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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly CFB attendance trends

With all the new and exciting things going on in the world of college football it’s hard to believe its dealing with a legitimate attendance problem.  But number don’t lie, and when it comes to the attendance at college football games – the numbers are down, way down.  

In fact, the average attendance for FBS games have been on a downward trajectory since 2014 and according to CBS sports this is the first time in the history of college football where the average attendance has dropped for this many seasons in a row.

That said, there’s still a select group of elite schools that consistently drawing in over 100,000 fans each and every home game – regardless of whatever trends might be affecting the sport as a whole.  


(Extended List)

Total Home Attendance & Attendance Average

Michigan – Total Attendance: 775,156 | Average Attendance: 110,737

Penn State – Total Attendance: 738,396 | Average Attendance: 105,485

Ohio State– Total Attendance: 713,630 | Average Attendance: 101,947

Alabama – Total Attendance: 710,931 | Average Attendance: 101,562

LSU – Total Attendance: 705,733 | Average Attendance: 100,819

Texas A&M – Total Attendance:  698,908 | Average Attendance: 99,844

Texas – Total Attendance: 586,277 | Average Attendance: 97,713

Tennessee – Total Attendance: 650,887 | Average Attendance: 92,984

Georgia – Total Attendance: 649,222 | Average Attendance: 92,746

Nebraska – Total Attendance: 623,240 | Average Attendance: 89,034


At the end of the day, whether you love them or hate them, you at least have to acknowledge the vital role these fan bases play in the making college football the cultural mainstay its become over the last 150 years.  In many ways, these Big 10 and SEC powerhouse fan bases are the backbone of college football – keeping it upright during otherwise down times.

Clearly, these programs are the usual suspects when it comes to home game attendance but, in this environment what the NCAA needs to see is some additional reasons to be optimistic and that’s exactly what they got out of these next five schools, who all saw at least a 5,000 fan increase in their average home game attendance last season.

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