The Best Damn Fans In The Land.
In Fansided’s yearly rankings of the best fan bases in the world, the Ohio State University took the cake in 2017. According to the article, this yearly ranking list includes sports teams, movie and television shows, and individual actor/actresses and athletes.
Yup, you read that correctly. Not only are Buckeye fans better than Michigan or Alabama homers, they reign supreme over Migos fans, Game of Thrones fans, and even Rick and Morty fans.
So how did the people of Fansided come to this conclusion? Many meetings and studying the longevity of relevance the specific topic has as well as judging things like the size of the fanbase and events that happened over the course of the year. Perhaps most importantly is the passion factor. And boy do Buckeye fans have passion.
Whether it was the stellar comeback victory over Penn State, the controversial decision about the playoffs, the number of television viewers the Buckeyes had in their marquee matchups, or the hiring of Chris Holtmann in the basketball offseason, the Buckeyes have been able to stay relevant in the news cycle for quite some time.
The Buckeyes fanbase has a tremendous presence on social media as well, according to Fansided. Citing numbers like the OSU Football team’s high likes rating on Facebook or the high volume of followers on the university’s Twitter account, OSU, in general, has garnered plenty of attention across all platforms.
Combine the longevity of OSU’s presence in the news cycle with the sheer numbers of fans and the only factor left was passion. It’s safe to say this fanbase has potentially the most passion regarding this university compared to any other fanbase in the world. I mean have you been to a game on Saturday? The entire city shuts down. Roads are closed to help with traffic, hundreds of thousands of people flood in from all around the state and beyond, and game day is treated like a religion. Yeah, I’m sure this happens at Alabama almost every Saturday, but not when you are playing Mercer week 9.
Here are Fansided’s top 10 fanbases:
- Ohio State Buckeyes
- Alabama Crimson Tide
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish
- North Carolina Tar Heels
- Oklahoma Sooners
- Kentucky Wildcats
- Duke Blue Devils
- Clemson Tigers
- USC Trojans
- Penn State Nittany Lions
(Worth noting that Michigan comes in ranked at 11.)