Buckeyes' Fans Are Big Ten's Best

By Kyle Rowland on July 31, 2013 at 12:45p
Buckeye fans rule.

Over the past 10 years, researchers at Emory University have studied fandom in college football. Among their discoveries: Big Ten fans are second only to those in the SEC, and Ohio State has the top cheerers in the Big Ten. 

The Ohio State University finished in first place in our ranking of Big 10 fan bases.  In the ten year period of our study, the Buckeyes averaged 2.5 more wins per season than Penn State and Michigan, but also generated 20% more revenue.  Remarkably, Ohio State made this revenue with fewer fans in attendance, on average, than Penn State or Michigan.

The top 3 — Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan — all play in 100,000 seat stadiums with fan bases and alumni that can fill them. But the study references Penn State's declining attendance as a reason it slipped in the rankings.

Penn State very narrowly edged out Michigan for second place in our study.  Over the course of the study, Penn State and Michigan averaged almost the same number of wins (Michigan had more) and football revenue per year.  However, Penn State’s second place ranking may be short-lived.  The last couple of years have seen a decline in attendance.  This may, of course, in part be due to the recent scandal and sanctions at Penn State.

Take a bow, Buckeye fans.


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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Go us!!!

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

Hovenaut's picture

High five everyone.....


Just be careful with that pat on the back stuff....

BierStube's picture

Did that guy hit on the girl from the Sugar Bar as well ....?
Up vote for you Sir!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

jeremytwoface's picture

Too soon.

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

BierStube's picture

Probably, but it's how I deal with pain ..sarcasm, humor, and a heck of a lot of pizzas!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

ATXbucknut's picture

That high five pic reminds me of another image I saw recently of...a 'thigh five'?

jeremytwoface's picture

Hmmm... Wonder what could of caused that type of burn?
Probably a pair of gloves sitting on the legs with a bowl sitting on her lap.
She was taking a break from gardening to have a bowl of cereal. Obviously.

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

Texas Buckeye's picture

Sorry about that. That was meant to be an upvote. 

It's true... We really are a bunch of nuts!
Go Bucks!

HighBallAce's picture

Yeah...ummmm I'm not gonna touch that one....only in Texas....lol
Awww what the hell...could it be a Texas Motor Boat...lol

Urban Nation Army's picture

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

BuckeyeSki's picture

Barry Horrible-witz sighting!! Second best jobber in history right behind the Brooklyn Brawler

Banned from BlackShoeDiaries since 2008. Crime: Slander/Defamation of Character Judgement: Guilty

Dr. House's picture

this man might be in their league.

jmoore3309's picture

I can hear the haters now!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go Bucks!

BierStube's picture

All is right in the world again!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

Oyster's picture

They spent good money on this research?  This as crazy as the research they did that explains that spending money on facilities improves your team success and recruiting.  Why don't they simply ask regular folks like us?  They would save quite a bit of time, and money (to improve their facilities)

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

rekrul's picture

Out Work, Out Think, Out Play!!!

jeremytwoface's picture

Zoey is the girl of my dreams.
(Don't tell my wife)
Up-vote to you good sir!

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

HighBallAce's picture

She is hot...I'll give you that!

jeremytwoface's picture

It's the eyes man... it's the eyes.

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

OSUStu's picture

Among other obvious headlines:

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

CowCat's picture

I like that Wisconsin is 6th.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

Earle's picture

Is this another one of Johnny's lists?

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

IBleedSandG's picture

Buckeyes' Fans Are Big Ten's Nation's Best

Go Bucks!


ArTbkward's picture

In other news, the sky is blue.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...

(Also, I'm not a dude)

urbanwarfare's picture

Well obviously. Why don't they just give us the trophy

bigbadbuck's picture

Did we really need a study to tell us what we already knew?
Go Bucks!!!!

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

MN Buckeye's picture

There is nothing like data to validate what you already know.

