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 wide receivers during the 2012-2013 college football bowl season.
While none of them will be playing in the BCS Championship Game – or any other BCS Bowl for that matter – these five standout wide outs could have a huge impact on their team’s college football bowl game over the next few weeks.
In other results 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.
But before we take a look at five wide receivers who would be worth the price of admission alone, 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. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson Tigers – The attention may have gone to Sammy Watkins prior to the 2012 NCAA Football season, but it was Hopkins who made a name for himself with 69 catches for 1,214 yards and 16 touchdowns. With one of the highest yards per catch numbers for a wide receiver in 2012, Clemson will need a big game from “Nuke” against the LSU Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
4. Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia Mountaineers – One of two lethal weapons for quarterback Geno Smith, Austin reeled in 110 passes for 1,259 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Mountaineers in 2012. With teams being unable to double team Austin or the upcoming No. 3 WR on the list, we could see another huge performance from him against the Syracuse Orange in the Pinstripe Bowl.
3. Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia Mountaineers – How can a player catch 106 balls for 1,501 yards and an amazing 23 touchdowns and only be No. 3 on this list? I’m still not sure about that myself, but that is how highly I think of the final two players who are ranked next.
2. Marqise Lee, WR, USC Trojans – Lee was the product of consistency this season in a year full of inconsistencies in Southern California. Hauling in 112 balls for 1,680 yards and 14 touchdowns, Lee will be heavily relied upon when USC faces the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in this year’s Sun Bowl.
1. Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor Bears – Williams caught 95 passes for a whopping 1,764 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 18.6 yards per catch stat is nearly unfathomable, especially for a player who caught nearly 100 balls in 2012. The Bears will need one more big game form him when they face the UCLA Bruins in what could be a high scoring Holiday Bowl.
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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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