Proposed Law Pushes College Football Playoffs

Bill proposed to do away with controversial BCS process
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Dec 10, 2008 5:04 PM CST
Okahoma and Florida, shown playing here last year, will face-off in Miami January 8 for the BCS championship.   (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
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(Newser) – A flustered Texas lawmaker has decided to fix the college football ranking system that he says "constantly misfires" in sending the two best teams to the championship, the AP reports. Rep. Joe Barton is introducing a bill that would "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." 

Barton says the BCS system, based on two human polls and six computer ratings, often leaves out worthy teams, citing Southern California in 2003 and undefeated Auburn in 2004.
The bill would make the marketing of championship games sans playoffs a federal crime, but doesn't say what constitutes a playoff. This year, Florida (12-1) and Oklahoma (12-1) face-off in Miami for the BCS title.