FBSchedules.com: The year in numbers (Jan-Aug 2012)

By Kevin Kelley -

With college football season in full swing and the NFL starting on Sunday, we thought our fans might like to see some team and audience stats here at FBSchedules.com. We decided to look further into our audience after reading a report by the SEC.

Alabama, the defending national champions, are one of the most popular views here. They lead in views of their 2012 schedule and their team home page since January 1.

Take a look at the numbers below. If you don’t see your team, city, or state, let us know in the comments and we’ll look it up.

Top 20 2012 College Football Schedules (by page views)

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide
  2. Ohio State Buckeyes
  3. West Virginia Mountaineers
  4. Texas Longhorns
  5. Florida Gators
  6. Auburn Tigers
  7. LSU Tigers
  8. Tennessee Volunteers
  9. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  10. Texas A&M Aggies
  11. Florida State Seminoles
  12. South Carolina Gamecocks
  13. Clemson Tigers
  14. Oklahoma Sooners
  15. Michigan State Spartans
  16. USC Trojans
  17. Michigan Wolverines
  18. Oregon Ducks
  19. Arkansas Razorbacks
  20. Missouri Tigers

Analysis: The SEC leads with nine of the top 20 schedule views, and six of those are in the Top 10. The Big Ten is second with four in the Top 20, followed by the ACC (2), Big 12 (2), Pac-12 (2), and Notre Dame.

Top 20 College Football Team/Home Pages (by page views)

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide
  2. BYU Cougars
  3. Clemson Tigers
  4. Ohio State Buckeyes
  5. Michigan Wolverines
  6. LSU Tigers
  7. South Carolina Gamecocks
  8. West Virginia Mountaineers
  9. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  10. Florida State Seminoles
  11. Oregon Ducks
  12. Auburn Tigers
  13. USC Trojans
  14. Texas Longhorns
  15. Florida Gators
  16. Miami Hurricanes
  17. Oklahoma Sooners
  18. TCU Horned Frogs
  19. Boise State Broncos
  20. Tennessee Volunteers

Analysis: The SEC leads with six of the top 20 team/home page views, with three of them in the Top 10. The Big Ten is second with four in the Top 20, followed by the ACC (3), Big 12 (2), Pac-12 (2), MWC (1), BYU, and Notre Dame.

Top 10 2012 NFL schedules (by page views)

  1. Dallas Cowboys
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers
  3. New York Giants
  4. New Orleans Saints
  5. New England Patriots
  6. Green Bay Packers
  7. Houston Texans
  8. Denver Broncos
  9. Chicago Bears
  10. New York Jets

Analysis: The Top 10 NFL schedules are essentially a who’s who of the top teams. Probably the five most popular NFL teams occupy the top five spots.

The Top 20 Traffic Cities (by total number of unique visitors)

  1. Chicago
  2. Houston
  3. New York
  4. Atlanta
  5. Dallas
  6. Charlotte
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. Austin
  9. Columbus
  10. Los Angeles
  11. Denver
  12. Seattle
  13. Nashville
  14. New Orleans
  15. San Antonio
  16. San Francisco
  17. Miami
  18. Birmingham
  19. St. Louis
  20. Minneapolis

Analysis: Chicago leads even though no team from Illinois is in the Top 20 of college schedule views. It’s likely a combination of Notre Dame and Ohio State fans in that city, plus some other fans. Texas has three cities in the Top 10 (Houston, Dallas, Austin), which accounts for their top ranking by state.

Top 20 States By Web Traffic (by total number of unique visitors)

  1. Texas
  2. Florida
  3. California
  4. Georgia
  5. Ohio
  6. Illinois
  7. North Carolina
  8. New York
  9. Alabama
  10. Tennessee
  11. Michigan
  12. South Carolina
  13. Pennsylvania
  14. Louisiana
  15. Virginia
  16. Washington
  17. Utah
  18. Missouri
  19. Colorado
  20. Minnesota

Analysis: Texas is the number one state that has viewed FBSchedules.com this year, and it isn’t even close. Florida is a distant second, with a gradual drop-off in numbers after that.

Top 15 Referral Sites To FBSchedules.com

  1. Facebook
  2. mbd.scout.com
  3. Facebook Mobile
  4. Twitter
  5. CougarBoard.com
  6. CougarFan.com
  7. ESPN
  8. TigerNet.com
  9. CSNBBS.com
  10. SicEmDawgs.com
  11. BleacherReport.com
  12. En.wikipedia.org
  13. ScarletNation.com
  14. CollegeFootballTalk
  15. TheBigLead.com

Analysis: We launched our Facebook page in July of 2010, and that has helped the social network become our number one source of referral traffic. As of this posting, 6,655 people have Liked our Facebook page.

Scout.com, which is 2nd, has a huge network of football sites, and their message boards link to us quite often. The analytics don’t specify which team sites the traffic comes from, however.

Twitter comes in at 4th, and that is pretty good considering we still have less than 2,000 followers. We joined Twitter in February 2010, five months before joining Facebook.

BYU fans love the their team and their future football schedules. Two Cougar sites are ranked 5th and 6th, eclipsing all other fan sites. A Clemson site is 8th, Georgia 10th (cough…cough), and a Rutgers site is 13th.

Note that this data does not include referrals from search engines or from visitors who access the site directly.

Comments (23)

Can’t explain that. BYU’s 2012 schedule is 24th in views this year. Could be that some are looking at the team/home page and not clicking through to the individual schedule.

That’s weird since the BYU homepage doesn’t list all the opponents for a given year. That is, most teams you can look at their OOC schedule and already more or less know their conference opponents. Not so for BYU.

It seems that teams recently involved in a conference move (BYU, A&M, West Virginia to name a few) had an unusual spike in site traffic.

I suppose when your players run the wrong way down the field, you’re not going to be so inclined so see who they play against the rest of the season.

Did Canada challenge Deleware and Rhode Island for 50th State? We can still join the USA if we get full tailgating privleges upon entry.

The BYU main page views are a result of the 2010 move to Independence starting in 2011. Schedules for 2011 through 2023 have seen additions over the last 24 months and BYU fans like myself are making that page a daily spot. Thanks for the site Kevin.

I must admit, using this site helped me heaps in preparing for my US holiday this time last year. Because of it, I was able to see Giants-Rams in the NFL, and then, being in Louisiana visiting my friend in NOLA, since LSU was going to be a bit pricey, we drove up to Lafayette for the Ragin Cajuns-Florida Atlantic game. Great day out.

So a pat on the back from me for the site.