Most Utahns favor a college football playoff system to decide the national champions, much like the NCAA basketball playoffs that result in an undisputed king of the game, the latest Deseret News/KSL-TV poll shows.

They also think the current college football rankings conducted by the Associated Press and United Press International are an inadequate method of picking the leading teams, found pollster Dan Jones & Associates.Finally, a plurality of Utahns want the Western Athletic Conference, home to the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, to expand its membership.

WAC teams are well-considered by those who study college athletics, but it is not considered one of the heavyweight athletic conferences that bring in big TV revenues, and it is often overlooked by Eastern sports media.

Jones found that 54 percent of Utahns want a college football playoff system that ends in a championship game. Only 16 percent oppose such a system, while 19 percent don't care and 11 percent don't know.

Thirty-two percent said that the current college football team rankings compiled by the AP and UPI are inadequate, while 30 percent like that system, 19 percent don't care and 19 percent don't know, Jones found.

Finally, in the midst of athletic powerhouse universities across the nation looking to join so-called "superconferences," Jones found that 41 percent of Utahns favor the expansion of the WAC, 13 percent oppose, 28 percent don't care and 17 percent don't know.


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Deseret News/KSL-TV poll

Do you favor or oppose expansion of the Western Athletic Conference?

Favor 41%

Oppose 13%

Don't care 28%

Don't know 17%

Do you believe the AP and UPI polls are a satisfactory method of ranking college football teams?

Yes 30% Don't care 19%

No 32% Don't know 19%

Would you favor or oppose a system of playoffs and a national championship game for college football?

Favor 54% Don't care 19%

Oppose 16% Don't know 11%