Discover Fan Loyalty Poll: Overlooked For Heisman, A.J. McCarron Having Career To Relive Forever

When it comes to college football, so many aspects are subjective. Any time you involve so much voting from the outside, it is inevitable that certain players and teams will be overlooked. Whether it is because they play on a team less competitive than others or in a conference outside of the power rankings or are just not as flashy, many players are often overlooked in the Heisman Trophy voting, and it is truly a shame. Thankfully, when it comes to the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll, the fans know what they want. In the latest results, the majority of them said that they want one more day in college.

The latest Discover Fan Loyalty Poll asked college football fans across the country whether or not they would opt to go back to relive one day in college if they were given the opportunity. It turns out that overall, 56 percent said that they would jump at the option, while another 40 percent said that they would pass, citing that they have put their college days behind them. It was also revealed that Pac-12 fans want to relive a day of college most, at 61 percent, followed by Big 12 fans at 60 percent and Big Ten fans at 58 percent. Overall, 60 percent of women compared to just 54 percent of men would choose to go back to relive one more day of college, proving girls just want to have fun, and at any age. The extra-fresh college memories may be a factor in the 76 percent of 18-29 year olds who would go back for a day, followed by 60 percent of 30-39 year olds.

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Unfortunately, when it comes to the Heisman Trophy vote, the fans do not have a vote. It is too bad, because they would probably do a better job than the writers and former players who have the final say.

It is especially unfortunate for Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron, who is often overlooked for the top honor in college football, yet continues to win each and every season. But, whether or not McCarron finally receives the recognition for what he has done on the field for a team looking to make it three straight BCS Championships, McCarron is certainly having a career that he will wish to relive for the rest of his life. I am sure that he would be part of the 56 percent who would one day love to relive one more day in college as he gets older. The difficult part would be choosing which day to relive. After the first week in January, he could have three national championships to his credit.

But, before we dive deeper into the 2013 Heisman Trophy race, take a look at the following infographic from Week four of the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll. Below that are more fun facts from the latest poll. After reading through them all, feel free to let us know just how much of a fan you consider yourself, especially after reading what 21 percent of college football fans have done to show their support and school spirit!

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When it comes to “fanhood,” what is the craziest thing you have done to show your support and school spirit for your favorite college football team? If you are like myself, who represents the vast majority of 79 percent of college football fans, then you feel like cheering is enough. But, if you are like some of these enthusiasts, then you love to take your support to a whole new level.

·         Getting a tattoo related to your team, 3 percent

·         Painting body parts, 3 percent

·         Coloring your hair, 3 percent

·         Stolen the rival team’s mascot, 1 percent

·         You have done more than one of these, 4 percent

·         You’ve done much crazier, c’mon!, 3 percent

So, how far have you gone? Have you done any of these things to show the ultimate level of school spirit and support for your favorite college football team? If you have, good for you. If you have not, would you ever consider doing so? What if your team was playing in the BCS Championship Game, and you had tickets to go and help cheer them to victory? Would that make you feel a little crazy?

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When it comes to the 2013 Heisman Trophy, the clear-cut choice entering Week 11 of the season was Oregon Ducks quarterback, Marcus Mariota. While he did not have a horrible game, he could not get things going until the fourth quarter in a loss to the Stanford Cardinal last Thursday night, meaning his Heisman chances took a huge hit. Many are now making Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston the new odds-on-favorite, but he has not played all that well in his past two games, despite the fact the his team remains undefeated and sits at No. 2 in the current BCS Standings.

Due to his polarizing popularity and level of flash – both on and off the field, for better or worse, many still feel as if Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel could make it back-to-back Heisman wins, although I see that as ridiculous, seeing that he already has two losses this season. Baylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty also deserves to have his name in the discussion, especially after accounting for five total touchdowns in his team’s big win over the Oklahoma Sooners this past Thursday night.

While all of these players are worthy and can have a strong argument made on their behalf, what about McCarron? Why is this kid constantly overlooked? Because he doesn’t rush for 40-50 yards per game? Because he doesn’t party with rock stars in casinos? Because he doesn’t run around the field in self-congratulatory style while stealing all of the attention away from his teammates? The bottom line is that while McCarron is not flashy, all he does is win.

Plus, if you want some flash, his girlfriend brings enough of that to the table for the both of them. Just check out any of her photo shoots or her latest fast-food commercial. I am not saying that McCarron can have the same success on the field at the next level, but we could be looking at the younger version of Tom Brady and Gisele Bundcheon.

Well, maybe not to that extent.

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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.

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Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.