Michigan: Who Is Our Most Popular College Football Team?
The Michigan Wolverines have won the Big 10 Championship the past two seasons. However, the Michigan State Spartans have won the head-to-head battle between the two rivals in two out of their past three matchups. Here, we will examine who is Michigan’s most popular college football team this season.
Both teams are off to hot starts and currently sit at 1-0. The Spartans beat another popular school in Central Michigan to open their season. The Wolverines steamrolled East Carolina by a score of 30-3. They are also currently ranked as the #2 team in the nation.
Nonetheless, there are two different ways to approach the question of who is Michigan’s more popular college football team this year. One method identifies an in-state team that fans continuously gravitate toward. The other looks at the entire landscape of college football to determine which team nationally is drawing the most interest.
Although the Wolverines did lose head coach Jim Harbaugh to a suspension for the first four games, their schedule does not have another ranked opponent on it until November 11, when they play Penn State. It is fair to say the Wolverines may be an obvious choice here. Spartan fans have a lot to be excited about still. They have an extremely passionate fanbase, a young and exciting team, and their first four games of the schedule at home in East Lansing.
CBS Sports and USA Today recently dove into the subject of who is the most popular college football team in Michigan for 2023. Here is what they determined.
CBS Sports Picks Michigan Wolverines.
CBS Sports looked 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 pinpoints the more recent overall success of the Wolverines program instead of some of the inconsistencies the Spartans have shown.
USA Today Picks Michigan Wolverines
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 Michigan as the sixth most popular team in all of college football this season. However, the state of Michigan is the only place in the country where the Wolverines are the most popular. That is not the case for rivals Ohio State or Nebraska; each of these teams are the most popular outside of their home states.
In conclusion, there is only one true way to settle this. The Michigan vs. Michigan State game this year is on October 21 in East Lansing.