Discover Fan Loyalty Poll: Will Toughest Tailgaters Get To Throw BCS Championship Game Party?

The toughest tailgaters in the world of college football hail from the Pac-12 conference, according to the results from the latest Discover Fan Loyalty Poll. Die-hard college football fans across the country were asked about their tailgate party rituals, as well as whether or not there is a temperature that could serve as a breaking point to force them to consider calling off their pre-game festivities. According to the poll, 28 percent of Pac-12 college football fans said that they would never call off a tailgate party, regardless of how frigid the temperatures may get prior to kickoff. With a pair of teams currently ranked in the top five of the latest BCS Standings, although they are also schedule to face off in a huge game one week from Halloween night, will certain Pac-12 fans get the opportunity to throw a BCS Championship Game tailgater?

That is up to the Oregon Ducks or Stanford Cardinal, who are ranked No. 2 and No. 5, respectively, in the latest BCS Standings. On November 7 in Palo Alto, California, the Cardinal will host the Ducks in a game that could prove crucial in determining at least one of the teams who will play for the BCS Championship this season. While it will be difficult to predict a winner, one thing is certain.

The Stanford fans will be ready. As will those who will make the trip from Oregon!

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The Discover Fan Loyalty Poll gave us a lot more than the fact that the Pac-12 has the toughest tailgaters. We also discovered that women are indeed tougher than men, at least as it relates to braving the cold and still showing up to party before their favorite college football team takes the field. It was revealed that 23 percent of female fans would never let the outdoor temperatures force them to consider calling off their tailgate party, as opposed to just 20 percent of men. As far as what is needed at the party, 13 percent of tailgaters said they handle the cooking, while moochers and contributors offset each other, coming in at 10 percent apiece. Also, it was said that hot dogs and brats edged out hamburgers, 39 percent to 33 percent, as the one food every tailgate party should have, followed by chips and salty snacks at 14 percent. Fans care least for coleslaw and potato salad, at 4 percent, and cookies and other desserts, at 2 percent.

Check out the below infographic to find out the complete results from the latest Discover Fan Loyalty Poll. How cold is too cold for you to tailgate before your favorite college football team’s home game? Are you the one who only shows up for NCAA games in September, or are you there throughout the entire season, even in those chilly late November or early December days and late nights?

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The question remains, will Pac-12 fans get the opportunity to root for one of their teams in this year’s BCS Championship Game? A lot will be determined next Thursday. Oregon has the inside track, at least over Stanford, as the Ducks remain undefeated. A huge upset at the hands of the unranked Utah Utes may live to doom the Cardinal, although, at No. 5 in the latest BCS Standings, Stanford is certainly not out of the national championship chase. A win over Oregon could catapult them right back into the title conversation.

Aside from Oregon and Stanford, only the UCLA Bruins remain in the current Top 25 of the BCS Standings. While the Bruins are a tremendously talented team, they will not enter the BCS Championship Game mix. While Oregon will likely play in the BCS Championship Bowl if they are able to win out, Stanford could earn a very nice consolation prize in the form of a Rose Bowl bid, depending on how the rest of their season shakes out in conference play. At this point, UCLA may have to settle for an appearance in the Alamo Bowl, or perhaps even the Sun Bowl.

Of course, so many things can still happen. Oregon may have a great chance to play for the BCS Championship, but they still have a very challenging schedule. Teams such as the Alabama Crimson Tide, Florida State Seminoles and Ohio State Buckeyes are also undefeated and all three have an easier remaining schedule than the Ducks. We have learned a lot through the first nine weeks of the 2013 college football season, although some of the biggest games and moments are still yet to come!

Agree? Disagree? Feel free to weigh in below with your own predictions for all five BCS Bowl games. Make sure to stay tuned to Boston Super Blog throughout the rest of the 2013 college football season for the latest news and predictions, as well as the most in-depth coverage of the results from the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll. Also, 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.

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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.