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House Subcommittee OKs college playoff bill - December 10, 2009, 12:44 PM

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WASHINGTON -- A House subcommittee approved legislation Wednesday aimed at forcing college football to switch to a playoff system to determine its national champion, over the objections of some lawmakers who said Congress has meatier targets to tackle.
With all due respect, I really think we have more important things to spend our time on.
-- Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga.
The bill, which faces steep odds, would ban the promotion of a postseason NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision game as a national championship unless it results from a playoff. The measure passed by voice vote in a House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee, with one audible "no," from Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga. "With all due respect, I really think we have more important things to spend our time on," Barrow said before the vote, although he stressed he didn't like the current Bowl Championship Series, either. The BCS selections announced last weekend pit two unbeaten teams, No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Texas, in the Jan. 7 national title game. Three other undefeated teams -- TCU, Cincinnati and Boise State -- will play in a BCS bowl game, but not for the championship. "What can we say -- it's December and the BCS is in chaos again," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He said the BCS system is unfair and won't change unless prompted by Congress. The legislation, which goes to the full committee, would make it illegal to promote a national championship game "or make a similar representation," unless it results from a playoff. There is no Senate version, although Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has pressed for a Justice Department antitrust investigation into the BCS. Shortly after his election last year, Barack Obama said there should be a playoff system. In a statement before the vote, BCS executive director Bill Hancock said, "With all the serious matters facing our country, surely Congress has more important issues than spending taxpayer money to dictate how college football is played." The subcommittee chairman, Rep. Bobby Rush, an Illinois Democrat who co-sponsored the bill, said, "We can walk and chew gum at the same time." Yet Barrow wasn't alone in criticizing his colleagues' priorities; Reps. Zach Space, D-Ohio, and Bart Stupak, D-Mich., made similar arguments. Space said that with people facing tough times, the decision to focus on college football sends the "wrong message." The bill has a tough road ahead, given the wide geographic representation and political clout of schools in the six conferences -- the ACC, Big East, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-10 and SEC -- that get automatic BCS bowl bids The current college bowl system features a championship game between the two top teams in the BCS standings, based on two polls and six computer rankings. Eight other schools play in the FedEx Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi. Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, whose Longhorns face Alabama in the Citi BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 7, said he's in favor of a playoff system. "There's going to be two or three teams that are undefeated," McCoy said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It's going to be hard not to argue that there should be a playoff system. That's not my call, but I'd be all for it." Under the BCS, the champions of those six big conference get automatic bids, while other conferences don't. Those six conferences also receive far more money than the other conferences. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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people care about this shit that much?
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this is awesome. i hate the BCS
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FINALLY. Is this momemntum for some other common sense bills.. *cough*legaalllize*cough* *cough*18 years old drinkin age*cough*
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people care about this shit that much?
some do.. it is utter bullshit and it seems an act of congress is the only thing that will change it.


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Yeah, people care about this shit that much.. just how people care about the Superbowl...

BCS is absolutely terrible. Having a playoff system would be so awesome in college FB. The only people who seemingly don't want a playoff system are the bowls themselves who make a mint on pairing teams up that will generate revenue versus actual performance during the year.

Read: Why the Gator bowl chose FSU over Clemson which has a shittier rank/record than Clemson. Why? Because its Bobby Bowden's last coaching game at FSU and they know they'll sell more tickets to in-state FSU people.

Its all horsecrap to tell you the truth. I'm not even watching the Clemson bowl game since its not the Orange bowl.


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some do.. it is utter bullshit and it seems an act of congress is the only thing that will change it.
I have never understood it and this will at least relieve some confusion and put things right in my world!


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Yeah, people care about this shit that much.. just how people care about the Superbowl...

BCS is absolutely terrible. Having a playoff system would be so awesome in college FB. The only people who seemingly don't want a playoff system are the bowls themselves who make a mint on pairing teams up that will generate revenue versus actual performance during the year.

Read: Why the Gator bowl chose FSU over Clemson which has a shittier rank/record than Clemson. Why? Because its Bobby Bowden's last coaching game at FSU and they know they'll sell more tickets to in-state FSU people.

Its all horsecrap to tell you the truth. I'm not even watching the Clemson bowl game since its not the Orange bowl.
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FINALLY. Is this momemntum for some other common sense bills.. *cough*legaalllize*cough* *cough*18 years old drinkin age*cough*
edit: nm, i thought u were saying these were already on the way, not that you hope they should be


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Yeah, people care about this shit that much.. just how people care about the Superbowl...

BCS is absolutely terrible. Having a playoff system would be so awesome in college FB. The only people who seemingly don't want a playoff system are the bowls themselves who make a mint on pairing teams up that will generate revenue versus actual performance during the year.

Read: Why the Gator bowl chose FSU over Clemson which has a shittier rank/record than Clemson. Why? Because its Bobby Bowden's last coaching game at FSU and they know they'll sell more tickets to in-state FSU people.

Its all horsecrap to tell you the truth. I'm not even watching the Clemson bowl game since its not the Orange bowl.
don't even get me started!!!!! GRRRR. I feel the same way --- why is Miami in the lame ass Champs Sports Bowl and not the Gator Bowl? WTF. ARGH

and remember back in 2000? Both Miami and FSU were one loss teams. FSU's one loss was to Miami. FSU went to the title game, NOT Miami.

btw I am still bitter about our loss to clemson this yr.
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edit: nm, i thought u were saying these were already on the way, not that you hope they should be
I do... you can die for your country you should be able to drink to....common sense!
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and remember back in 2000? Both Miami and FSU were one loss teams. FSU's one loss was to Miami. FSU went to the title game, NOT Miami.

Thats cause an undefeated VT beat Miami that year, and both VT and Miami were in the BigEast. No one wanted to see a rematch as the National Championship.

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Thats cause an undefeated VT beat Miami that year, and both VT and Miami were in the BigEast. No one wanted to see a rematch as the National Championship.

I would like to see a playoff of sorts, at minimum a plus 1.
It was washington that handed us our one loss in 2000. Miami beat VT that year (and the year after that, and the year after that ). But VT finally bit the shit out of Miami in 2003 .

10 yrs later and im still mad about the 2000-2001 title game
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Aren't we fighting wars and a recession. This is what our politicians are discussing?
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I just dont understand why congress puts their nose in certain things.
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