rittenberg that a main criterion for choosing teams is the schedule.
“It’s your win-loss record. Did you win a championship? It’s strength of schedule, it’s common opponents,” Alvarez said.
As for conferences mandating eight or nine league games, Alvarez continued, “It’s not my place to decide what they want to do with their scheduling. That’s up to them. We’ve chosen to go to nine [in the Big Ten]; strength of schedule is a factor. If you’re not at nine then your non-conference scheduling is important.”
The SEC plans to schedule more games with opponents from other elite conferences. Whether BYU, as an independent, would meet the SEC’s needs is debatable. Thus, the issue of BYU’s scheduling again arises.
With Middle Tennessee, Connecticut, Nevada, UNLV and Savannah State on its slate this year, the Cougars would have to go undefeated to even be considered in the current playoff system.
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