Trending: Florida Gators big on Facebook
October, 10, 2012
By Bill Speros | Special to ESPN.com
AP Photo/John RaouxThe Florida Gators have performed well on the field this season -- and in social media.The University of Florida football team was a hit in Gainesville and across Facebook after its 14-6 victory over LSU.
It may not factor into the BCS standings, but Florida has moved into first place in the latest Facebook top-25 social power rankings. Florida's 14-6 victory over then-No. 4 LSU Saturday created plenty of buzz on the social media site -- no doubt helped by a national television network audience and this post from UF alum and Facebook favorite Tim Tebow: "Big game and a hard fought win at the Swamp! It's great to be a Florida Gator!" That post received more than 60,000 likes, 800 shares and 2,400 comments. Tebow has more than 1.9 million Facebook subscribers. The Gators are now ranked fourth in the ESPN.com Power Rankings and AP poll and fifth in the USA Today poll.
Alabama, ranking No. 1 in all the polls, slipped to 11th on Facebook thanks to a bye week.
The Georgia-South Carolina game drew tremendous interest as well, with the Bulldogs finishing second this week on Facebook and the Gamecocks finishing third despite beating Georgia 35-7. That victory moved South Carolina up to No. 3 in all the major polls. The other top five Facebook teams were Stanford, winners of a 54-48 overtime shootout against Arizona -- and Texas, 48-45 losers to West Virginia. The Mountaineers moved up to No. 8 on Facebook and No. 5 in the AP poll and ESPN.com rankings and No. 4 in USA Today's poll.
Among other movers and shakers on Facebook this week:
• Texas A&M cracked the top 20 on Facebook (17) with a comeback win against Mississippi.
• Michigan QB Denard Robinson became the Big Ten's career QB rushing leader and fans noticed -- pushing the Wolverines to No. 7 on Facebook.
• An undefeated season by Rutgers -- a 19-3 winner over UConn -- pushed Facebook users to take notice of the Big East leader at No. 17.
• Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC rounded out the Facebook top 10. Clemson, Louisville, Cincinnati, Louisiana Tech and Boise State all finished in the AP poll's top 25 but failed to make the same cut on Facebook.
• Daredevil and would-be temporary-astronaut Felix Baumgartner saw his attempt to leap from 120,000 feet spoiled by heavy winds Tuesday above Roswell, N.M. He posted this message to the 200,000-plus followers of his Facebook page late Tuesday night: "Luck was not on our side today... It all started almost perfect. I was already sitting in my capsule and ready to go airborne and than a dust devil killed the balloon. Mission abort was the consequence!!! Anyway we push the reset button and go for the next one. Keep your fingers crossed FELIX."
• The next generation of the Bol basketball family put on strong performance recently at 2012 Cross Roads Elite Camp in Indianapolis. Bol Bol is a 6-foot-5 seventh-grader who is the son of the late NBA player Manute Bol. Here, he shows his willingness to take and ability to hit 3-pointers, a solid midrange jump shot and some aggressive defense. (H/T: Buzzfeed)
•: Baron Davis, Amare Stodemire and Danny Granger appeared on Fox's "The Mindy Project" Tuesday night.
Here's a clip courtesy of Fox via YouTube:
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