Mississippi Among Most Excited States to Bet on Football This Season

Mississippi Among Most Excited States to Bet on Football This Season
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While sports betting in Mississippi has been limited to 20 retail gambling operators, there’s no containing interest in betting on football in the Magnolia State. Between the state’s two “Power Five” programs (Ole Miss and Mississippi State) and Sun Belt program Southern Miss, there’s no shortage of interest in pigskin action in the state each fall. With football back in action, BetMississippi.com gathered data from Google Analytics (from the past month) to see which states are searching for “sports betting”, and most excited to bet on the games this season.  

States With The Most Interest In Sports Betting

As you can see below, Mississippi sports betting is popular and would benefit having it available online and Mississippi sports betting apps. 

Rank State Google Interest Score
1 Delaware 100
2 Nevada 80
T-3 Kansas 76
T-3 New York 76
T-5 Kentucky 75
T-5 Mississippi 75
7 Alaska 66
8 Florida 64
9 Rhode Island 63
10 North Dakota 57

Mississippi Among Leaders In Sports Betting Interest

Mississippi clocked the fifth highest Google interest score, along with Kentucky, in the nation, coming in at 75 and ranking behind Delaware (100), Nevada (80), Kansas and New York (76 apiece) nationally. While the Magnolia State has zero NFL teams, it does share a long connection to the game thanks to the aforementioned college programs that call Mississippi home. With the Rebels sporting +4000 SEC title odds (ranking sixth out of 14 members) and entering Year Four of the Lane Kiffin era with a preseason win total over/under of 7.5 (courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook).  

Over in Starkville, the Bulldogs are pinned at 6.0 wins on Caesars Sportsbook, with Year One of the Zach Arnett era in full swing. Down in Hattiesburg, the Eagles enter the 2023 season with a win total over/under of 5.0, showing how far Southern Miss has to go to reach their previous heights on the gridiron. Regardless of how Mississippi’s college football teams fare on the field this fall, residents of the Magnolia State are sure to show their state pride and wager on the Rebels, Bulldogs and Eagles during their respective 2023 campaigns on the gridirons of the South.



Christopher Boan is a writer at BetMississippi.com specializing in covering state issues. He has covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.