Maestro's picture

vacuuming sucks

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Love it!  Great info!! 
Go Bucks!

buckguyfan1's picture

This hand is a little soiled, but its the only one I could find...

buckskin's picture

Best in the B1G kicks ass, but I yearn for the day when the Shoe is as loud and rocking as an SEC stadium.  Hate to say it, but it can be quiet here at times.

twalsh's picture

I can't believe that we are second to the sec?? You have got to be kidding me!!
 Big Ten fans are second only to those in the SEC, and Ohio State has the top cheerers in the Big Ten.
Go Bucks!!

M Man's picture

I'd vote for Buckeye fans as Number One as well.  Clearly.  Easily.  Your whole freaking state is united behind the Bucks.  I went to the TBDBITL/CSO concert.  It was unquestioned statewide patriotism.  A movement.  It was also a wonderful show.  Congrats to all on a beautiful evening.
And who else could turn on a dime and go from hating a guy like Urban Meyer to adoring him, all in the interest of just winning, baby?  OSU is united.  United, to win.
Lastly, I'll defer to the accountants; but I think the main reason for any revenue advantage that OSU has over Michigan is your allowing advertising inside your football stadium.  We don't; you do.  And the $3m or so per year is mostly the small difference in our respective revenue streams.  I think (I hope) I am right about that.

pjtobin's picture

SCum was the first school to put their logo onto EVERYTHING and sell it. You know the big m on cups, gloves, playing cards, hairbrushes, all kinds of stuff. I know everyone does it. SCum was first to do so. So who cares how TOSU  creates money? That has nothing to do with us fans. I don't care who sponsors and gets to advertise in the shoe. It is money well spent for them. And a chance for us fans to see who backs the Buckeyes. 
I agree that most of us hated Urban when he was at Florida. Not when he was at BG. Not anywhere else he coached. Just Florida. His team spanked the team we cheer for on a national stage. Sure we were salty. I hated on Tebow when he was a gator also. He made us look silly. Now I wish him the best. I want him to make it in the pros. He is a very nice man. The same with Urban. He is a great man. And a great coach. We lost one of the best coaches in school history. Who could fill his shoes? Someone who could beat him. That's who. We didn't settle for the 3rd or 4th pick. We went after the 1 coach we could find. And brought him home. To Ohio where he grew up. To a school he grew up cheering for. A school that was his dream job to be the head coach at. 
I guess wanting our team we root for to win is bad? Has the team you claim to be a fan of been beaten so often you are accustomed to it? You would rather have a unproven, underachieving coach calling the shots? If Urban were coaching for SCum wouldn't you be happy. Wouldn't you think your team had a chance at greatness? Or would you still hold a grudge because he once embarrassed your favorite school in a championship game. 
 The students who go to the school you are a fan of don't even want to watch the football games. The crap house can't get a student section. So don't turn your butthurt into a pissing match. We have the best fans. We bring in the best revenue. It is about winning. We don't think losing as a good thing. We want the best. We try to be the best. And get the best. What is wrong with that? Is fail to the victors something you enjoy to hear? And how are we any different from your fan base. You cheer on coaches that are from your rival school. From the rival state. You have former players who wouldn't even consider coaching for their alumni. That is truly sad. So we want to just win, baby. What do you want to do? Just lose, baby?

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

M Man's picture

I particularly liked the arrangement of Holst's The Planets at the band show.

Poison nuts's picture

And who else could turn on a dime and go from hating a guy like Urban Meyer to adoring him, all in the interest of just winning, baby?  OSU is united.  United, to win.

Maybe you didn't mean it to be, but left handed compliment much??
As for hating UFM, I honestly never did - although I realize I might be in the minority on that.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

"Your whole freaking state is united behind the Bucks."
Except for Cincinnati - as someone said earlier on 11W - "Cincinnati looks at the state of Ohio the way Quebec looks at the rest of Canada". I live near CVG and there is something unique about it, so there's some element of truth to it....