Every season, the Discover Orange Bowl is one of the biggest games throughout the college football landscape. To kick off 2014, this year’s game will be no different, as it features two explosive offenses capable of putting up points in a hurry. Over the past two full college football seasons, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Clemson Tigers both rank in the top 10 teams in the nation in terms of points per game on offense as well as overall winning percentage. This game may not be for the BCS Championship, but, when all things are considered, one could make the case that the Discover Orange Bowl on January 3, 2014 in Miami is as good as it gets.
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Sure, both teams enter this game with different feelings. For Clemson, the Orange Bowl is as good as Clemson could have hoped for as it finished the regular season with a loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Had the Florida State Seminoles come up short against the Duke Blue Devils in the ACC Championship Game, Clemson would have likely been forced out of the BCS Bowl Game picture, having to likely settle for either the Chick-fil-A Bowl or Russell Athletic Bowl. No offense to either one, but they hardly rank up there along with the likes of the Orange Bowl. Thankfully, due to the conference’s tie-in with the Discover Orange Bowl, Clemson got the bid it was hoping for ever since the loss to Florida State earlier this season.
For Ohio State, many still have mixed feelings. While the Discover Orange Bowl is a tremendous honor, it is not the BCS Bowl Game that many Buckeyes were holding out hope for entering the Big 10 Championship Game against the Michigan State Spartans this past Saturday. A win would have likely placed Ohio State in the BCS Championship Game against Florida State, although there remained a small chance that the Auburn Tigers could have still gotten the nod over Ohio State. Either way, the Buckeyes will have to settle for a trip to Miami, but after being bowl ineligible last season while finishing with an undefeated record, this has to still be seen as a huge accomplishment for the Buckeyes.
The Discover Orange Bowl wants to know which side you are on when it comes to the big game in Miami on January 3. Are you rooting for the team from Death Valley to travel south and claim another victim in the new year? If so, make sure to visit http://www.discoverorangebowl.com/ and tweet your support for the Tigers, using the hashtag #Clemson as well as #DiscoverOrangeBowl. But, if you are rooting for Ohio State to win its first bowl game under Urban Meyer, then use the hashtag #Buckeyes, as well as the #DiscoverOrangeBowl from the website and in your tweets. In fact, feel free to upload images to the site and go crazy by showing your support for #Clemson or the #Buckeyes on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!
After you vote, feel free to keep the discussion going by tweeting #Clemson or #Buckeyes, remembering to use the hashtag #DiscoverOrangeBowl. Through an interactive social media dashboard at http://www.discoverorangebowl.com/, both Clemson and Ohio State 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. Now that we know the two participants in the big game, it will be interesting to see which school’s fan base will be more active through social media!
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So, how about it? Will Clemson fans outnumber Ohio State in terms of social media fan support? Or will the Buckeyes get the better of the Tigers? It is all up to the fans, thanks to Discover!
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.
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