Majority of College Football Fans Support BIG 10 and PAC 12's Decision to Postpone Season: Poll

Sixy-eight percent of college football fans say they support the recent decisions by the BIG 10 and PAC 12 to postpone their football seasons amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll.

The poll, which was conducted by Morning Consult, found that among the majority in support, 40 percent of self-identified college football fans say they strongly support the decision by the two conferences and 28 percent said they somewhat support.

In comparison, 21 percent said they oppose the postponement of the season, with 12 percent saying they somewhat oppose and 9 percent saying they strongly oppose.

The poll surveyed 2,200 U.S. adults from August 21 to August 23 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

The poll's findings come shortly after the BIG 10 and PAC 12 announced that they were cancelling their fall football seasons due to the ongoing pandemic. According to statements released by both conferences, the BIG 10 will attempt to hold football competition in spring 2021, while the PAC 12 said that if conditions related to the pandemic improve, they would consider a return to competition on January 1, 2021.

The poll also asked respondents if they think there should be a 2020 College Football Playoff, given that two of the Power 5 conferences are not competing.

According to the poll, 49 percent of college football fans said no, there should not be a 2020 College Football Playoff, while 23 percent said yes. Across fans of specific conferences, the poll found similar results, with 54 percent of BIG 10 fans saying no, as well as 49 percent of PAC 12 fans, 48 percent of ACC fans, 46 percent of BIG 12 fans and 43 percent of SEC fans.

Despite the BIG 10 and PAC 12 postponing their seasons, the College Football Playoff recently announced its rankings and schedule for the upcoming season. Teams from each of these conferences were not included in either.

According to the poll, a majority, 53 percent, of college football fans, said that winning the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship would be less meaningful without teams from the PAC 12 and BIG 10. Twenty-five percent said it would not be less meaningful.

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A police officer is seen outside of the Big Ten Conference headquarters during a rally on August 21, 2020 in Rosemont, Illinois. The Big Ten conference made the decision to delay the fall football season until the spring to protect players and staff as transmission of the COVID-19 virus continues to rise. Quinn Harris/Getty

Additionally, the poll asked college football fans if they support the idea of a 'bubble' set-up for college athletes. Currently, the NBA, WNBA, NHL and MLS have used 'bubble' set-ups in order to resume their seasons, keeping all players and team staff in one central location, away from the general public to mitigate the spread of the novel virus.

According to the poll, 61 percent of college football fans say they support the 'bubble' set-up for college athletes, while 18 percent said they oppose it.

Newsweek reached out to the NCAA for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.