Few states have experienced the level of sustained college football success as Ohio over the course of the past decade.
Thanks to the exploits of Ohio State and Cincinnati, the Buckeye State finds itself among the top states to be a college football fan, when broken down by those teams’ success when it comes to recruiting and attendance, combined with on-field factors, such as winning percentage and College Football Playoff appearances and championships.
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Thanks to the Buckeyes’ 2014 CFP championship and CFP appearances in 2018, 2019 and 2020, combined with the Bearcats CFP appearance in 2021 — the Buckeye State is a heady challenger for the top state in which to be a collegiate fan.
BetOhio.com developed a ranking system of the best states to be a college football fan since the adoption of the College Football Playoff in 2014.
The first category measured attendance between 2014 and 2019 (the most recent year available), via NCAA.com, to determine a ranking for each of the 41 states with at least one FBS team, based on a 1-41 metric (1 being the lowest, 41 the highest).
We used that same scoring metric to measure recruiting, utilizing 247 Sports’ FBS rankings to assign points to each team.
We also ranked each state by winning percentage of its FBS teams since 2014 and by the number of FBS schools per state. We then gave bonus points to states based on College Football Playoff appearances and National Championships.
Here’s a look at the best states to be a college football fan:
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Best States for College Football Fans
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Ohio College Football Among the Best in Nation
By each of our metrics, the Buckeye State stands either atop the standings or near the top, speaking to the steadfast excellence on the gridiron for the region’s top programs.
Ohio’s best score overall came in the attendance category, where the state’s eight FBS programs combined to put up the fifth-most points of any state in the country.
Attendance combined with recruiting excellence and the 41 bonus points handed out for Ohio State and Cincinnati’s CFP appearances and the Buckeyes’ 2014 national championship, meant Ohio wound up with a score of 211 points, coming in third overall behind Alabama (231 points) and South Carolina (214 points).
Better yet for Buckeye State residents is 2022 could add further to the region’s standing in the college football landscape, with Ohio State racing out to a 7-0 start, while the Bearcats sit at 6-1.
As of Oct. 24, both the Buckeyes (No. 2) and Bearcats (No. 20) find themselves in the Associated Press poll, while BetMGM Sportsbook Ohio has Ohio State as the favorite to win this year’s national championship at +175.