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 remaining 32 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 five tight ends during the 2012-2013 college football bowl season.
And if you are fortunate to witness the BCS Championship Game in person, you will actually get to see one of these five tight ends on the field.
In other news from the latest Discover Fan Loyalty Poll, the majority of fans surveyed 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.
Either way, we will see some of the few game changers at the tight end position take the field during the upcoming bowl season.
But before we take a look at them, check out 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. Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame Fighting Irish – He came back for another season at Notre Dame and, although his numbers were not as good as many had projected, Eifert is helping the Irish go after their first national championship since 1988. His 44 catches for 624 yards and 4 touchdowns played a large part in an undefeated season for the Golden Domers.
4. Chris Coyle, TE, Arizona State Sun Devils – Coyle caught 53 balls for 659 yards and 5 touchdowns to help lead the Sun Devils to the Fight Hunger Bowl against the Navy Midshipmen. In a game that could be a low scoring affair with few possessions for either team, ASU will need a big game from Coyle, who is a solid possession type of receiver for the Sun Devils.
3. Ryan Otten, TE, San Jose State Spartans – Just because you don’t know much about San Jose State, don’t sleep on Otten. He was the third highest tight end in receiving yards in 2012, catching 44 passes for 706 yards with 4 touchdowns. He will need to come up big for the Spartans to defeat the Bowling Green Falcons in the Military Bowl.
2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington Huskies – He certainly has more names to remember than most of the other top tight ends, which is fine, as he has more receiving yards than most of them as well. The Huskies looked to Seferian-Jenkins early and often this season, as he caught 63 passes for 791 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2012. he will look for one more big game as UW faces the the Boise State Broncos in the Las Vegas Bowl.
1. Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford Cardinal – Stop me if you heard this one before. The No. 1 tight end in the country plays for Stanford. Last year, it was Coby Fleener. This year, it is Ertz. He led the nation for tight ends in receiving yards with 837 on 66 catches to go along with 6 touchdowns. He will look to come up big once again in the Rose Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers.
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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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