The prez says playoff needed

Say this much for President-elect Barack Obama: He is not afraid to jump in the middle of a critical, controversial issue and offer his opinion about what should be done.

Just last Friday, the day after Florida defeated Oklahoma to claim the college football championship in the NCAA’s Bowl Championship Series, Obama declared, “We need a playoff.”

Good for him. As Obama noted, teams like Texas, USC and especially undefeated Utah have good claim to being No. 1.

This is a lopsided controversy. Everybody in the universe — except for those who run the BCS and a few bowl-game officials — believe there should be a playoff to determine the national championship in football, just as there are for most other collegiate sports.

However such a playoff is structured, it ought to include the winning teams from each of the major conferences, plus a couple of the top independents.

Mediocre bowls, showcasing lackluster teams, could still be held in late December, attracting fans to warm climates to watch them. The games would be no more meaningless than they are today.

In any event, a real playoff needs to be created. The next president says so.


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