BYU, Utah Placed In Tournament To Decide College Football’s Best Fan Base

Aug 9, 2022, 5:09 PM
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Utah and BYU Football fans are being tasked with leading their teams to the best college football fan base title. (Photos courtesy of Getty Images)
(Photos courtesy of Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – While the Utah and BYU football teams fine-tune their crafts in camp this month. Their fans now have a chance to round into midseason form.

Fox Sports unveiled a 64-team vote on Tuesday to crown the best fanbase in college football. Both BYU and Utah made the field.

The field of 64 was determined by the 64 most followed college football teams on Twitter.

Utah Football, with nearly 185,000 followers on Twitter, earned an 8-seed and drew 9-seed North Carolina in the opening round.

The draw BYU received was not easy. First, BYU earned a 15-seed putting them against 2-seed and future Big 12 opponent –for two years– Oklahoma.

BYU football fans love a Twitter poll

Twitter poll championships have become a thing for BYU fans over the years.

Two years ago, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, BYU fans lifted Cosmo from not on the bracket to a mascot National Championship. All through a Twitter poll.

Fox Sports also had a bracket to identify the best college basketball fan base. BYU nearly won that, too, thanks to help from Utah Senator and BYU alum Mitt Romney. but they came up short against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the championship round.

In 2014, the NCAA put out a contest called “6th fan” that would award an institution $100,000 for a general scholarship fund. BYU won that too.

Potential paths for BYU & Utah

After six hours of voting, BYU-Oklahoma is the most voted on first-round matchup with nearly 20,000 votes. The polls run until August 11.

The Utah-North Carolina matchup has totaled close to 13,000 votes. If Utah gets by the Tar Heels, they will face the winner of Georgia-UTSA.

For BYU, if they pull off the upset against the Sooners, they will face the Kentucky-Washington winner.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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