ESPN: College Football’s Playoff Selection Dilemma

Moderator: Jeff Bennett (Sr. Director, ESPN Stats & Information Group)

Panelists: Dean Oliver (Director, ESPN Production Analytics), Alok Pattani (Analytics Sr. Specialist, ESPN Production Analytics), Brad Edwards (ESPN College Football Insider) and Chris Fallica (Sr. Researcher, ESPN College GameDay)

After the 2014 season, four teams will be selected and seeded for the inaugural College Football Playoff. This panel will discuss some of the challenges the selection committee will face and give examples of ESPN’s experience with analytically ranking college football teams. The audience will have a chance to participate in evaluating résumés of actual FBS teams from the past 10 seasons.

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