With a huge fanbase, one of the most prestigious and successful football teams in the nation, and a monopoly on the Los Angeless football scene, it’s no wonder the men of Troy earned the nod.
USC’s celebrity fans get a mention, of course, including Snoop Dogg, Will Ferrell, Tom Sellech and Henry Winkler.
When it comes down to it, the thing that sets USC apart is the Trojan Family:
But beyond the Trojans’ wide reach, it’s the tight-knit alumni base and network that makes the fandom special. If you’re an alum of the private university, you’re likely to wind up working for a USC business, employ a USC intern, belong to the USC Credit Union, see a USC dentist and marry a USC grad. All told, the USC fandom is one of the most unique and proud in all of sports.
At No. 170, USC was the 13th-ranked college fanbase in the 250.
Ohio State led the charge at No. 8 while Trojan rival slotted in at a head-scratchingly-high No. 17. Alabama, Duke, Michigan, Kentucky, FSU, UNC, LSU, Texas, Florida and Kansas also made the cut ahead of USC.
Since Duke, Kentucky, UNC and Kansas were included with a heavy basketball focus, the men of Troy trailed just eight fanbases — Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Michigan, FSU, LSU, Texas and Florida — with a football factor.
On the other side of things, the Trojans beat out Clemson, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Penn State, Auburn and Michigan State.