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Week seven saw average attendance drop from 24,777 to 23,922 across all of Division I, even with with LSU and A&M hosting more than 100,000 folks, with a much better result in Death Valley than at Kyle Field for the home fans. With that, the SEC took both the top and bottom of attendance for Power Five conferences, as you’ll see below. Let’s take a look at how everyone else fared, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance: 1,268 – Bryant vs Long Island. Bryant frequently is at the bottom of attendance in both basketball and football, and this week […]

NCAA Football 2019 Attendance, Week 7: SEC! SEC!


Week six saw average attendance drop from 25,909 to 24,777 across all of Division I, helped by a couple of games that were over 150% of stadium capacity in the Northeast. Don’t tell the fire marshall! Let’s take a look at how everyone else fared, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance: 1,328 – Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs Lane. Homecoming in Pine Bluff might not have gone as hoped, with only 1,328 fans showing up to see the Golden Lions barely edge out the Lane Dragons of D2. So few people were there, there isn’t even a shot of the crowd, sad! […]

NCAA Football 2019 Attendance, Week 6: Over Capacity


Week five saw average attendance rise from 25,909 from 24,173 across all of Division I, as it seems we’ve finally found the bottom of attendance now that conference play has started for many teams. Let’s take a look at how everyone else fared, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance: 1,300 – Stetson vs NC Wesleyan. Thirty fewer fans showed up this week at Stetson than last week as the Hatters defended their lowest-attendance title without a problem this week. Stetson hosted North Carolina Wesleyan College, a D-III school, and the fans couldn’t have cared much less, even if the Hatters […]

NCAA Football 2019 Attendance, Week 5: The Worst Matchup of ...



Week three saw average attendance drop from 28,896 to 24,173 across all of Division I, another step down from the first three weeks of the season as one would expect. It’s worth noting that D2 Truman State hosted Valparaiso last week, and managed not only to outdraw ten other FCS games, but absolutely stomped the Crusaders 38-7 sending the fans home happy. Meanwhile, disappointment in Pensacola is clear as Florida State had the lowest percentage of capacity attendance of any Power Five school. Let’s take a look at how everyone else fared, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance: 1,330 – […]

NCAA Football 2019 Attendance, Week 4: FSU Fans Fed Up


Week three saw average attendance drop from 31,002 to 28,896 across all of Division I, another step down from the first week of the season as one would expect, but on a percentage basis, there were very few empty stadiums. But let’s take a look, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance: 1,362 – Bryant vs Fordham. Bryant athletics aren’t doing so great, often appearing at the bottom of our weekly basketball attendance charts. The Bulldogs made their first appearance this athletic year, but in a twist it’s in football! A rainy, dreary day left the stands quite open: Worst overall […]

NCAA Football 2019 Attendance, Week 3: Packed Houses


Week two saw average attendance of 31,002 across all of Division I, a step down from the first week of the season as one would expect. The biggest home crowd to see a loss has been set at 98,763 as Texas came up short at home against LSU on Saturday. As for the rest of D1, let’s take a look, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance: 1,264 – Presbyterian vs Mercer. After this showing, I’m not sure many Blue Hose fans will be in attendance for future games. Down 42-0 at the end of the 3rd, the Bears stomped Presbyterian […]

NCAA Football 2019 Attendance, Week 2: Two in a Row ...



Week one couldn’t have asked for better crowds. A Labor Day weekend with big crowds from coast to coast, with only one game moved (unnecessarily, mind you, Florida State) due to weather, down from the last two years. The season has begun, what are we waiting for, let’s take a look, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance: 2,988 – Fordham vs Central Connecticut State. Perhaps it was the new FCS team down the road at Long Island, the former LIU-Post merged with LIU-Brooklyn to become the Sharks, or maybe it was the lack of a big-name draw in CCSU, but […]

NCAA Football 2019 Attendance, Week 1: Full-ish House


2019 Georgia Bulldogs NCAA Football Travel Schedule
Every fall, the college football season fires up and gives fans an opportunity to eschew responsibility in favor of sitting on the couch every Saturday for 15 weeks. What a time to be alive.  With 838 games on the docket for the regular season, plus conference championships and bowls, all of our couch time comes at the expense of plenty of travel for all 130 FBS teams this season. Like always, I took a look at every team’s away and neutral site schedule and determined how much travel is necessary for each team. The list uses a handful of assumptions that I’ll hit […]

2019 NCAA Football Travel: How Far Every FBS Team Will ...


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 […]

NCAA Football 2018 Attendance, Week 13: Championship Week and FCS ...



Week thirteen kicks off the FCS playoffs – even if the crowds aren’t too interested yet – and perhaps is better known as being Rivalry Week.  With that, overall attendance was at 34,000 flat, which is a huge improvement over previous weeks, buoyed by most FCS teams not playing a game and coupled with the fact that most rivalry games tend to draw big crowds even if the teams are no good.  Let’s take a look, shall we?   Worst overall Division I attendance: 2,157 – Wofford vs Elon.  It’s the first round of the FCS playoffs, and not much […]

NCAA Football 2018 Attendance, Week 13: Rivalry Week and FCS ...


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 […]

NCAA Football 2018 Attendance, Week 12: MAC West Champions, Even ...


Week eleven was marked by cold weather nationwide, but with it attendance found a way to rise 355 fans to an average of 24,350 last week.  Even still, it was a story of “haves” and “have nots” with an FCS game below a thousand fans, a FBS game with fewer than 6,000.  And best of all? Both involved teams fighting for a chance to win their conference.  Let’s take a look, shall we?   Worst overall Division I attendance: 912 – St. Francis (PA) vs Central Connecticut State. Fewer than 1,000 showed up to see a conference game with major implications […]

NCAA Football 2018 Attendance, Week 11: Big Ten, Little Crowd