State of the BCS Survey: Fans Decry BCS, Overwhelmingly Call for Playoff
Fans overwhelmingly want a change in the way college football crowns its national champion, and they want it now.
A BCS Know How survey has found that a whopping 93 percent of fans believe the way a national champion is crowned in college football needs altering — and playoffs are the top choice to supplant the BCS among all 3,195 respondents collected over 10 days.
A whopping 73 percent of respondents favored instituting a playoff for college football’s Football Bowl Subdivision in some manner, with the inclusion of a “plus-one” format a distance second at 20 percent.
Fans were cautiously optimistic about when change might come to college football, as 78 percent of fans believed a change would be announced within the next three years — with 24 percent expecting an announcement within the year.
The call for a playoff dominated the results of the survey, with the most popular choice among playoff formats being an 8-team playoff (46 percent of playoff supporters). Debate raged, however, as to how best to select the teams that competed in the revamped system.
Responses included everything from selection committees to a preservation of the BCS rankings simply as a process of selection for the playoffs.
As a group, respondents were overwhelmingly dissatisfied with the process of selecting a champion, as 51 percent described themselves as “very unhappy” with the way a champion is crowned in college football. An additional 35 percent of respondents said they were either “unhappy” or “somewhat unhappy” with the process.
Yet, overwhelmingly, fans showed support for the regular season, as 68 percent of respondents feel the season’s length is “just right,” while 28 percent wanted an even longer regular season.
In order to facilitate the games added by playoff systems, 44 percent of fans preferred ending the season later, while 34 percent asked the season be started sooner.
The data gets even more interesting when we delve into some of the free response questions, and we’ll release more information throughout the week, giving you a wide spectrum view of how the college football community responded to the most in-depth and specific fan survey of the BCS ever held.
We’ll talk about responses to the BCS formula itself, the difference in taste across geographic region and level of fandom as well as take a look at some of the more creative and unusual responses.
The survey was facilitated by Qualtrics with an approximate margin of error of 1.73 percent.
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