NCAA Football 2018 Attendance, Week 12: MAC West Champions, Even if Fans Didn’t See


Week twelve brings us in closer to rivalry week where attendance should peak, but even despite interesting scheduling by the SEC, attendance was up to 26,528, a gain of over 2,000 fans over last week.  Even with that, we still had an FCS game below a thousand fans and an FBS Division winner playing in front of fewer than 5,000 fans at home, so let’s take a look at the big picture, shall we?

 

Worst overall Division I attendance: 856 – Delaware State vs VU of Lynchburg.  The last game of the season for the Hornets as they played the NCCAA (not a typo, National Christian College Athletic Association) level Virginia University of Lynchburg Dragons.  The 44-7 trouncing of the Dragons wasn’t a big draw, being the fifth-lowest attended Division I football game this season.  In fact, there were so few people there, there’s no photo proof that the game was played (at least after five minutes of searching Google and Twitter).

 

Worst overall FBS attendance: 4,878 Northern Illinois vs Miami (OH).  Another Wednesday in the MAC, another tiny crowd in DeKalb.  The plot twist? This was a potential preview of the MAC Championship, as Northern Illinois has won the MAC West, and Miami of Ohio at the time was tied with MAC East leader Buffalo.  Despite all this, the lowest crowd of the season for any FBS team showed up, and even the announced attendance of 4,878 seemed a little heavy:

 

 

Worst overall Power Five attendance: Edit: 22,400 Washington State vs Arizona State had a lower attendance, which is even worse given Washington State’s top 10 spot in the nation.  Our apologies for the error. 33,313 – Illinois vs Iowa.  The second week in a row that we have had a Big Ten team take the Power Five title and it’s no surprise after the Illini finished their season with a 63-0 loss to the Hawkeyes.  Only 33,313 are alleged to have started the game, but a significant amount didn’t make it to the last snap:

 

 

Emptiest FCS stadium as a percentage of capacity: Tennessee State (5.3% full, 3,618 in attendance)

Emptiest FBS stadium as a percentage of capacity: Northern Illinois (10.6% full, 4,878 in attendance)

Emptiest FBS Power Five stadium as a percentage of capacity: Illinois (54.9% full, 33,313 in attendance)

 

 

And now, for your browsing pleasure, every game and the corresponding attendance for week 12.

Enjoy!

 

Week 12:

