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For many of the country’s college football fans, hashtags and handles aren’t just for socializing, they’re for showing some love to their favorite teams.
One-third of college football fans use social media while watching their favorite team’s game, according to the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll. Of those, 50 percent use it to cheer on their team, and 7 percent to comment on the opposing team. A small number, just 2 percent, criticize their own team on social media. Thirty-one percent do all three when they log on.
Millennials are most likely to take to social media while watching their team play, as 56 percent log on during the game, but other age groups don’t lag far behind:
40-49, 40 percent
30-39, 38 percent
50-64, 26 percent
65 or older, 17 percent
While Online, Women Cheer and Men Jeer
Men and women’s intentions on social media vary as they watch their favorite team play:
More women, 66 percent, use social media to cheer on their team, compared to 36 percent of men;
Fewer women, 18 percent, log into social media in order to criticize their team, cheer on their team, or comment on the opposing team, compared to 43 percent of men who do all three;
Fewer women, 32 percent, use social media to taunt their friends, while 38 percent of men dish it out online.
Crimson Tide Maintains Top Ranking among Fans
For the sixth consecutive poll, Alabama retained the ranking of best team in the nation right now, at 43 percent, though fans were polled prior to Auburn’s defeat of the Crimson Tide in the final seconds of their game. Alabama was trailed by Florida State and Ohio State, with rankings breaking down as follows:
Alabama, 43 percent
Florida State, 14 percent
Ohio State, 14 percent
Missouri, 3 percent
Oklahoma State, 3 percent
Stanford, 3 percent
The Discover Fan Loyalty Poll is conducted twice a month by Rasmussen Reports, a nationally recognized leader in polling, who gathers sentiment by phone from 1500 college football fans who follow games at least once per week on television, radio, in person or online. The Poll leads up to the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl. Discover’s commitment to college football includes relationships with ESPN and Notre Dame Football on NBC.