For almost two months they were in the shadows, a 12 member group assigned to monitor a college football season.  Most fans still don’t know their names–which is the way they want it–but this week they collectively stepped into the spotlight.

The College Football Playoff Selection  Committee came out with its first official “rankings’ of the 2017 season, 1-25, with the Top 4 obviously being the most important.

Most of the choices fell into “that makes sense” category, although Penn State at No. 12 created a slight ripple reaction.

And then there was team No. 4. Unbeaten and Pac-12 leader Washington right?

Not so fast. The Committee saw something different and chose a one loss (to Alabama) Texas A&M.

Controversy?

Nah. Way too early and Washington was sitting right there at No. 5.

Selection Committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said it was very close, and it was very early.

The message was clear to critics and fans alike: Chill out. Let the season play itself out, like it always does.

But one thing was also clear.

The CFP Selection Committee was no longer in the shadows. For that act alone and for the power they now have, and will have for the remainder of the season, the Committee is TMG’s Newsmaker of the Week.