INFLUENCE GAME: Picking a college football champ

A political action committee that wants to change how the national college football champion is crowned initially hoped to elect lawmakers who would build pressure for a playoff system.

That strategy didn't work, but Playoff PAC has made itself relevant with another tactic — investigating the current bowl-game system and filing complaints about corruption and waste.

Playoff PAC has repeatedly put the Bowl Championship Series on the defensive by obtaining public records, analyzing tax filings and mounting an aggressive public relations campaign.

The group focuses on investigations instead of donations. Several of the PAC's founders and board members are young lawyers, who donate their time and legal expertise to their goal of dethroning the BCS.