What State Has the Most College Football Teams?

What State Has the Most College Football Teams?

What state has the most college football teams? The short answer is Texas. The Lone Star State boasts a total of 12 FBS football teams. Curious to know how the other states stack up? Check out our list of states by number of college football teams.

Note: To make the list a little easier to understand, we’re going to focus only on FBS football teams. For those who are newcomers to college football, FBS is short for NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. Think of this as the top flight of college football in America. This was once known as Division I-A, for those who may be lapsed fans.

States by Number of College Football Teams

1: Texas (12)

  • Baylor Bears
  • Houston Cougars
  • North Texas Mean Green
  • Rice Owls
  • SMU Mustangs
  • Texas Longhorns
  • Texas A&M Aggies
  • TCU Horned Frogs
  • Texas State Bobcats
  • Texas Tech Red Raiders
  • UTEP Miners
  • UTSA Roadrunners

2. Ohio (8)

  • Akron Zips
  • Bowling Green Falcons
  • Cincinnati Bearcats
  • Kent State Golden Flashes
  • Miami (OH) RedHawks
  • Ohio Bobcats
  • Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Toledo Rockets Toledo

3. California (7)

  • California Golden Bears
  • UCLA Bruins
  • Fresno State Bulldogs
  • San Diego State Aztecs
  • San Jose State Spartans
  • USC Trojans
  • Stanford Cardinal

4. Florida (7)

  • UCF Knights
  • FIU Panthers
  • Florida Gators
  • Miami (FL) Hurricanes
  • Florida Atlantic Owls
  • Florida State Seminoles
  • South Florida Bulls

5. North Carolina (7)

  • Appalachian State Mountaineers
  • Charlotte 49ers
  • Duke Blue Devils
  • East Carolina Pirates
  • North Carolina Tar Heels
  • NC State Wolfpack
  • Wake Forest Demon Deacons

6. Louisiana (5)

  • LSU Tigers
  • Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
  • Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns
  • Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks
  • Tulane Green Wave New Orleans

7. Michigan (5)

  • Central Michigan Chippewas
  • Eastern Michigan Eagles
  • Michigan Wolverines
  • Michigan State Spartans
  • Western Michigan Broncos

What States Have No College Football Teams?

We’ve listed the states with the most FBS teams, and many others have at least one or a few teams to get behind during college football season. However, the following states have no FBS team to call their own:

  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Alaska
  • Maine
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • New Hampshire
  • Delaware

Getting Into the FBS

Aside from being able to recruit the top athletic talent across the country, the sports programs at many of the schools on this list are major money makers. In fact, it’s not unheard of for a state’s highest-paid public employee to actually be a coach for a college sports team. With this type of money going around, you have to imagine the requirements for becoming an FBS school are quite stringent. And you’d be correct.

To hold onto their FBS membership, schools have to maintain an average home attendance of at least 15,000 people over a rolling two-year period. In addition, each FBS school needs to sponsor, at a minimum, 16 varsity intercollegiate teams, football included. This number needs to include at least six men’s or coed teams and at least eight all-female teams. Equally important is support for those students financially. Across all of its sports programs, FBS schools need to offer at least 200 athletic scholarships, or spend at least $4 million in scholarships each year. In addition, the football teams need to provide at least 90% of the top amount of football scholarships.

Many schools on the next highest division, FCS, are willing to take on the additional expense involved to become an FBS school because of the national prestige it can bring, as well as revenue and corporate sponsorship. Ironically, though, many FBS teams are financial losers overall, and need money from the school’s other departments to survive.


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