New Study Names Michigan as College Football's Most Engaged Fans

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New Study Names Michigan as College Football's Most Engaged Fans

It looks like Alabama isn't No. 1 at everything after all. The Tide have the national titles and terrific recruiting classes they can brag about, but Michigan has the most engaged fanbase in the country.

There is now a celebration scheduled in Ann Arbor.

TicketCity recently released the results of its first annual overall ranking of the most engaged fanbases in college football. The goal was to discover which teams had the most engaged fans online and offline.

The information was used from the 2012 season only and bowl games were excluded. Many metrics went into this research and some weigh more than others.

Each metric can be seen below, along with its corresponding weight, per TicketCity:

  • Average total attendance, all games (5)
  • Average home attendance (10)
  • Average ticket price, all games (5)
  • Average home game ticket price (10)
  • Percentage of stadium capacity filled at home games (10)
  • Facebook likes & Facebook "talking about" (6)
  • Twitter following (3)

TicketCity weighs home attendance and average ticket prices higher "because they are a better direct reflection of home team behavior."

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Michigan led the way with an overall score of 100. It had the best home attendance in the country with an average showing of 112,252 people, and the most Twitter followers with 149,498.

The University also finished second in Facebook "talking about" and Facebook likes, while finishing third in highest average total attendance and fifth in average median ticket price.

It's no secret that Michigan has some of the most passionate fans in the country, and some would consider this honor to mean more than anything else. Having loyal fans who go nuts over a program and are involved on and off the field is all anybody can ask for from a fanbase.

While Michigan comes out on top, the SEC was also well represented with five programs rounding out the Top 10. The Big 12 and Big Ten were the only other two conferences with at least one team mentioned within the first 10 teams.

The overall Top 25 rankings can be viewed below, per TicketCity:

Overall Rank
Conference
Institution
Overall Score
1 Big 10 University of Michigan 100.00
2 SEC Louisiana State University 95.43
3 SEC University of Alabama 95.18
4 Big 10 Ohio State University 92.94
5 SEC Texas A&M University 88.91
6 Big 10 University of Nebraska - Lincoln 87.88
7 Big 12 University of Oklahoma 82.77
8 Big 12 University of Texas - Austin 82.11
9 SEC University of Georgia 81.83
10 SEC University of Florida 79.86
11 Big 10 Penn State University 75.68
12 SEC University of South Carolina 72.13
13 Big 10 University of Iowa 72.08
14 Pac 12 University of Southern California 71.97
15 Pac 12 University of Oregon 70.53
16 Big 10 Michigan State University 70.52
17 SEC University of Tennessee 68.57
18 Big 10 University of Wisconsin - Madison 68.29
19 SEC Auburn University 66.40
20 ACC Clemson University 65.85
21 Big 12 West Virginia University 65.53
22 ACC Florida State University 63.92
23 SEC University of Missouri 63.82
24 SEC University of Arkansas 60.88
25 ACC Virginia Tech University 59.51

 

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