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Big Ten, SEC reign supreme in spring game attendance

Nick Saban AP

With Spring Practice 2014 officially in the books, the official numbers are in for spring game attendance — and, not so unexpectedly, two conferences again finished head and shoulders above all others.

Of the Top 10 attendance numbers, seven came from the Big Ten and the SEC .  Four of those seven were from the latter conference, while three were from the former.

The SEC schools in the Top 10 were Alabama (tops in the nation with 73,506), Auburn (No. 3 with 70,645), Tennessee (68,548) and Georgia (46,073).  On the B1G side of the attendance ledger, that conference was led by Penn State (No. 2 in the country with 72,000) followed by Nebraska (61,772) and Ohio State (61,058).

The only non-B1G/SEC football programs to crack the Top 10 were Oklahoma (No. 8 with 43,500), Oregon (No. 9 with 37,129) and Florida State (No. 10 with 36,500).

The best attendance number from a non-Big Five league member?  The AAC’s Louisville, which will be moving to the ACC July 1, was No. 16 with 27,500.  The best number for a program that will be a non-Big Five member in 2014 was Boise State, with its 13,822 fans coming out for the spring game to put the Broncos at No. 24.

Below are the attendance leaders for each of the Big Five conferences:

ACC — Florida State (No. 10 with 36,500)
Big 12 — Oklahoma (No. 8 with 43,500)
Big Ten — Penn State (No. 2 with 72,000)
Pac-12 — Oregon (No. 9 with 37,129)
SEC — Alabama (No. 1 with 73,506)

And, for those who are curious, the lowest reported total for a spring game this year was the 300 — yes, that’s a three followed by two zeroes — who made their way to Air Force’s annual spring finale.

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5 Responses to “Big Ten, SEC reign supreme in spring game attendance”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: May 5, 2014 3:15 PM

    It must be the offseason… we’re talking about who had the highest attendance to a scrimmage game….

  2. packerbadger says: May 5, 2014 4:41 PM

    In Alabumpkin’, you could either go to the scrimmage game or……..or……….or…………er….nevermind.

  3. cubano76 says: May 5, 2014 4:48 PM

    I heard GT had 175 show up for their game. That 173 more than I expected.

  4. dmarado says: May 6, 2014 10:50 AM

    Anyone else think SEC fans go to spring games just say they are better fans than other conferences?

  5. dhardy8207 says: May 6, 2014 12:34 PM

    demarado says;

    “Anyone else think SEC fans go to spring games just say they are better fans than other conferences”


    A lot of Bama fans go because they keep up with the changes of college football even in the offseason. Most go because they enjoy the tail gate festivities and the opportunity to catch up with other fans that tailgate along side them during the season.

    Contrary to what some post on here we have quite a bit going on in our state this time of year. We just hosted some of the biggest names on the professional racing circuit at the Barber’s Motor Speed way. Our weather here is 70s-80s, sunny with a slight southernly breeze and fishing is definitely on the agenda later this week for me.

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