The Discover Fan Loyalty Poll released their latest results that included who fans prefer to wager against, as well as what they are willing to risk if their favorite NCAA Football team does not come through for them. Speaking from strictly friendly terms, most of the fans prefer to wager with a friend, while many others choose to roll the dice against their spouse or another family member. I suppose the more they are willing to wager, the riskier the bet becomes.
As with many things, fans will support their favorite teams through and through. That will cause them to wager more and more. If they win, all is well. If they lose, things are not quite as good. Especially if you lose a wager to a friend or family member or colleague that forces you to have to live without one of your favorites devices – or vices – for the next month. That was the question posed to fans across the country in the latest results of the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll.
Here is a look at the complete results from this week’s poll.
This week’s Discover Fan Loyalty Poll that is all about wagers got me thinking about other bets that could be related to the 2012 college football season.
With only three or four games remaining until the bowl schedule is revealed, many coaches are fighting for their jobs. Some have to fight to help ensure that their team becomes bowl eligible, while others need that signature win that could help them save their job. With fewer and fewer opportunities, many coaches are running out of time. Some will have to pull off a major upset, and many of them may need to take place today or tonight.
With that being said, here is a look at five coaches who are seeking a signature win in 2012 that may be the only thing that can help them save their job.
5. Frank Spaziani – Boston College Eagles: Coach Spaz got his opportunity under the old B.C. A.D. because of loyalty. He was at Chestnut Hill for a long time and finally got a chance to run the show. It has not worked out. With a new A.D. taking over, and one who has ties to the midwest, it is expected that Spaziani will be relieved of his duties at the end of the season. A win over the No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish may not be enough tonight, but it could not hurt.
4. Jeff Tedford – California Golden Bears: Another coach who is likely to be out after this season, Tedford does have two big games remaining with Cal, including tonight’s home game against the No. 3 Oregon Ducks. Truthfully, I see way that the Golden Bears can slow down the Ducks on offense, and even if Tedford is somehow victorious tonight against Oregon and in the season finale against the Oregon State Beavers, it may not be enough to keep him coaching past this season.
3. Derek Dooley – Tennessee Volunteers: I can’t see Dooley saving his job either, not after performing so badly in the SEC throughout his tenure at Rocky Top. The Vols need to win two out of their final three simply to become bowl eligible, and they are certainly winnable games. Still, none of them would qualify as a signature win, as their remaining opponents are the Missouri Tigers, Kentucky Wildcats and Vanderbilt Commodores. None of them are going bowling this season, so Tennessee has a shot to win all three. If they do not at least do that, I do not see Dooley making it past November.
2. Gene Chizik – Auburn Tigers: This one comes as a bit more of a surprise in comparison to the first three, as Chizik is less than two years removed from winning the BCS Championship. Still, things have gone downhill since, and the Tigers are just 2-7 in 2012. That will simply not cut it at Auburn. They are not going to a bowl game, but Chizik may be able to save his job due to his strong recruiting skills. Still, the school president is getting things in line that could set up a Chizik firing, but he may have one final shot to prove his worth if Auburn can somehow knock off either the No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs today or the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide in two weeks.
1. Lane Kiffin – USC Trojans: This may shock a lot of people, but, for more reasons than one, Kiffin’s job may be in jeopardy. At just 6-3, USC is not in BCS contention. In fact, they may not even play for the Pac 12 Championship unless they can beat the Arizona State Sun Devils tonight and the UCLA Bruins next week. That may be enough to play for the conference championship in a rematch with the Oregon Ducks. The Trojans also finish the regular season against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Kiffin may need to win a couple of those games. In fact, if they win out this season and win the Pac 12 Championship, USC could still play in a BCS Bowl game. Kiffin may need that to happen.
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* The 15-week Discover Fan Loyalty Poll is conducted by Rasmussen Reports, a nationally recognized leader in polling, who gathers sentiment by phone from 800 college football fans who follow games at least once per week on television, radio, in person or online.
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