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:

Date
Division
Conference
Home Team
Home Score
Away Team
Away Score
Attendance
Venue
Capacity
% Full
11/17/2018
FCS
MEAC
Delaware State
41
VU of Lynchburg
7
856
Alumni Stadium (DE)
7193
11.9%
11/17/2018
FCS
Patriot League
Bucknell
14
Fordham
17
1126
Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium
13100
8.6%
11/17/2018
FCS
Northeast
Robert Morris
7
Wagner
41
1222
Joe Walton Stadium
3000
40.7%
11/17/2018
FCS
Pioneer
Marist
14
San Diego
31
1254
Tenney Stadium
5000
25.1%
11/17/2018
FCS
Pioneer
Jacksonville
7
Dayton
34
1492
D.B. Milne Field
5000
29.8%
11/17/2018
FCS
Patriot League
Georgetown
31
Holy Cross
32
1803
Cooper Field
2500
72.1%
11/17/2018
FCS
Missouri Valley
Western Illinois
13
Indiana State
15
1813
Hanson Field
16368
11.1%
11/17/2018
FCS
Northeast
Sacred Heart
13
St. Francis (PA)
7
1852
Campus Field
10500
17.6%
11/17/2018
FCS
SWAC
Mississippi Valley State
14
Alabama A&M
42
1879
Rice-Totten Stadium
10000
18.8%
11/17/2018
FCS
Southland
Houston Baptist
20
Sam Houston State
42
2002
Husky Stadium (TX)
5000
40.0%
11/17/2018
FCS
SWAC
Texas Southern
10
Arkansas-Pine Bluff
15
2045
BBVA Compass Stadium
22039
9.3%
11/17/2018
FCS
Big South
Gardner-Webb
42
Monmouth
56
2350
Ernest W. Spangler Stadium
9000
26.1%
11/17/2018
FCS
Big Sky
UC-Davis
56
Sacramento State
13
2482
Mackay Stadium
33391
7.4%
11/17/2018
FCS
Colonial Athletic
Albany
25
Stony Brook
23
2483
Bob Ford Field
8500
29.2%
11/17/2018
FCS
Ivy League
Dartmouth
49
Brown
7
2575
Memorial Field (Dartmouth)
11000
23.4%
11/15/2018
FCS
Southland
Stephen F. Austin
23
Northwestern State
35
2611
Homer Bryce Stadium
14575
17.9%
11/17/2018
FCS
Colonial Athletic
Rhode Island
24
New Hampshire
21
3012
Meade Stadium
6555
45.9%
11/17/2018
FCS
SWAC
Prairie View A&M
66
Alabama State
13
3025
Panther Stadium (TX)
15000
20.2%
11/17/2018
FCS
Pioneer
Morehead State
6
Drake
43
3287
Jayne Stadium
10000
32.9%
11/17/2018
FCS
MEAC
Norfolk State
27
Morgan State
44
3437
William Price Stadium
30000
11.5%
11/17/2018
FCS
Northeast
Central Connecticut State
31
Duquesne
38
3617
Arute Field
5500
65.8%
11/17/2018
FCS
Ohio Valley
Tennessee State
31
Tennessee-Martin
28
3618
Nissan Stadium
67700
5.3%
11/17/2018
FCS
Pioneer
Davidson
41
Butler
38
3675
Richardson Stadium (Davidson, NC)
6000
61.3%
11/17/2018
FCS
MEAC
Howard
55
Bryant
56
3974
William H. Greene Stadium
7086
56.1%
11/17/2018
FCS
Ohio Valley
Southeast Missouri State
38
Eastern Illinois
32
3987
Houck Stadium
11015
36.2%
11/16/2018
FCS
Big Sky
Portland State
23
Eastern Washington
74
4205
Hillsboro Stadium
7600
55.3%
11/17/2018
FCS
Big Sky
Northern Arizona
31
North Dakota
16
4306
J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome
11230
38.3%
11/17/2018
FCS
Big South
Campbell
7
Charleston Southern
12
4348
Barker-Lane Stadium
5000
87.0%
11/17/2018
FCS
Big Sky
Cal Poly
38
Southern Utah
24
4520
Alex G. Spanos Stadium
11075
40.8%
11/17/2018
FCS
