Hardin-Simmons University ranked No. 1 for student football participation in the state, according to an Empower Texans analysis of college sports participation.

Hardin-Simmons University’s football team consisted of 167 members in 2016, according to federal athletics data.

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education collects athletics data annually from all institutions with intercollegiate athletics programs that receive funding through federal financial aid programs. Data for 2016 – the latest year available – includes more than 2,000 schools nationwide.

In all, there are 5,273 students playing on 46 college and university football teams in the state.

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College Football Participation Rankings

Ranking School Football Team Members
1 Hardin-Simmons University 167
2 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor 165
3 Howard Payne University 158
4 Wayland Baptist University 152
5 Texas A & M University-Commerce 140
6 Midwestern State University 131
7 Southwestern Assemblies of God University 131
8 Angelo State University 129
9 Texas Lutheran University 129
10 West Texas A & M University 127
11 Texas A & M University-College Station 126
12 Texas Christian University 125
13 The University of Texas at Austin 125
14 University of Houston 122
15 Sam Houston State University 121
16 Texas Tech University 121
17 Southern Methodist University 120
18 Texas State University 120
19 The University of Texas at El Paso 119
20 McMurry University 118
21 Sul Ross State University 118
22 Texas A & M University-Kingsville 118
23 Southwestern University 117
24 The University of Texas at San Antonio 116
25 Blinn College 115
26 Abilene Christian University 114
27 Baylor University 114
28 Tarleton State University 114
29 University of North Texas 113
30 Rice University 112
31 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin 111
32 Austin College 107
33 Lamar University 105
34 Stephen F Austin State University 105
35 Texas Southern University 102
36 Houston Baptist University 98
37 University of the Incarnate Word 98
38 East Texas Baptist University 97
39 Trinity University 95
40 Prairie View A & M University 93
41 Navarro College 83
42 Cisco College 81
43 Kilgore College 79
44 Tyler Junior College 79
45 Trinity Valley Community College 74
46 Texas College 69

Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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