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Ohio State led all BCS conference schools in spring game attendance this year with 81,112 fans, up from the past two years when attendance dipped due to poor weather. The game marked the first time Urban Meyer appeared on the sideline as Ohio State coach. Coming off its second national championship in three years, Alabama drew 78,526 fans this year. That was a drop from the last two years, in which the school drew more than 90,000 fans for both games. Several schools set new spring game attendance records. Oregon drew 44,129 fans, setting a school record for a second straight year. UO also set a Pac-12 Conference record. Washington State, which brought in new coach Mike Leach this season, drew a school record 10,713 fans, up 163% from last season. Other schools setting new records were Arkansas, Georgia and Clemson. Notre Dame drew 31,582 fans for its game, up from recent years and marking the school’s fifth-best mark all-time. Several schools were affected by weather. Nebraska, which has held a spring game every year since ’50, had its game cancelled due to bad weather. West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Illinois also saw huge dips in attendance due to weather. TCU, which joins the Big 12 this fall, went without a spring game this year due to ongoing construction at Amon G. Carter Stadium (THE DAILY).NCAA FOOTBALL: SPRING GAME ATTENDANCE FOR
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SCHOOLATTENDANCE SCHOOLATTENDANCE Ohio State81,112 Kansas15,000 Alabama78,526 Iowa15,000 Penn State60,000 UCLA13,000 Texas46,000 Washington11,802 Arkansas45,250 Oklahoma State11,000 Oregon44,129 Washington State10,713 Georgia44,117 Wisconsin10,479 Auburn43,427 Miami10,000 Florida State40,631 California8,812 Florida38,000 Virginia8,500 South Carolina34,513 Vanderbilt8,500 Tennessee34,421 Colorado7,100 LSU33,000 Connecticut5,500 Notre Dame31,582 Wake Forest5,500 Clemson28,000 Arizona State5,142 Ole Miss25,000 Stanford5,000 Michigan25,000 Arizona5,000 NC State24,797 Iowa State5,000 Mississippi State22,604 Pittsburgh4,607 Michigan State21,000 Kentucky4,500 Oklahoma20,509 Syracuse3,716 Missouri18,614 Minnesota3,500 Georgia Tech18,125 Texas Tech3,000 Kansas State18,048 Baylor2,750 North Carolina17,000 Temple2,500 USC15,515 Maryland2,000 Rutgers15,000 Oregon State1,000 Texas A&M15,000 Boston College200
NOTES: Estimates for Virginia Tech, Louisville, West Virginia and Illinois left off due to weather have a major impact on attendance. Figures not available for Nebraska, Purdue, Indiana, South Florida, Cincinnati, Duke and Northwestern.