South is king of college football

We take college football seriously in the South. (AJC photo: Brant Sanderlin)

We take college football seriously in the South. (AJC photo: Brant Sanderlin)

For many Southerners, this news will elicit a three-word response ending in the word “Sherlock.”

A survey released Monday by the online travel agency Expedia found that the South is the most passionate region for college football — but only slightly.

The survey found that 63 percent of people in the South watch college football, slightly more than the Midwest, where 62 percent say they watch.

The South and Midwest were far ahead of other regions: In the West, 51 percent said they watch college football and in the Northeast the number was 47 percent.

Nationally, 70 percent of men follow the sport, versus 43 percent of women.

The survey also found:

  • 77 percent of U.S. adults have attended a college football game in their life. Of that group, 14 percent traveled overnight to go to a game in the 2011-2012 season.
  • Bowl games are still a big deal. Among fans who have traveled to attend a regular season game, 51 percent said it was somewhat likely that they’d travel to a bowl game, while 29 percent said they were “extremely or very likely.”

Southern football fans are also willing to pay for their passion. A companion survey from the online ticket exchange StubHub found that Southern fans pay ticket prices that are 9.1 percent higher than the national average. In addition, the study found 50 percent of all college football ticket buyers are in the South.

The sport’s huge popularity is also reflected in the size of the stadiums where Southern schools play. Of the 20 largest stadiums in the country, 10 of them are in the South — Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, Georgia, LSU, Florida, Auburn, Texas A&M, Florida State and Clemson.

15 comments Add your comment


October 16th, 2012
11:21 am

Respect Saban.

First… just like ALABAMA.


October 16th, 2012
11:26 am

It’d nice if Midwest is explained. Google says:

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.


October 16th, 2012
11:30 am

Here is what’s considered south:

The South Atlantic States: Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Delaware

The East South Central States: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee

The West South Central States: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas


October 16th, 2012
11:32 am

Delaware is considered South, while Mizzo is not, interesting


October 16th, 2012
11:34 am

Delaware & Maryland? Virginia maybe.

Chi Town

October 16th, 2012
2:04 pm



October 16th, 2012
2:25 pm

what a douche in that picture

5150 UOAD`

October 16th, 2012
7:40 pm

They should had showed the Photo of the UGa fan at the MSU v UGa bowl game holding up the Go dWags sign. Better represents the Southern fans.


October 17th, 2012
4:45 pm

UGA best team ever in history of time.

I think OBAMA won the debate last night.


October 18th, 2012
12:37 am

the red states love watching young black men playing football. yet they hate OBAMA, go figure…lol

Chi Town

October 18th, 2012
9:29 am

Respect, Nacos.

He is the man.


October 18th, 2012
10:22 am

Maybe Obama shud play FB.

UA Grad

October 19th, 2012
4:43 pm

Delaware is not the south although it was a slave state. Missouri (along with Kentucky) had a star on the Confederate flag, but they did not secede. VIRGINIA, by God, is the SOUTH.


October 19th, 2012
6:17 pm

liberal lefty they hate those guys too if they do not play football


October 21st, 2012
11:07 pm

Obama is a liar and a PAWN THAT HAS many BLACKS SNOWED….PITIFUL WEAK INDIVIDUALS HAS ALLOWED FALSE BELIEFS TO TAKE OVER THEIR LIVES………I doubt seriously that he’s a god fearing man.