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  • Ohio St. Tops Spring Game Attendance For BCS Schools; Oregon Sets New Pac-12 Record

    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
    BCS CONFERENCE SCHOOLS
    SCHOOL
    ATTENDANCE
    SCHOOL
    ATTENDANCE
    Ohio State
    81,112
    Kansas
    15,000
    Alabama
    78,526
    Iowa
    15,000
    Penn State
    60,000
    UCLA
    13,000
    Texas
    46,000
    Washington
    11,802
    Arkansas
    45,250
    Oklahoma State
    11,000
    Oregon
    44,129
    Washington State
    10,713
    Georgia
    44,117
    Wisconsin
    10,479
    Auburn
    43,427
    Miami
    10,000
    Florida State
    40,631
    California
    8,812
    Florida
    38,000
    Virginia
    8,500
    South Carolina
    34,513
    Vanderbilt
    8,500
    Tennessee
    34,421
    Colorado
    7,100
    LSU
    33,000
    Connecticut
    5,500
    Notre Dame
    31,582
    Wake Forest
    5,500
    Clemson
    28,000
    Arizona State
    5,142
    Ole Miss
    25,000
    Stanford
    5,000
    Michigan
    25,000
    Arizona
    5,000
    NC State
    24,797
    Iowa State
    5,000
    Mississippi State
    22,604
    Pittsburgh
    4,607
    Michigan State
    21,000
    Kentucky
    4,500
    Oklahoma
    20,509
    Syracuse
    3,716
    Missouri
    18,614
    Minnesota
    3,500
    Georgia Tech
    18,125
    Texas Tech
    3,000
    Kansas State
    18,048
    Baylor
    2,750
    North Carolina
    17,000
    Temple
    2,500
    USC
    15,515
    Maryland
    2,000
    Rutgers
    15,000
    Oregon State
    1,000
    Texas A&M
    15,000
    Boston College
    200
         

    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.

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