Notre Dame football: Irish ranked No. 4 in ESPN’s ‘fan happiness index’

At the start of this year’s college football season, ESPN sought to measure the contentedness of every school’s fan base with its team. Unsurprisingly, coming off a 4-8 2016 season, Notre Dame ranked low on the list, at No. 75.

But as the Fighting Irish have rocketed up the rankings, its fans have similarly ascended in the happiness index. ESPN published an updated ranking Friday, and Notre Dame ranked No. 4. The Irish trail only Georgia, Alabama and Central Florida, all of whom are undefeated this season.

The ESPN article accompanying the rankings said they are determined by “program power, rivalry dominance, coaching stability, recruiting trends, program revenue growth and positive/negative Twitter buzz among team supporters.”

Notre Dame’s rise of 71 spots since Week 1 is the highest among teams ranked in the top 5 and third-highest among top 10 teams. Only Purdue, which has jumped from No. 108 to No. 9, and Northern Illinois, which catapulted from No. 95 to No. 10, have made higher jumps than Notre Dame this year.

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