Texas is still Texas. The other football programs in state are playing catch-up.
A New York Times infographic published today shows that the University of Texas football program still has the largest fan reach geographically within the state. The interactive department at the Times – The Upshot used data based on Facebook “likes” across the nation to produce “NCAA Fan Map: How the Country Roots for College Football.” With that data The Upshot estimates the boundaries of fandom for 82 teams across the 50 states.
Readers of the map can zoom in on the map and take a look at individual counties throughout the nation.
Some interesting takeaways:
Texas Tech is next after Texas in total geographic area of fans in the state.
The teams represented in Texas are the Longhorns, the Aggies, the Red Raiders, Baylor, TCU and UTEP.
Not surprisingly, in Travis County, the ‘Horns dominate with 64.3 percent of the fans. The Aggies dominate Brazos County with 74 percent of the Facebook “likes.”
Oregon estimates to be just as geographically dominant as the Longhorns. Duck fandom stretches outside of Oregon to parts of California, Washington, Montana and all the way east to North Dakota.
North Carolina seems to be the most splintered state. Wake Forest, Duke, N.C. State, East Carolina, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, South Carolina, Clemson and Georgia all own at least one county in the Tar Heel State. Speaking of Tar Heels, it appears that the University of North Carolina does not have the highest fan percentage of any county.
One huge oddity: There is an enclave of Horns fans in McOne County, Montana. Texas leads the way this far north with the most fans – 17.7 percent of that area’s populace.
Here’s a snapshot of the map.
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