Where does college football mean the most? Not Texas, it appears.

Posted November 11th, 2014


It’s time to admit it UT fans, Oklahoma is better than Texas. And, it appears the SEC is still the SEC and leads the nation in anything college football related.

According to a new infographic released by The Upshot, the data visualization department of the New York Times, fan passion for college football in the state of Texas doesn’t live up to the hype according to information obtained through Facebook.

According to the study, fan “intensity” in Oklahoma doubled the college football passion in Texas. Love for the college pigskin in Alabama was almost triple that of Texas’ love. Much like the college football polls, SEC country was packed at the top. Six out of the top nine states in the study housed SEC teams. Only interlopers Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa were able to scramble in the top nine.


Other takeaways, per The Upshot:

The South loves football, but so does pockets of the midwest.

The more rural the location without a professional team fans are in, the more passion they have for college football.

Recent exellence (may) matter. Look at McLennan County in Texas, home of the Fighting Art Brileses. Most passionate fans along I-35.

The Upshot does say that Facebook likes are an imperfect measure of fan intensity and that Facebook users may not be representative of the population at large. But, it seems like college football passion is not at the top of the fine folks of this state.

The full report can be read here


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