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One of the best things about the BCS Know How State of the BCS survey is that is gave us an insight into statistics and opinions that haven’t really been explored before.
Most notably, we wanted to see how badly the BCS was hated, who wanted a playoff and who thought they were getting the short end of the stick.
With the more than 3,100 results all tabulated and reviewed, it’s pretty obvious. Atlantic Coast Conference fans feel a little peeved about the BCS.
By splitting our sample into fans who self-identified as being from the states where each of the six AQ conferences have teams, we could easily see who among the six groups want change the most.
And it was pretty clear — ACC fans have real beef with the BCS.
In our original survey, 73 percent of respondents said they wanted a playoff. But in ACC country, more than 81 percent called for the overhaul many have wanted for seasons and a system ACC fans think their teams might have benefitted from.
ACC country also accounted for the largest portion of respondents who said they were at least “somewhat unhappy” with the current system of crowning a national champion — 90 percent were at least a little peeved at the system that hasn’t given the ACC a champ in quite some time.
Not surprisingly, fans from states with SEC teams were a little warmer to the ideas behind the current BCS after having produced each of the last six BCS national champions. Yet, given the fact that the SEC seems well suited for the BCS system, the response was not much warmer than average.
Of the six major AQ conferences, SEC fans only wanted a playoff 66 percent of the time, well less than the 73 percent among all respondents. SEC country also had the highest density of “plus-one” supporters, with 29 percent supporting that system against just 20 percent support overall.
SEC fans claimed the BCS formula was a fair process for evaluating teams 36 percent of the time, well clear of the overall feeling toward the formula, which got a cold 29 percent approval rating.
There certainly is some overlap between “fan groups,” and the process of saying fans from states with teams are automatically fans of those teams. But the mentality of the fans can spread among neighbors and friends, so it’s as good a look as we can get right now.
[Teams were assigned the conference they will be a part of on opening day this season.]
For fun, we also included a group lovingly called the “Little Sisters” subgroup, fans from Idaho, Utah and Hawaii — three states that have given us recent memorable “BCS Busters” in Boise State Broncos, Utah Utes and the Hawaii Warriors. We excluded Texas (TCU) for obvious reasons.
Among this group, and even though realignment will soon have given both Utah and Boise State a chance to play with the AQ conferences, the hatred was even more deep-seeded than in ACC territory.
A whopping 99 percent of respondents from the three states were at least “somewhat unhappy” with the BCS, while 94 percent called for a playoff to be put in place. Fans from the three states gave the BCS a paltry 11 percent approval rating.
Here’s a collection of the entirety of the geographical findings (overall results in BOLD).
Take a look and leave your comment below:
Your view of the current postseason system in the Football Bowl Subdivision:
|Conference||Needs Altering||Should remain the same|
|“Little Sisters”||96 percent||4 percent|
|ACC||94 percent||6 percent|
|Pac-12||94 percent||6 percent|
|Overall||93 percent||7 percent|
|Big East||92 percent||8 percent|
|Big 12||92 percent||8 percent|
|ACC||92 percent||8 percent|
|Big Ten||91 percent||9 percent|
How would you change the system?
|“Little Sisters”||94 percent||5 percent|
|ACC||81 percent||13 percent|
|Big East||76 percent||18 percent|
|Pac-12||76 percent||17 percent|
|Overall||73 percent||20 percent|
|Big 12||70 percent||28 percent|
|Big Ten||69 percent||25 percent|
|SEC||66 percent||29 percent|
How pleased are you with the way a champion is crowned in FBS college football?
|Conference||At least “somewhat unhappy”|
|“Little Sisters”||99 percent|
|Big 12||89 percent|
|Big East||87 percent|
|Big 10||87 percent|
Is the current evaluation method used by the BCS (human polls, computers) to judge teams fair?
|SEC||36 percent||64 percent|
|Big East||34 percent||66 percent|
|Big Ten||32 percent||68 percent|
|Big 12||31 percent||69 percent|
|ACC||29 percent||71 percent|
|Overall||29 percent||71 percent|
|Pac-12||24 percent||76 percent|
|“Little Sisters”||11 percent||89 percent|