The college football map of why things are the way they are

The state of Iowa produced .89 percent of the talent in FBS football this year

For data fiends, I have a few links for you.

You’ll notice from the links that Rukkus is a company that sells tickets to athletics events and concerts. Jake Sharpless is Rukkus’ Marketing and Content Manager. He put together a map of EVERY COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER on a roster this season.

Yes, EVERY COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER. For the record, there are 13,000.

Here’s a link to the Rukkus blog post, which includes heat shots graphing where each conference finds its most players.

If you look at the map, you kind of get why college football is the way it is and why the SEC is the dream market for major media. The southeast is where the players are and that helps propel it to top headlines/storylines on your TV and mobile device and apps and such.

Here are a few of the findings.

• The average Pac 12 recruit comes from 836 miles away, almost double that of any other Power 5 conference.

• The average distance from hometown to school is 128 miles for USF players, lowest in CFB.

• The average distance from hometown to school is 1,881 miles for Hawaii players, highest in CFB (Stanford has the highest average of any mainland school at 1,243 miles).

• The average FBS player hails from 446 miles away from their school.

• More than a third of all FBS players come from either Texas, Florida, or California and Vermont is the only state without an FBS homegrown player.


There’s also a graphic on the blog page that shows the average distance players travel from home for all 128 FBS schools.

Here’s a link to the state of Iowa, where 90 of the 122 Iowans currently on FBS rosters player for Iowa or Iowa State.

The state of Iowa produced .89 percent of the talent in FBS this year, ahead of Arkansas ( .83) but behind Kansas ( .93). Texas produced the most at 13.44 percent.

Dig in. Tell me what you think is interesting. Thanks to Jake for the email and the incredible amount of work.

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