Study Finds Which College Football Fanbases Have the Worst Grammar

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 1, 2015

Alabama fans cheer for the Crimson Tide in the first half of an NCAA college football game  against Virginia Tech in Atlanta Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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Seeing a college sports fan make a grammar mistake in a comment section is so much more fun than seeing a professional sports fan make the same error.

Why? Not only does the grammar mistake make the team's fanbase look bad, but it also reflects poorly on the school. That double whammy gives rival fans plenty to laugh at.

With the 2015-16 college football season just days away, an automated proofreading company called Grammarly did some research to figure out which college football fanbaseβ€”of the teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25β€”had the worst grammar. Grammarly went through the SB Nation page for each team and evaluated 100 comments to get data.

Here are the results for the best and worst grammar among college football fanbases:

College Football Top 25 Fanbase Grammar Rankings
RankTeamMistakes Per 100 Words
1Auburn Tigers0.9
2TCU Horned Frogs1.6
3Oregon Ducks1.9
4Ole Miss Rebels2.0
5LSU Tigers2.1
6Stanford Cardinal2.2
7Arizona Wildcats2.3
8Boise State Broncos2.5
9Tennessee Volunteers2.7
10Oklahoma Sooners3.1
11USC Trojans3.4
12Ohio State Buckeyes4.0
13Missouri Tigers4.1
14Arkansas Razorbacks4.2
15Notre Dame Fighting Irish4.4
16UCLA Bruins4.6
17Florida State Seminoles4.6
18Michigan State Spartans4.8
19Arizona State Sun Devils5.0
20Wisconsin Badgers5.0
21Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets5.4
22Clemson Tigers5.5
23Baylor Bears5.5
24Georgia Bulldogs5.7
25Alabama Crimson Tide6.4
Grammarly via the Wall Street Journal

There doesn't appear to be much of a connection between grammar and a team's success or grammar and conference affiliation. However, this list does add another chapter to the Iron Bowl.

Click the links to see which NFL (here) and MLB (here) fanbases have the worst grammar.

[Wall Street Journal,Β h/tΒ USA Today's FTW]


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