Reaching out to football fans tonight on election eve, Barack Obama and John McCain are given the chance to declare the one thing they would change if they were the czar of all sports.
According to the Associated Press, Obama said he wants college football to pick a champion with a playoff system, while McCain said he wants to root out performance-boosting drugs.
The taped interviews are to air tonight at halftime of ESPN's "Monday Night Football" game between the Washington Redskins and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"I think it is about time that we had playoffs in college football. I'm fed up with these computer rankings and this and that and the other. Get eight teams -- the top eight teams right at the end. You got a playoff. Decide on a National Champion," Obama told Chris Berman, according to AP.
Now, college football uses a Bowl Championship Series system, commonly known as BCS, that is based on polls and computer rankings, to pick the two teams that play for the championship.
McCain told Berman he would "take significant action to prevent the spread and use of performance-enhancing substances. I think it's a game we're going to be in for a long time. What I mean by that is there is somebody in a laboratory right now trying to develop some type of substance that can't be detected and we've got to stay ahead of it. It's not good for the athletes. It's not good for the sports. It's very bad for those who don't do it, and I think it can attack the very integrity of all sports going all the way down to high school."
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