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Understanding The Landscape of College Football - Non Visual

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Here is a breakdown of all 768 (4 year) college football teams by state. I also created several maps that display a perfect visual of what I'm trying to show and discuss but unfortunately the files are a bit too large for me to post here. I'm pretty upset about it but maybe someone can educate me. It says I'm only allowed to post 81K. Help anyone?

STATE State Tot P5 G5 FCS D2 D3 NAIA N/A
Pennsylvania 53 2 1 8 16 26 0 0
Texas 41 5 7 8 7 10 4 0
Ohio  41 1 7 2 9 21 1 0
North Carolina 33 4 3 7 13 5 1 0
Illinois 33 2 1 4 2 19 5 0
New York 31 1 2 9 1 18 0 0
Massachusetts 29 1 1 3 4 20 0 0
Virginia 26 2 2 6 3 10 1 2
Iowa  26 2 0 2 1 11 10 0
Minnesota 25 1 0 0 9 15 0 0
Michigan 24 2 3 0 9 7 3 0
Missouri 21 1 0 2 10 2 6 0
California 20 4 3 4 1 8 0 0
Florida 20 3 4 4 2 0 7 0
Indiana 20 3 1 3 1 8 4 0
Kansas  19 2 0 0 4 0 13 0
Tennessee 18 2 2 6 3 3 2 0
Georgia 18 2 2 2 8 2 2 0
Wisconsin 18 1 0 0 0 17 0 0
Kentucky 17 2 1 3 2 1 8 0
Alabama 16 2 3 5 3 2 1 0
South Carolina 14 2 1 6 4 0 1 0
Oklahoma 13 2 1 0 8 0 2 0
West Virginia 13 1 1 0 10 1 0 0
Louisiana 12 1 4 6 0 1 0 0
Arkansas 12 1 1 2 6 1 1 0
Oregon 11 2 0 1 1 5 2 0
Connecticut 10 0 1 3 2 4 0 0
Mississippi 10 2 1 3 2 2 0 0
Maryland  10 1 1 2 2 4 0 0
South Dakota 10 0 0 2 5 0 3 0
Colorado 10 1 2 1 6 0 0 0
Nebraska 10 1 0 0 3 1 5 0
New Jersey 9 1 0 2 0 6 0 0
North Dakota 9 0 0 2 2 0 4 1
Montana 7 0 0 2 0 0 5 0
Maine  7 0 0 1 0 6 0 0
Washington 7 2 0 1 1 3 0 0
Utah 6 1 2 2 1 0 0 0
Idaho 5 0 1 2 0 0 1 1
New Hampshire  5 0 0 2 2 1 0 0
Arizona 5 2 0 1 0 0 2 0
New Mexico  5 0 2 0 3 0 0 0
Rhode Island  4 0 0 3 0 1 0 0
District of Columbia 4 0 0 2 0 2 0 0
Delaware 3 0 0 2 0 1 0 0
Vermont  3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
Nevada 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Canada- BC 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Hawaii 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Wyoming 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 4 YR COLLEGE TEAMS 768 65 65 126 167 247 94 4
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 

 

 

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 I've been attempting to mathematically show which areas of the country are best at football. As Floridians, we fundamentally believe the best college ball is played in the South. And obviously with the likes of Clemson, Alabama and LSU, it's very hard for others to dispute. But while attempting to validate this, I ran into a bit of a snag. As you can see above, the distribution of football playing colleges throughout the US is completely unbalanced. There are over 200 more colleges playing football east of the Mississippi River than there are to the west of it. If we dig into it further, there are "holes" found all over the map showing major imbalances depending on the level of football being discussed. For example, in New England, there are 58 colleges playing football but only one (Boston College) plays at the P5 level. In NY, NJ, Pennsylvania, Delaware there are another 96 football schools, 4 of which play P5 football. So out of the 154 colleges in the Northeastern US, only 5 play big time P5 football. This leaves 60 P5 schools for the rest of the country, 22 of which can be found in the traditional south. So I found the map to be geographically biased towards selected areas of the country. To compound matters, the more regions I used, the worse the situation became. So I decided to categorize each region and distribute the teams as fairly as possible trying to keep the number of teams and areas "balanced." The comparisons will be divided as follows:

P5 (North/South), G5 (North/South), FCS (North/South), D2 (East/West), D3 (East/West), NAIA (East/West).

To do this, I was required to completely disregard Conferences. So please keep that in mind because it will mess you up. 

The data will be shown on my next post.

 

 

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