By TPR Staff

The latest results of the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll have been released, with the main topic being tickets for the BCS Championship Game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Alabama Crimson Tide. College football fans across the nation were asked both what would they do if they had a ticket to the game but could not attend, as well as how much they would be willing to pay for a ticket to the national title showdown in South Beach. Surprisingly, the majority of fans who had an unused ticket said that they would donate it to a family member or friend, while only less than a third would look to sell the ticket for a profit.

Speaking of profits, Forbes has ranked the Texas Longhorns as the most valuable college football program in the nation, as they continue to rake in the big bucks with their own network. The Longhorns may not be one of the powerhouses in terms of top teams this season, but that has not affected their value one bit.

Before we get to other top rated programs, fans surveyed in the latest Discover Fan Loyalty poll also revealed that the majority of fans would not pay more than $100 dollars for an opportunity to attend the BCS Championship Game in person in Miami. Apparently, although Notre Dame and Alabama are two storied programs who could make for an outstanding championship game, many fans are much more comfortable and content watching the game on television instead of having to come up with three or four figures in order to attend the game live in person.

While Notre dame and Alabama are playing for the BCS Championship, they are also quite valuable – and profitable – regardless of which team comes out on top holding the crystal ball trophy on January 7, as Forbes ranked the Fighting Irish No. 3 and the Crimson Tide No. 6. Both came as no surprise to land in the top 10, although it has been a much harder road back to glory for Notre Dame than it has been for Alabama.

But before we look at Forbes’ Top 20 Most Valuable College Football Programs of 2012, take a look at the percentages for each portion of the survey, followed by the infograph that displays the complete results. Check them out, and feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts and opinions at the end of this article. Let us know which team you root for, as well as how you would feel about unused tickets, whether you are looking to buy or sell.

1. What would you do with an unused ticket to the BCS Championship Game?

  • Give it to a relative, 37 percent
  • Give it to a friend, 22 percent
  • Sell it to the highest bidder, 29 percent
  • Sell it at face value, 9 percent
  • Swallow the ticket, 1 percent
  • Not sure, 3 percent

2. How much would you pay to attend this year’s title contest between the Irish and Tide?

  • Under $100, 62 percent
  • $100-$500, 19 percent
  • $500-$1,000, 3 percent
  • $1,000-$2,000, 1 percent
  • $2,000-$3,000, 1 percent
  • $3,000 or more, 1 percent
  • Not sure, 15 percent

Here is the complete list of the Forbes Most valuable College Football Programs, with data produced and collected from the 2011-2012 financial year. The Crimson Tide may be seeking the seventh consecutive BCS Championship for the SEC, but it is the Big 12 and Big 12 who provide the two most valuable teams from last year.

1. Texas Longhorns
2. Michigan Wolverines
3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
4. LSU Tigers
5. Georgia Bulldogs
6. Alabama Crimson Tide
7. Florida Gators
8. Auburn Tigers
9. Tennessee Volunteers
10. Arkansas Razorbacks
11. Nebraska Cornhuskers
12. Oklahoma Sooners
13. Penn State Nittany Lions
14. Wisconsin Badgers
15. Oregon Ducks
16. USC Trojans
17. South Carolina Gamecocks
18. Washington Huskies
19. Michigan State Spartans
20. Ohio State Buckeyes

Clearly, being one of the 20 most valuable teams off the field does not always guarantee success on it, as two teams were ineligible for NCAA sanctions in Penn State and Ohio State, while Auburn, Tennessee and Arkansas failed to win enough games to qualify for a bowl game this season. Still, we can clearly see which conferences continue to dominate all aspects of college football, as the SEC produced seven teams, the Big 10 had six and Pac 12 came in with three.

Stay tuned to The Pigskin Report for the most complete coverage of the entire 2012-2013 college football season, as well as the results from each week’s Discover Fan Loyalty Poll. Make sure to Like Discover on Facebook and follow them on Twitter, as they have done a fantastic job at providing us with the most entertaining results from and poll throughout the 2012 college football season!

* 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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