College football attendance wildly varies from school to school. A number of programs at the FBS level can top 100,000 on any Saturday. Some others may struggle to hit five digits.
For the 41st time in the last 43 years, Michigan captured the home attendance title. Michigan Stadium, affectionately known as The Big House, is the largest venue in the country.
Once again, Michigan did a pretty good job of packing it. Wolverines football games had an average attendance of 111,589 per game.
That was more than 4,000 more than the second-place team, and Michigan fans will be proud of who they edged out. From the National Football Foundation:
Michigan led all FBS schools again with an average attendance of 111,589 fans per home game in 2017. Three other schools also averaged more than 100,000 fans per game: Ohio State (107,495), Penn State (106,707) and Alabama (101,722). Rounding out the 2017 Top Ten leaders for average home team attendance were: Texas A&M (98,802); LSU (98,506); Tennessee (95,779); Texas (92,778); Georgia (92,746); and Nebraska (89,798).
Michigan has led the nation in attendance for 41 of the past 43 seasons. (The two breaks occurred with a No. 3 ranking in 2014 and No. 2 ranking in 1997.) The Wolverines have now played before 100,000-plus fans for a record 279 straight home games, a streak that extends back to Nov. 8, 1975.
Given some of the Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke years, that latter stat is probably bolstered by some unused sold tickets. Still, it is an impressive mark.
In terms of total college football attendance, another team takes the title, however.
NFF takes a look at schools' total attendance, including the numbers for road and neutral site match-ups that each team participates in. Ohio State takes the throne in that measure.
Ohio State led the nation for total fan attendance, attracting 1,254,160 spectators to all of their games in 2017, including home, away, neutral and postseason tilts. Eleven other teams eclipsed the million mark in 2017: Georgia (1,246,201), Alabama (1,228,376), Auburn (1,162,955), Penn State (1,146,641), Michigan (1,140,358), LSU (1,114,205), Texas A&M (1,093,368), Oklahoma (1,054,046), Tennessee (1,043,298), Clemson (1,016,347) and Texas (1,000,818).
More pairs of eyes saw the Buckeyes play last fall than any other football program. With trips to the Big Ten Championship Game and College Football, along with the fact that the Buckeyes are usually the biggest game on any other team's schedule, it makes sense.