The college football playoffs bill that appears to be stalled in the House could pass the Senate if the lower chamber voted it through, said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Thursday.

Hatch, who is a staunch opponent of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) system targeted by the bill, told The Hill he believes senators could rally around the legislation.

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"If he could pass that, it could pass through here," he said. "I think so, even…senators who have the privileged conferences in their states know it’s wrong."

House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Henry Waxman told The Hill on Thursday that the College Football Playoffs Act of 2009, which passed a Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Wednesday, is not likely to receive a full committee vote.

Waxman cited the busy schedule in the House of Representatives, which is currently attempting to pass sweeping financial regulatory reform legislation. The bill, however, does have the support of President Barack Obama, who previously told its sponsor Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) that he would sign it if it reached his desk.

“The important thing about the action of the subcommittee is to send a clear message,” Waxman said. “Oftentimes we don’t need legislation to accomplish our goals.”

Hatch has long been an opponent of the BCS, which he says unfairly favors college teams from large conferences. Hatch's home state Utah Utes, which play in the small Mountain West Conference, went undefeated in 2008 but did not receive a bid to play in the BCS National Championship game.

"I think Henry should be as concerned about it as we are," Hatch said. "It’s just not fair, it’s not a fair…and Henry is a person who wants fairness."

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The College Football Playoff Act of 2009 would ban promoting, marketing or advertising a "national championship game" unless the game is part of a single-elimination playoff tournament like the National Football League playoffs. The bill threatens to hold college football's governing body in violation of Federal Trade Commission truth-in-advertising provisions.

Under the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), two teams are selected based on human and computer rankings to play in the national championship game after the regular season. The bill would apply to National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Bowl Subdivision teams, the top rung of college football. Lowers levels of the sport already have playoff tournaments.

"It’s just terrible, just plain terrible," Hatch added.