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Question 7: If the College Football Playoffs were held during the BCS era, which year was most deserving of a playoff?

    • 1998 – Tennessee vs. Florida State – 23 (0.9%)
    • 1999 – Florida State vs. Virginia Tech – 7 (0.3%)
    • 2000 – Oklahoma vs. Florida State – 33 (1.2%)
    • 2001 – Miami vs. Nebraska – 59 (2.2%)
    • 2002 – Miami vs. Ohio State – 58 (2.2%)
    • 2003 – Oklahoma vs. LSU – 78 (2.9%)
    • 2004 – USC vs. Oklahoma – 246 (9.1%)
    • 2005 – Texas vs. USC – 120 (4.5%)
    • 2006 – Ohio State vs. Florida – 105 (3.9%)
    • 2007 – LSU vs. Ohio State – 217 (8.1%)
    • 2008 – Florida vs. Oklahoma – 104 (3.9%)
    • 2009 – Alabama vs. Texas – 68 (2.5%)
    • 2010 – Oregon vs. Auburn – 78 (2.9%)
    • 2011 – Alabama vs. LSU – 916 (34.1%)
    • 2012 – Notre Dame vs. Alabama – 444 (16.5%)
    • 2013 – Florida State vs. Auburn – 134 (5.0%)

CFP #7

 

On this question, the clear winner was the 2011 re-match between two SEC West teams, which (also) likely caused the playoffs to come into existence. One could also argue a recency bias, as there were quite a few controversial BCS championships, such as the 2004 matchup which excluded an unbeaten Auburn team, or the lackluster 2007 season in which Ohio State backed their way into the championship game.

For those interested in what the playoffs would look like in each of the BCS years, Reddit user /u/rkwitten provided the matchups based on AP ranking:

  • 1998: Tennessee, Florida State, Ohio State, K-State
  • 1999: FSU, Va Tech, Nebraska, Wisconsin
  • 2000: Oklahoma, Miami, FSU, Washington
  • 2001: Miami, Oregon, Colorado, Nebraska
  • 2002: Miami, Ohio State, Iowa, UGA
  • 2003: USC, LSU, Oklahoma, Michigan
  • 2004: USC, Oklahoma, Auburn, Cal
  • 2005: USC, Texas, Penn State, Ohio State
  • 2006: Ohio State, Florida, Michigan, LSU
  • 2007: Ohio State, LSU, Oklahoma, UGA
  • 2008: Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama
  • 2009: Alabama, Texas, TCU, Cincinnati
  • 2010: Auburn, Oregon, TCU, Wisconsin
  • 2011: LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma State, Stanford
  • 2012: Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida
  • 2013: Florida State, Auburn, Alabama, Michigan State

 

 

Question #8: Did you feel the matchups in the semi-finals (Oregon – FSU, Ohio State – Alabama) should have changed opponents?

  • No, the match-ups were fine – 2,227 (85.2%)
  • Yes, Oregon should have played Alabama – 144 (5.4%)
  • Yes, Oregon should have played Ohio State – 253 (9.5%)

CFP #8

Voters overwhelmingly felt the matchups were fine. However, a small group of voters felt some buyers remorse about the games, with 9.5% feeling that a traditional Rose Bowl (PAC-12 vs. B1G) matchup would have been better, while 5.4% felt that a BCS-era style #1 vs. #2 would have been better to watch.

 

 

Question #9: Thinking back to when the teams were announced, which team did you think would win College Football Playoffs?

  •  #1 Alabama – 870 (32.6%)
  • #2 Oregon – 1,353 (50.8%)
  • #3 Florida State – 119 (4.5%)
  • #4 Ohio State – 324 (12.2%)

CFP #9

An overwhelming number of voters felt like there would not be upsets during the inaugural playoffs, with approximately 83.4% selecting the top seeds to beat the lower seeds. However, as we witnessed, one upset did occur, with #4 Ohio State beating #1 Alabama by a score of 42-35, who then went on to upset #2 Oregon 42-20.

Pre-conceived ideas of who should win had a sizable impact on voters’ feelings about the playoffs, too. Users who felt like Ohio State was going to win it all had a much more positive view of the playoffs (4.85 average score of Question #2) than first-round loser Florida State, who had only a 4.13 average score. Oregon and Alabama fans (or at least those that felt they’d win) were very similar, with 4.50 and 4.49 scores, respectively.

 

Question #10: How excited are you for next year’s College Football Playoffs?

  • I will not watch them next year – 30 (1.1%)
  • Not excited – 52 (2.0%)
  • Somewhat excited – 436 (16.4%)
  • Very excited – 2,146 (80.6%)

CFP #10

This was arguably the most one-sided question asked among all 18, with an amazing 97% stating they were somewhat or very excited about next year’s College Football Playoff. But who were the dis-interested 3%? 60% of those voting that they would not watch were Baylor fans, while those not excited for next year’s playoffs were spread among teams such as Baylor, and Florida State fans (8% and 10% of all respondents, respectively), among others.

 

Question #11: Do you think that Ohio State winning the College Football Playoffs justified their insertion to the College Football Playoffs, despite TCU being ranked higher the week prior?

  • No, Ohio State was justified regardless – 1,008 (37.9%)
  • No, Ohio State was not justified either way – 248 (9.3%)
  • Yes, it helped justify their ranking above TCU/Baylor/Other (52.7%)

CFP #11

Fortunately for the Playoff committee, Ohio State upset Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, then beat Oregon. Had Ohio State not of won either game, its hard not to question the committee, or the need for the playoffs had OSU and FSU both been blown out by higher-ranked teams. Nevertheless, Ohio State did what it did, and it seems that voters likewise felt that Ohio State’s upset had influence on how they felt about the OSU/TCU controversy. Of those that felt that OSU was already justified, Ohio State fans had a heavy bias on this question, with their fans accounting for 36.3% of all votes (366) feeling that Ohio State was justified, regardless.

 

 


Question #12: Overall, what’s your impression of how the playoff committee handled the rankings (1 being least favorable, 5 being most favorable)?

  • 1 – 102 (3.8%)
  • 2 – 229 (8.6%)
  • 3 – 23.9% (23.9%)
  • 4 – 1,117 (42.0%)
  • 5 – 577 (21.7%)

CFP #12

With an average score of 3.69, voters weren’t perfectly pleased with how the committee handled the rankings, which may have been expected due to the TCU/OSU switch. 52% of Baylor fans gave the committee a 1 out of 5, while Texas Christian fans gave the same score only 17% of the time. Conversely, less than 1% of Ohio State fans gave it the same ranking, while fans of no team in (or near) the playoffs gave it that score just 3% of the time.

For a quick rundown of average score by fanbase:

  • Ohio State Buckeyes – 4.19 (641 fans)
  • Michigan State Spartans – 3.81 (88 fans)
  • Oregon Ducks – 3.79 (222 fans)
  • Alabama Crimson Tide – 3.68 (117 fans)
  • Other Team – 3.57 (1,306 fans)
  • Florida State Seminoles – 2.86 (79 fans)
  • Texas Christian University – 2.82 (44 fans)
  • Baylor Bears – 2.10 (50 fans)

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