DateDivisionConferenceHome TeamHome ScoreAway TeamAway ScoreAttendanceVenueCapacity% Full
11/17/2018FCSMEACDelaware State41VU of Lynchburg7856Alumni Stadium (DE)719311.9%
11/17/2018FCSPatriot LeagueBucknell14Fordham171126Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium131008.6%
11/17/2018FCSNortheastRobert Morris7Wagner411222Joe Walton Stadium300040.7%
11/17/2018FCSPioneerMarist14San Diego311254Tenney Stadium500025.1%
11/17/2018FCSPioneerJacksonville7Dayton341492D.B. Milne Field500029.8%
11/17/2018FCSPatriot LeagueGeorgetown31Holy Cross321803Cooper Field250072.1%
11/17/2018FCSMissouri ValleyWestern Illinois13Indiana State151813Hanson Field1636811.1%
11/17/2018FCSNortheastSacred Heart13St. Francis (PA)71852Campus Field1050017.6%
11/17/2018FCSSWACMississippi Valley State14Alabama A&M421879Rice-Totten Stadium1000018.8%
11/17/2018FCSSouthlandHouston Baptist20Sam Houston State422002Husky Stadium (TX)500040.0%
11/17/2018FCSSWACTexas Southern10Arkansas-Pine Bluff152045BBVA Compass Stadium220399.3%
11/17/2018FCSBig SouthGardner-Webb42Monmouth562350Ernest W. Spangler Stadium900026.1%
11/17/2018FCSBig SkyUC-Davis56Sacramento State132482Mackay Stadium333917.4%
11/17/2018FCSColonial AthleticAlbany25Stony Brook232483Bob Ford Field850029.2%
11/17/2018FCSIvy LeagueDartmouth49Brown72575Memorial Field (Dartmouth)1100023.4%
11/15/2018FCSSouthlandStephen F. Austin23Northwestern State352611Homer Bryce Stadium1457517.9%
11/17/2018FCSColonial AthleticRhode Island24New Hampshire213012Meade Stadium655545.9%
11/17/2018FCSSWACPrairie View A&M66Alabama State133025Panther Stadium (TX)1500020.2%
11/17/2018FCSPioneerMorehead State6Drake433287Jayne Stadium1000032.9%
11/17/2018FCSMEACNorfolk State27Morgan State443437William Price Stadium3000011.5%
11/17/2018FCSNortheastCentral Connecticut State31Duquesne383617Arute Field550065.8%
11/17/2018FCSOhio ValleyTennessee State31Tennessee-Martin283618Nissan Stadium677005.3%
11/17/2018FCSPioneerDavidson41Butler383675Richardson Stadium (Davidson, NC)600061.3%
11/17/2018FCSMEACHoward55Bryant563974William H. Greene Stadium708656.1%
11/17/2018FCSOhio ValleySoutheast Missouri State38Eastern Illinois323987Houck Stadium1101536.2%
11/16/2018FCSBig SkyPortland State23Eastern Washington744205Hillsboro Stadium760055.3%
11/17/2018FCSBig SkyNorthern Arizona31North Dakota164306J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome1123038.3%
11/17/2018FCSBig SouthCampbell7Charleston Southern124348Barker-Lane Stadium500087.0%
11/17/2018FCSBig SkyCal Poly38Southern Utah244520Alex G. Spanos Stadium1107540.8%
11/17/2018FCSOhio ValleyTennessee Tech6Eastern Kentucky374559Tucker Stadium1650027.6%
11/17/2018FCSIvy LeagueColumbia24Cornell214651Lawrence A. Wien Stadium1700027.4%
11/14/2018FBSMACNorthern Illinois7Miami (OH)134878Huskie Stadium4599510.6%
11/15/2018FBSMACKent State34Toledo565387Dix Stadium2500021.5%
11/13/2018FBSMACBall State42Western Michigan415503Scheumann Stadium2386123.1%
11/17/2018FCSMissouri ValleyIllinois State35Youngstown State285583Hancock Stadium1339141.7%
11/17/2018FCSSouthernWofford45Presbyterian215674Gibbs Stadium1300043.6%
11/17/2018FBSConference USAWestern Kentucky40UTEP166221L.T. Smith Stadium2200028.3%
11/17/2018FCSIndependentHampton44St. Andrews176514Armstrong Stadium1700038.3%
11/17/2018FCSColonial AthleticMaine27Elon266584Morse Field At Harold Alfond Stadium1000065.8%
11/17/2018FCSOhio ValleyAustin Peay48Murray State237113Fortera Stadium1000071.1%
11/17/2018FCSColonial AthleticTowson17James Madison387208Johnny Unitas Stadium1119864.4%
