Discover Fan Loyalty Poll: Top Second Half Of 2013 Season Games For Tailgaters, Rankings And Bowl Games

The latest Discover Fan Loyalty Poll was all about college football tailgate parties. How cold is too cold to tailgate? Do you bring the food or are you the mooch going from tailgate to tailgate? Also, what is a must on your menu? We learned a lot about college football fans across the country when it comes to their pre-game tailgate festivities, including the fact that when it comes to braving the coldest of cold temperatures, 23 percent of women would never call off their tailgate party, opposed to just 20 percent of men. Here are some other fun facts we learned from the most recent Discover Fan Loyalty Poll:

* 44 percent of fans would cancel their tailgate party if the thermometer read anywhere below 32 degrees

* Pac-12 fans are the toughest tailgaters, as 28 percent would never call off a tailgate party, despite the temperature

* 13 percent of college football fans claiming the title of “Cook” at their tailgate party

* 10 percent of fans call themselves “Freeloaders” and let their friends do all the work

* Fans who make over $200,000 per year are also those who “freeload” the most, at 22 percent

* Hot dogs and brats edged out hamburgers, 39 percent to 33 percent, as the one food every tailgate party should have

  • My views are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Discover Products Inc. and its affiliates.

When it comes to tailgate parties, college football fans have had plenty to party about through the first half of the 2013 NCAA season. We have had some very memorable moments and some incredible finishes, as well as some monumental upsets and comebacks. With many key games still remaining during the second half of the 2013 NCAA Football season, college football fans should have plenty of reasons to be excited about the games, as well as their tailgate parties prior to kickoff. That is, as long as they can brave the cold and frigid temperatures as we enter November. Before we take a look at some of the most important games with the biggest BCS Bowl implications, take a look at the following infographic, with more from the latest results from the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll:

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Entering Week 10 of the 2013 NCAA Football season, the Alabama Crimson Tide remain atop the BCS Standings. Much like the fans who were surveyed in the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll, all polls are in agreement that the Tide are the No. 1 team in the country. This past weekend, the Oregon Ducks were able to leapfrog the Florida State Seminoles after an impressive Pac-12 win against the UCLA Bruins. The Ohio State Buckeyes remain at No. 4 while the Stanford Cardinal round out the top five.

But, as anyone who follows college football will tell you, if you don’t like the polls as they currently stand, just wait a week, because they are likely to change.

Upsets occur. Teams have letdowns. Others look too far ahead on their schedule. Either way, here is a look at some of the biggest games remaining on this season’s schedule:

* November 2: Florida Gators vs. Georgia Bulldogs (at Jacksonville)

* November 2: Miami Hurricanes at Florida State Seminoles

* November 2: Michigan Wolverines at Michigan State Spartans

* November 7: Oregon Ducks at Stanford Cardinal

* November 7: Oklahoma Sooners at Baylor Bears

* November 9: LSU Tigers at Alabama Crimson Tide

* November 9: Virginia Tech Hokies at Miami Hurricanes

* November 16: Georgia Bulldogs at Auburn Tigers

* November 16: Florida Gators at South Carolina Gamecocks

* November 23: Baylor Bears at Oklahoma State Cowboys

* November 23: Texas A&M Aggies at LSU Tigers

* November 29: Oregon State Beavers at Oregon Ducks

* November 30: Alabama Crimson Tide at Auburn Tigers

* November 30: Clemson Tigers at South Carolina Gamecocks

* November 30: Florida State Seminoles at Florida Gators

* November 30: Texas A&M Aggies at Missouri Tigers

* November 30: Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Stanford Cardinal

* November 30: Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Wolverines

* December 7: Oklahoma Sooners at Oklahoma State Cowboys

Which game are you most looking forward to during the second half of the 2013 college football season? November is always a critical month as it relates to BCS shake-ups, and 2013 promises to be no different. With so many top teams still undefeated, anything can happen over the final five weeks of the regular season, all leading up to the BCS Bowl selection show!

The Discover Fan Loyalty Poll gives die-hard college football fans a platform to showcase their love for the sport. Make sure to follow Boston Super Blog all season long for the latest results, most in-depth analysis and entertaining coverage. You can also Like Discover on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!

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

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.