Best States For College Football Fans: Maryland Still More Known For Basketball

Best States For College Football Fans: Maryland Still More Known For Basketball
By Christopher Boan
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

The Old Line State is renowned for many things, including its world-class seafood, seafronts, and sporting success in lacrosse and basketball.

One thing Maryland is not known for, however, is its college football, with two Football Bowl Subdivision programs (Maryland and Navy) experiencing varying levels of success on and off the field.

Both the Terrapins and Midshipmen have experienced run-ins with success in all of the major categories, such as winning percentage, attendance, and even recruiting.

They have failed to do so often enough to score highly in any of those categories, which, combined with no College Football Playoff appearances, dragged down the stateโ€™s ranking overall.

BetMaryland.comโ€ฏdeveloped 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), viaโ€ฏNCAA.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 Sportsโ€™ 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.

Hereโ€™s where the state ranked by those metrics, between 2014 and 2022.

There still are no Maryland online sportsbooks. But hope is on the way, as the state expects to finally have mobile sports wagering operators running by the end of the year.

Best States for College Football Fans

Rank State Most Teams Recruiting Attend. Win % CFP Playoff National Title Total Points
1๐Ÿˆ Alabama 35 38 40 37 40 41 231
2๐Ÿˆ South Carolina 28 37 36 40 36 40 214
3๐Ÿˆ Ohio 40 31 37 23 41 39 211
4๐Ÿˆ Georgia 31 32 31 27 37 38 196
5๐Ÿˆ Louisiana 35 29 35 22 35 37 191
6๐Ÿˆ Michigan 35 36 39 28 38 0 176
7๐Ÿˆ Florida 38 40 38 26 32 0 174
8๐Ÿˆ Oklahoma 28 35 30 39 39 0 171
9๐Ÿˆ Indiana 31 30 28 14 34 0 137
T10๐Ÿˆ Texas 41 41 41 10 0 0 133
T10๐Ÿˆ California 38 39 32 24 0 0 133
12๐Ÿˆ Wisconsin 7 17 27 4133 0 125
13๐Ÿˆ Pennsylvania 28 27 34 35 0 0 124
14๐Ÿˆ Washington 9 22 25 3432 0 122
T15๐Ÿˆ Mississippi 28 34 24 26 0 0 112
T15๐Ÿˆ Virginia 35 19 22 26 0 0 112
17๐Ÿˆ Tennessee 31 26 33 21 0 0 111
18๐Ÿˆ North Carolina 38 28 21 20 0 0 107
19๐Ÿˆ Oregon 19 25 11 19 32 0 106
20๐Ÿˆ Utah 28 16 20 38 0 0 102
21๐Ÿˆ Kentucky 28 24 19 29 0 0 100
22๐Ÿˆ Iowa 19 14 26 30 0 0 89
23๐Ÿˆ Arkansas 19 20 23 15 0 0 77
T24๐Ÿˆ Colorado 28 11 17 16 0 0 72
T24๐Ÿˆ West Virginia 9 13 18 32 0 0 72
26๐Ÿˆ New York 28 6 16 17 0 0 67
27๐Ÿˆ Arizona 19 23 12 12 0 0 66
T28๐Ÿˆ Nebraska 7 21 29 8 0 0 65
T28๐Ÿˆ Idaho 19 5 8 33 0 0 65
30๐Ÿˆ Illinois 28 9 14 12 0 0 63
31๐Ÿˆ Maryland 19 18 13 9 0 0 59
32๐Ÿˆ Minnesota 7 12 6 32 0 0 57
33๐Ÿˆ Missouri 7 15 15 19 0 0 56
34๐Ÿˆ Kansas 19 7 12 5 0 0 43
35๐Ÿˆ Massachusetts 19 8 11 4 0 0 42
36๐Ÿˆ New Mexico 19 4 11 2 0 0 36
37๐Ÿˆ Nevada 19 2 7 6 0 0 34
38๐Ÿˆ Wyoming 7 1 6 13 0 0 36
39๐Ÿˆ New Jersey 7 10 6 3 0 0 26
40๐Ÿˆ Hawaii 7 3 6 7 0 0 23
41๐Ÿˆ Connecticut 7 1 2 1 0 0 12
States were ranked by each of the seven metrics above. The top state in each category received 41 points, down to 1 point for the last state. A state had to have a team make the CFP or win the national championship to be awarded points in those categories.

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Maryland Ranks Among Bottom of the Nation for CFB Fans

The combined lack of on-field success in Annapolis and College Park, teemed with the relative lack of recruiting success, ultimately doomed Marylandโ€™s statewide ranking.

In total, Marylandโ€™s two FBS programs combined to secure 59 points for the state, giving it the 31st spot out of 41 states with at least one top-level football team, sandwiched between Illinois (63 points) and Minnesota (57 points).

The state scored 18 points in our recruiting metric, coming in behind Virginia (19 points) and ahead of Wisconsin (17 points). Marylandโ€™s statewide winning percentage of .462 was enough to get them nine points, while the average attendance at both programs notched 13 points in total.

Things could be looking up in Maryland, however, with the Terrapins sitting at 6-2 and on the verge of cracking the Associated Press top 25 in year four of the Mike Locksley era.

Maryland betting apps have the Terrapins at +25000 to win the Big Ten.

The Midshipmen have fallen on hard times. Navy has a total of nine victories since the start of the 2020 season, after winning 11 games in 2019 alone.

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Christopher Boan writes for BetMaryland.com and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.2021-08-02

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