College Football Playoff

Which State is Best for College Football?

Victoria Barnett

By Victoria Barnett

September 17, 2015

college-football-premium-package-resized-600-2College football has kicked off, and we are already heading into Week 3 of the 2015 season. How exciting!

We hear a lot of arguments over which conference is the best, which team is the best, and the like, but we thought it would be fun to talk about which state is the best for college football.

There is no completely right or completely wrong answer, but there certainly are a few states that stand out among the rest. Let’s take a look at the top states that boast impressive college football talent!


Teams: TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor, Rice, Houston, UTSA, SMU, UTEP, North Texas, Texas State

Texas is where it’s at when it comes to college football, particularly if you’re looking at quantity. Texas has 12 FBS programs that possess so much talent every year. TCU is a huge favorite to win the
2016 College Football Playoff National Championship, and Baylor is following right behind.

TCU currently ranks 3rd in the AP Top 25, and Baylor ranks 5th. Texas A&M is expected to do well as usual; they currently sit at 17th in the AP Top 25 for Week 3. Texas has won four National Championships; TCU and Texas A&M have each won one. There’s no denying the state of Texas brings the heat every season.



Teams: USC, UCLA, Stanford, California, Fresno State, San Diego State, San Jose State

California possesses a lot of college football talent as well. Just look at USC and UCLA. USC currently sits at 6th in the AP Top 25, and UCLA sits at 10th. USC is a solid football team; with seven National Championships, we can always expect this team to do big things year after year.

It’s not just the bigger schools in California that do well either; the smaller programs make up a big part of California’s talent. Unfortunately, California has had quite a few disappointing occurrences the past couple of years, but this year I think we can safely expect a dominant USC team and an impressive season from UCLA.


Teams: Alabama, Auburn, UAB, South Alabama, Troy

Alabama is known for its two college football powerhouses: Alabama and Auburn. The two teams combined boast twelve National Championships, the most of any state. Alabama sits with the most at ten, and I’m sure we can expect the number to continue to go up. Alabama seems to always perform well and is continuously a threat in the SEC and on the road to the National Championship.

We certainly can’t forget about Auburn though. Going into the 2015 season, both Alabama and Auburn were clear favorites to win the National Championship. However, after Week 2, Alabama is holding up the No. 2 spot while Auburn dropped significantly from 6th to 18th in the AP Top 25.


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South Carolina

Teams: Clemson, South Carolina

Although the state of South Carolina only has two FBS teams, Clemson and South Carolina are consistently two of the top teams in the country. South Carolina fell off the map last year with a 7-6 record, but we can’t forget about their incredible success over the years.

Clemson always puts on a show and is a dominant leader in the ACC. It’s difficult to predict the future of South Carolina, but Clemson is expected to have a solid year and currently ranks 11th in the AP Top 25 after Week 2.


Teams: Florida, Miami, Florida State, South Florida, Central Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida International

Florida has been known for its spectacular football mostly due to Miami’s past success and Florida State’s recent rise. Miami has won five National Championships, Florida State has won three, and Florida has won three.

The less prominent Florida schools keep Florida from being closer to the top of the list, but the success of the Hurricanes, Gators and Seminoles is evident, and we can expect that to continue over the next few years. Miami has recently underwhelmed and Florida is starting to rebuild, but we know both teams are capable of greatness. Florida State is currently the only ranked team from Florida; they rank 9th in the AP Top 25. 



Teams: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa

Oklahoma has primarily two teams that do well almost every year. The Sooners are one of the top teams year in and year out, and the Cowboys’ program is on the rise. The Oklahoma Sooners have won seven National Championships, which is the 3rd most in the country.

After Week 2, Oklahoma holds the 16th spot in the AP Top 25, and Oklahoma State sits at 25th. Tulsa has its moments of glory, but its 2-10 record from last year and 3-9 record from the year before is keeping Oklahoma from rising to the top of the list.



Teams: Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss

It’s hard not to put Mississippi on the list with teams like Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The 2014 season was one of the most successful seasons in Mississippi State’s history. They held the No. 1 spot in the rankings for the first time in school history and ultimately finished 10-3.

Ole Miss is a team on the rise that typically does well, even though they have yet to win a National Championship. Ole Miss currently ranks 15th in the AP Top 25. The SEC is without a doubt one of the most difficult conferences, and with teams like Alabama and Auburn, it’s hard to make your name known. What keeps Mississippi down is Southern Miss; going 3-9 in 2014 and 1-11 in 2013 is definitely less than stellar.



There are many other states who could easily be on this list, but we couldn’t name everyone! We know college football talent is nationwide, in each and every state. Which state do you represent?

Now that you know which states are known for college football, it’s time to plan your trip to a different state not on the list…ARIZONA. Although Arizona is known for excellent football as well, it’s especially known for hosting the
2016 College Football Playoff National Championship.

In case you can’t tell, that’s kind of a big deal. What’s an even bigger deal is that you can be there to witness all the excitement and action. Which state will keep its reputation? Will another state rise from the ashes? We will have to wait and see!

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