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Which College Team Has The Biggest Online Following?

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Which College Football Team Has The Biggest Online Following? Here’s A List…

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Author’s note: This was one of the first things we put out there several months ago; in the time since, we’ve learned a thing or two. Yes, we’re still amateurs. Yes, our articles still look like they were put together by a high school kid, which makes sense: Our “Graphics Guy” is 15. But we have learned some about gathering stats and converting them into something simple that the average person can understand. That being said, we decided to rework this one, adding in a ton of info we didn’t find the first time around. Enjoy.

We all think our own team has the best fan base.  And in truth, many of us could make a valid case for that argument.  College football fans are a breed unlike any other fan; NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL… they all have fans.  But college football has fanatics. Who has the best fan base will always be a subjective and hypothetical conversation.


But is there any aspect of fandom that can be measured?


In today’s world?  We think we found one.  A team’s online presence.  Most of us in America spent a lot of time online… and if you’re a fervent supporter of your team, you no doubt spend at least some of that time in online places related to that team.


We… and by “we” I mean myself and my 3 teenage kids, all falling into that “fanatic” category, have come up with a measuring metric.  


We broke a team’s online presence into 4 categories:

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  • Dedicated Websites:  Sites dedicated specifically to a school’s team.  This includes fan blogs, but only those dedicated specifically to that specific team.
  • Social Media.  There are a million social media platforms out there, but we stuck with the big 3: Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter.
  • Message Boards:  Again, only those specifically dedicated to a specific team.
  • Search engine searches:  We used Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Duckduckgo.

We put together a scoring system, giving each FBS team a score in each of those four categories, looking at subs, fans, traffic.. basically every number we could find. (We stuck with BCS, but there are a number of non BCS schools that have huge followings; by our score, North Dakota State and James Madison, for example, would have cracked the BCS top 50 ) Divided the total by 4, and used that score to compile our list.  

Some things came as no surprise.  Ask any football fan who they think would end up on top of a list like this, most will no doubt mention Ohio State, ‘Bama, and Clemson.  And they would be right.  But there were also some that surprised us.  Who knew that BYU and Rutgers have huge online followings?  Some teams known to have amazing fan bases ranked surprisingly low; it turns out some of them have huge support at home, but not much across the country.

Is this scientific?  Maybe a little.  But it was a blast for us to do, and it does make a great discussion.  So below, you will find all 130 FBS schools, in order.  Feel free to comment below; some will agree, some will no doubt not agree at all.  But isn’t that why we do these things?

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1. Clemson

2. Alabama

3. Michigan

4. Tennessee

5. Texas A&M

6. Ohio St.

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7. Miami (Fla.)

8. Mississippi St.

9. LSU

10. Florida

11. Texas

12. West Virginia

13. Rutgers

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14. Georgia

15. Notre Dame

16. Michigan St.

17. Florida St.

18. BYU

19. Oklahoma

20. South Carolina

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21. Penn St.

22. Auburn

23. Wisconsin

24. North Carolina

25. Kentucky

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26. Arkansas

27. Oregon

28. Iowa

29. Ole Miss

30. Nebraska

31. USC

32. TCU

33. Virginia Tech

34. Iowa State

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35. Wake Forest

36. Georgia Tech

37. Oklahoma State

38. Louisville

39. Baylor

40. Arizona State

41. Central Florida

42. Washington

43. North Carolina State

44. Utah

45. Texas Tech

46. Arizona

47. South Florida

48. Houston

49. Stanford

50. Minnesota

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51. Missouri

52. Pitt

53. Indiana

54. Kansas State

55. Temple

56. Vanderbilt

57. Duke

58. Illinois

59. Purdue

60. Boise State

61. UCLA

62. Maryland

63. Kansas

64. Virginia

65. Syracuse

66. Colorado

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67. Fresno State

68. Washington State

69. Cincinnati

70. Cal

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71. Oregon State

72. Western Michigan

73. East Carolina

74. Wyoming

75. Old Dominion

76. Navy

77. Connecticut

78. SMU

79. Army

80. Marshall

81. Appalachian State

82. Boston College

83. Northwestern

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84. San Diego State

85. Louisiana Tech

86. UTSA

87. Colorado State

88. Utah State

89. Central Michigan

90. Nevada

91. Ball State

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92.  Florida Atlantic

93. Troy

94. Southern Miss

95. Western Kentucky

96. Northern Illinois

97. Hawaii

98. Ohio

99. Georgia Southern

100. Tulane

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101. Liberty

102. UAB

103. Maimi (Ohio)

104. UNLV

105. North Texas

106. Air Force

107. Memphis

108. Toledo

109. Tulsa

110. FIU

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111. Bowling Green

112. Middle Tennessee

113. UMass

114. Akron

115. South Alabama

116. Kent State

117. Coastal Carolina

118. Eastern Michigan

119. Arkansas State

120. Buffalo

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121. Texas State

122. New Mexico

123. Georgia State

124. Louisiana

125. ULM

126. San Jose State

127. Charlotte

128. Rice

129. UTEP

130. New Mexico State

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