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Though they were defeated by Alabama in last night’s BCS National Championship Game, Notre Dame won the first round of the NCAA Football Cover Vote. With more than 630,000 votes cast, the Irish took the opening round by storm, claiming the most votes overall and landing themselves in the next round. Other schools advancing include Oregon, LSU and Michigan, and polls will open on Wednesday, January 9th for round two. Fans are encouraged to visit the NCAA Football Facebook page to vote for their favorite team.

 

Below are the 32 schools advancing into the next round.

School

School

1. Notre Dame 17. Alabama
2. Stanford 18. TCU
3. Oregon 19. Miami
4. LSU 20. Georgia
5. Texas A&M 21. Utah
6. Ohio State 22. Oklahoma
7. Nebraska 23. Tennessee
8. Michigan 24. Arkansas
9. Kansas State 25. Missouri
10. Penn State 26. Oregon State
11. West Virginia 27. Georgia Tech
12. Florida State 28. Iowa
13. Clemson 29. Texas
14. Florida 30. Navy
15. Kentucky 31. USC
16. Wisconsin 32. BYU

 

From this point forward, the field will be continually halved until a champion is crowned. Below is the schedule for the remainder of the rounds.

  • ·         32 Schools

o    Voting Begins – 1/9

o    Voting Ends – 1/15

  • ·         16 Schools

o    Voting Begins – 1/16

o    Voting Ends – 1/22

  • ·         8 Schools

o    Voting Begins – 1/22

o    Potential Cover Athletes Revealed – 1/23 to 2/3

o    Voting for Cover Athlete Begins – 2/4

o    Voting Ends 2/18

  • ·         4 Schools/Athletes

o    Voting Begins – 2/19

o    Voting Ends – 2/25

  • ·         2 Schools/Athletes

o    Voting Begins – 2/26

o    Voting Ends – 3/8

 

Vote totals reset after each round, so the only way fans can be sure their team continues to advance is to keep voting. Anything can happen now that the tallies are back at zero, so enthusiasts are encouraged to not only vote in the main Facebook poll, but also support their school in the secondary polls which appear daily.

This has proven to already be the most successful NCAA Football Cover Vote yet, as it has reached more than 32 million fans and garnered more than 144 million impressions on Facebook. With eight weeks remaining in the competition, college football enthusiasts are already coming out in droves in the hopes of landing their team on the cover of the next edition of NCAA Football.

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