November 21, 2012

Discover Fan Loyalty Poll: College Football Fans Would Rather Have The Quarterback Pass The Turkey During Thanksgiving Dinner

Fans Want to Eat with Their Favorite Team Rather than the Cheerleaders, Band or Mascot

Giving Thanks: Fans More Grateful for Coaches than Players

RIVERWOODS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 21, 2012-- If college football fans could create the ultimate Thanksgiving Day guest list, grandma may have some stiff competition when it comes to getting her fair share of second helpings.

In this week’s Discover Fan Loyalty Poll, most fans said they would rather eat Thanksgiving dinner with their favorite team instead of their cheerleaders, the band, the mascot, or the refs. Here’s the breakdown:

  • The team, 39 percent
  • The cheerleaders, 22 percent
  • The band, 6 percent
  • The mascot, 6 percent
  • The refs, 1 percent
  • Not sure, 25 percent

When asked what they’re most thankful for about their favorite team, the majority of fans had an idea in mind, with the coach ranking first at 29 percent, followed by:

  • The offense, 16 percent
  • The defense, 13 percent
  • The quarterback, 9 percent
  • The special teams, 3 percent
  • Not sure, 31 percent

One thing is for sure, Discover Fan Loyalty Poll fans agreed this week with other polls on the two best college football teams in the country right now. Notre Dame was on top followed by Alabama, with Oregon falling to third. Texas A&M also dropped off from the top five, only to be replaced with Georgia and LSU, who tied for fifth. The rankings this week are as follows:

  • Notre Dame, 32 percent
  • Alabama, 27 percent
  • Oregon, 9 percent
  • Kansas State, 4 percent
  • Georgia, 3 percent
  • Louisiana State University, 3 percent
  • Florida, 2 percent
  • Stanford, 2 percent
  • Some other team, 13 percent
  • Not sure, 6 percent

While Notre Dame is ranked number one, most fans polled do not believe that based on the teams listed above, the Fighting Irish will win the national championship this year. The Crimson Tide rolled back into the top spot with 46 percent of the vote, followed by:

  • Notre Dame, 21 percent
  • Oregon, 8 percent
  • Georgia, 4 percent
  • Florida, 2 percent
  • Kansas State, 2 percent
  • Louisiana State University, 2 percent
  • Stanford, 1 percent
  • Some other team, 6 percent
  • Not sure, 7 percent

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.

About Discover

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