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.
For those who are fortunate to receive a ticket to the BCS Championship Game, or many of the other 34 bowl games that feature many standout players, they could be getting a great opportunity. Especially if they were afforded the chance to watch any of the top 10 quarterbacks during the 2012-2013 college football bowl season.
Also, the majority of fans surveyed in the most recent Discover Fan Loyalty Poll said that they 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.
It just so happens that Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron is one of the top signal callers to watch during the postseason.
Before we take a look at the top 10 QB’s to watch during the bowl season that kicks off on Saturday, 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
As you can clearly see, many fans are feeling generous this time of the year in terms of what they would do if they had an extra ticket to the big game. Many of them would simply hand it to a family member or friend and let them attend the game in their place. Some would still look to sell it either for a profit or to simply break even, while a few select folks are apparently too lazy or too rich to worry about such a trivial amount.
Back to the quarterbacks. While there are many talented quarterbacks who may one day play at the next level, here is a look at 10 players at the most glorified position in football who you will want to make sure to keep tabs on during the bowl games this season.
10. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville Cardinals – Sure, he was in the Big East, but you will not want to miss this kid play when he takes on the Florida Gators in the Sugar Bowl.
9. Marcus Mariota, Oregon Ducks – This high powered offense would be nothing without a talented signal caller to take the pressure off of their two explosive running backs.
8. Jordan Lynch, Norther Illinois Huskies – Like it or not, the Huskies are playing in the Orange Bowl. You may want to learn the name Jordan Lynch.
7. Nick Fales, San Jose State Spartans – Another name you may not know due to the fact he played in a smaller program, you will know this kid soon.
6. Tajh Boyd, Clemson Tigers – In a high powered offense, Boyd was the driving factor. As he goes, so go the Tigers.
5. Geno Smith, West Virginia Mountaineers – Once the Heisman favorite, Smith tailed off as the season progressed. But he still threw 40 touchdowns in 2012.
4. A.J. McCarron, Alabama Crimson Tide – He is not flashy or exciting, but he knows how to win. Isn’t that what counts the most?
3. Aaron Murray, Georgia Bulldogs – Better clock management could have placed Murray in the BCS Championship instead of Alabama, but this kid can flat out play.
2. Collin Klein, Kansas State Wildcats – Forget about the two poor games he played this season. Klein was one of college football’s best in 2012.
1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M Aggies – What else can you say about the Heisman Trophy winner that has not already been said? Exactly.
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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.
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