Discover Fan Loyalty Poll: Week 15 BCS Projections Thankful For Just 2 Undefeated Teams, But Not Without Controversy

The Week five results of the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll revealed that college football fans are thankful for great food and fun with family, although the order may vary depending on whom was asked. After an amazing Thanksgiving weekend of college football rivalry games, the Week 15 BCS Projections will prove to be controversial. While one old-school train of thought could have the BCS Committee members thankful for just two remaining undefeated teams, others will still argue that a handful of one-loss teams are more deserving to play in the BCS Championship Game. With just one more weekend of games left to determine the 2013-2014 college football bowl matchups, a lot is still up in the air. Then again, many fans will still not be thankful for the final scores from conference championship weekend next Friday and Saturday.

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Before we get to what the newest BCS Standings may look like prior to the official release this evening, take a look at the full results from the latest Discover Fan Loyalty Poll. The Week five poll asked college football fans whether or not they would give up their seat at the dinner table this past Thursday in exchange for free tickets at the 50-yard-line to watch their favorite team play. Overall, 42 percent of the fans surveyed said that they would rather pass on turkey than pass the pie around the table, opting to accept the free tickets to watch their favorite team play. While that number is high, the majority – at 55 percent – said that they agree with the sentiment that home is where the heart is, and that even free tickets at midfield to watch their favorite college football team play would not be enough to get them to skip Thanksgiving dinner with their family.

It seems that while turkey and football go together, just don’t make fans choose one over the other. The majority will try to find a way to thoroughly enjoy the best of both worlds! After all, I know that I would! But, if push came to shove a few days ago, which event would you have selected? Free football tickets or food with the family?

I have to admit, if I had known ahead of time about some of the fantastic finishes, especially if any of Saturday’s games had been played on Thanksgiving, I may have been tempted to take the tickets and pass on the pumpkin pie!

When breaking the data down by conference, fans of an SEC or American Athletic Conference team were most likely to take the free tickets, at 46 percent, which is three percentage points higher than the average fan. On the flip side, fans of Pac-12 teams said that they would not skip the traditional Thanksgiving Day festivities, as 60 percent would pass up the tickets in favor of spending the day with family. This past Thanksgiving, only fans of four teams would have had to have made that decision, as the only two college football games played this past Thursday featured the Mississippi State Bulldogs pulling off an overtime upset against the Ole Miss Rebels to win the Egg Bowl, and the Texas Longhorns knocking off the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Both of these games did have bowl implications, but neither will have any ramifications on any of the five BCS Bowl Games.

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What about when it came to the dinner menu on Thanksgiving? This is obviously more of a personal preference, with many people having such different tastes. In the longstanding debate over which Thanksgiving dinner staple people cannot live without, college football fans weighed in and it was discovered that turkey sits squarely on top, proving that the debate may not be as close as some may feel. Turkey took the top billing with 48 percent, followed by stuffing at 20 percent, pie at 9 percent, mashed potatoes at 7 percent and cranberry sauce at 2 percent. Surprisingly, 12 percent said that another item of food is No. 1 in their hearts. While stuffing and pie were once again the top two must-haves on my Thanksgiving dinner plate, I would love to know what of the rest of you would say – especially the 12 percent who did not choose any of the top five food items as their No. 1 choice. Once again, feel free to weigh in with your own responses below.

As for the newest release of the BCS Standings, which teams deserve to be ranked in the top two? We know that the Auburn Tigers’ stunning final second win over the Alabama Crimson Tide will shake things up tremendously. Alabama is all but out of the BCS Championship Game picture, while Auburn may still be behind the Florida State Seminoles and Ohio State Buckeyes, despite the fact that the Tigers play a much more challenging schedule than the Seminoles and Buckeyes. Still, Florida State and Ohio State are the only two remaining undefeated teams this season, giving voters an easy cop-out to simply vote for them as the No. 1 and No. 2 teams. With that being said, along with other big wins from the Missouri Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks from the SEC, here is a look at the newest BCS Standings, at least how I see them.

1. Florida State Seminoles
2. Ohio State Buckeyes
3. Auburn Tigers
4. Alabama Crimson Tide
5. Missouri Tigers
6. Oklahoma State Cowboys
7. Stanford Cardinal
8. South Carolina Gamecocks
9. Baylor Bears
10. Michigan State Spartans
11. Arizona State Sun Devils
12. Clemson Tigers
13. Oregon Ducks
14. Northern Illinois Huskies
15. LSU Tigers
16. Central Florida Golden Knights
17. Oklahoma Sooners
18. UCLA Bruins
19. Duke Blue Devils
20. Louisville Cardinals
21. Wisconsin Badgers
22. Georgia Bulldogs
23. Cincinnati Bearcats
24. Texas Longhorns
25. Texas A&M Aggies

What do you feel the newest BCS Standings should look like? Would you have any of these teams higher or lower than I do in my latest projections? Feel free to leave a comment in the section below.

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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.