at first i thought this was a joke but its not. we're a in a full socialist country. DECEMBER 5, 2009.House Helps to Pick College Football No. 1 .ArticleComments (10)more in Politics Â».EmailPrinter FriendlyShare: facebook ↓ More. .StumbleUponDiggTwitterYahoo! BuzzFarkRedditLinkedIndel.icio.usMySpaceSave This ↓ More. . Text .By JOHN D. MCKINNON WASHINGTON -- House lawmakers are gearing up for a vote as soon as next week on a bill aimed at forcing a national college-football playoff. Approval of the legislation by an Energy and Commerce subcommittee would represent the most significant action yet by Congress in its oversight of college football. Plans for a markup next week, still tentative as of late Friday, appeared to signal growing congressional support for the idea, which President Barack Obama also backed during the 2008 campaign. For the past decade or so, the process of picking a national champion has been run by the Bowl Championship Series, a group that began with six major college conferences and has since expanded. The BCS runs a ranking system that picks the two teams that play for the national championship each year. Prior to the BCS's involvement, the national champion was effectively chosen by polls following year-end bowl games. The BCS was designed to eliminate some of the controversy that inevitably swirled around that process. But the BCS system's congressional critics charge that the system frequently is unfair to college teams that aren't traditional powerhouses. Earlier this year, for example, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch held a hearing on the BCS after his home state Utah Utes went undefeated yet were denied a chance to play for the national championship. The House legislation, also sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton (R., Texas), among others, wouldn't specifically bar the title game, but would bar marketing of the BCS game as a national championship match. BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock said on Friday: "With everything going on in the country right now, doesn't Congress have more important things to do?"