Are Kansas State football fans a happy bunch?

ESPN asked the question and came back with an answer. Yes. Not only are K-State football fans happy, ESPN thinks they are downright cheerful.

In a new ranking system called the Fan Happiness Index, which uses data to gauge the fan sentiment at all 128 Football Bowl Subdivision programs, K-State fans rank fifth nationally and first in the Big 12.

The nation’s happiest college football fan base, per ESPN, is Ohio State, followed by Florida State, Alabama, Louisville and K-State.

Oklahoma was one spot behind the Wildcats at No. 6.

Kansas football fans ranked among the nation’s most miserable, coming in at 122nd nationally and last in the Big 12.

Other Big 12 fan bases could be found across the rankings. TCU came in at No. 21, Baylor was No. 30, Texas checked in at No. 37, West Virginia was No. 49, Oklahoma State finished No. 80, Iowa State was No. 99 and Texas Tech can be found at No. 113.

The rankings are based on the following six categories: program power, rivalry dominance, coaching stability, recruiting trend, revenue growth and Twitter buzz.

That means ESPN considered things such as recent victories, coaching trends, recruiting stars, athletic budgets and social media posts when ranking every fan base within college football.

After looking at all those factors, ESPN decided K-State football fans have plenty to be happy about.