Members of the selection committee for the College Football Playoff that starts next year will likely be chosen before the end of this regular season.
BCS executive director Bill Hancock said Wednesday that conference commissioners working on the selection committee have more vetting to do before the panel is set.
"There's a good chance it will be done by the end of the regular season, but because we have some work to do, I can't say for sure," he said after wrapping up a meeting with the commissioners in Chicago. "We all feel good about where we are."
Hancock declined to say whether any of the commissioners have had any outside help with the vetting process of potential committee members. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said part of the committee is in place, but several offers remain out to other candidates.
The panel will be similar to the one that selects the NCAA basketball tournament. The commissioners have said it will have 12 to 18 members. Hancock said the final number will probably be closer to the low end of that range.
The committee will consist of current athletic directors, former college football players and coaches, former college athletics administrators and former members of the media.
Hancock said the established plan calls for the selection committee to release rankings three to five times a season before selection Sunday.
"We know that the weekly BCS standings are great for the regular season," he said. "It only seems right to give the fans a snapshot during the regular season of how the teams stand."
Florida Three days after losing its starting quarterback, No. 20 Florida lost its best defensive player.
The Gators will be without disruptive defensive tackle Dominique Easley for the remainder of the season after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament and medial meniscus in his right knee during practice on a soggy field Tuesday.
Coach Will Muschamp confirmed the injury Wednesday after earlier saying Easley "tweaked" his knee and added, "We think he'll be fine."
Losing Easley, a 6-foot-2, 285-pound senior from Staten Island, N.Y., is a significant setback for a defense that leads the Southeastern Conference in just about every major category, including scoring, rushing and passing.
Quarterback Jeff Driskel broke a bone in his lower right leg Saturday against Tennessee and had season-ending surgery Wednesday.
Ohio State A lot of top college teams have trouble finding one quality quarterback. No. 4 Ohio State has two.
The problem for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is he can only play one at a time and both have played well enough to start.
Braxton Miller, back from an injured knee, will get the starting nod against No. 23 Wisconsin on Saturday, Meyer said after Wednesday's practice.
Kenny Guiton is coming off three great games and back-to-back Big Ten offensive player of the week honors. But he is still behind Miller, Meyer said.
Auburn Starting wide receiver Jaylon Denson is out for the season after sustaining a torn patellar tendon. He had surgery Tuesday.