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The College Football Playoffs are set. How popular are the teams?

The College Football Playoff (CFP) ranking has been set, with the Top Four a mix of familiar teams and first-time appearances. YouGov data shows just how popular the playoffs picks are.

The Alabama Crimson Tide topped this year’s CFP ranking, a seventh appearance in the eight-year-old event for the top-seeded Alabama team. YouGov data shows that 6% of Americans who watch at least some college football action each year show their support for Alabama, making it the third most popular Division 1 team.

Alabama will go up against the Cincinnati Bearcats, who are Top Four newbies. The Bearcats command a much lower proportion of fans, with just 2% of college football watchers indicating support. Alabama and Cincinnati will face each other in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 31.

Shortly thereafter, the Georgia Bulldogs – making their second CFP appearance – will take on the Michigan Wolverines, who are the second most popular team on our list with 8% of the market on their side. Georgia commands support from 4% of college football viewers.

The Ohio State Buckeyes is the most popular team among viewers at 9%, but just missed out on making it to the playoffs. They will however play in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 against Utah Utes, who have 2% support.

Notre Dame is another team viewer favorite that didn’t make the playoff cut this year. The Fighting Irish, with 5% viewer support, will face the Oklahoma State Cowboys (3%).

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Methodology: YouGov Profiles is based on continuously collected data and rolling surveys, rather than from a single limited questionnaire. Data is based on a sample of 16,338 who indicated they watch all, most or some college football games that their local or favorite team plays, or they tune in to the playoffs between December 2020 and December 2021.

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