The updated College Football Empires Map, where Notre Dame takes the population lead

Welcome to Week 6 of the 2018 College Football Empires Map.

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 map, with notes to follow.

Week 5’s largest land exchanges

Finding a new home

Here is how the map has progressed throughout the season so far:

In Week 6, there are six games between teams that have land.

Week 5 Empires Map leaderboards


1. Notre Dame - 13

2. Ohio State - 8

t3. Alabama - 7

t3. Oklahoma - 7

t3. West Virginia - 7


  1. Alabama - 241
  2. Kentucky - 189
  3. Maryland - 185
  4. Notre Dame - 168
  5. West Virginia - 163


  1. Notre Dame - 40,236,908
  2. Ohio State - 29,487,619
  3. Virginia Tech - 18,509,389
  4. Purdue - 14,996,319
  5. South Florida - 14,658,163

Land Area

  1. LSU - 667,171
  2. USC - 351,554
  3. Notre Dame - 280,314
  4. San Diego State - 218,548
  5. Maryland - 215,118

We’re also keeping track of a Historical version, which started in 2017’s season.

Historic Map Stats

Week 5 Historic Map Leaderboard

Rank Team Territories Counties Population Land Area
Rank Team Territories Counties Population Land Area
1 Ohio State 62 1663 160,166,852 2,219,243
2 Alabama 24 650 48,571,317 505,978
3 UCF 13 187 34,100,581 138,784
4 South Florida 10 240 20,350,361 196,041
5 Virginia Tech 6 126 12,142,281 113,022
6 LSU 5 120 13,303,556 66,228
7 North Dakota State 3 56 3,880,765 30,997
8 West Virginia 3 17 11,161,966 106,585
9 Oklahoma 2 32 3,700,840 22,915
10 East Carolina 1 44 4,483,416 55,555
11 Notre Dame 1 8 4,568,651 79,789


does ohio state have everything in the northern half of the country

except columbus?

Yeah, I don’t think the author understands geography.

I don't think you understand the concept.

No, I’m pretty certain I do.

Well if you did then you'd know that:

OSU lost their home territory of Columbus when they lost to Oklahoma in Week 1.

They got back on the map and continued to expand as their season progressed until they lost everything to Iowa, who turned around and handed it all to Wisconsin.
When OSU beat Wisconsin in the B1G title game they combined their conquest of PSU’s land with their other interim wins and took back every piece of land they ever had control of in 2017 except Columbus, which by then had gone from OU’s property to Iowa State’s to West Virginia’s to Texas’ and finished the regular season in Texas Tech’s hands.
Since Ohio State didn’t make the Playoff, their territory was never ceded to ’Bama.
With Texas Tech losing their Bowl game to USF, Columbus is now in the hands of the currently undefeated Bulls.

Yep, Ohio State's territory took quite the ride last year

Ohio State > Oklahoma > Iowa State > West Virginia > Texas > Texas Tech > South Florida

I love this!

I don’t know why this always fascinates me so much

Notre Dame is a win away from united control of New York, Los Angeles, AND Chicago.

Does it make me silly

To say IT JUST MEANS MORE when talking about the VT game and Chicagoland?

(I don’t care and I’m going to roll with it).

Of course not. You've always been silly.

I think Ohio State has more of NYC than VT does

It looks like VT via West Point might have The Bronx and northern metro area, but Rutgers is closer to Manhattan/Queens/Brooklyn/Staten Island/Nassau County

This is likely to be our only remaining game with another landowner

Unless USC really manages to pull their season together. I expect they’ll lose their land well before we meet them. Most of the other teams on our schedule are likewise very unlikely to have land when we play them.

With 6 more games

It’s pretty hard to predict where the land may be and who will own it over that course. Ohio State’s territory last year for example – it can turn on a dime.

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