The Discover Fan Loyalty Poll asked college football fans across the country about their tailgating rituals, including what constituted cold enough temperatures to force them to consider calling off their pre-game festivities, as well as roles people played at the party on game day. Many of them revealed that they did indeed have a breaking point, as 44 percent of fans would cancel their tailgate party if the thermometer read anywhere below 32 degrees. It was also discovered that 23 percent of women would brave the coldest of cold temperatures just to get the party started right, regardless of how cold the thermometer read, compared to just 20 percent of men. C’mon, fellas. Toughen up!
When it comes to the Week 10 BCS Projections, there will be another shake-up amongst the Top 10, as two more previously undefeated teams fell on Saturday, with one of them going down at home.
Needless to say, those tailgaters were not sent home happy.
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The Missouri Tigers were the highest ranked team to lose on Saturday, as they blew a 17-0 fourth quarter lead on their home turf, dropping their first game of the season to the South Carolina Gamecocks, 27-24 in double overtime. The loss will likely end any BCS Championship Game hopes that the Tigers may have had going into the weekend. It also keeps the slim hopes the Gamecocks have of still being able to make an appearance in the SEC Championship Game.
Missouri wasn’t the only undefeated team to fall at home, however, as the Oregon State Beavers were knocked off by the Stanford Cardinal. That, however, was not an upset. Stanford was a road favorite in that game, despite the fact that Oregon State entered the game unbeaten.
Also losing for the first time this season was the Texas Tech Red Raiders, who, like Oregon State, lost the game as an undefeated underdog on the road, falling to the Oklahoma Sooners.
Before we get to the Week 10 BCS Projections, take a look at some of the other results from the most recent Discover Fan Loyalty Poll. Pac-12 fans were named the toughest tailgaters, as 28 percent admitted that they would never call off a tailgate party, even in the most frigid conditions. Also, when it comes to the roles people play, 13 percent of college football fans claiming the title of “Cook,” 10 percent of fans call themselves “Freeloaders” and 10 percent of fans consider themselves the “Grateful Guest”, signifying they bring dish to pass. Check out the infographic below for more results:
As for the latest BCS Projections, two top 10 teams fell, while another was less-than-impressive, affecting the new standings. I am also projecting a change within the top three, although it remains to be seen whether or not the computers will agree with me on Sunday night. Either way, here is how I feel the Week 10 BCS Standings should look, when they are revealed just hours from now:
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
2. Oregon Ducks
3. Florida State Seminoles
4. Ohio State Buckeyes
5. Stanford Cardinal
6. Baylor Bears
7. Miami Hurricanes
8. Clemson Tigers
9. Missouri Tigers
10. Oklahoma Sooners
11. Auburn Tigers
12. LSU Tigers
13. Texas A&M Aggies
14. Texas Tech Red Raiders
15. Fresno State Bulldogs
16. South Carolina Gamecocks
17. Oklahoma State Cowboys
18. Northern Illinois Huskies
19. UCLA Bruins
20. Louisville Cardinals
21. Michigan Wolverines
22. Central Florida Golden Knights
23. Michigan State Spartans
24. BYU Cougars
25. Wisconsin Badgers
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