Will travel for college football: Which schools have the most dedicated fans?

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Your college team may have battled its way into a bowl game, but are its fans die-hard enough to fly in for the match-up?

Your college team may have battled its way into a top bowl game, but are its fans die-hard enough to fly in for the match-up?

As 10 college teams across the U.S. gear up for the top tier of Bowl Championship Series games, we decided to look at another stat here at Cheapflights.com: fan loyalty! We compared flight searches on our site to find out which schools had the most fans hoping to cheer on their teams in person by traveling to the season’s final games.

We checked out flight searches* along routes from airports near the 10 schools set to play in top bowl games to the cities that will play host to these match-ups. Thus, answering the travel question: Which school’s football fans will travel for their teams?

Here’s how fans’ flight searches measured up:

1. Michigan State

Flight searches to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.: Up 406 percent

2. Auburn

Flight searches to the Vizio BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, Calif.: Up 395 percent

3. Florida State

Flight searches to the Vizio BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, Calif.: Up 378 percent

4. Oklahoma

Flight searches to the AllState Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, La.: Up 306 percent

5. University of Central Florida

Flight searches to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz.: Up 175 percent

6. Baylor

Flight searches to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz.: Up 116 percent

7. Clemson

Flight searches to the Discover Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla.: Up 67 percent

8. Ohio State

Flight searches to the Discover Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla.: Up 64 percent

9. Alabama

Flight searches to the AllState Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, La.: Down 32 percent

10. Stanford

Flight searches to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.: Down 33 percent

*To gather these numbers, we looked at relative increases in flight searches on Cheapflights.com overnight Sunday, Dec. 6-7, versus the same 48-hour period the week prior.

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Will travel for college football: Which schools have the most dedicated fans? was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Melisse Hinkle
Author: Melisse Hinkle (271 posts)

A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has traveled throughout North America, biked through rice paddies in Bali, seen the Northern Lights in Iceland, walked alongside llamas in Machu Picchu and made her way around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Head of Content and Social Media for North America at Cheapflights.