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Top College Football Fan Attendance Conference


Which is the best college football fan conference? Well, probably it's the top college football fan attendance conference. If you are reading this, I suspect you probably already know the answer to that question.

It's the same conference that has led in football fan attendance for the past thirteen straight years.

It's the same conference that is the


And, there are a host of other college football superlatives this conference has earned that you can read about at SEC-Football.

Of course, the conference I'm talking about is the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Given SEC Football's outstanding tradition and history, you would expect that it would naturally be the top college football fan attendance conference.

After all, a conference cannot sustain greatness on the gridiron without the support, passion, and, yes - money that the fans bring.

It's the old chicken vs. the egg argument -

Which came first? SEC football greatness on the field or SEC football greatness in the stands (i.e. SEC football fans)?

Obviously you need both to support each other to have either.

You can read more about the "virtuous circle" of SEC sports (which includes money) at Best College Sports Conference.

Well, enough philosophizing.

Here's what you came to see:

TOP COLLEGE FOOTBALL FAN ATTENDANCE CONFERENCE IN 2010

Teams Games Attendance Average Change
SEC 12 85 6,521,151 76,719 432
Big Ten 11 76 5,480,023 72,106 336
Big 12 12 83 5,226,903 62,975 100
Pacific-10 10 62 3,336,793 53,819 -367
Atlantic Coast 12 79 4,067,984 51,493 244
Big East 8 53 2,386,461 45,028 224
Mountain West 9 54 1,861,071 34,464 1263
Conference USA 12 76 2,162,509 28,454 1854
Western Athletic 9 58 1,356,797 23,393 644
Sun Belt 9 48 862,502 17,969 1506
Mid-American 13 74 1,155,099 15,609 293
Independents 3 17 887,165 52,186 3559


You can compare to 2006 when the Southeastern Conference was also #1.

Total Teams Games Attendance Average Change in Avg.
SEC 12 87 6,586,408 75,706 1,127
Big Ten 11 75 5,223,202 69,643 (2923)
Big 12 12 83 4,894,337 58,968 571
Pac-10 10 64 3,604,124 56,314 (1165)
ACC 12 85 4,499,567 52,936 694
Independents 4 23 1,090,444 47,411 6542
Big East 8 52 2,030,211 39,043 (357)


How about individual schools?

Here's a list of the Top 10 Football Fan Attendance Schools for 2010

Rank School G Attendance Average
1 Michigan 7 782,776 111,825
2 Ohio st, 8 842,221 105,278
3 Penn st, 7 729,636 104,234
4 Alabama 7 712,747 101,821
5 Texas 7 704,580 100,654
6 Tennessee 7 698,465 99,781
7 Georgia 6 556,476 92,746
8 LSU 7 649,023 92,718
9 Florida 7 633,579 90,511
10 Auburn 8 688,692 86,087
11 Nebraska 7 599,648 85,644
12 Oklahoma 6 508,426 84,738
13 Texas A & M 7 577,338 82,477
14 Notre Dame 7 565,565 80,795
15 Southern California 6 479,444 79,907


As you would expect, the SEC leads with 6 of the top 10 individual college football school rankings.

It's interesting to note the SEC showed the biggest increase in football fan attendance of the conferences in 2006; the Big Ten showed the biggest decrease. In fact the SEC set a new all-time record for football fan attendance in 2006 -- only to break its own record in subsequent years.

No doubt some of you are saying -- "well, 2007 is old news." Never fear. The SEC has continued to lead the way each year since then. In fact, in 2008 the SEC set an all-time average conference attendance record with 76,844 fans present per game. Last year (2010) the SEC was still tops, averaging 76,719 (see above).

The above tables show that the SEC is the top college football fan attendance conference. The SEC is also the overall Top College Fan Attendance Conference.

To read more about the comparison of the football conferences, check out:

The below table shows how individual SEC schools stacked up in football fan attendance in 2006 (according to NCAA.org).

Games Attendance Average
Tennessee 7 740,521 105,789
Georgia 7 649,222 92,746
LSU 8 737,696 92,212
Alabama 8 737,104 92,138
Florida 7 632,866 90,409
Auburn 8 680,506 85,063
South Carolina 7 529,412 75,630
Arkansas 6 443,368 73,895
Kentucky 7 401,307 57,330
Mississippi 7 376,604 53,801
Mississippi State 7 290,688 41,527
Vanderbilt 6 209,168 34,861


Read this about the Top SEC Basketball Fan Attendance School.






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