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.

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 running backs during the 2012-2013 college football bowl season.

It just so happens that one of them will be lining up in the backfield for the Crimson Tide on January 7 when they take on the Fighting Irish.

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.

Before we take a look at some of the 5 most exciting running backs to take the field this postseason, 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

5. Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona Wildcats – You all know Kenjon Barner and Jonathan Franklin, but Carey had more rushing yards than any of them in 2012.

4. De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon Ducks – His backfield mate in Barner may be more explosive, but it is Thomas who comes up with bigger plays at more opportune times.

3. Dri Archer, Kent State Golden Flashes – Don’t sleep on this kid because he did not play in the SEC or Big 12. He is as good as they come in 2012.

2. Montee Ball, Wisconsin Badgers – Nobody expected him to replicate last season’s record setting numbers. But that does not mean that he had a bad season by any means.

1. T.J. Yeldon, Alabama Crimson Tide – Playing in the BCS Championship Game helps, but this kid was already the next in a long line of talented ‘Bama backs.

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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