The BCS got it right, but it has to go, survey says

By Dan Merica, CNN | Posted - Dec. 26, 2013 at 4:46 p.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY (CNN) — College football fans have a message for the Bowl Championship Series: Good job this year, but it's time to pack it in.

According to a CNN/ORC International Poll released Thursday, 61 percent of college football fans think the BCS got it right by pitting Florida State against Auburn in the Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game on January 6.

But nearly the same percentage of fans — 62 percent — said the BCS, a system that uses human polls, computer rankings, and strength of schedule to match the top two teams in the country to play for the national championship, should be done away with.

Only 31 percent of college football fans said they still support the BCS — a figure that nearly matches the percentage of those who said the BCS got it wrong this year by picking the Seminoles to face the Tigers.

Lucky for those Americans who want the BCS to be done away with, the 2014 bowl series is the last time the BCS system will be used to determine the national title.

In 2012, a group of 12 college presidents who oversee the BCS decided to approve a plan that would allow a four-team seeded football playoff to be in place for the 2015 college football season.

"A four-team playoff doesn't go too far," Virginia Tech President Charles Steger, chairman of the BCS committee, said. "It goes just the right amount. We are very pleased with this new arrangement."

The decision ends the 16-year run of the controversial BCS — one that saw multiple inquiries by Congress, including in 2008, when three congressmen introduced what they called the NCAA Football Championship Equity Resolution, which stated that the BCS was unfair and a violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

Despite the controversy with the BCS, college football remains among one of the most popular sports in the United States. According to the CNN poll, 44 percent of Americans said they were fans of college football.

According to a 2012 Gallup poll, professional football was the most popular sport in the United States with 63 percent of Americans stating they were fans. The same poll found 48 percent of Americans were professional baseball fans, 33 percent said they were professional basketball fans, 37 percent said they were college basketball fans and 22 percent said they were professional ice hockey fans.

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International by telephone from December 16 to December 19 with 1,035 people surveyed. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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