With the college football season kicking off this weekend, the folks over at Facebook tallied the location of the “Likes” each of the teams ranked in the top 25 have garnered.
The teams are shaded on the map corresponding to their AP ranking on the right hand legend.
The question, of course, is simple: Which programs only dominate at the more localized level, and which boast national brands? As a caveat, Facebook only looked at the preseason top 25, so teams such as Auburn or West Virginia, with massive, rowdy fan bases, were not counted.
It’s pretty fair to say the eye test gives it to Texas, and so does the official count. The Longhorns are the most popular top-25 team in 543 American counties, followed by Florida (423) and Ohio State (376).
Taking a closer look at the Lone Star State and its surrounding area, you’ll see that, if they had been counted, teams such as Mizzou or Colorado would have made for less burnt orange. However, Texas A&M and TCU, both ranked in the top 25, are still hardly anywhere to be found, with only one county to their credit apiece.
The Gators chomped Florida State and Oregon literally took the entire state. In fact, Oregon State, Northwestern and UCLA are the three teams ranked that don’t have a single county to their credit. USC still dominates La La Land and Wisco is teaching Chi-city how to Bucky.
What do you think about Facebook’s findings? Sound off – and show some school spirit – in the comments section below!
[H/T: Wall Street Journal]