Now, that theory is being documented with statistics.
An online survey, the Commoncensus Sports Map Project, reveals that the Cougar Nation is indeed large — and growing. According to the 28,419 votes on www.commonconsensus.org, BYU is, not surprisingly, the No. 1 most popular college team in Utah.
But the Cougars are also the No. 2 most popular team in Tempe, Ariz., No. 3 in Tucson, Ariz., No. 3 in the Pacific Northwest, No. 4 in Los Angeles, No. 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth, No. 5 in San Diego, No. 6 in the Bay Area, No. 9 in Houston and No. 10 in Lexington, Ky.