Discover Fan Loyalty Poll: BCS Bowl Game Projections Leave Orange Bowl Toughest To Predict

With the regular season completed and conference champions crowned, college football fans across the country are anxiously awaiting the announcement of all five BCS Bowl Games, as well as the other 30 bowl games to see where their favorite team is going to play this postseason. While many of the games on Friday and Saturday helped shape the matchups for the BCS Bowl Games, we still are not 100 percent sure which teams are going to which bowl game. All we know for sure is that the Discover Orange Bowl is one of the most difficult games to predict.

The BCS Bowl Game Committee received quite a gift late Saturday night with the victory by the Michigan State Spartans over the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big 10 Championship Game. With the Auburn Tigers defeating the Missouri Tigers in the SEC Championship Game earlier, followed by a Florida State Seminoles win over the Duke Blue Devils in the ACC Championship, it appears set that the BCS Championship Game will feature a matchup between Florida State and Auburn. Due to conference tie-ins, we also now know that the Rose Bowl will pit Michigan State against the Stanford Cardinal, while the Fiesta Bowl will invite the Baylor Bears to play an opponent to be named this evening.

But what about the Orange Bowl? To me, that is the most difficult game to predict, as the January 3 spectacular in Miami could go a few different ways.

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What if the fans had a say in the Discover Orange Bowl? If you could pick at least one of the teams to play in Miami, which team would it be? Well, what if I told you that you can voice your opinion to the Orange Bowl selection committee and tell them who you want to see play in the big game?

Through an interactive social media dashboard at http://www.discoverorangebowl.com/, fans can monitor just how socially active their fan base is through a real-time conversation meter that builds based on volume of messages fans send with team specific hashtags/keywords or #DiscoverOrangeBowl. The conversation before December 9th focuses on who fans think will earn a berth in the Discover Orange Bowl Friday, January 3, 2014. After the teams are selected, the conversation will shift to focus on the fan bases of the teams who earned a berth in the Discover Orange Bowl. From now through December 9, fans have the option to share their fan-centric photos via Instagram, tweet for their team or recruit their friends via Facebook—all in the name of cheering for their favorite college football team online. But don’t think there won’t be competition; fans can also monitor the ongoing fan conversation on the dashboard which tracks team related hashtags and keywords, including #DiscoverOrangeBowl.

Entering Saturday’s lineup, the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide were the top two choices by fans to play in this season’s Discover Orange Bowl. Well, like with everything related to college football in 2013, what a difference a day can make. As of Sunday morning, the Central Florida Golden Knights and Oregon Ducks have taken over the top two spots, followed by Clemson in third place and Alabama in fourth. Ohio State is fifth, and also has a strong chance of being selected for the 2014 Orange Bowl. Florida State is in sixth, and while fans will be disappointed to realize that the Seminoles are not going to Miami, they will be thrilled when they officially receive an invitation to play in Pasadena in the BCS Championship Game.

With that being said, if you root for any of the teams mentioned so far in this article, or if you just want to let the world know how much you support your favorite college football team, regardless of how their 2013 season finished, then you had better prove it by visiting the website and casting your vote. But, don’t just stop there. Tweet it, shout it out on Facebook and display it all over Instagram! After all, fans of the other teams will, so you better make sure to represent for your favorite college football team! You never know if the BCS Selection Committee takes a look at social media to see if they are making the best decision possible in order to guarantee the highest turnout at each BCS Bowl Game!

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Fans are encouraged to visit http://www.discoverorangebowl.com/ to view how their “socially supportive” their own fan base is and encourage their fellow fans to contribute an Instagram photo, tweet or ‘like’ to show support for their favorite college football team.

1.       Use #DiscoverOrangeBowl in social content to cheer on their teams or vote for their match up (Now-December 8, 2013)

a.       Photo Upload – Include following message on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram (mobile only): Would love to see my #Oregon in this year’s #DiscoverOrangeBowl!
b.      Twitter – I’m excited that #Alabama may be headed to this year’s #DiscoverOrangeBowl! #RollTide
c.       Facebook – Include following message in text box: My vote for the #DiscoverOrangeBowl is #Clemson! #SolidOrange #GoTigers

2.       Visit the site and share socially from there: http://www.discoverorangebowl.com/

a.       Enter your top pick for the Discover Orange Bowl as part of the GameDay Leaderboard
b.      Share your College Football Photos, in support of your GameDay pick
c.       Tweet for your team
d.      Recruit your friends

So, what do you say? Are you a true fan? Do you want to see any of these teams play in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl in Miami on January 3? Then you had better vote and let the Orange Bowl committee know that fans from your favorite college football team would represent at the big game!

After you cheer on your team and let the world know which team should play in this season’s Discover Orange Bowl in Miami on January 3, 2014, make sure to check back with us following the official announcement of the matchup to see how you can take your support to the next level. Phase One is attempting to get your team into the big game. Phase Two will include cheering on your team against the opposition!

As of right now, here is a look at how I see the BCS Bowl Game projections playing out when they are announced on Sunday night:

BCS Championship Game – Florida State Seminoles vs. Auburn Tigers
Orange Bowl – Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Clemson Tigers
Sugar Bowl – Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Oklahoma Sooners
Rose Bowl – Stanford Cardinal vs. Michigan State Spartans
Fiesta Bowl – Baylor Bears vs. Central Florida Golden Knights

Discover has been an incredible sponsor for college football throughout the entire season. Aside from their participation with the Orange Bowl, they also are in charge of the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll, which asks college football fans across the country all sorts of entertaining questions related to their favorite college football team. You can follow Discover on Twitter and Facebook and make sure you use the hashtag #FanLoyaltyPoll!

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.

About Discover

Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover card, America’s cash rewards pioneer, and offers home loans, private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings accounts, certificates of deposit and money market accounts through its direct banking business. It operates the Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation’s leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.discover.com/company.

 

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About the author

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.