Final 2013 spring football game attendance rankings: The SEC wins everything

Mike Zarrilli

The state of Alabama proved to be the center of spring football enthusiasm in 2013.

April provided us our last taste of anything resembling an actual college football game until September, and with that in mind, fans across the country flocked to their favorite schools' spring games. There were strange scoring systems and otherwise altered formats that made for a confused approximation of football in a number of places, but hey, this is all we had left.

No one showed up to these contests like fans in the SEC; seven of the top 10 schools in reported spring attendance hail from that league, making the list look like recruiting class rankings on national signing day. Auburn claimed the attendance title this year, as fans congregated not only to check out new head coach Gus Malzahn, but to celebrate and roll the trees at Toomer's Corner one last time.

Alabama wasn't far behind, and like Auburn, several schools rode the enthusiasm that comes with a new coaching staff to impressive attendance figures. That includes Kentucky, which had more than 50,000 spectators on hand, easily setting a new school record.

The final attendance numbers:

School Claimed Attendance
Auburn 83,401
Alabama 78,315
Tennessee 61,076
Nebraska 60,174
Arkansas 51,088
Kentucky 50,831
Texas 46,000
Texas A&M 45,212
Georgia 45,113
Ohio State 37,643
Oregon 36,588
South Carolina 35,218
Louisville 33,000
Notre Dame 31,652
Clemson 30,000
Virginia Tech 30,000
Oklahoma 29,200
LSU 28,000
Ole Miss 28,000
Penn State 28,000
Florida State 27,500
N.C. State 27,500
Michigan State 22,500
Mississippi State 21,000
Rutgers 21,000
UCLA 20,000
Missouri 18,384
Michigan 18,000
Kansas State 16,383
Texas Tech 16,116
Iowa 16,000
USC 15,284
Iowa State 15,000
North Carolina 15,000
Oklahoma State 15,000
Vanderbilt 14,000
Wisconsin 12,050
BYU 12,000
Colorado 10,244
Boise State 9,146
Utah 8,633
Minnesota 8,400
Washington State 8,340
Oregon State 8,263
Maryland 8,200
West Virginia 8,000
Washington 7,000
Western Kentucky 6,500
Purdue 6,427
Arizona State 6,300
East Carolina 6,294
California 5,831
Louisiana Tech 5,700
Duke 5,213
Marshall 5,115
Georgia Tech 5,000
Middle Tennessee 5,000
Texas State 4,608
South Florida 4,606
Nevada 4,501
Stanford 4,350
Wake Forest 4,200
Arizona 4,095
Syracuse 3,822
Pittsburgh 3,642
Temple 3,530
Baylor 3,500
UConn 3,200
Colorado State 3,000
Utah State 3,000
UTEP 2,581
UTSA 2,506
South Alabama 2,281
Illinois 2,100
UNLV 2,100
Western Michigan 2,045
Cincinnati 2,000
Southern Mississippi 2,000
Georgia State 1,800
Tulsa 1,200
Hawaii 900
Akron 500

Nebraska led the way in the Big Ten by a wide margin, while Texas and Oregon topped the Big 12 and Pac-12. Virginia Tech and Clemson led the ACC with attendance figures around 30,000, though future league member Louisville bested both of them.

At the other end of the spectrum, there are the likes of Stanford, Arizona, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Illinois and Cincinnati, all of which reported fewer than 5,000 fans at their games.

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