Here is one for the anti-college football playoff crowd. A Seton Hall Sports Poll reveals that support for a college football tournament format to determine a national championship has dipped.
Out of a total of 779 people polled between March 26 and 28, 44 percent were in favor of keeping the BCS system in place, and 37 percent said they would prefer a playoff format, similar to those used in all other divisions of football. Nineteen percent were undecided. Of those who said they follow sports closely, 61 percent said they were in favor of a playoff.
A similar poll conducted in 2006 showed that 69 percent of sports fans polled were in favor of a college football playoff. Given all of the controversy and criticism of the BCS format since that poll was released, including a rematch between the SEC’s Alabama and LSU in last season’s BCS championship game, that is a significant drop in support for a playoff.
“I think the problem with a football playoff is that no one has been able to figure out what that would look like,” Rick Gentile, director of the poll at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, said in a telephone interview with Bloomberg News. “Every proposal that has been laid out has been fairly unacceptable and this year’s game was controversy free. I think the problem is that people can’t envision how it would work.”
Earlier this week BCS officials gathered to discuss the future of the BCS system and to review potential tweaks to the system. One of the more significant options being reviewed by the commissioners of the 11 FBS conferences and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick is a plan to institute a playoff format starting in the 2014 season.
“While no decisions have been made about the overall structure, our talks have entered the ‘brass tacks’ level,” the BCS indicated in a statement. “For every concept that enjoys broad support, there are a host of intricate details that we’re talking through.”
The current BCS cycle expires at the end of the 2013 season.
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