Discover Fan Loyalty Poll: Trick-or-Treaters Should Skip Houses Around Arizona State, Washington State On Halloween

When it comes to Halloween, many parents enjoy walking around with their children as they go trick-or-treating from door-to-door around their neighborhoods. Some get into the spirit just as much as they kids, while others simply walk around in street clothes hoping that their sons and daughters score some of their favorite candy. Although, if you are a fan of certain college football teams including the Arizona State Sun Devils, Washington State Cougars, South Florida Bulls or Houston Cougars, you may not be leaving the house this Halloween.

According to the latest results from the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll, 49 percent of college football fans would spend Halloween trick-or-treating hours simultaneously handing out candy and watching their favorite team play. That means that fans of the aforementioned teams would have to make the choice between going out and trick-or-treating with their kids or sitting in front of their television watching their favorite team play. While holding the remote in one hand and the basket of candy in the other is not the only option, it is clearly the dominant one. Take a look at the infographic below for the complete results from the latest Discover Fan Loyalty Poll:

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What would you do if your favorite team played on Halloween, and it was during peak trick-or-treating hours? Would you stay home and watch the game while trying to hand out the candy as quickly as possible? Would you record the game on your DVR and hope to not hear the results from any of the other parents walking around with their mobile devices? Would you leave the candy on the porch, hoping that kids oblige the honor system and do not wipe out your entire stash in one swift swoop? Or, would you turn off all of the lights and pretend not to be home, making sure to contain your cheers to merely a whisper? As always, feel free to weigh in with your answers below!

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With four games on tap for this Halloween, with the Rice Owls visiting the North Texas Mean Green and the Troy Trojans playing host to the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks, trick-or-treaters in those areas may wish to seek out homes of non-college football fans, as they may be disappointed when they knock on the door and do not see anyone answer the doorbell. For me, this is a non-issue, as none of my favorite college football teams play this Halloween, nor will any of these games be likely to have BCS Bowl Game implications. It is not to diminish their meaning, especially when it comes to the fans of their favorite teams, but it would be far different if some of the marquee games this week, including the Florida State Seminoles playing the Miami Hurricanes, or next Thursday night’s game between the Stanford Cardinal and Oregon Ducks was taking place on Halloween. For a game such as those, I would be far likely to stay home.

Whether I decided to hand out the Dum-Dums while hoarding all the Reese’s remains to be seen. In a way, I’m kind of glad that I don’t have to see this scenario play itself out on Thursday. It may be in everybody’s best interest!

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.* Oregon is off this week, as are the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, so their opponent will not be playing any tricks against them during Halloween weekend. The Ohio State Buckeyes will look to spook the Purdue Boilermakers on the road on Saturday afternoon.

Make sure that you stay tuned to Boston Super Blog for all of the latest polls and results from the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll. We have got you covered throughout the remainder of the 2013 college football season, leading all the way up to the BCS Championship Game! Make sure to 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.

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

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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.