11/17/2018FCSIvy LeaguePrinceton42Penn147756Princeton Stadium2777327.9%
11/17/2018FCSSouthlandAbilene Christian7Central Arkansas168006Wildcat Stadium (TX)1200066.7%
11/17/2018FCSMissouri ValleySouth Dakota State49South Dakota278517Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium1934044.0%
11/17/2018FCSSouthernEast Tennessee State27Samford388749William B. Greene Jr. Stadium7694113.7%
11/17/2018FCSSouthernMercer30Furman358811Five Star Stadium1020086.4%
11/15/2018FCSSouthlandNicholls State44Southeastern Louisiana09454John L. Guidry Stadium1050090.0%
11/17/2018FCSColonial AthleticWilliam & Mary6Richmond109739Zable Stadium1168683.3%
11/17/2018FBSSun BeltCoastal Carolina17Georgia Southern419886Brooks Stadium (SC)1500065.9%
11/17/2018FCSMissouri ValleyNorthern Iowa37Missouri State010072UNI-Dome1632461.7%
11/17/2018FCSBig SkyIdaho State13Weber State2610077Holt Arena1200084.0%
11/17/2018FCSPatriot LeagueLafayette3Lehigh3411028Fisher Stadium1313284.0%
11/17/2018FCSMEACNorth Carolina Central0North Carolina A&T4511055O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium10000110.6%
11/17/2018FCSSouthlandMcNeese State17Lamar2111532Cowboy Stadium (LA)1761065.5%
11/17/2018FBSMountain WestSan Jose State12Nevada2112271CEFCU Stadium - Home of the Spartans3045640.3%
11/17/2018FBSConference USACharlotte35Florida International4213371McColl-Richardson Field1531487.3%
11/14/2018FBSMACOhio52Buffalo1713839Peden Stadium2461756.2%
11/17/2018FBSMountain WestWyoming35Air Force2714966War Memorial Stadium (WY)3474543.1%
11/17/2018FBSSun BeltLouisiana48South Alabama3815168Cajun Field4135736.7%
11/16/2018FBSThe AmericanSMU18Memphis2815794Gerald J. Ford Stadium3548144.5%
11/16/2018FBSMountain WestNew Mexico14Boise State4516883Dreamstyle Stadium4407438.3%
11/17/2018FCSBig SouthKennesaw State60Jacksonville State5216949SunTrust Park4238540.0%
11/17/2018FBSMACAkron6Bowling Green2117742InfoCision Stadium3000059.1%
11/17/2018FCSMissouri ValleyNorth Dakota State65Southern Illinois1718008Fargodome1900094.8%
11/15/2018FBSConference USANorth Texas41Florida Atlantic3818338Apogee Stadium3085059.4%
11/17/2018FBSConference USAMarshall23UTSA018502Joan C. Edwards Stadium4138244.7%
11/17/2018FCSColonial AthleticDelaware21Villanova4218752Delaware Stadium2200085.2%
11/17/2018FBSConference USASouthern Miss21Louisiana Tech2019142M. M. Roberts Stadium3600053.2%
11/17/2018FBSMountain WestColorado State24Utah State2919226Canvas Stadium4100046.9%
11/17/2018FCSPioneerStetson45Valparaiso3119661Spec Martin Stadium6000327.7%
11/17/2018FBSSun BeltArkansas State31Louisiana-Monroe1720012Centennial Bank Stadium3096464.6%
11/17/2018FBSConference USAOld Dominion77Virginia Military1420118S.B. Ballard Stadium20118100.0%
11/17/2018FBSSun BeltTroy12Texas State720437Veterans Memorial Stadium (AL)3000068.1%
11/17/2018FBSThe AmericanTemple27South Florida1721029Lincoln Financial Field6902930.5%
11/17/2018FCSSWACAlcorn State24Jackson State321312Jack Spinks Stadium2250094.7%
11/17/2018FBSSun BeltAppalachian State45Georgia State1722315Kidd Brewer Stadium2405092.8%
11/17/2018FBSPac 12Washington State69Arizona2822400Martin Stadium4030655.6%
11/15/2018FBSThe AmericanHouston48Tulane1724209TDECU Stadium4000060.5%
11/17/2018FBSSECVanderbilt36Ole Miss2924866Vanderbilt Stadium4144860.0%
11/17/2018FBSACCWake Forest13Pittsburgh3425609BB&T Field3248378.8%
11/17/2018FBSMountain WestHawaii35UNLV2825697Aloha Stadium5000051.4%
11/17/2018FBSIndependentArmy28Colgate1426086Michie Stadium3800068.6%
11/17/2018FCSBig SkyMontana25Montana State2926508Washington Grizzly25217105.1%
