For many Southerners, this news will elicit a three-word response ending in the word “Sherlock.”
A survey released Monday by the online travel agency Expedia found that the South is the most passionate region for college football — but only slightly.
The survey found that 63 percent of people in the South watch college football, slightly more than the Midwest, where 62 percent say they watch.
The South and Midwest were far ahead of other regions: In the West, 51 percent said they watch college football and in the Northeast the number was 47 percent.
Nationally, 70 percent of men follow the sport, versus 43 percent of women.
The survey also found:
- 77 percent of U.S. adults have attended a college football game in their life. Of that group, 14 percent traveled overnight to go to a game in the 2011-2012 season.
- Bowl games are still a big deal. Among fans who have traveled to attend a regular