MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Oliver Luck is not yet doing the important work on the College Football Playoff's selection committee, but he has started training.
A week ago, West Virginia's athletic director opened a spot in his schedule so he could watch his son's youth soccer match. Luck then hurried home to watch ESPN's Thursday night college football game between Miami and North Carolina.
"I hadn't seen Miami play this year," Luck said.
Mind you, that was eight weeks and six games into the season and Luck still hadn't seen the team that's now ranked No. 7 in the country. The Hurricanes might be two weeks and one win against Florida State away from being a very real national championship contender.
All Luck really knew was The U hadn't lost, but had just labored on the road against the 1-5 Tar Heels. Miami had 80 snaps and 556 yards of offense, but needed a fourth quarter drive to win 27-23.
Not the best first impression of a team that, weeks earlier, beat what was then a healthy top-10 Florida. Turn on the television and watch the Gators Saturday and that's not as impressive. Florida is just 4-3 and 3-2 in the Southeastern Conference, but has been ravaged by injuries to players who made them so good so early in the season.
It's hard to track that sort of stuff with Luck's perpetual schedule as the head of the expansive athletic department, to say nothing of being the father of one of the NFL's finest quarterbacks. It's nevertheless the reality, and it's one that he and four other athletic directors on the 13-person committee must confront and conquer.
"I assume almost everyone on the committee's first concern was, 'Do I have the time to do it?' " Luck said. "I think everyone on this committee wants to be very fair to every team and that means watching a lot of college football.
"That was the biggest concern I had before I said yes. After talking to some former basketball selection committee members, I got a sense for their time constraints and responsibilities. But the technology makes it easier, unlike basketball. It's tough to shorten a basketball game. You can shorten a football game to 20, 25 minutes."
So Luck can wedge a few games into a few hours. Even if the does that for a few days, he has only adequately covered a handful of teams. The misconception here is that he's interested in the 125 teams in the Football bowl Subdivision. No one should be because the number of teams who are even reasonable long shots for a national title is much, much smaller.
Luck said he'd start in the summer with a top 25, which means beginning with 40 or 50 teams. If what he hears is true, he won't even have to concern himself that many teams.