As Swarbrick explained on ESPN's "Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show" Wednesday, the committee could consist of 12-15 members who will closely monitor all 121 Football Bowl Subdivision teams throughout the season.
Like the selection committee for the wildly successful NCAA basketball championship tournament, football's committee will focus on teams' schedule difficulty, said Swarbrick:
"One of the things we like so much about that is as much as this happened in basketball in the past decade, the selection committee will send a real message about strength of schedule," Swarbrick said. "If you choose not to challenge yourself, especially in the pre-conference games, it's going to impact your rating. That's another way we think we're contributing to the vibrancy of the regular season through this process."
ESPN's Scott Powers has the full story.
For more coverage on the new 4-team college football playoff and how it affects Notre Dame:
UPDATE (6/28): Jack Swarbrick sits down with the UND.com staff for an exclusive interview about the new playoff format and the future of Irish football
- Coach Brian Kelly's looking forward to a playoff. [ESPN video]
- Still-independent Notre Dame is a playoff winner already [ESPN]
- Swarbrick still has "a mountain of work" to make the playoff happen [South Bend Tribune]
And in other Irish football news:
- Michigan won't play Notre Dame in 2018 and 2019 [Chicago Tribune]. Run and hide, says the Daily Domer.
For more lovely photos of Jack Swarbrick, check out photos.nd.edu.