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The College Football Empires Maps, where PURDUE now leads the Historic version

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Every FBS team started with land, and every week winners take more and more.

Welcome to Week 9 of the 2018 College Football Empires Map. There is also a different version of the map at the bottom of this post, which began in 2017. Here are the rules:

To begin the season, each FBS team was given control of its surrounding territory. Each game that involves one or two teams with territory results in the winner claiming all of it. Results carry on week to week, so teams are always in the process of trying to regain or expand land. For more detailed rules, check out Week 1’s explanation.

Here’s the updated 2018 map, with notes to follow.

Land changes this week

  • After 15 years of sending Ol’ Crimson across the country to attend every College GameDay, fans came home and watched Washington State defeat Oregon. In doing so they found themselves once again spread out across the country with territory in Wisconsin, Kentucky, North Carolina, Utah, New Mexico, and California.
  • Purdue pulled off the big upset of the weekend, as the Boilermakers handed Ohio State its first loss of the season and conquered all of the land Ohio State had collected.
  • Temple gave Cincinnati its first loss of the season also and expanded its empire to contain Cincinnati and Oregon State.
  • Utah scored 34 straight in a destruction of USC. The Utes’ win also gave them ownership of about half of all of the Pac-12’s current land.
  • Clemson doubled its territory by defeating NC State and taking control of several territories in the Midwest as well as a small swatch in Texas.
  • North Carolina A&T managed to win back the land it controlled for weeks 1 through 3 by defeating Bethune-Cookman.

Changes from last week

Biggest games next week

  • Iowa State-Texas Tech is the only game in Week 9 in which both teams possess land.
  • However, Georgia will look to take the lead in land area owned in its game against Florida.
  • Washington State will play Stanford and look to defend its land as well as Pac-12 championship hopes
  • Purdue brings a three-game winning streak and a bi-coastal empire to East Lansing.
  • Texas A&M and Mississippi State face off with the opportunity for Mississippi State to win its homeland back.

Progression this season

The updated leaderboards


1. Notre Dame- 18

t2. Purdue & Clemson- 12

t4. Texas & Washington State- 8


  1. Michigan - 306
  2. Utah - 268
  3. Clemson - 250
  4. Alabama - 241
  5. Purdue - 240


  1. Notre Dame - 58,746,297
  2. Purdue - 44,483,938
  3. Clemson - 24,114,545
  4. Washington State - 16,463,931
  5. South Florida - 14,658,163

Land Area (sq. miles)

  1. Florida - 700,256
  2. Utah - 454,000
  3. Notre Dame - 320,513
  4. Michigan - 281,653
  5. Washington State - 258,252

We’re also tracking a Historic version of the map, which started in 2017 and carried over into 2018. On that one, Purdue now controls almost everything.

  • Purdue blew out our former leaders of the Historic map on Saturday night against Ohio State. They are now the leaders in every Historic ranking category after making their way onto this map for the first time since week 3 last season.

Elsewhere on the Historic map:

  • Purdue and Michigan State face off for all of the land Purdue just picked up from their win over Ohio State.
  • Iowa State plays Texas Tech with hopes of defending the land they took from West Virginia and to keep their Big 12 title hopes alive.
  • Notre Dame will take on Navy and their triple option to defend their title hopes and their territories scattered across the country.
  • Houston will look to give USF their first loss of the season and take their land as well.
  • Florida-Georgia will host GameDay and play for several pieces of land on the Historic map.
  • Oklahoma State will look to upset Texas and change the color of their territories to a slightly less burnt orange.
  • North Dakota State will look to continue their undefeated season as they take on South Dakota.