If you’re a top college football recruit and your goal is to play in front of as many people as possible every Saturday, well, then the list you’re about to see below is right up your alley. We’ve sorted through the NCAA’s attendance records for this past season and tallied up the top 20 teams, in terms of total attendance per game, that fans made the trip to watch play live. The list includes numbers from home games, away games, neutral-site regular season games and bowl games.
To be clear – these totals have nothing to do with overall viewership or television ratings. This is strictly based on attendance numbers per game.
Yes, there are some flaws associated with the study. College football teams all have different stadium sizes, all play different schedules, and all wind up qualifying for different bowl games. But at the end of the day, there are very few surprises on the list.
Here are the top 20 most popular college football teams to watch in person from 2013, based on total attendance numbers.