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FBS Attendance: Michigan Sets Record Again; Tennessee Lowest Since Neyland Expansion

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Michigan once again led all schools in average home attendance with an FBS-record 112,252 fans per game this season, according to data compiled by the NCAA. The top three schools in attendance remained unchanged, but Texas passed Penn State for fourth on the list. PSU averaged 96,730 fans per game, marking the school's lowest average since Beaver Stadium expanded in '01. Tennessee also saw a drop in the rankings this season, going from No. 6 to No. 8 as the school had its lowest average since Neyland Stadium expanded in '96. Other SEC schools also saw drops at the gate, with Florida having its lowest attendance since '04 and Auburn seeing its lowest attendance in 60 years. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech saw the end of its streak of home sellouts, which dated back to '98. The biggest gains among the top 25 schools in average attendance were USC and UCLA. The crosstown rivals saw gains of 18% and 21%, respectively. Missouri also saw a 9% jump during its first season in the SEC. Ranking at the bottom in attendance this season were Eastern Michigan (3,923) and Akron (9,275) (THE DAILY).

FBS ATTENDANCE (TOP 25 SCHOOLS RANKED BY HOME AVERAGE)
RANK
SCHOOL
'12
'11
'10
'09
'08
1
Michigan
112,252
112,179
111,825
108,933
108,571
2
Ohio State
105,330
105,231
105,278
105,261
104,976
3
Alabama
101,722
101,821
101,821
92,012
92,138
4
Texas
100,884
100,524
100,654
101,175
98,046
5
Penn State
96,730
101,427
104,234
107,008
108,254
6
Georgia
92,703
92,613
92,746
92,746
92,746
7
LSU
92,626
92,868
92,718
92,489
92,383
8
Tennessee
89,965
94,642
99,781
99,220
101,448
9
USC
87,945
74,806
79,907
84,799
86,793
10
Florida
87,597
89,061
90,511
90,635
90,544
11
Texas A&M
87,014
87,183
82,477
76,800
82,193
12
Nebraska
85,517
85,267
85,664
85,888
85,071
13
Oklahoma
85,243
85,161
84,738
84,778
85,075
14
Auburn
82,646
85,792
86,087
84,614
86,915
15
Notre Dame
80,795
80,795
80,795
80,795
80,795
16
Wisconsin
80,006
79,813
79,862
80,109
81,088
17
South Carolina
80,001
79,131
76,668
75,369
80,529
18
Clemson
79,429
78,234
75,786
74,214
78,001
19
Florida State
75,601
77,842
71,270
74,345
77,968
20
Michigan State
75,382
74,078
73,556
74,741
74,858
21
Iowa
70,474
70,585
70,585
70,214
70,169
22
UCLA
68,481
56,644
60,376
64,547
72,795
23
Arkansas
68,046
66,990
68,932
65,112
68,740
24
Missouri
67,476
62,095
61,540
64,120
64,520
25
Virginia Tech
65,632
66,233
66,233
66,233
66,233
 

NOTE: Neutral site games not included.
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