College football fans told a Quinnipiac University National Poll that they would like to see a playoff to determine a national champion.

The poll, released today, said college football fans would prefer a system similar to the NCAA basketball tournament.

According to the results of the poll:

-- Fans, by a 63-26 percent margin, want to see a playoff
-- In regards to the current BCS system, fans have a 43-45 percent favorable opinion
-- Fans, by a 48-45 percent margin, think it's a bad idea for Congress to force a playoff
-- Interestingly, 60 percent of independent voters and 55 percent of Republican voters think it's a bad idea for Congress to get involved in a playoff. Only 37 percent of Democrats think it's a bad idea

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"College football fans are not in love with the current system in which two teams that play for the national championship are picked by computers, sportswriters and coaches," Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement in the press release. "Settle the question on the field, voters say more than 2 to 1. But as much as they want a national championship tournament, they aren't wild about Congress getting involved."

According to the release, the information came from American adults who are "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in college football. Fifty-five percent were men and 38 percent were women.