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Discover Fan Loyalty Poll: SEC Fans Prove To Be Most Die-Hard

After 14 weeks of crunching the numbers, the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll finds that Southeastern Conference (SEC) college football fans show the most die-hard loyalty of any major conference, and women are more passionate fans than men.

SEC fans outranked fans of the other major conferences and independent teams in showing their loyalty across four questions tracked each week when it comes to watching their team play, following their games through a bad season, sharing their pride with friends and family, and regularly wearing school colors.
Somewhat or very important to watch my favorite team’s game each week:
1. SEC
2. Independent
3. Big 12
4. ACC
5. Big Ten
6. Pac-12
7. Big East
8. Some other conference
Still follow my team’s games even if they are having a bad season:
1. SEC
2. Big Ten
3. Independent, Pac-12 (tie)
4. Big 12, ACC (tie)
5. Some other conference
6. Big East
Friends and family know my favorite team:
1. SEC
2. Big Ten
3. Independent
4. ACC
5. Big 12
6. Pac-12
7. Big East
8. Some other conference
Regularly wear my favorite team’s logo on apparel or other items:
1. SEC
2. Big Ten, ACC (tie)
3. Big 12
4. Big East, Some other conference (tie)
5. Independent
6. Pac-12

One SEC team in particular appears to have the most loyal fans among the Top 20 teams. Although Auburn finished the 2012 season with a 3-9 record and rival school Alabama will play in the Discover BCS National Championship Game, Auburn fans are the most loyal based on the four tracked questions. Rounding out the top five is Nebraska, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Iowa.

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