Team Selection Process 101

Each year from mid-October through the Conference Championship games, the Valero Alamo Bowl Team Selection Committee sends representatives to select Big 12 and Pac-12 games.

While attending the games in person provides insight on which teams and match-ups would perform the best on the field, the trips are designed to have face-to-face interactions with the fans and administrators to gauge their interest in coming to San Antonio.

Home attendance is also important so this week our Committee will be attending these games:

  • UCLA at #7 Utah
  • #10 Oklahoma at #13 Baylor
  • Kansas at #22 Oklahoma State
  • West Virginia at #24 Kansas State

What does a typical trip look like?

When a committee member arrives for game day, they will be sporting their black logoed Valero Alamo Bowl jacket. Like any college football fan, they arrive early for tailgating! Each committee member has a few goals to accomplish on their visits:

  1. Observe – A big part of the Team Selection Committee is enjoying the atmosphere inside and outside of the game. While they do that, they monitor attendance, fan interaction/excitement, how the Valero Alamo Bowl is perceived by fans, the standout players, and how the team has performed in conference play.
  2. Educate – While visiting these schools it is important that everyone is informed about the excitement surrounding the Valero Alamo Bowl and San Antonio! Committee members are equipped to provide any and all information about the Bowl including its history, the game, team payouts, attendance, television viewership, economic impact and our unmatched local scholarship giving!
  3. Enjoy the atmosphere – While Committee members are impartial, you want to take in all the host venue and match-up has to offer.

Each Monday the Committee meets and discusses the notes taken over the weekend. Then they look at the next weekend’s schedule and make sure they visit all of the teams in the mix for this year’s Valero Alamo Bowl at least once.

On Selection Sunday (December 8, 2019), the Committee gathers at the Valero Alamo Bowl office where they watch the release of the final College Football Playoffs (CFP) poll like any other fans. Once the teams are placed in the six CFP bowls, the Valero Alamo Bowl receives the first choice from the Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences.

This pick has delivered five straight Top 25 match-ups and an average ranking of #13.

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