Playoff System: Colt McCoy and President Obama in Agreement

Joe LibrizziContributor IDecember 17, 2009

An eight-team playoff system, that's what they want to see.

Both Colt McCoy and President Obama believe there should be a college football playoff to determine a national champion.  This issue has been debated for many years and nothing has been done to change the current BCS system.  The current system is based on polls combined with various computer formulas to determine the top two teams in the country, who then play each other in a bowl game.  

President Obama is determined to change that.  He said he will use his influence to create a playoff and more specifically an eight-team system.  He has spoken out numerous times on this issue. Last year before the November 4 election, Obama appeared on Monday Night Football to make his argument in favor of a playoff system.  

During the broadcast Obama said, "I think it's about time we had playoffs in college football.  I'm fed up with these computer rankings and this that and the other.  Get eight teams—the top eight teams right at the end.  You got a playoff.  Decide on a national champion." 

Just weeks before Obama's inauguration ceremony last year on January 20th 2009, he had a press conference to announce his picks to lead the CIA and to be the director of National Intelligence.  He also talked about other important issues including the latest unemployment report, the stimulus plan, and college football.  Yes, that's right, college football.  

Commenting on the national championship game between Florida and Oklahoma the night before he said, "If I'm Utah, or if I'm USC, or if I'm Texas, I may still have some quibbles," he said.  "That's why we need a playoff."

Utah was the only team last year to finish undefeated, but its conference is considered less competitive giving it a statistical disadvantage in the BCS.

McCoy certainly believes in exactly what Obama has been pushing for.

McCoy was on the Dan Patrick show recently and admitted that even though the BCS system has helped them this year, he is in fact in favor of an eight game playoff.

He mentioned his tough win against Nebraska in the last seconds of the game and gave his stance on a playoff system.   

"I've been on both sides of it, but I'm a fan of the playoff system for sure," McCoy said. "For me, I think the top eight teams should be in it."

McCoy and Obama certainly don't stand alone on this issue, as most college football fans believe something needs to be done, something needs to change.

As many of us recall after Florida won the National Championship last year there was a lot of debate surrounding the BCS system once again. Congress stepped in and introduced legislation that would force college football to adopt a playoff to determine the national champion.  

Republican Joe Barton of Texas said, “In some years the sport’s national championship winner was left unsettled, and at least one school was left out of the many millions of dollars in revenue that accompany the title.  Despite repeated efforts to improve the system, the controversy rages on.”

Here’s a recap of the bill introduced last year.

College Football Playoff Act of 2008

The bill would “prohibit, as an unfair and deceptive act of practice, the promotion, marketing, and advertising of any post-season NCAA Division I football games as a national championship game unless such game is the culmination of a fair and equitable playoff system.”

If the bill were passed it would apply to any games that occur after January 31, 2011.