Poll – Americans looking for a NCAA Football playoff

Earlier this month, I wrote about Congress getting involved and demanding the NCAA put some sort of playoff system in place for Division 1 football. A Quinnipiac poll released today indicates you want one too, but are not so sure about Congressional involvement.Hat tip to Morrissey over at Hot Air who links us over to the poll results.

Americans who identify themselves as college football fans say 63 – 26 percent junk the current Bowl Championship Series (BCS) to pick a national champion and replace it with a playoff system like the NCAA basketball tournament, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Fans have a mixed 43 – 45 percent favorable opinion of the current system.

Fans also are divided on whether Congress should get into the game, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds: By a 48 – 45 percent margin, fans say it’s a bad idea for Congress to try to force the NCAA to hold football playoffs. While 60 percent of independent voters and 55 percent of Republicans think Congress getting involved is a “bad idea,” only 37 percent of Democrats do.

Only 55 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of independents think it’s a bad idea? I find that a bit strange.

Then again, I find the following question in the poll pretty strange.

Congress is considering forcing college football to have a playoff system, like in basketball, to pick a national champion. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?

When the person answers the question, are they referring to Congress getting involved or creation of a playoff system? Why not just ask … Congress should write a law demanding a playoff system in NCAA Division 1 football? Good idea or bad idea?

3 replies
  1. mikemerritt
    mikemerritt says:

    This is an important issue for me. It makes no common sense not to have a playoff. I don't even watch bowl games and I have been a college football fan for 45 years. They have no risk/reward. Hardly any of the stadiums are full. With a playoff system implemented, the stands would be full, which would mean more money. You could have 31 games, with each bowl game site being a host, and the best 32 teams in the nation entering the playoff. Everyone wins and I would be watching.

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