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Congressman trying to legislate college playoff

It looks like President-Elect Barack Obama isn’t the only politician mouthing off about college football’s broken BCS system.

A member of Congress, who perhaps unsurprisingly is a Texan, was planning to introduce legislation on Wednesday aimed at forcing college football to use a playoff to determine the Division-1A national champion.

According to an Associated Press article, Rep. Joe Barton, the ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, isn’t too happy with the way the current system leaves certain teams out.

One of those teams happens to play in the state of Texas – the Longhorns were denied a spot in the title game despite beating Oklahoma, a fellow one-loss team that will take on Florida, another one-loss team, in the final.

His bill, which fellow Texas Republican Michael McCaul and Illinois Democrat Bobby Rush are co-sponsoring, “will prohibit the marketing, promotion, and advertising of a postseason game as a ‘national championship’ football game, unless it is the result of a playoff system,” according to the AP.

Barton was apparently careful enough to not name the Longhorns in his interview with the AP.

His examples cited were USC in 2003 and undefeated Auburn in 2004. He also mentioned “two undefeated teams” and “four additional teams with only one loss” who won’t get a fair shake at a title this year.

This is probably the least of our country’s worries right now considering everything else that’s been going on with the economy but kudos to Barton for at least trying to get what a majority of college football fans desperately want.

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