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College Football Empires Map, Week 11: Alabama and Iowa State (!) on the march

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The rules: Every FBS team started with land, and every week winners take more and more. We’ve kept track all year long.

Welcome to Week 11 of the 2018 College Football Empires Map. 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 after Week 11, with notes to follow.

  • Alabama posted their second shutout in a row and annihilated Mississippi State, taking control of Starkville, Manhattan (Kansas), Lexington, Gainesville, Louisiana Lafayette, and Central Michigan.
  • Iowa State fought Baylor and added Colorado State, Oklahoma, and several territories in Maryland to its empire.
  • Ohio State defeated Michigan State and retook its homeland, as well as all of the land lost in the Purdue game.
  • In a battle of independent teams, BYU defeated UMass, taking charge of UAB from the Minutemen.
  • Stony Brook defeated Delaware, capturing Temple’s home territory, which has been passed around the FCS.

Next week!

  • Iowa State and Texas will fight to keep their Big 12 title hopes alive and, more importantly, will also be playing for all of the land that the Big 12 owns.
  • Notre Dame will look to keep its undefeated season alive, along with all the land gathered in a somewhat surprising top-15 matchup against Syracuse.
  • UCF will take on its first top-25 opponent of the season, Cincinnati, which will hope to show College GameDay and the nation it’s deserving of a New Year’s Six position.
  • UAB, an army that only relaunched itself two years ago, will take on Texas A&M to protect its land and look to gain its first-ever AP Top 25 ranking.
  • Army will take on its second consecutive FCS team this week, but this one will likely prove more of a challenge. Colgate enters 9-0 with a scoring differential of 223-26.

The season to this point:



1. Notre Dame- 21

2. Alabama- 17

3. Iowa State- 16

t4. Ohio State and Clemson- 12


  1. Alabama - 556
  2. Iowa State - 320
  3. Notre Dame - 313
  4. Michigan - 306
  5. Arizona State - 268


  1. Notre Dame - 65,906,571
  2. Ohio State - 44,483,938
  3. Iowa State - 29,223,468
  4. Clemson - 24,114,545
  5. Alabama - 23,947,383

Land Area (sq. miles)

  1. Georgia - 700,256
  2. Arizona State - 454,000
  3. Alabama - 376,708
  4. Notre Dame - 353,924
  5. Iowa State - 289,638

We’re also keeping track of a version of this map that began in 2017 and is running for multiple years.

  • On the Historical Map, Iowa State defeated Baylor, gaining the homelands of UAB and Coastal Carolina
  • Ohio State spent the last three weeks without a presence on the Historical Map. That, however, came to an end this week as the Buckeyes defeated Michigan State and took back the empire they had lost to Purdue.

Week 12 Historical Map games ranked by likelihood of land transfer

  • SMU vs. Memphis: Memphis enters as a favorite, but SMU has been improving greatly as the season continues, taking Cincinnati to overtime and defeating Houston. Both are also looking to keep their American title hopes alive.
  • Iowa State vs. Texas: Both enter tied for third in the Big 12. The winner will stay alive in the Big 12 title race, and the loser will be eliminated.
  • UCF vs. Cincinnati: The two front runners in the American face off for all the land UCF has gathered, the lead in the AAC, and the lead in the race for the Group of 5 New Year’s Six spot.
  • Notre Dame vs. Syracuse: Syracuse will look to destroy Notre Dame’s title hopes and move into the top 10 as well.
  • Ohio State vs. Maryland: Maryland will look for a good moment in a disaster of a season with an upset over Ohio State, a loss that would eliminate Ohio State from the Playoff.
  • Georgia vs. UMass: If UMass wins this game, it would go down as one of the biggest upsets ever.
  • North Dakota State vs. Southern Illinois: Southern Illinois has two wins this season. North Dakota State has won 16 games in a row and won 24 of their last 25. Southern Illinois doesn’t have much of a chance, to say the least.
  • Alabama vs. The Citadel: The Citadel has experience beating an SEC team, as they beat South Carolina in 2015. That Citadel team, however, was 8-3, and that South Carolina team was 3-8. This season is a different story. This Citadel team is 4-5, and this Alabama team is one of the best teams of all time. Simply put, this would be an upset that not even 2007 could’ve given us.