Do you have any superstitions you have to do on game day, that is if you want your team win on Saturday? Apparently, college football fans do not, surprisingly.
In the latest Discover Fan Loyalty Poll, an overwhelming 86% responded "no" when asked if they have any superstitions or rituals they follow before or when they are watching their team play. Just 12% of the responses came back with a "yes" vote, while 2% were unsure whether they do or not (or were possibly confused by the question).
The poll question is answered by 800 college football fans on a weekly basis, meaning only 96 have any kind of lucky rabbit's foot tucked away somewhere, a t-shirt from 1992 they have to wear, or a favorite chair they have to watch the game from, always.
I'll be the first to admit, I'm a little shocked by the results. We all know coaches and players are superstitious by nature but apparently that doesn't funnel down to their fan bases, or at least it's not something they are willing to admit.
However, of the 12% that responded with a yes vote, 58% did say they have shared that ritual with someone else while 37% said they keep it to themselves, which may be a superstition in and of itself.
While the fans who answered the poll may not be superstitious, they definitely have their pulse on who are the best football teams in the country.
In the weekly fan poll of the country's top teams, there continues to be plenty of love for the SEC with Alabama and Florida holding the top two spots.
Here's the complete rundown of who the fans voted for as the best of the best.
- Alabama 48%
- Florida 9%
- Oregon 7%
- Notre Dame 7%
- Kansas State 6%
- LSU 1%
- Oregon State 1%
- Oklahoma 1%
- Some other team 10%
- Not sure 10%
Notre Dame is standing strong at number four and will either make a big jump next week, or fall completely out of the poll depending on the outcome of their upcoming game with Oklahoma.
Oregon has lost a little bit of love over the last couple weeks. Two weeks ago, the Ducks were receiving 17% of the fans' vote. That fell to 9% last week and then 7% in the latest poll.
The top five in the fan poll corresponds closely with the results in the latest Associated Press and USA Today coaches' poll. The top five teams are the same with the fan poll flip-flopping Florida and Oregon, as well as Kansas State and Notre Dame.
Turfburner.com is excited to be an official correspondent for the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll throughout the rest of the season.
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The 15-week Discover Fan Loyalty Poll is conducted by Rasmussen Reports, a nationally recognized leader in polling, who gathers sentiment by phone from 800 college football fans who follow games at least once per week on television, radio, in person or online.
Discover launched the Fan Loyalty Poll to give die-hard fans a platform to showcase their dedication and love for their favorite college football team leading up to the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game and 2013 Discover Orange Bowl. Each week the poll will offer new questions about what college football fans are thinking this season