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College football is one of the most popular sports to bet on nationwide, but a few schools really stick out above the rest in terms of amount of action sportsbooks take. Here are the top-10 most bet on schools in college football.
Mississippi, or “Ole Miss” cracks the top-10 in this list which comes at a bit of a surprise. Despite being an SEC brand, the Rebels are not one currently one of college football’s premier programs.
Additionally, sports betting is legal in Mississippi, but only while physically at a retail location. Bettors are not currently able to wager from anywhere on their phone in the state of Mississippi.
The Bearcats had a storybook season in 2021, becoming the first school from a non power five conference to earn a bid in the College Football Playoff.
Alabama defeated Cincinnati 27-6 in the semifinals, but bettors loved riding with the Bearcats throughout their undefeated regular season.
Oregon is one of the more popular brands in college football thanks to its status with Nike, as well as their often high-flying offense. The Ducks earned a trip to the Pac-12 Championship Game in 2021.
Another aspect that contributes to Oregon ranking high on this list is the timezone. The Ducks are often playing night games as part of “Pac-12 After Dark,” and that means people all around the country are betting on Oregon games to close out their Saturday gambling slate.
The Hawkeyes may not be the biggest brand, but there are some factors helping them approach the top five of this list. Iowa does not have any major professional sports teams, so the Hawkeyes are the only show in town.
Additionally, Iowa has legal mobile sports betting so it’s easy and convenient for users (many of which are fans of Iowa) in the state to place bets. The Hawkeyes had another successful season in 2021 with 10 wins before getting trounced by Michigan in the Big Ten Championship Game.
Notre Dame is one of the biggest brands in college football and because of their TV deal with NBC, every single home game is on network television across the country.
The Irish have a fanbase that stretches the limits of college football regionality and it’s no surprise to see them on this list, especially with both mobile and retail betting legal in Indiana.
The Buckeyes are one of college football’s elite programs and also have an extremely large fanbase. Ohio State has won four of the last five Big Ten titles and is a big enough name to crack the top five of this list even without playing in a state with mobile sports betting.
The defending champions rank highly on this list not just because of their brand but also due to how many marquee games the Bulldogs took part in in 2021.
Their Week 1 matchup with Clemson was one of the biggest games of the entire non-conference schedule. Playing in the SEC Championship, College Football Playoff semifinal, and National Championship Game didn’t hurt either.
The Spartans had a bit of a surprising year in 2021, beginning the season 8-0 and really entering the national picture with a thrilling 37-33 win over Michigan at the end of October.
Although MSU lost to Purdue and got blown out by Ohio State down the stretch, the program generated a lot of momentum in Michigan, where mobile sports betting is legal and widespread.
Speaking of the state of Michigan, in 2021 the Wolverines finally had the type of year they’ve been looking for under head coach Jim Harbaugh.
A win over Ohio State ended a long drought to their biggest rivals, and Michigan was able to rebound from that loss to MSU to make the Playoff, where they were beat thoroughly by Georgia in the semifinal.
Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide have been the biggest powerhouse in college football over the last decade. Sports betting is not currently legal in the state of Alabama, but the Tide have a big enough brand that people all around the country love to bet with or against them.
Like Georgia, the Crimson Tide had several marquee games and the time in the public spotlight is a big reason why Alabama tops this list.