North Dakota State football fans like to say their team is the "Alabama of FCS" and now a web site ranking lends more weight to that belief.
Fargo is ranked the third best city in the United States for college football fans, according to the personal finance website WalletHub.
The city ranked second, one slot ahead of Fargo, is Tuscaloosa, Ala. — home of the University of Alabama and its 17 national championships.
The Crimson Tide are members of the Football Bowl Subdivision, the level higher than NDSU's Football Championship Subdivision, but WalletHub ranked all FBS and FCS cities together.
The top 10 Best College Football Cities for Fans, according to the website's rankings, are:
- Clemson, S.C. (Clemson University)
- Tuscaloosa, Ala. (University of Alabama)
- Fargo, N.D. (NDSU)
- State College, Penn. (Penn State University)
- Tallahassee, Fla. (Florida State University)
- Boone, N.C. (Appalachian State University)
- Miami, Fla. (University of Miami, Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University)
- Stanford, Cal. (Stanford University)
- Baton Rouge, La. (Louisiana State University)
- Philadelphia (University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Villanova University)
The rankings were based on nine metrics, including performance of the college football teams in a city and number of championship wins. Fan engagement was also included, which used the number of Twitter followers and Facebook "likes" per capita.
NDSU has won seven of the last eight FCS national championships and has nearly 70,000 Twitter followers.
The ranking drew some attention on social media, including this tweet from NBC Sports: