BCS executive director Bill Hancock says the selection committee for the College Football Playoff will try to avoid rematches, but not at the expense of the integrity of the seedings.
Hancock spoke to the Football Writers Association of America on Monday. He says the top priority of the selection committee will be to make sure the No. 1 team plays close to home and the teams are properly seeded.
Using this season’s final BCS standings, and next season’s semifinal sites, the final four would have been No. 1 Florida State playing No. 4 Michigan State in the Sugar Bowl and No. 2 Auburn playing No. 3 Alabama in the Rose Bowl.
Hancock says seeding adjustments will only be made if teams are considered even.
ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston highlights the freshman All-America team, released by the Football Writers Association of America.
Joining the Heisman Trophy winner on offense is Pittsburgh receiver Tyler Boyd, Arkansas running back Alex Collins and his Razorbacks teammate, tight end Hunter Henry.
The defense features Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa, UCLA linebacker Myles Jack and Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey.
Auburn was represented by offensive lineman Alex Kozan. UCLA also put offensive lineman Alex Redmond on the team.
AWARDS: Auburn’s Gus Malzahn is the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year.
Malzahn was announced as the winner of the award Monday before the Tigers met Florida State for the BCS championship. He was elected in online fan voting and by national media and players and coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Malzahn led Auburn into the title game in his first season after inheriting a 3-9 team.
North Dakota State’s Craig Bohl is the FCS coach of the year. Minnesota Duluth’s Curt Wiese won Division II honors and Pete Fredenburg, of Mary Hardin-Baylor, was honored in Division III.
UCLA: Brett Hundley decided the NFL can wait until he accomplishes a few more feats for the Bruins. Hundley will return for his junior season, the UCLA quarterback announced Monday.
NFL DRAFT: Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Storm Johnson say they will forgo their senior seasons and enter the NFL Draft.
Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt will also enter the draft.
IOWA STATE: Former Kansas coach Mark Mangino was hired as the offensive coordinator of the Cyclones.