By TPR Staff

The Alabama Crimson Tide have held onto the top spot on the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll since the beginning of the 2012 college football season. After a late rally against the LSU Tigers to help the Tide remain unbeaten, that is unlikely to change next week. But that is not to say that there will not be a shake up in both the fans’ voting as well as the latest BCS projections before they are released Sunday evening.

Alabama is No. 1 in the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll, as well as in the BCS Standings. Thanks to LSU coach Les Miles, who took four or five costly risks that did not pay off, the Crimson Tide will remain atop almost every poll this week again. In the Discover poll, the Oregon Ducks and Kansas State Wildcats were tied for second, sharing 10 percent of the vote each. Alabama received a whopping 49 percent. Although those numbers could change a bit, the Tide will continue to roll in the polls.

As for No. 2 and No. 3, Kansas State and Oregon will occupy those two spots once again, although it remains unclear as to which team will occupy which spot. That will most likely be true in the BCS as well, with the Wildcats likely to remain at No. 2, while the Ducks should vault to No. 3. With two impressive wins for Kansas State over the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Oregon knocking off the USC Trojans, they will most likely be the second and third teams in the BCS rankings this week.

That means that last week’s No. 3 team in the BCS Standings – the Notre Dame Fighting Irish – will likely fall to No. 4 in the BCS Standings, even though they won their game this week. The Irish were already fourth in the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll, as the fans still were not believers even after Notre Dame impressively took out the Oklahoma Sooners last weekend. But after a brutally unimpressive triple overtime win at home against the Pitt Panthers, the Fighting Irish are projected to be No. 4 in the BCS, correlating with what the fans have been saying all long.

Maybe the fact that so many people likely skipped work to go root on the Irish may have played  apart in Notre Dame surviving an upset bid against Pitt.

Even though losing to Alabama was not a bad loss by any means, LSU is still likely to fall from the No. 5 position. What makes it even more difficult is the fact that they should have won the game. Had it not been for Miles and his ill-advised gambles, the Tigers could not hold on to the win. They will drop a couple of spots in this week’s polls.

Here is a projected look at how the BCS Standings may look when they are released later on tonight.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

2. Kansas State Wildcats

3. Oregon Ducks

4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

5. Georgia Bulldogs

6. Florida Gators

7. LSU Tigers

8. South Carolina Gamecocks

9. Louisville Cardinals

10. Florida State Seminoles

11. Oregon State Beavers

12. Oklahoma Sooners

13. Clemson Tigers

14. Stanford Cardinal

15. Texas A&M Aggies

16. West Virginia Mountaineers

17. Nebraska Cornhuskers

18. Texas Longhorns

19. USC Trojans

20. Mississippi State Bulldogs

21. Texas Tech Red Raiders

22. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

23. San Diego State Aztecs

24. UCLA Bruins

25. TCU Horned Frogs

The top eight of the BCS projections lines up quite similarly to the latest results in the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll. In fact, the top eight teams in the fans’ poll line up exactly like my latest BCS projections. Make sure to check back with The Pigskin Report on Monday morning for the official BCS Standings.

Also, follow The Pigskin Report throughout the 2012 college football season for all of the latest from the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll and, while you’re at it, make sure to give Discover a Like on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!

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.

Discover launched the Fan Loyalty Poll to give die-hard fans a platform to showcase their dedication and love for their favorite college football team leading up to the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game and 2013 Discover Orange Bowl. Each week the poll will offer new questions about what college football fans are thinking this season.

Beyond title sponsorship of the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game and 2013 Discover Orange Bowl, Discover’s commitment to college football includes relationships with ESPN and Notre Dame Football on NBC.

 

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