The college football season kicks off in just a few days, and we already know the rankings. But now, thanks to Grammarly, we know how the top 25 teams rank in terms of their fans’ grammar. Huzzah?

So, how does it work?

We began by taking the first five comments posted under each article on SB Nation’s official college football team blogs until we had gathered a total of one hundred comments for each team. The comments all contained at least fifty words.

Using Grammarly, we identified the errors in the comments, which were then verified and tallied by a team of live proofreaders. For the purpose of this study, we counted only black-and-white mistakes such as misspellings, wrong and missing punctuation, misused or missing words, and subject-verb disagreement. We ignored stylistic variations such as the use of common slang words, serial comma usage, and the use of numerals instead of spelled-out numbers.

Finally, we calculated the average number of mistakes per one hundred words by dividing the total word count of the comments by the total number of mistakes for each college football team.

Now that you know the process, let’s take a look at the results.



Obviously, this is great news for fans of the Alabama/Auburn rivalry. To put it more accurately, it’s great news for Auburn fans, who can use it as supporting evidence for all the negative stereotypes they associate with the Crimson Tide.

And I have to say I was surprised to see Mississippi coming in at number four. Then I remembered only the state’s educated elite can afford broadband, a fact that is probably skewing the results. Sorry.

(Source: Grammarly, H/T: BroBible)