Penn State ranked No. 7 in ESPN’s Fan Happiness Index

Penn State has put its fans through an emotional rollercoaster of a season, from a delirious win over Michigan to dispiriting losses to Ohio State and Michigan State.

ESPN’s Fan Happiness Index  uses a variety of factors to measure fan happiness of college football teams across the nation, and the Nittany Lions faithful checked in at No. 7.

Here’s a look at how ESPN parsed through the jubilation and gloom alike to compile the rankings:

• The in-season model of the index measures performance of the program relative to preseason expectation for each variable in order to capture the changes in those expectancies — the true definition of happiness (or real sadness in some teams’ cases).

• The coaching stability factor now includes the firing percentages from last month’s  Unreasonable Index.

• In regard to the Twitter factor, we noticed that some programs’ fans turn negative really quickly during close games, in a way that is not in line with their team’s chances to win the game. As a result, we combined in-game win probability and in-game Twitter sentiment to create a “Panic Factor.”

Penn State’s fans clocked in with a 93.29 index, as compared to No. 1 Georgia’s 99.13 Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Purdue was ranked at No. 9 and Wisconsin was ranked No. 11. Ohio State, which had its College Football Playoff chances potentially squashed with a shocking 55-24 loss to Iowa last week, came in at No. 39.

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