Is the nation pulling for Alabama to continue its dynasty, or for Clemson to mercifully end Nick Saban’s reign? It’s hard to say, but we can turn to the apparel sales numbers to help us find out.
On Monday morning, ESPN’s Darren Rovell shared a map of merchandise sales for the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship from official apparel site Fanatics, revealing the top-selling school in each of the 50 states.
The results are fascinating, and reveal that the nation may be very much divided when it watches the game on down on Monday night. 26 states purchased more Clemson gear than Alabama, while 24 states preferred the Crimson Tide gear to the Tigers.
With the exception of South Carolina, which is the home state for Clemson, all of the SEC states appear to be solidly behind Alabama in its quest for a repeat championship. It appears as though the Crimson Tide may have even won over some fans in Washington after manhandling the Huskies in the College Football Playoff semifinals.
Clemson, however, did not enjoy that same apparent boost in popularity in Ohio after a shutout victory against the Buckeyes. The Tigers do, however, appear to have a stronghold along the eastern seaboard and, for whatever reason, dominated the sales in the western mountain states.
Here’s a look at the map:
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 9, 2017