By TPR Staff

The latest results of the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll were about what college football fans were thankful for in 2012. They were asked which member of their favorite team they were most thankful for this season, with the majority of them saying they were most thankful for the head coach of their team, followed by the defense and then the offense. The survey also asked who fans would have preferred to have sat down with for Thanksgiving Dinner, with many of them opting for the players over the cheerleaders or band members.

For the complete results, make sure to check out the infograph below, and then feel free to weigh in with how you would have answered the questions as they relate to your favorite college football team this season. Are you in the majority, or has your team’s season made you feel differently about the players and coach?

As far as others who do not appear thankful for what they have been given this Holiday season, Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide must be the hardest coach on the planet to shop for, or to simply please. It just never seems that this guy is happy. With a win over the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship on Saturday, Saban and his Crimson Tide will have the opportunity to play for their third BCS Championship in the past four seasons. Any other coach would not only be thankful for the opportunity, but downright giddy at the possibility.

But not Nick. Not good ‘ol sour Saban. He still wants to complain.

“It’s not really a great scenario,” Saban said. “You play your way into the [conference] championship game, which means you’re the best team in your division. … It doesn’t seem quite right, but it is what it is. I don’t really know what me commenting about it is going to do to change it. But I don’t feel good about it.”

Saban is referring to the fact that the winner of the SEC Championship Game is headed to the BCS Championship to face the No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, while the loser will most likely miss out playing in any BCS Bowl this postseason. I understand where he is coming from, as it does not seem fair. But college football is not fair. I am sure that the Florida Gators, Oregon Ducks, Stanford Cardinal, Kansas State Seminoles are countless other teams feel as if this is not the “ideal” scenario either, but it is what it is, as far as college football and the BCS are concerned.

But if Saban and his Tide would like to roll right on out of the opportunity to play in the SEC Championship Game and switch spots with another team from the conference, Will Muschamp and his Gators would be more than thankful for the opportunity to win their conference and go on to play for the BCS Championship, knowing full well that a loss could prevent them from playing in any BCS Bowl of any kind.

“Well, I can switch and go to Atlanta if he doesn’t want to go to Atlanta and play the Dawgs,” Muschamp said Monday. “Be careful what you ask for, Nick.”

It is the gators, after all, who Saban is upset with, as Florida will likely head to the Sugar Bowl over the SEC title contest loser, despite the fact that they are currently ranked behind both Alabama and Georgia in the current BCS Standings.

While Saban is genuinely upset with how things may play out, Muschamp is half kidding. Having worked for Saban with the LSU Tigers and Miami Dolphins, the two remain good friends.

The bottom line is that aside from Notre Dame, many one loss teams have a claim that they should be playing for the BCS Championship. But this is college football. They are still without a playoff system, and one with four teams only will not be implemented for at least another season. The Tide, Bulldogs, Gators, Ducks, Wildcats and others all can say that they are the second best team, all having suffered just one defeat in 2012.

But they also all had their opportunities. Alabama lost to the Texas A&M Aggies at home in their only slip up of the season. Georgia got blown out by the South Carolina gamecocks in their lone defeat. Florida got beat by Georgia at a neutral site. Oregon lost a tough game to the Stanford Cardinal at home in overtime, while Kansas State got blown out on the road against the Baylor Bears.

Notre dame did not lose a game, and thus they are headed to the BCS Championship. They have no issues with the system this season. They could care less how the rest of the SEC teams falls into place for the BCS in 2012.

The Fighting Irish did their job. And for that, they are thankful.

Stay tuned to The Pigskin Report each and every day for the most in depth coverage of the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll, as well as entertaining analysis of the 2012 college football season, leading all the way up to the BCS Championship Game. Make sure to Like Discover 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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