How do you define happiness for your fandom? Wins and rings, a fun atmosphere, strong recruiting, national notoriety, and general good vibes make for a fun recipe of happiness.
Well, ESPN has gone a little more into the scientific route in ranking every FBS fan base from most happiest to most miserable.
The rankings use criteria such as ESPN’s Football Power Index, rivalry-game performance, coaching stability, recruiting strength, revenue generation and growth, and perhaps most important of all Tweets.
Here are the standings of every SEC team, with the happy at the top and the miserable at the bottom. The numbers to the side are where each team ranks on the happy scale in the entire country.
Alabama of course is No. 1 in the SEC and third in the nation, given the number of titles and dominance over the past decade (Ohio State and Florida State ranked Nos. 1 and 2 nationally).
But some surprises include Georgia and Missouri being so high and Arkansas being so low. Georgia fans obviously feel like their program is on the up and up with Kirby Smart entering year 2, but have you ever watched the Bulldogs play over the course of a season? There’s at least one misery-filled, heartbreaking, brutal loss every year.
After starting out very strong in the SEC, Missouri regressed the last two seasons but holds steady at No. 4 in the conference and 28th-ranked nationally. So Tigers fans must be feeling good about 2017, and with the offense that’s brewing in Columbia, they should be.
And Arkansas, for a team the has been consistently solid and strong during Bret Bielema’s tenure, it seems to be in too good of shape to be last in the conference and near the bottom nationwide in fan happiness. But as the ESPN team points out, having to go through the loaded SEC West every year can really make a program and its fans take their lumps.
Let’s see how negative and positive the Tweets sway after about five minutes of action once the season starts in less than two weeks!
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