Yes, the nation’s got issues: We’re battling through a tough war; Our balance sheet is a mess; and our elected leaders seem incapable of agreeing on just about anything.

Our point: Congress arguably has better things to do with its time. But we’ll make a huge exception for Bowl Championship Series, the ridiculous current system of choosing a college-football champion every year. As we’ve written before, we think change can’t come soon enough.

That’s why were were thrilled to stumble upon this recent piece, from Darren Everson, in the WSJ, announcing that the Obama administration is considering examining the legality of the BCS, according to a senator who had asked for an antitrust investigation.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R.-Utah) said he received a letter from the Justice Department, in which it “outlined the inequities” of the BCS system and said that it is considering whether to investigate the BCS under the antitrust laws. The letter also said that the administration is exploring other options to address college football’s postseason, including encouraging the NCAA to take control and asking the FTC to examine the BCS’s legality under consumer-protection laws.

It’s about time, we say. Shortly after he was elected, Barack Obama said he would “throw my weight around a little bit” regarding college football’s lack of playoff system. Currently, the BCS stages a national title game between the two teams that finish atop a compilation of polls, while other arguably deserving teams often get excluded. Hatch, whose home-state Utah Utes were left out following the 2008 season despite a perfect record, has been advocating for changes, too, writing a letter to the president in October asking for an antitrust investigation.

In a statement, BCS executive director Bill Hancock said the letter is “nothing new,” and that if the Justice Department thought there was a case to be made, it would’ve done so already.

Still, BCS opponents were heartened by the possibility that the Obama administration may indeed join their fight. “It’s a great first step,” said Matt Martinez, co-founder of Playoff PAC, a political committee dedicated to bringing about a playoff in major-college football.

So what would the antitrust case look like? Click here, for an LB post from early last year, which outlines some of the issues.

Judging from that analysis, it indeed looks like a tough case to win. At least for a private plaintiff. But a government suit brings a whole lot more to the table, even if the legal issues are similar to those implicated by a private suit. Like what, you ask? Like unmatched resources. And the power to commandeer the public limelight.