USA TODAY Sports’ Mackenzie Salmon spoke with Paul Myerberg about the 2020 college football bowl season.


Inevitably, the College Football Playoff selection committee will need to consider the case of Wisconsin.

Or Northwestern.

Or Oregon, Southern California, even Ohio State.

Often messy under the best of circumstances, the current playoff debate will be complicated by mismatched schedules and the conflicting numbers of games played by the best teams from the Power Five conferences.

Beginning with the debut rankings, which will be released Tuesday, the selection committee will need to weigh the merits of specific teams across a wide spectrum of data points — from the eight games played by Clemson and Notre Dame to the three games played by Ohio State and the two played by Wisconsin, Oregon and USC.

Fitting this knotty and muddled regular season, it’s impossible to predict how the process might unfold.