WASHINGTON -- President Obama told congressional leaders that having a college football playoff is something everyone can agree upon.
Obama congratulated Ohio State on Tuesday for winning the first College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T. The Buckeyes beat Oregon 42-20 on Monday night to wrap up the first playoff at the major college football level.
"To the speaker, I just want to point out I said there are going to be some things that we agree on," the president said, referring to John Boehner of Ohio.
"Having a college football playoff is clearly something that we can agree on. I called for it when I came into office. I think it turned out pretty well, particularly for Ohio. So I want to congratulate the Ohio State Buckeyes for their outstanding victory and commend Oregon as well for fielding a great team because their quarterback is from my original home state of Hawaii."
Ducks Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota went to high school in Honolulu.
Obama also telephoned Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer on Tuesday evening to congratulate him and the team, the White House said. Obama also made special note of the several underclassmen who stepped up during the game despite injury and adversity.
Obama told the coach that he looks forward to celebrating with the team at the White House.
Meyer acknowledged the call in a tweet Wednesday.
Honored to receive a congratulatory call from President Obama. Our team is excited to go to the White House and meet him.— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) January 14, 2015
Obama called for a playoff to decide a champion at college football's highest level when he took office back in 2008.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.