How many states can claim that three of their programs have won national championships in the 21st century? That’s right – just one. Florida boasts three premier college football schools – Florida, Florida State and Miami (FL) – and while all three might not always be up at the same time, at least one is always in contention for the national title. Fans in the Sunshine State are obsessed, too. You typically don’t find too many people who root for more than one of the state’s programs. And we’re not even factoring in UCF or USF, both of which have decent followings these days.
Florida State and Miami (FL) have a decent rivalry, and play each other every year in the ACC, but the state’s biggest contest is definitely between the Seminoles and the Gators. The two programs won four of the 16 national championships during the BCS era. They’re also almost always at the top of the recruiting rankings.
It’s also no secret that fans of both the Seminoles and the Gators have considerable presences online. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, arguably have the biggest out-of-state following in the country. If you ever find yourself in Tallahassee, Gainesville or Miami, you’ll see why Florida is ranked so highly on our list.