The southern region of the country has ruled college football for the past decade. In fact, the Georgia Bulldogs have won the national championship the past two years. Here, we will look at the question of what is Georgia’s most popular college football team this season?
It is fair to say that there is no serious debate here. However, one would assume the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket fanbase is not straying. Even despite losing a close game to open the season vs. Louisville. The Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets will settle this their way when they face off on November 25 (the last game of the regular season).
There are two different ways to approach this question of who is the more popular college football team in Georgia this year. One method identifies an in-state team that fans continuously gravitate towards. The other looks at the entire landscape of college football to determine which team nationally is drawing the most interest.
Although the Bulldogs did lose many of their star players from the past two seasons to the NFL draft, they are still ranked number one. And they still have one of the best coaches, Kirby Smart, running the show. Nonetheless, let’s look at what both CBS Sports and USA Today found in their research.
CBS Sports Picks Georgia Bulldogs
CBS Sports took a look at college football teams in each state and selected the most powerful one. They examined key metrics such as their 2022 record and the school’s projected future success. Furthermore, they weighed the importance of the new rules and regulations in NCAA college football today, saying, “now with the introduction of not just the transfer portal but the one-time transfer exemption and the proliferation of name, image and likeness rights.”
This analysis leads you to believe it was Georgia by a landslide here, pointing out they are looking to be the first team to three-peat since Minnesota did it back in the 1930’s.
USA Today Picks Georgia Bulldogs
USA Today‘s recent feature examines the ten most searched-for college football teams to identify the most popular in each state. They analyzed Google trends since 2017 and in the south, each state is aligned to big-name schools from within their borders.
What is interesting to note about USA Today‘s feature is that they rank Georgia as the third most popular team in all of college football this season. However, the state of Georgia is the only place in the country where the Bulldogs are the most popular. That is not the case for rivals Alabama, Ohio State or Clemson; each of these teams are the most popular outside of their home states.