11/17/2018FBSThe AmericanEast Carolina55Connecticut2127234Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium5041054.0%
11/17/2018FBSThe AmericanNavy37Tulsa2931517Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium3400092.7%
11/17/2018FBSBig TenMinnesota14Northwestern2432134TCF Bank Stadium5080563.2%
11/17/2018FBSBig TenIllinois0Iowa6333313Memorial Stadium (Champaign, IL)6067054.9%
11/17/2018FCSIvy LeagueHarvard45Yale2734675Fenway Park3773191.9%
11/17/2018FBSMountain WestFresno State23San Diego State1436123Bulldog Stadium (CA)4288184.2%
11/17/2018FBSACCGeorgia Tech30Virginia2737543Bobby Dodd Stadium5668066.2%
11/17/2018FBSBig TenMaryland51Ohio State5238177Maryland Stadium5180273.7%
11/17/2018FBSPac 12Colorado7Utah3039360Folsom Field5497271.6%
11/17/2018FBSACCNorth Carolina49Western Carolina2641151Kenan Stadium6300065.3%
11/17/2018FBSBig TenRutgers7Penn State2044840HighPoint.com Stadium5245485.5%
11/17/2018FBSBig 12Baylor9TCU1645140McLane Stadium45140100.0%
11/17/2018FBSBig TenPurdue44Wisconsin4746114Ross-Ade Stadium5723680.6%
11/17/2018FBSBig 12Kansas State21Texas Tech647287Bill Snyder Family Stadium5300089.2%
11/17/2018FBSIndependentBYU45New Mexico State1047505LaVell Edwards Stadium6624771.7%
11/17/2018FBSSECKentucky34Middle Tennessee2347535Kroger Field6100077.9%
11/17/2018FBSThe AmericanCentral Florida38Cincinnati1347795Spectrum Stadium4845398.6%
11/17/2018FBSIndependentNotre Dame36Syracuse348104Yankee Stadium5425188.7%
11/17/2018FBSACCLouisville10North Carolina State5248265Cardinal Stadium5532787.2%
11/17/2018FBSPac 12Oregon31Arizona State2950485Autzen Stadium5959784.7%
11/17/2018FCSMEACFlorida A&M19Bethune-Cookman3352142Camping World Stadium6500080.2%
11/17/2018FBSPac 12UCLA34USC2757116Rose Bowl9254261.7%
11/17/2018FBSACCFlorida State22Boston College2157274Doak Campbell Stadium7956072.0%
11/17/2018FBSSECMississippi State52Arkansas657772Davis Wade Stadium5810399.4%
11/17/2018FBSBig 12Oklahoma State45West Virginia4157842Boone Pickens Stadium6021896.1%
11/17/2018FBSACCVirginia Tech14Miami3862379Lane Stadium6623394.2%
11/17/2018FBSPac 12Washington42Oregon State2366469Husky Stadium7008394.8%
11/17/2018FBSSECSouth Carolina49Chattanooga972832Williams-Brice Stadium8025090.8%
11/17/2018FBSSECAuburn53Liberty081129Jordan-Hare Stadium8745192.8%
11/17/2018FBSACCClemson35Duke681313Memorial Stadium (Clemson, SC)8150099.8%
11/17/2018FBSSECFlorida63Idaho1081467Ben Hill Griffin Stadium8854892.0%
11/17/2018FBSBig 12Oklahoma55Kansas4086371Memorial Stadium (Norman, OK)84000102.8%
11/17/2018FBSSECTennessee17Missouri5088224Neyland Stadium10245586.1%
11/17/2018FBSBig TenNebraska9Michigan State688793Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, NE)86047103.2%
11/17/2018FBSSECGeorgia66Massachusetts2792746Sanford Stadium92746100.0%
11/17/2018FBSSECTexas A&M41UAB2097584Kyle Field10273395.0%
11/17/2018FBSSECLSU42Rice10100323Tiger Stadium (LA)10232198.0%
11/17/2018FBSSECAlabama50The Citadel17101681Bryant-Denny Stadium10182199.9%
11/17/2018FBSBig 12Texas24Iowa State10102498Royal Texas Memorial Stadium100119102.4%
11/17/2018FBSBig TenMichigan31Indiana20110118Michigan Stadium107601102.3%

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2 thoughts on “NCAA Football 2018 Attendance, Week 12: MAC West Champions, Even if Fans Didn’t See

    • Chris Ford Post author

      You’re right! The top part was apparently generated before the table was finalized. I have edited the article and apologize for not pointing out that the TOP TEN RANKED Cougars couldn’t pack the place.