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We all know that the Longhorn fan base is fiercely loyal. Not only do they pack stadiums and sports bars to watch and comment about the game, they also take to Social Media to show their support for the team in burnt orange.
In a recent article by Sam Laird of Mashable, they take a look at the real data (provided by Facebook) that proves what we already know ... Texas Longhorns sports fans are the greatest in all of college sports.
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The data map below, provided by Facebook, yields some interesting insights. It takes the Associated Press pre-season Top 25 poll, then shows which team has the most fans in each county of every state. We'll get more into the details in a minute, but first have a look for yourself:
Texas, ranked 15th on the actual field, is the overall champ on Facebook, winning 543 counties across a range of states. Florida wins 423 counties and Ohio State wins 376, while Nebraska takes 324. Oregon, home of the "Gangnam Style" duck, dominates the West with an overwhelming show of green on this map. But that's only good for a total of 233 counties, fifth overall.
While the Lone Star state has three teams in the top 25 rankings, those other two schools can't keep up with Texas' whopping total of 543 counties claimed. Texas Christian is ranked 20th in the AP poll, but only wins for fandom in the county where it's located. Texas A&M, powered by troll-bait Johnny Manziel, is a top 10 team, yet according to the Facebook data only dominates the fan-scape in its own home county as well as one other county in the state of Arkansas.
Long story short: Texas Longhorns' fans are the best in the country. They LOVE their teams and they aren't afraid to say it ... in person or on Social Media. Hook'em!