We found out in the latest Discover Fan Loyalty Poll that most people are comfortable wagering against friends or family members – including their spouses – as well as what they are most willing to give up for one month if their favorite college football team does not come through for them. While many people may have lost some friendly wagers with the first loss of 2012 by the Alabama Crimson Tide, it is still too early to bet against Alabama as they look to get back to the BCS Championship Game.
Simply put, the Tide can still change for Alabama.
Aside from the shameless pun, the Crimson Tide are far from being out of the national championship discussions. One loss certainly has them on the outside looking in right now. They will likely fall to No. 4, behind the other three top undefeated teams – the Kansas State Wildcats, Oregon Ducks and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. But they are far from out of BCS contention this season.
Before we get to that, take a look at the latest results from the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll. With whom are you most likely to place a wager against? And knowing that your team could always suffer an upset – much like Alabama did on Saturday against the Texas A&M Aggies – what are you willing to risk? Here is what fans across the country said.
Some of the results are quite surprising. As nice as it would be to not have to drive for a month, I am nowhere near being able to be in that position. Of course, I also couldn’t give up watching television for a month. I get mad when the cable goes out for an hour during a storm! Still, many people may just be more confident in their teams.
Although, Alabama followers and supporters may be feeling a bit blue this morning.
But all hope is not lost in Tuscaloosa. With three weeks still left to play, being No. 4 is not a death sentence. Kansas State still has to defeat the Baylor Bears and Texas Longhorns to have the best shot at playing for the BCS Championship. They have to be the odds on favorite to at least make it to the title game.
Oregon has the next best shot to play for the national championship for the second time in three seasons, although they have the most difficult road remaining. The Ducks must win at least two more games in the regular season to have a shot, including games against the Stanford Cardinal and Oregon State Beavers, both of whom are ranked in the top 20 of the BCS Standings. They would also likely have to win the Pac 12 Championship Game against either the USC Trojans or UCLA Bruins. A slip up in any of those three contests may be enough to knock them out of the BCS Championship Game.
Notre Dame is still sitting pretty at No. 3, although if Kansas State and Oregon win out, they will likely be left out of the BCS Championship Game. If they can beat the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the USC Trojans, they will still need a loss by the Wildcats or Ducks.
Alabama will need a bit more. Even with one loss, Alabama may have an outside chance to leap past Notre Dame even if the Fighting Irish win their final two games. If Alabama can win the SEC Championship Game be defeating the Georgia Bulldogs, it could be enough to move them past Notre Dame. They would still need either Kansas State or Oregon to drop a game or two, but they are not out of it by any means.
It just won’t be easy after yesterday’s loss.
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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.
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.
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