U.S. Rep. Joe Barton is glad that college football will determine its national champion starting in 2014 through a four-team playoff.
Although he’d like to see that system expand to eight or 16 teams, he’s happy to see some change being made.
"University presidents and conference chairmen finally realized what fans have known for years, the only fair way to crown a champion is on the field,” said Barton, R-Arlington, who introduced the College Football Playoff Act in 2009 and 2012. “My initial interest in this topic was as a fan of college football.
“However, I got involved as a Congressman because this isn’t just an extracurricular activity, it is a billion-dollar, interstate industry that impacts many public schools which are funded with taxpayer dollars,” he said. “This is not just about on-field competition, it’s about compensation. I believe that a playoff will go a long way to restoring fairness to both.”
-- Anna M. Tinsley