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Michigan Leads FBS In Attendance; Penn State On Pace For Lowest Mark Since '01

Michigan continues to lead all schools in college football home attendance, averaging 111,996 fans per game to date this season. However, that figure is down from the school’s NCAA-record average of 112,179 last season. Penn State ranks fifth overall in attendance, but its average is down 5% from last season’s average and will likely mark the lowest figure since the school expanded the stadium in ’01. Tennessee also continues its attendance slide, down 3% and on pace for the school’s lowest mark since Neyland Stadium expanded in ’96. Florida is averaging 88,366 per game, on pace for the school’s lowest attendance since ’04. After selling out every game since ’98, the string was finally broken for Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium this season. USC is seeing a big lift at the gate. After the school's lowest attendance since ’02 last season, attendance at L.A. Memorial Coliseum is up 16% (THE DAILY).

TOP COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAMS IN
AVERAGE HOME ATTENDANCE THROUGH WEEK 8
RK
SCHOOL
GMS
AVG.
% CAP.
1
Michigan
4
111,996
101.9%
2
Ohio State
6
105,238
102.8%
3
Alabama
3
101,821
110.5%
4
Texas
4
101,334
101.2%
5
Penn State
4
96,357
89.8%
6
Tennessee
4
93,613
91.4%
7
Georgia
4
92,671
99.9%
8
LSU
5
92,386
100.0%
9
Florida
4
88,366
99.8%
10
Texas A&M
4
86,940
105.3%
11
USC
3
86,767
92.7%
12
Auburn
3
85,916
98.2%
13
Nebraska
4
85,400
105.3%
14
Oklahoma
3
84,887
103.4%
15
Notre Dame
4
80,795
100.0%
16
Clemson
4
80,500
100.3%
17
South Carolina
4
80,251
100.0%
18
Wisconsin
5
79,878
99.5%
19
Michigan State
5
75,810
101.1%
20
Florida State
5
74,862
91.0%
21
Arkansas
4
71,344
99.1%
22
Iowa
5
70,585
100.0%
23
Missouri
5
68,287
99.9%
24
Virginia Tech
4
65,632
100.8%
25
UCLA
4
61,548
67.5%
         

NOTE: Neutral site games not included in home attendance.

 

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