Almost nine in 10 (86%) Americans are likely to be doing more than just watching college football game. Snacking (63%) and napping (34%) are top activities. Screaming at the TV comes in a close third (31%).
If they can’t be at the game, 62% of Americans prefer to watch a college football game at home. Almost a third (30%) of Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 who do go out prefer to go to a friend’s house to watch a game.
Americans are superstitious about their football, but as they get older, they become less superstitious about games. Among American adults who consider themselves extremely superstitious about football when it comes to supporting their teams, the percentages are as follows: 31% of those ages 18 to 24; 29% of those 25 to 34; 28% of those 35 to 44; and 18% of those 45 to 54.
The survey of 1,000 American adults also found that fans like to engage in behaviors they think will encourage their team. More than half (53%) say they wear certain clothes or shoes to help their favorite team beat their opponents, while 40% feel looking away from the screen sometimes helped their team win.
Football in general remains the most popular sport on television or in person, adds a report by the Economist/YouGov, with 44% of those surveyed saying they follow football at whatever level of play. That’s the same as ice hockey (15%), basketball (19%) and golf (10%) combined. Only 31% said they follow baseball, though 36% said they follow no sport at all.