Assembling a four-team field for the College Football Playoff typically is accompanied by its share of tough calls.
Assembling a four-team field for the College Football Playoff in a season impacted by COVID-19 only adds a complex layer of issues to the challenge.
Iowa director of athletics Gary Barta chairs the 13-member selection committee whose task is to put together pairings for national semifinal games that will be announced on Dec. 20.
Things will be different this year as the group puts together its weekly rankings, beginning in early November, which will ultimately lead toward determining the playoff field in mid-December.
With schedules being interrupted already by coronavirus issues, it is entirely possible that the group could be comparing a team that completes a 10-game schedule with one which ends up having just seven games on its resume through no fault of its own.
All of that will be on the plate for consideration by the College Football Playoff selection committee.