Ohio Valley
Tennessee Tech
6
Eastern Kentucky
37
4559
Tucker Stadium
16500
27.6%
11/17/2018
FCS
Ivy League
Columbia
24
Cornell
21
4651
Lawrence A. Wien Stadium
17000
27.4%
11/14/2018
FBS
MAC
Northern Illinois
7
Miami (OH)
13
4878
Huskie Stadium
45995
10.6%
11/15/2018
FBS
MAC
Kent State
34
Toledo
56
5387
Dix Stadium
25000
21.5%
11/13/2018
FBS
MAC
Ball State
42
Western Michigan
41
5503
Scheumann Stadium
23861
23.1%
11/17/2018
FCS
Missouri Valley
Illinois State
35
Youngstown State
28
5583
Hancock Stadium
13391
41.7%
11/17/2018
FCS
Southern
Wofford
45
Presbyterian
21
5674
Gibbs Stadium
13000
43.6%
11/17/2018
FBS
Conference USA
Western Kentucky
40
UTEP
16
6221
L.T. Smith Stadium
22000
28.3%
11/17/2018
FCS
Independent
Hampton
44
St. Andrews
17
6514
Armstrong Stadium
17000
38.3%
11/17/2018
FCS
Colonial Athletic
Maine
27
Elon
26
6584
Morse Field At Harold Alfond Stadium
10000
65.8%
11/17/2018
FCS
Ohio Valley
Austin Peay
48
Murray State
23
7113
Fortera Stadium
10000
71.1%
11/17/2018
FCS
Colonial Athletic
Towson
17
James Madison
38
7208
Johnny Unitas Stadium
11198
64.4%
11/17/2018
FCS
Ivy League
Princeton
42
Penn
14
7756
Princeton Stadium
27773
27.9%
11/17/2018
FCS
Southland
Abilene Christian
7
Central Arkansas
16
8006
Wildcat Stadium (TX)
12000
66.7%
11/17/2018
FCS
Missouri Valley
South Dakota State
49
South Dakota
27
8517
Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium
19340
44.0%
11/17/2018
FCS
Southern
East Tennessee State
27
Samford
38
8749
William B. Greene Jr. Stadium
7694
113.7%
11/17/2018
FCS
Southern
Mercer
30
Furman
35
8811
Five Star Stadium
10200
86.4%
11/15/2018
FCS
Southland
Nicholls State
44
Southeastern Louisiana
0
9454
John L. Guidry Stadium
10500
90.0%
11/17/2018
FCS
Colonial Athletic
William & Mary
6
Richmond
10
9739
Zable Stadium
11686
83.3%
11/17/2018
FBS
Sun Belt
Coastal Carolina
17
Georgia Southern
41
9886
Brooks Stadium (SC)
15000
65.9%
11/17/2018
FCS
Missouri Valley
Northern Iowa
37
Missouri State
0
10072
UNI-Dome
16324
61.7%
11/17/2018
FCS
Big Sky
Idaho State
13
Weber State
26
10077
Holt Arena
12000
84.0%
11/17/2018
FCS
Patriot League
Lafayette
3
Lehigh
34
11028
Fisher Stadium
13132
84.0%
11/17/2018
FCS
MEAC
North Carolina Central
0
North Carolina A&T
45
11055
O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium
10000
110.6%
11/17/2018
FCS
Southland
McNeese State
17
Lamar
21
11532
Cowboy Stadium (LA)
17610
65.5%
11/17/2018
FBS
Mountain West
San Jose State
12
Nevada
21
12271
CEFCU Stadium - Home of the Spartans
30456
40.3%
11/17/2018
FBS
Conference USA
Charlotte
35
Florida International
42
13371
McColl-Richardson Field
15314
87.3%
11/14/2018
FBS
MAC
Ohio
52
Buffalo
17
13839
Peden Stadium
24617
56.2%
11/17/2018
FBS
Mountain West
Wyoming
35
Air Force
27
14966
War Memorial Stadium (WY)
34745
43.1%
11/17/2018
FBS
Sun Belt
Louisiana
48
South Alabama
38
15168
Cajun Field
41357
36.7%
11/16/2018
FBS
The American
SMU
18
Memphis
28
15794
Gerald J. Ford Stadium
