Survey found more students rooting for Rams over Vegas favored Patriots in Super Bowl LIII

Michael RiccioManaging Editor

Although Southern is located about 125 miles from Foxborough, Massachusetts, and Connecticut is a state in the New England region, 86 of the 144 students and faculty polled are rooting for the Los Angeles Rams to win Super Bowl LIII against the New England Patriots.

Michael Archer, a junior majoring in public health, said he is a Rams fan and “this is the first time in a while” a team he is rooting for is playing for a championship.

“I’m backing them up a hundred percent,” Archer said.

Even though Archer lives on the east coast, he said he has always rooted for teams out west such as the Lakers and Kings. Once the Rams relocated back to Los Angeles for the 2016 season he had to root for them.

“I’ve never been a football fan much before that,” Archer said. “When the Rams came to L.A., I had to hop on it. I have to root for my boys.”

Isaiah Araujo, a transfer student, said he is rooting for the Rams to win the Super Bowl because he does not like the Patriots.

“I’m an Eagles fan,” Araujo said. “We won Super Bowl 52, so why would I want the Patriots to win.”

Although a majority of people polled are rooting for the Rams, 108 people think the Patriots are going to win on Sunday. Jake Trautner, a sophomore and a Patriots fan, said they will win by at least 20 points. He said he is so confident because of quarterback Tom Brady.

“We got the goat,” Traunter said. “He’s going to be amazing. He’s going to be out of this world.”

Andrew Hans, a senior majoring in communication, is picking the Patriots to lose though because of the “Drake Curse.”

Canadian rapper Drake has been seen supporting University of Kentucky basketball, the Toronto Raptors, University of Alabama football, and mixed martial artist Conor McGregor.

Kentucky has not won a championship since 2012, the Raptors have never made an NBA Finals appearance, and McGregor was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov in a fight last October. Before the conference championship games, Drake wore a shirt donning the logos of the Saints, Chiefs, Patriots, and Rams from left to right. The Saints lost the first game last weekend to the Rams, while the Chiefs lost to the Patriots.

“So I think the Drake Curse is real and according to his shirt and if it goes in the order it’s going in,” Hans said, “then the Patriots are going to lose, and I want them lose.”

Araujo said the Rams are going to win however because they have “an awesome offense” led by running back Todd Gurley III, “an amazing coach” in Sean McVay, and thinks their defense is capable of stopping Tom Brady in the fourth quarter.

Lupoli and Archer said the Rams are going to win because of their quarterback, Jared Goff. Lupoli said he is very talented and Gurley will be able to “run all over the Patriots line.” Archer said Goff’s potential is “huge” even though he’s still young.

“He’s proved this entire season that he is more than capable,” Archer said. “Facing down probably the best quarterback of all time, that’s going to put his stuff to the test and put everything on the line.”

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