Two schools from the Big 12 – Texas and Oklahoma – ranked among the nation’s top 20 schools in football attendance for the 2013 season, according to figures released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Michigan had the highest average attendance during the 2013 college football season, averaging crowds of 112,000. Texas and Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin was fourth on the list of FBS Division I schools, averaging 98, 976 for the 2013 season. Oklahoma ranked 13th nationally, with an average attendance of 84,722.
The Sooners and Longhorns were the only schools among the top 13 that played six home games. All of the other schools played seven home dates. The reason for the difference is because Texas and OU play their annual Red River Rivalry game every year at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, which does not count in the home attendance figures for either school.
Behind Michigan was Ohio State and Alabama. All three averaged over 100,000 in attendance in seven home games. Texas was fourth, followed by Penn State, Tennessee, Georgia. LSU, Nebraska and Florida. In case you weren’t counting, that is five schools fron the SEC and four from the Big Ten. And two more SEC schools were No. 11 and 12 in attendance: Texas A&M and Auburn.
Three other Big 12 schoold ranked among the top 30 in the country for the biggest increase in average attendance from 2012 to 2013. Baylor ranked 17th on that list with an average increase 4,754. Kansas State was 27th (+2,609) and Oklahoma State was 28th (+2,569).