35481
44.5%
11/16/2018
FBS
Mountain West
New Mexico
14
Boise State
45
16883
Dreamstyle Stadium
44074
38.3%
11/17/2018
FCS
Big South
Kennesaw State
60
Jacksonville State
52
16949
SunTrust Park
42385
40.0%
11/17/2018
FBS
MAC
Akron
6
Bowling Green
21
17742
InfoCision Stadium
30000
59.1%
11/17/2018
FCS
Missouri Valley
North Dakota State
65
Southern Illinois
17
18008
Fargodome
19000
94.8%
11/15/2018
FBS
Conference USA
North Texas
41
Florida Atlantic
38
18338
Apogee Stadium
30850
59.4%
11/17/2018
FBS
Conference USA
Marshall
23
UTSA
0
18502
Joan C. Edwards Stadium
41382
44.7%
11/17/2018
FCS
Colonial Athletic
Delaware
21
Villanova
42
18752
Delaware Stadium
22000
85.2%
11/17/2018
FBS
Conference USA
Southern Miss
21
Louisiana Tech
20
19142
M. M. Roberts Stadium
36000
53.2%
11/17/2018
FBS
Mountain West
Colorado State
24
Utah State
29
19226
Canvas Stadium
41000
46.9%
11/17/2018
FCS
Pioneer
Stetson
45
Valparaiso
31
19661
Spec Martin Stadium
6000
327.7%
11/17/2018
FBS
Sun Belt
Arkansas State
31
Louisiana-Monroe
17
20012
Centennial Bank Stadium
30964
64.6%
11/17/2018
FBS
Conference USA
Old Dominion
77
Virginia Military
14
20118
S.B. Ballard Stadium
20118
100.0%
11/17/2018
FBS
Sun Belt
Troy
12
Texas State
7
20437
Veterans Memorial Stadium (AL)
30000
68.1%
11/17/2018
FBS
The American
Temple
27
South Florida
17
21029
Lincoln Financial Field
69029
30.5%
11/17/2018
FCS
SWAC
Alcorn State
24
Jackson State
3
21312
Jack Spinks Stadium
22500
94.7%
11/17/2018
FBS
Sun Belt
Appalachian State
45
Georgia State
17
22315
Kidd Brewer Stadium
24050
92.8%
11/17/2018
FBS
Pac 12
Washington State
69
Arizona
28
22400
Martin Stadium
40306
55.6%
11/15/2018
FBS
The American
Houston
48
Tulane
17
24209
TDECU Stadium
40000
60.5%
11/17/2018
FBS
SEC
Vanderbilt
36
Ole Miss
29
24866
Vanderbilt Stadium
41448
60.0%
11/17/2018
FBS
ACC
Wake Forest
13
Pittsburgh
34
25609
BB&T Field
32483
78.8%
11/17/2018
FBS
Mountain West
Hawaii
35
UNLV
28
25697
Aloha Stadium
50000
51.4%
11/17/2018
FBS
Independent
Army
28
Colgate
14
26086
Michie Stadium
38000
68.6%
11/17/2018
FCS
Big Sky
Montana
25
Montana State
29
26508
Washington Grizzly
25217
105.1%
11/17/2018
FBS
The American
East Carolina
55
Connecticut
21
27234
Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
50410
54.0%
11/17/2018
FBS
The American
Navy
37
Tulsa
29
31517
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
34000
92.7%
11/17/2018
FBS
Big Ten
Minnesota
14
Northwestern
24
32134
TCF Bank Stadium
50805
63.2%
11/17/2018
FBS
Big Ten
Illinois
0
Iowa
63
33313
Memorial Stadium (Champaign, IL)
60670
54.9%
11/17/2018
FCS
Ivy League
Harvard
45
Yale
27
34675
Fenway Park
37731
91.9%
11/17/2018
FBS
Mountain West
Fresno State
23
San Diego State
14
36123
Bulldog Stadium (CA)
42881
84.2%
11/17/2018
FBS
ACC
Georgia Tech
30
Virginia
27
37543
Bobby Dodd Stadium
56680
66.2%
11/17/2018
FBS
Big Ten
Maryland
51
Ohio State
52
38177
Maryland Stadium
51802
73.7%
11/17/2018
FBS
Pac 12
