Obama: Gators should have been in playoff


Published: Monday, February 2, 2009 at 5:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 2, 2009 at 5:16 p.m.

When it comes to the college football system, everyone has an opinion, some more regarded than others.

Namely President Barack Obama's posturing for a playoff system.

"So, will you look into the camera right now, and talk to the people of Florida and their 27 electoral votes, and tell them that the Gators are not the national champions of football?" Matt Lauer asked President Barack Obama, putting him on the spot Sunday during a live pre-Super Bowl interview on NBC.

"Congratulations, Gators, on an outstanding season," Obama replied after finding the camera. "Tebow is great, but wouldn't you feel better if you had beat every team that was out there through a playoff system?"

"Twenty-seven electoral votes," Lauer reminded him.

"I love ya," Obama quickly stated. "I think they could've taken on anyone by the playoff system."

Perhaps this presidential backing will give University of Georgia President Michael Adams the windfall he needs for the eight-team playoff scenario he pitched in January.

University of Florida President Bernie Machen has also supported a playoff idea, but he said early this year that unless TV revenues drop from the bowl games, he doesn't see a playoff system being implemented.

The alternate camp out there is supportive of a plus-one game, where after the bowl games have been played another championship would take place between the remaining top two teams.

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