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Kentucky gaining ground in College Football Imperialism Map

Reddit CFB user Nathan Bingham (nbingham196)

If college football was a game of Risk, Kentucky would be a heck of a contender right now.

If you listened to the show this morning, you heard a caller describe the College Football Imperialism Map created on Reddit. Basically, if a team beats another team, they acquire their land, along with the land of the teams that program has beaten this season. So, in Kentucky’s case, Kentucky gets the land closest to them to start with. So far, they have acquired Southern Miss’ land and South Carolina’s land (plus NC State and Missouri). Eastern Kentucky isn’t an FBS team, so they don’t count. Teams keep their land until they get beat, in which case all of their land goes to their opponent.

Here’s a GIF of the season to this point.

Per this bizarre exercise, Kentucky is tied with South Florida for the second most territories and has the fourth most counties/parishes at 153. Saturday’s game vs. Florida is huge for obvious reasons, but with a win, Kentucky would pick up all of Tennessee’s territory that Florida won last week.

Yet another reason to win.


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11 Comments for Kentucky gaining ground in College Football Imperialism Map

  1. UK Fan In Nashville
    5:08 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

    Would this mean we’d have to beat Michigan and Florida to get Florida’s teritory?

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      5:20 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

      If we beat Florida, we only get Tennessee’s land since the Gators beat the Vols last week.

    • Tipa
      5:27 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

      You only have to beat a team to claim everything they have. In your scenario whoever beats Michigan gets all of Michigan’s current territory. Essentially this map rewards you for ending other teams winstreaks.

  2. Wildcatjack
    5:25 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

    Kentucky doesn’t have Southern Mississippi’s other opponents territories. When UK beat them, Southern Miss only had claim to their own territory.

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      5:35 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

      Ahh, thanks. That makes sense.

    • Wildcatjack
      10:18 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah, took me a while to realize that’s how it was done after Week 1

  3. az1006
    5:35 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

    Right, you only claim the territory the team you beat had at the time your game was played. We don’t accumulate additional territories that Southern Miss and USC may acquire as the season progresses.

    Pretty cool map…Illustrates which teams are beating teams that have wins on their resume. So, you’re not rewarded for beating a winless team, since they wouldn’t technically have “territory” to obtain.

    Thanks for giving me another time-waster to view during the work week.

  4. Neal Orac
    5:52 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

    That is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Cal Labissiere
    5:59 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

    Also on the CFB subreddit that New Circle Circular article about Florida fans is the #1 Post of the week by far

  6. Dy9astyIn2018
    6:07 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

    This is awesome! Please keep up with this all season

  7. ArmyCatFan
    6:36 pm September 20, 2017 Permalink

    When I was listening this morning I knew this would be cool. Didn’t have time to go look it up myself. Glad you all posted it. Cool to visualize!