What is the Best College Football State? Statistics
Roll-Tide76 started a poll called the "Best Football State" www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/thr
ead/12443182, which left out a few important states, but got me thinking so I want to tip my hat to him anyway. Hypochondriac_2 posted a link to ESPN sports.espn.go.com/chat/sportsnatio
n/story in that thread where they had their own way of sorting through the states and it contained a few good statistics that related to college football. So I tip my hat to him, too.
Several posters believed it is important to consider the overall population of the states with regard to their college football achievements. I looked up the populations of the states in Roll-Tide76's poll, then combined that information with some of the data on the ESPN site and thought I'd throw in Oklahoma even though it wasn't in the original poll.
**** NOTE: FOR YEARS 1934-Present. 1934 was the beginning of the Heisman Trophy.
STATE POPULATION DI TEAMS HEISMANS NATIONAL TITLES
Oklahoma 3,547,884 3 6 7
Alabama 4,557,808 4 2 8
Florida 17,789,864 7 7* 9*
Texas 22,859,968 10 6 6
California 36,132,147 7 9 8
Ohio 11,464,042 8 7 6
*Thanks to poster 'stoptherun' for pointing out errors. I used old data that only ran through the end of 2005 season. It is now recalculated. Delaware and South Dakota are 0 DI/0 Heismans/0 National Titles. Idaho has 2 DI teams/0 Heismans/0 National Titles.
Oklahoma 1 DI Team / 1.18M 1 Heisman / 591k 1 Title / 506k
Alabama 1 DI Team / 1.14M 1 Heisman / 2.28M 1 Title / 570k
Florida 1 DI Team / 2.54M 1 Heisman / 2.54M 1 Title / 1.98M
Texas 1 DI Team / 2.29M 1 Heisman / 3.81M 1 Title / 3.81M
California 1 DI Team / 5.16M 1 Heisman / 4.01M 1 Title / 4.52M
Ohio 1 DI Team / 1.43M 1 Heisman / 1.64M 1 Title / 1.91M
Average per DI Team:
Oklahoma 2.00 Heisman / Team 2.33 National Title / Team
Alabama 0.50 Heisman / Team 2.00 National Title / Team
Florida 1.00 Heisman / Team 1.29 National Title / Team
Texas 0.60 Heisman / Team 0.60 National Title / Team
California 1.29 Heisman / Team 1.14 National Title / Team
Ohio 0.88 Heisman / Team 0.75 National Title / Team