What is the Real Fans Poll?
ShooWin’s Real Fans Poll is a weekly forecast of the top three teams that are predicted to reach a certain postseason game. The ShooWin data is compiled from its patented platform which measures fan behavior, by team, for almost every postseason pro and college game. The Real Fans Poll is paired against well-known sports writers or analysts’ predictions for the same postseason games to see if Real Fans know better than the experts.
In an all college football edition, we will be taking a look at three of the New Year’s Six Bowls. This week’s expert is ESPN’s Senior Writer Heather Dinich.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl is a matchup of the Big 12 and SEC champions. With both Dinich and fans expecting Alabama to be in the College Football Playoff, the next runner-up in the SEC would fill that void in the Sugar Bowl. Dinich and fans both agree that team would be Georgia. They also agree on Big 12 champion Oklahoma as their opponent. The fans have LSU as their third most likely team to appear in the Sugar Bowl, although a longshot due to them unlikely to replace Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.
Dinich believes that the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl this year will feature a matchup of UCF and LSU. ShooWin fans believe the matchup will consist of Iowa, their top team, and UCF, meaning both fans and Dinich think that UCF will not qualify for the CFP. The fan’s third choice is Penn State.
Traditionally the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual consists of a matchup of the Big Ten champ vs the Pac-12 champ. While fans are holding out that Northwestern can win the Big Ten and claim a spot in the Rose Bowl, Dinich believes that Michigan will be the Big Ten champs and therefore in the CFP. So Dinich has Ohio State as her Big Ten representative, whom the fans have as their second option behind Northwestern. The fans third option and both theirs and Dinich’s projected Pac-12 champions, Washington State, would be the other Rose Bowl participant.
With only a couple weeks left in the college football season, each game is vital for every team looking to make a New Year’s Six Bowl. Time is running out, make sure you reserve your tickets for your team today!