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Discover Fan Loyalty Poll: When It Comes To Friendly Wagers, 36 Percent Of College Football Fans Prefer To Keep It Out Of The Family

The probability that college football fans will pick someone inside their family to place a bet with is low as this week’s Discover Fan Loyalty Poll finds that friends are the first choice.

In the 10th week of the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll designed to gauge college football fan loyalty, fans were asked if they had to make a wager on their favorite college football team, who they would prefer to wager with. The responses were as follows:
  • A friend, 36 percent
  • Your spouse, 20 percent
  • A family member, 17 percent
  • A colleague, 11 percent
  • Not sure, 17 percent

However, it wasn’t nearly as cut and dry as to what fans would be willing to give up in their friendly bet. When asked if at the time they were to place the bet that they were very confident their team would win the national championship, what would they be willing to wager, fans selected from among the following options:
  • Give up alcohol for a month, 16 percent
  • Give up their cell phone for a month, 10 percent
  • Give up the Internet for a month, 6 percent
  • Give up TV for a month, 4 percent
  • Give up their car for a month, 1 percent

The 62 percent who answered not sure, no doubt had something else in mind.

For the 20 percent of spouses making wagers with each other, 18 percent were willing to put their cell phone on the line, followed by Internet at 11 percent, alcohol at 8 percent, and TV at 5 percent.

If fans had to bet on which college football team is the best in the country right now, Alabama would come out on top for the 10th week in a row with 44 percent of the vote. Fans seemed to be mixed this week on the order of the top five, including dropping Georgia in favor of LSU. The rankings are as follows:
  • Alabama, 44 percent
  • Oregon, 15 percent
  • Notre Dame, 10 percent
  • Kansas State, 8 percent
  • Louisiana State University, 3 percent
  • Florida, 2 percent
  • South Carolina, 1 percent
  • Georgia, 1 percent
  • Some other team, 11 percent
  • Not sure, 6 percent

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.

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