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UTAHNS FAVOR PLAYOFF IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL

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By a 3-to-1 margin, Utahns favor a college football playoff system to determine the national champion.

That's the finding of a Deseret News/KSL TV poll. Dan Jones & Associates polled 403 Utahns last week, asking them, "Are you in favor or opposed to a college football playoff system that would determine the winner of the national championship?"Sixty percent were in favor of a playoff, 19 percent opposed to it and 21 percent didn't know. The poll has a margin-of-error of plus or minus 5 percent.

Among men, 71 percent favored a playoff, with 19 percent opposed and 10 percent not knowing. Among women, 49 percent favored it, 19 percent were opposed and 32 percent didn't know.

Division 1-A football is the only collegiate sport that does not have a playoff or championship meet.

The polls - Associated Press and United Press International - determine the mythical national champion after the bowl games.

There has been increased interest the last several years of developing a playoff system. While the majority of fans are for it, college administrators and coaches have mixed views and bowl representatives are opposed to it.