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thanks for posting, very interesting.
The most definitive stats I've seen thus far on this particular matter.
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Wow, that's awesome. The big ten has the biggest fan bases in the nation. I'm glad to be ahead of Texas. I thought they would have had it.
due to fair weather fans, I think Auburn would be over represented in their data. For that same reason, I would think the numbers for all schools would change quite a bit over time. To be more relevant, their data should be compiled over a longer period of time -- maybe 10 or more years.
You are dead on slick. Does Alabama even have three million in the whole state? Enentually the NCAA will catch up with the sec used car salesmen coaches and a number of those big time programs will go down.
If these numbers are accurate..no reason to believe they're not...it explains why ESPN has a hard on for Ohio State and The Big Ten in general. It also explains why the conference gets no press from ESPN regarding the possible addition of Texas and ND.
Can you imagine the sheer strength and bargaining power of The Big Ten if they could lure Texas and ND to come aboard. In football we would have the top 5 fan bases in the country.
It would be great. It is the beginning of the end of the single team league domination that we have seen over the past 30 years. Having 6 different champs in six years would be a very real possibility. Fans of these top five would have to lower their expectations or have an SEC type coaches revolving door.
Great article. It makes sense that SEC grabbed A&M. Yes, the Big Ten can be choosey, but I think the conference needs to move aggressively.
Assuming that Texas isn't feasible, I think it's time for Big Ten to play hardball with ND.
I think Missouri would come in a heartbeat and is the next logical choice.
Use it to re-align divisions as follows:
East - OSU, Mich, Mich. St., Penn St., Indiana, Purdue, ND
West - Minnesota, Wisc, Iowa, Illinois, NW, Neb, Missouri
If ND balks, West Virginia is the next logical choice. Heading east to get to the 16 team super conference appears to make the most sense, although I think Oklahoma and OK St, would be a good alternative.
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