It’s not surprising Ohio State football fans are excited about the upcoming college football season. The Buckeyes, after losing in the College Football Playoff last season, are expected to make it again this year. With senior quarterback J.T. Barrett leading the way, Ohio State opens the season No. 2 in the AP Top 25.
ESPN agrees with their level of enthusiasm, ranking Ohio State first in its Fan Happiness Index (FPI).
The rating system measures fans’ contentment from 1 to 100 based on six factors — program power, rivalry dominance, coaching stability, recruiting trend, revenue growth and Twitter buzz. The Buckeyes earned a perfect score in the first two categories and a 98 in coaching stability thanks to Urban Meyer. Their lowest score, by far, was for Twitter Buzz, where they received a five.
ESPN rated the fan base as “elated” and provided a brief description as to why:
Ohio State fans have (maybe) forgotten about last year’s playoff disaster and instead are focused on being FPI’s favorite team entering 2017.
Florida State, Alabama, Louisville and Kansas State rounded out the top five, while Northwestern (ninth) was the only other Big Ten team that made the top 10. Michigan State is the conference’s lowest Big Ten squad at 115, as the FPI believes Spartans fans are “distraught” about another potential losing season.
Fan Happiness Index for Big Ten teams:
- Ohio State (No. 1)
- Northwestern (No. 9)
- Penn State (No. 12)
- Wisconsin (No. 14)
- Michigan (No. 22)
- Maryland (No. 55)
- Iowa (No. 58)
- Indiana (No. 59)
- Rutgers (No. 73)
- Nebraska (No. 87)
- Minnesota (No. 107)
- Purdue (No. 108)
- Illinois (No. 111)
- Michigan State (No. 115)
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