Colorado
7
Utah
30
39360
Folsom Field
54972
71.6%
11/17/2018
FBS
ACC
North Carolina
49
Western Carolina
26
41151
Kenan Stadium
63000
65.3%
11/17/2018
FBS
Big Ten
Rutgers
7
Penn State
20
44840
HighPoint.com Stadium
52454
85.5%
11/17/2018
FBS
Big 12
Baylor
9
TCU
16
45140
McLane Stadium
45140
100.0%
11/17/2018
FBS
Big Ten
Purdue
44
Wisconsin
47
46114
Ross-Ade Stadium
57236
80.6%
11/17/2018
FBS
Big 12
Kansas State
21
Texas Tech
6
47287
Bill Snyder Family Stadium
53000
89.2%
11/17/2018
FBS
Independent
BYU
45
New Mexico State
10
47505
LaVell Edwards Stadium
66247
71.7%
11/17/2018
FBS
SEC
Kentucky
34
Middle Tennessee
23
47535
Kroger Field
61000
77.9%
11/17/2018
FBS
The American
Central Florida
38
Cincinnati
13
47795
Spectrum Stadium
48453
98.6%
11/17/2018
FBS
Independent
Notre Dame
36
Syracuse
3
48104
Yankee Stadium
54251
88.7%
11/17/2018
FBS
ACC
Louisville
10
North Carolina State
52
48265
Cardinal Stadium
55327
87.2%
11/17/2018
FBS
Pac 12
Oregon
31
Arizona State
29
50485
Autzen Stadium
59597
84.7%
11/17/2018
FCS
MEAC
Florida A&M
19
Bethune-Cookman
33
52142
Camping World Stadium
65000
80.2%
11/17/2018
FBS
Pac 12
UCLA
34
USC
27
57116
Rose Bowl
92542
61.7%
11/17/2018
FBS
ACC
Florida State
22
Boston College
21
57274
Doak Campbell Stadium
79560
72.0%
11/17/2018
FBS
SEC
Mississippi State
52
Arkansas
6
57772
Davis Wade Stadium
58103
99.4%
11/17/2018
FBS
Big 12
Oklahoma State
45
West Virginia
41
57842
Boone Pickens Stadium
60218
96.1%
11/17/2018
FBS
ACC
Virginia Tech
14
Miami
38
62379
Lane Stadium
66233
94.2%
11/17/2018
FBS
Pac 12
Washington
42
Oregon State
23
66469
Husky Stadium
70083
94.8%
11/17/2018
FBS
SEC
South Carolina
49
Chattanooga
9
72832
Williams-Brice Stadium
80250
90.8%
11/17/2018
FBS
SEC
Auburn
53
Liberty
0
81129
Jordan-Hare Stadium
87451
92.8%
11/17/2018
FBS
ACC
Clemson
35
Duke
6
81313
Memorial Stadium (Clemson, SC)
81500
99.8%
11/17/2018
FBS
SEC
Florida
63
Idaho
10
81467
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
88548
92.0%
11/17/2018
FBS
Big 12
Oklahoma
55
Kansas
40
86371
Memorial Stadium (Norman, OK)
84000
102.8%
11/17/2018
FBS
SEC
Tennessee
17
Missouri
50
88224
Neyland Stadium
102455
86.1%
11/17/2018
FBS
Big Ten
Nebraska
9
Michigan State
6
88793
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, NE)
86047
103.2%
11/17/2018
FBS
SEC
Georgia
66
Massachusetts
27
92746
Sanford Stadium
92746
100.0%
11/17/2018
FBS
SEC
Texas A&M
41
UAB
20
97584
Kyle Field
102733
95.0%
11/17/2018
FBS
SEC
LSU
42
Rice
10
100323
Tiger Stadium (LA)
102321
98.0%
11/17/2018
FBS
SEC
Alabama
50
The Citadel
17
101681
Bryant-Denny Stadium
101821
99.9%
11/17/2018
FBS
Big 12
Texas
24
Iowa State
10
102498
Royal Texas Memorial Stadium
100119
102.4%
11/17/2018
FBS
Big Ten
Michigan
31
Indiana
20
110118
Michigan Stadium
107601
102.3%

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    • 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.

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