Apr 152012

Below is a listing of every NFL team and the five FBS college football teams they are the closest to.

List of Every NFL Team and the Five FBS College Football Teams They Are the Closest To

Note: The distance between NFL and FBS teams was calculated from where their stadiums are located. The distance between teams was found using an Excel formula developed by BlueMM, which finds the distance between two locations using great-circle distance. Stadium coordinates were retrieved from GeoHack.


Closest, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th: The closest FBS team, 2nd closest team, 3rd closest team, …

mi: Distance in miles.

Average: The average distance (in miles) between the NFL team and the five FBS teams closest to them.

Click here for a key on FBS team abbreviations.

Columns can be sorted by clicking on the titles in the header.

NFL TeamClosestmi2ndmi3rdmi4thmi5thmiAverage
Arizona CardinalsAZST20ARIZ118UNLV236SDSU286NMST332198
Atlanta FalconsGTECH1UGA60AUB102CLEM109UAB14183
Baltimore RavensNAVY21MARY26TMPLE89PSU124UVA13479
Buffalo BillsBUF16SYR135PSU144KENT172PITT173128
Carolina PanthersWAKE71SCAR87UNC112CLEM119DUKE120102
Chicago BearsNWEST15NILL60NDAME72PURD105WMU10772
Cincinnati BengalsCIN2MIAO32UK74LOU91BALL9158
Cleveland BrownsAKRN32KENT32TOL99BG100EMU11375
Dallas CowboysTCU16SMU19NTEX32BAY84TXAM15461
Denver BroncosCOL23AF52CSU57WYO112UNM335116
Detroit LionsEMU31MICH36TOL55BG73MIST7855
Green Bay PackersWIS120NWEST169CMU175NILL181WMU197168
Houston TexansRICE2HOU5TXAM85TEX145TXST15178
Indianapolis ColtsIND44BALL51PURD61MIAO78CIN9866
Jacksonville JaguarsUF63UCF121FSU159USF170SCAR255154
Kansas City ChiefsKAN41KSST114MIZZ116NEB170ARK207129
Miami DolphinsMIAF0FIU17FAU30UCF192USF19787
Minnesota VikingsMINN2IAST205WIS232IOWA245NILL308198
New England PatriotsMASS0BC18CONN73ARMY147RUTG19987
New Orleans SaintsTLNE0LSU73SMISS105ULL119SBAMA13085
New York GiantsRUTG29ARMY40TMPLE85CONN100MASS17085
New York JetsRUTG29ARMY40TMPLE85CONN100MASS17085
Oakland RaidersCAL9STAN22SJSU35FRSNO149NEV17979
Philadelphia EaglesTMPLE0RUTG56NAVY95MARY114ARMY12177
Pittsburgh SteelersPITT0WVU55KENT83AKRN89PSU11669
San Diego ChargersSDSU0SCAL109UCLA113UNLV258AZST303157
San Francisco 49ersCAL13STAN23SJSU39FRSNO157NEV18884
Seattle SeahawksWASH ¹4ORST215OREG247WSU250IDAHO257194
St. Louis RamsMIZZ117ILL145ARST194IND201PURD214174
Tampa Bay BuccaneersUSF0UCF91UF116FAU185MIAF197118
Tennessee TitansVAND3MTENN31WKU59LOU152TENN16081
Washington RedskinsMARY7NAVY20UVA108TMPLE114PSU14278

¹ The Seattle Seahawks and Washington Huskies will share CenturyLink Field this season while the Huskies renovate their on-campus stadium. So for the 2012 season there won’t be any distance between the Seahawks and Huskies.


Additional Info

  • There are only four NFL teams that are more than 60 miles away from the FBS college football team closest to them. The Green Bay Packers (Wisconsin Badgers, 120 miles), St. Louis Rams (Missouri Tigers, 117 miles), Carolina Panthers (Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 71 miles), and Jacksonville Jaguars (Florida Gators, 63 miles).
  • NFL teams are on average 23 miles away from the FBS college football team closest to them.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs are the only team in the NFL not to be in the same state as the FBS college football team closest to them (Kansas Jayhawks).
  • The Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, and Philadelphia Eagles have held training camps on the campuses of the FBS college football team they are the closest to.
Team Closest To Training Camp
Detroit Lions Eastern Michigan 1949-1956
New England Patriots Massachusetts ¹ 1960-1961, 1969-1975
Philadelphia Eagles Temple 1936-1937
¹ UMass plays their “home” games in Foxborough, but their campus is in Amherst, MA


  • The Temple Owls are a top five closest FBS college football team to five NFL teams (Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, New York Jets, and Washington Redskins); the most NFL teams a FBS team is a top five closest team to. Followed by Army, Penn State, and Rutgers (four NFL teams).
  • There are 24 FBS college football teams that are not a top five closest team to any NFL team.
Alabama Ohio St.
Boise St. (ID) Oklahoma
Brigham Young (UT) Oklahoma St.
East Carolina (NC) Troy (AL)
Hawaii Texas Tech
Louisiana Tech Tulsa (OK)
Memphis (TN) Louisiana-Monroe
Mississippi Utah
Marshall (WV) Texas-El Paso
Mississippi St. Texas-San Antonio
North Carolina St. Utah St.
Ohio Virginia Tech

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