NCAA Football 2018 Attendance, Week 13: Championship Week and FCS Playoffs Round Two

FBS Conference Championships happened this week, with another smattering of teams rescheduling games in an attempt to make a bowl.  While that happened, top draw FCS playoff matchups happened with a berth in the quarterfinals on the line. Lots of reasons to see good football, but still plenty of empty seats.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

 

Worst overall Division I attendance: 3,042 – South Dakota State vs Duquesne. It was a snowy day in Brookings which presumably kept most of the Jackrabbit fans home, and apparently the entire Duquesne team decided to stay on the bus as the Jackrabbits won 51-6 to advance to the quarterfinals where they’ll travel to Kennesaw State.

Duquesne takes on South Dakota State in Brookings, SD in the 2018 FCS Playoffs. Image courtesy GoDuquesne.com

 

Worst overall FBS attendance: 10,255 – Buffalo vs Northern Illinois.  After Northern Illinois’ Athletic Department came after AMSTS for posting “Fake News” for (accurately) reporting that NIU had the lowest FBS attendance of any game all season (the week they clinched the division title, nonetheless, it’s no surprise that the MAC had the lowest attended conference championship game of the week.  Barely a hair over 10,000 attended the game in Detroit, which would’ve made it look like any old Red Wings or Pistons game had it been hosted in Little Caesars Arena.  Unfortunately, the dimensions didn’t work and they played inside 65,000 seat Ford Field.  Bummer.  NIU won the game 30-29.  An action shot:

 

 

Worst overall Power Five attendance: 31,336 – Virginia Tech vs Marshall.  This game wasn’t scheduled to happen unless Virginia Tech won lat week, and it turns out they were able to pull off the upset, so it’s no surprise that not many showed up.  While some shots circulating on Twitter make the crowd look small, it appears that at least one end zone was full of fans who eventually saw VT clinch a bowl berth.

 

 

Special category: Worst reported attendance to actual attendance: 56,738 – Iowa State vs Drake.  Iowa State reported that there were only 57 open seats for their game against Drake.  I’m no math-doing guy but that feels off a bit:

 

Emptiest FCS stadium as a percentage of capacity: South Dakota State (15.7% full, 3,042 in attendance)

Emptiest FBS stadium as a percentage of capacity: MAC Championship (15.8% full, 10,255 in attendance)

Emptiest FBS Power Five stadium as a percentage of capacity: Virginia Tech (47.3% full, 31,336 in attendance)

 

 

And now, for your browsing pleasure, every game and the corresponding attendance for week 14.

Enjoy!

 

Week 14:

Date
Division
Conference
Home Team
Home Score
Away Team
Away Score
Attendance
Venue
Capacity
% Full
12/1/2018
FCS
Missouri Valley
South Dakota State
51
Duquesne
6
3042
Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium
19340
15.7%
12/1/2018
FCS
Big South
Kennesaw State
13
Wofford
10
3515
Fifth Third Bank Stadium
8318
42.3%
12/1/2018
FCS
Big Sky
Eastern Washington
42
Nicholls State
21
5250
Roos Field
8600
61.0%
12/1/2018
FCS
Colonial Athletic
Maine
55
Jacksonville State
27
6145
Morse Field At Harold Alfond Stadium
10000
61.5%
12/1/2018
FCS
Patriot League
Colgate
23
James Madison
20
6418
Andy Kerr Stadium
10221
62.8%
11/29/2018
FCS
Southern
The Citadel
43
Charleston Southern
14
7877
Johnson Hagood Stadium
21000
37.5%
12/1/2018
FCS
Big Sky
UC-Davis
23
Northern Iowa
16
8306
Aggie Stadium (UC Davis)
10743
77.3%
12/1/2018
FCS
Big Sky
Weber State
48
Southeast Missouri State
23
8838
Stewart Stadium
17312
51.1%
11/30/2018
FBS
MAC
Buffalo
29
Northern Illinois
30
10255
Ford Field
65000
15.8%
12/1/2018
FBS
Independent
Liberty
52
Norfolk State
17
13243
Williams Stadium (VA)
19200
69.0%
12/1/2018
FBS
Sun Belt
Appalachian State
30
Louisiana
19
14963
Kidd Brewer Stadium
24050
62.2%
12/1/2018
FBS
Conference USA
Middle Tennessee
25
UAB
27
15806
Floyd Stadium
30788
51.3%
12/1/2018
FCS
Missouri Valley
North Dakota State
52
Montana State
10
17007
Fargodome
19000
89.5%
12/1/2018
FCS
SWAC
Alcorn State
37
Southern
28
20652
Jack Spinks Stadium
22500
91.8%
12/1/2018
FBS
Mountain West
Boise State
16
Fresno State
19
23662
Albertsons Stadium
36387
65.0%
12/1/2018
FBS
ACC
Virginia Tech
41
Marshall
20
31336
Lane Stadium
66233
47.3%
11/30/2018
FBS
Pac 12
Washington
10
Utah
3
35134
Levi's Stadium
68500
51.3%
12/1/2018
FBS
The American
Central Florida
56
Memphis
41
45176
Spectrum Stadium
48453
93.2%
12/1/2018
FBS
SEC
South Carolina
28
Akron
3
53420
Williams-Brice Stadium
80250
66.6%
12/1/2018
FBS
Big 12
Iowa State
27
Drake
24
56738
Jack Trice Stadium
56795
99.9%
12/1/2018
FBS
ACC
North Carolina State
58
East Carolina
3
57223
Carter-Finley Stadium
57583
99.4%
12/1/2018
FBS
Pac 12
California
13
Stanford
23
57857
Memorial Stadium (Berkeley, CA)
62467
92.6%
12/1/2018
FBS
Big Ten
Ohio State
45
Northwestern
24
66375
Lucas Oil Stadium
62421
106.3%
12/1/2018
FBS
ACC
Pittsburgh
10
Clemson
42
67784
Bank of America Stadium
75525
89.8%
12/1/2018
FBS
SEC
Georgia
28
Alabama
35
77141
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
83000
92.9%
12/1/2018
FBS
Big 12
Oklahoma
39
Texas
27
83114
AT&T Stadium
80000
103.9%