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ESPN: Boise State fans among football’s happiest. Idaho? Not so much.

Boise State fans cheer after a first-quarter touchdown run by running back Jeremy McNichols during the game against Wyoming at War memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo., on Oct. 29, 2016.
Boise State fans cheer after a first-quarter touchdown run by running back Jeremy McNichols during the game against Wyoming at War memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo., on Oct. 29, 2016. jjaszewski@idahostatesman.com

The first college football games of the 2017 season kickoff Saturday, and with it, ESPN attempted to rank the happiness of each Football Bowl Subdivision school’s fanbase.

ESPN’s methodology consisted of program power, rivalry dominance, coaching stability, recruiting trend, revenue growth and Twitter buzz.

Coming in at No. 1 was Ohio State. At No. 17, second among Group of Five schools was Boise State.

“Not hard to be happy when your team wins 10 games every season (12 times in past 15 seasons),” the site said.

The Broncos scored 59, 96, 38, 73, 28 and 38 on the above metrics.

Appalachian State, at No. 10, was the only Group of Five school ahead of Boise State. Also of note, San Diego State was No. 29 and Colorado State was No. 48.

Very last among the fanbases, at No. 128, was Texas State. One spot from bottom, 127th, was Idaho.

“Paul Petrino got a bowl win, a huge leap for Idaho. But after this season, the Vandals drop from the FBS to the FCS.”

The Vandals scored a 1 out of 100 in rivalry dominance. Ouch.

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