October 29, 2013

Nearly Half Of College Football Fans Would Keep The Remote In One Hand, Candy Bowl In The Other During Trick-Or-Treating

Trick Plays are Treats: Flea Flicker Voted Fan Favorite over Fake Punt, Fake Field Goal

RIVERWOODS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 29, 2013-- Don’t be surprised if your college football-loving neighbor answers the door with a candy bowl in one hand and a remote in the other the next time the game airs during trick-or-treating.

College football fans show they are loyal to both their favorite team and their Halloween obligations: nearly half, 49 percent, would spend Halloween trick-or-treating hours simultaneously handing out candy and watching their favorite team play. Other fans would handle the night differently:

  • 10 percent would record the game and go trick-or-treating
  • 9 percent would leave the candy out on the porch while watching the game
  • 10 percent can’t decide

But for 22 percent of fans, kids can kiss their treats goodbye. Those fans would draw the shades, turn off the front lights and whisper their cheers in order to avoid parting from their television screen.

Is Your Favorite Trick Play a Treat?

Twenty-seven percent of fans prefer the flea flicker trick play, when the quarterback hands off the football to their running back, who lateral passes it back to the quarterback, according to the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll. Fans also ranked the following trick plays:

  • The fake punt, 23 percent
  • The fake field goal, 17 percent
  • The statue of liberty (when the quarterback appears to be passing, but the running back sneaks up and grabs the ball out of his hand), 10 percent
  • The end around, 9 percent
  • Some other play, 7 percent

Loyalty over Lunacy: Most Fans Willing to Host a Killer to Guarantee Victory

As for the frightening villain fans would rather share the couch with during their Halloween football game – as long as it could guarantee a victory for their favorite team – Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter spooked his way to the top, at 15 percent. Fans were also most willing to spend time with Voldemort from the “Harry Potter” series, at 12 percent, and Freddy Krueger from “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” at 8 percent, followed by:

  • 7 percent: Michael Myers from “Halloween”
  • 7 percent: Chucky from “Child’s Play”
  • 5 percent: Jason from “Friday the 13th
  • 5 percent: Pinhead from “Hellraiser”
  • 3 percent: Masked Murderer from “Scream”
  • 2 percent: Jigsaw from the “Saw” series

The remaining fans, 36 percent, would chicken out of hosting a horror villain to ensure a team victory.

Alabama Maintains Lead as Fan’s Choice for Best Team

It’s no trick that fans again chose Alabama as the best college football team in the country, at a whopping 45 percent. Oregon and Ohio State rounded out the top three.*

The Discover Fan Loyalty Poll is conducted twice a month by Rasmussen Reports, a nationally recognized leader in polling, who gathers sentiment by phone from 1500 college football fans who follow games at least once per week on television, radio, in person or online. The Poll leads up to the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl. Discover’s commitment to college football includes relationships with ESPN and Notre Dame Football on NBC.

*Fans were polled during the week of Oct. 13, 2013.

About Discover

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