In the latest results of the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll, college football fans across America felt as if the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Alabama Crimson Tide were not only the best two teams in the country, but also that they had the best chance of any two teams of winning this season’s BCS Championship. With the Fighting Irish having already secured a spot playing for the national title by finishing the regular season as the only undefeated team, the Crimson Tide also fulfilled their destiny by hanging on to defeat the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday.
They can thank some awful clock mismanagement by Bulldogs’ head coach Mark Richt and star quarterback Aaron Murray, but that is neither here nor there. Alabama beat Georgia and will face Notre Dame for the BCS Championship, as the two will finish the season No. 1 and No. 2 in the BCS Standings that will be revealed later tonight, proceeded by all 35 bowl game selections. I will preview the projected BCS Bowl Games later, but here is a look at the projected final BCS Standings before the bowl games are announced.
1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
2. Alabama Crimson Tide
3. Florida Gators
4. Oregon Ducks
5. Georgia Bulldogs
6. Kansas State Wildcats
7. Stanford Cardinal
8. LSU Tigers
9. Texas A&M Aggies
10. South Carolina Gamecocks
11. Oklahoma Sooners
12. Florida State Seminoles
13. Clemson Tigers
14. Oregon State Beavers
15. Nebraska Cornhuskers
16. UCLA Bruins
17. Northern Illinois Huskies
18. Boise State Broncos
19. Louisville Cardinals
20. Wisconsin Badgers
While the Irish and the Tide are practically locked into the best game, many other high profile and lucrative games will be announced this evening. I will provide a complete breakdown and schedule of all 35 games as the week progresses, but many teams are going to be left out of the BCS Bowl game,s despite the fact that they will have a higher BCS ranking than other teams who are selected. For example, the Wisconsin badgers are going to the Rose Bowl, despite the fact they were not even ranked entering championship weekend, but they annihilated the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Big 10 Championship game. Also, the Florida State Seminoles and Louisville Cardinals are likely to meet in the Discover Orange Bowl due to automatic bids from their respective conferences, but it could be argued that teams such as the Georgia Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, Texas A&M Aggies or South Carolina Gamecocks would all be more deserving.
The Discover Fan Loyalty Poll also asked fans across the nation which they would rather have as the Holiday season approaches: receiving gifts as normal, or giving them up in order to watch their favorite college football team win the BS Championship. Here is how they voted.
How would you have voted? At this point, if your favorite team is not Notre Dame or Alabama, you may as well opt to receive gifts, because no other team has any shot at winning this season’s BCS Championship. Had college football had even a four or eight team playoffs system, than fans of the Florida Gators, Oregon Ducks, Georgia Bulldogs, Kansas State Wildcats, Stanford Cardinal and LSU Tigers may have felt differently. But with only two teams getting the bid, aside from fans of the Fighting Irish or Crimson Tide, the rest of you may as well hope to see Santa in a few weeks.
Stay tuned to The Pigskin Report throughout the coming days and weeks for the latest results of the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll. We will provide the most in depth and entertaining coverage of the polls, as well as the bowl games from another exciting college football season. Later on today, I will attempt to predict all five BCS Bowl Games, although nothing will be made official until this evening. Make sure to check back on Monday for a full list of the bowl games this season.
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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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