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FanPulse: UCLA Football Fan Confidence Drops Again

After 12 more games, UCLA fans have less confidence in the direction of the program than they had at the start of the season.

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After just seven wins in 24 games, Chip Kelly’s seat is heating up.
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Now that the 2019 football season is over, it’s a good time to check the pulse of UCLA Bruins fans and compare it to how things were when the season began.

When the season began, 27.6% of Bruins fans were confident in the direction of the program. Now, after the conclusion of the season, the percentage of fans who are confident in the direction of the program is down to just 20.4%.

Although, frankly, I’m a little surprised this number isn’t finishing in the single digits again at this point.

What I want to know is who these people are and what exactly gives them hope that Chip Kelly is going to succeed at turning this thing around?

More importantly, that means that 80% (rounded from 79.6%) of UCLA fans are not confident in the direction of the program. Ouch.

Let’s look at the results over the course of the season.

The Bruins Nation football fan confidence poll dropped another 16% after the loss to UC Berkeley. Over the last five weeks, it’s dropped by more than 50%.

The Bruins Nation FanPulse is a survey of more than 100 Bruins Nation readers who have agreed to take a weekly survey on college football. I want to encourage our readers to have their voice heard on a weekly basis by signing up to be a part of the FanPulse.

Of course, the question about the direction of the football and basketball programs are just part of this week’s FanPulse. Another part is the Top 25 where fans are asked to rank the top 25 college football teams.

This week, the only difference between the Bruins Nation Top 25 and the SB Nation Top 25 is at the #5 and #6 spots. The BN Top 25 has the Utah Utes fifth and the Oklahoma Sooners sixth while the SB Nation National Top 25 has the teams flipped with the Sooners fifth and the Utes sixth.

Interestingly, the Utes received 44.4% of the votes in the additional question as to which team deserved the fourth playoff spot. Oklahoma received 28.9% of that vote while Georgia received just 20.3%. Alabama earned support from 1.2% while Oregon received 0.9%.

Let’s look at both Top 25 polls.

FanPulse Top 25 Polls, Week 14

Rank BruinsNation Top 25 SB Nation Top 25
Rank BruinsNation Top 25 SB Nation Top 25
1 LSU (12-0) LSU (12-0)
2 Ohio State (12-0) Ohio State (12-0)
3 Clemson (12-0) Clemson (12-0)
4 Georgia (11-1) Georgia (11-1)
5 Utah (11-1) Oklahoma (11-1)
6 Oklahoma (11-1) Utah (11-1)
7 Baylor (11-1) Baylor (11-1)
8 Florida (10-2) Florida (10-2)
9 Alabama (10-2) Alabama (10-2)
10 Auburn (9-3) Auburn (9-3)
11 Penn State (10-2) Penn State (10-2)
12 Memphis (11-1) Wisconsin (10-2)
13 Wisconsin (10-2) Memphis (11-1)
14 Oregon (10-2) Oregon (10-2)
15 Notre Dame (10-2) Notre Dame (10-2)
16 Boise State (11-1) Boise State (11-1)
17 Minnesota (10-2) Minnesota (10-2)
18 App State (11-1) App State (11-1)
19 Michigan (9-3) Michigan (9-3)
20 Cincinnati (10-2) Cincinnati (10-2)
21 Iowa (9-3) Iowa (9-3)
22 Navy (9-2) Navy (9-2)
23 Air Force (10-2) Air Force (10-2)
24 Virginia (9-3) Virginia (9-3)
25 UAB (9-3) UAB (9-3)

This week’s basketball results will be available later in the week.

Don’t forget! You can still sign up to participate in the SB Nation/Bruins Nation Fan Pulse before this week’s poll goes out after the conclusion of Week 14’s college football games. And, now is a good time to get signed up for our weekly basketball survey!

What do you make of this week’s results? What do you think about the confidence level of the direction of the UCLA football program under Chip Kelly? Does Utah deserve to be the fourth playoff team?

Let us know in the comments!

Go Bruins!!