It has been almost a month since the 2016-17 College Football season was finished and the National Championship won by Clemson Tigers. Since the teams’ performances, individual performances, and records we see broken are hashed out quite frequently by the media, I thought I would mix things up and discuss the performance of the fans. Every team is keen to get support from the fans. Be it soccer, football, basketball, or baseball; the fans play an important role in deciding who wins and who loses. The supporting fans can give a boost to the players.
College football is no different, and its fans are very enthusiastic in supporting their teams. I am comparing the fans of different schools to find who gives their team the best chance to win. I took the average attendees, the number of social media fans and official page visitors data to compare and decide who is the most diehard in the sport. The stadiums are of different capacity, and the number of attendees alone can’t be taken as the prime factor in deciding the best fans.
1. Michigan Wolverines
The team has the largest football stadium in the country. Michigan Stadium reportedly has a 107,601 person seating capacity. The official headcount shows that team received 110,168 average attendance in the 2015 season. Its Facebook page received the support of 1,537,037 followers; the Twitter counts to 633K, Instagram account got 62.4K followers.
Though the team hasn’t won any National Championship titles recently, the fans are not upset with the fact. They lend the support to the team every season.
2. Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes are known to have had great fan support in recent years. The home games in 2015 received an average attendance of 107,244 per game. The official seating capacity of the Ohio Stadium stands at 104,944, so it is clear that fans were rushing to the stadium to see their team play. The official Facebook page has 700,407 followers, Twitter has 109K, and Instagram account received 445K followers.
Whenever I go and enjoy a game in the stadium, I find myself surrounded by a sea of scarlet. The vibrant mood inside the stadium often reminds me to enjoy more matches with the fans.
3. Alabama Crimson Tide
One of the best fan bases in college football belong to the Crimson Tide. Considering the number of attendees or social media followers, the fans ensure that the team gets excellent support. With an average attendance of 101,112 in 2015 at Bryant-Denny Stadium, the crowd noise and support has found to be a real factor in the team’s performance. The Facebook account of the team has 211,938 followers and its Twitter page accounts to 15.8K followers, while Instagram account has 365K followers.
The fact of winning four national championships out of the last seven also played a major role in integrating its fan base. If you haven’t watched a game in the Bryant-Denny Stadium you will feel the energy and enthusiasm of the fans.
4. Texas A&M
The team had an average attendance of 103,622 while the capacity of the Kyle Field stadium is only 102,733. The fact that so many go in to stand to watch proof enough of this team’s fan base. The fans in social media ensure that the team is getting enough support on the platforms. The Facebook account has 105,377 followers, the official Twitter page comes with 193K supporters, and the Instagram has 82.1K fans.
I see the fans of this team as one of the most coordinated groups in college football. The team considers its fans as the 12th member of the team.
5. Tennessee Volunteers
Though the Volunteers couldn’t perform at the highest level in recent years, their fans seem to be the most consistent. The average attendance in the home stadium has been going up year after year. In 2015, the team saw an average attendance of 100,584 in Neyland Stadium, when the place has a capacity of 102,455. With 567,282 Facebook followers, 447K Twitter followers, and 197K Instagram fans, the team stands near the top in terms of number of fans.
The season 2016 was also disappointing for the team. I recollect that the team has got AP Poll No. 9 in the preseason, but it went back to 22 in the final ranking. The case is almost replicated in Coaches’ Poll as well. The team has to make serious efforts in the coming years to show their gratitude to the fans.
The popularity of the teams is not always measured according to performance on the ground. But, it is the duty of the teams to give justification to the fan support. Long years of inconsistent performance by teams may bring down the spirit of the fans. So, the teams, be careful.