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The 20 Most Popular College Football Teams In The Country In 2014, Based On Total Attendance

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COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

The NCAA's college football attendance numbers for 2014 have officially been released, and while there aren't too many big surprises, there are some interesting trends in the data. In terms of home attendance numbers, the top ten features five schools from the SEC, four schools from the Big Ten, and one school from the Big 12 - no surprise, all of them have huge stadiums that seat ridiculous numbers of fans. But what about overall attendance numbers? Which schools do fans come out for both at home and on the road?

We've gone through the NCAA's numbers and put together the list of the top 20 programs in terms of overall attendance per game. Yes, we realize that the playing field is not level across the country, as teams have different schedules, different stadium sizes and different game totals. Still, the No. 1 team on our list won't surprise you.

Here are the 20 college football teams that fans saw the most in-person, on average, during the 2014-2015 season.

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20. Wisconsin: 14 games, 66,499 attendance average

Camp Randall Stadium's capacity is around 80,000, and the team sold out virtually every home game it had in 2014. But the Badgers played a weak Big Ten schedule, which included a number of opponents with smaller fan bases. Games at Northwestern, Rutgers and Purdue dragged down Wisconsin's average big time. The Badgers also didn't have any road games against Ohio State, Michigan or Penn State - the teams with the three biggest stadiums in the league. Wisconsin will be higher on this list in most years.

19. Michigan State: 13 games, 68,462 attendance average

MSU and Wisconsin are quite similar. Spartan Stadium seats just over 75,000, and the squad had no problem selling it out most weeks in 2014. But games at Purdue, Indiana and Maryland pushed Michigan State's overall attendance numbers down. Even the game at Oregon, which drew almost 60,000 fans (way above Autzen Stadium capacity) brought down the average. 100,000 people saw MSU head to Penn State, which is the reason the Spartans just made the list.

18. Oklahoma: 13 games, 68,585 attendance average

Oklahoma averaged over 85,000 fans for all of its home contests, but road games against TCU, Iowa State and Texas Tech dropped the Sooners down a bit. There was also the Russell Athletic Bowl debacle against Clemson, which, in addition to being a disaster on the field for OU, wasn't great for its numbers either. Just 40,000 showed up - 25,000 short of capacity. Oklahoma's highest-attended game was against Texas at the Cotton Bowl (over 92,000).

17. Missouri: 14 games, 69,752 attendance average

Missouri is easily the most surprising inclusion on the list. The Tigers play at Faurot Field, which seats just over 70,000 fans. Mizzou also played a road game against Toledo (really) in front of just over 24,000 people. Why are they on here, then? Because their SEC opponents have huge stadiums. The Tigers played road games against South Carolina, Florida, Texas A&M and Tennessee - all of which seat between 83,000 and 105,000 fans. A lot of people saw Missouri play last year - whether they meant to or not.

16. Clemson: 13 games, 69,820 attendance average

Like most of the teams on our list, Clemson had no problem selling out its home games at Memorial Stadium (82,000 capacity). Road contests against Florida State and Georgia also helped the cause, though games at Boston College (42,000), at Wake Forest (28,000) and at Georgia Tech (49,000) dropped down the Tigers' numbers. As we mentioned earlier, the Russell Athletic Bowl contest against Oklahoma wasn't stellar either.

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15. Notre Dame: 13 games, 72,578 attendance average

Notre Dame's attendance is always solid, given the Fighting Irish's strong fan base. ND officially sold out all six of its home games (just under 81,000), and pulled in decent numbers in road/neutral site games against Purdue, Syracuse, Arizona State, USC and LSU. The contest against Navy at FedEx Field, however, disappointed. The Midshipmen and Irish drew just under 37,000 fans. Still, given Notre Dame's modest stadium size, it's hard to see them moving up this list any time soon.

14. Florida State: 14 games, 73,282 attendance average

Florida State is the most-watched ACC team on the list, yet just the 14th overall in the country. The Seminoles, who play at Doak Campbell Stadium (which seats over 82,000 fans) had seven home games in 2014, averaging near-capacity numbers. Tilts at NC State, Syracuse and Louisville brought down FSU's figures. The Rose Bowl game against Oregon, which was also a College Football Playoff semifinal, saw over 91,000 supporters in attendance.

13. South Carolina: 13 games, 74,003 attendance average

South Carolina actually played two games in front of less than 40,000 people - at Vanderbilt in late September (34,000) and against Miami (FL) in the Independence Bowl in late December (38,000). But SC went above capacity (80,250) in six of its seven home games at Williams-Brice Stadium, and had big road games at Auburn, at Florida and at Clemson. South Carolina made the list despite not playing a game in front of more than 88,000 people.

12. Texas: 13 games, 76,273 attendance average

Texas is the highest-ranked Big 12 school on our list, mostly because Darrell K Royal -- Texas Memorial Stadium seats over 100,000 fans. The Longhorns' rivalry contest against Oklahoma also helped the cause, as 92,000 fans made the trek to the Cotton Bowl. Games against UCLA, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State brought down the average, as did UT's bowl game against Arkansas. Texas was also ranked No. 12 on our list last year

11. Nebraska: 13 games, 77,404 attendance average

Nebraska has sold out 340 consecutive home games (the longest streak in the nation), and Memorial Stadium seats around 91,585 people. The Cornhuskers also played in front of over 80,000 at Wisconsin, however, they didn't get to play any road games at Ohio State, Penn State or Michigan to up their average. Instead, road contests at Fresno State, Michigan State, Northwestern and Iowa brought Nebraska down to under an 80,000 average.

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10. Auburn: 13 games, 79,141 attendance average

Auburn's most-attended contest, naturally, was against Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers sold out all seven of their home games at Jordan-Hare Stadium, pulling in 87,451 fans for each. Games against Kansas State, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, given their smaller stadiums, dropped Auburn down a bit. The Outback Bowl contest against Wisconsin, which was great on the field, didn't see great numbers off of it - it drew just 44,000 fans out of a possible 66,000.

9. Florida: 12 games, 79,170 attendance average

Florida - just like South Carolina - somehow made the list despite playing two games in front of less than 40,000 people. The Gators' contest at Vanderbilt brought in 34,000 fans. UF's bowl game against East Carolina in Birmingham drew just 30,000. Florida saw over 80,000 fans for home games against Eastern Michigan, Kentucky, LSU, Missouri, South Carolina and Eastern Kentucky. Road games at Alabama, Tennessee and Florida State also brought up the average.

8. Georgia: 13 games, 80,647 attendance average

Georgia had seven home games at Sanford Stadium this past year, and sold each of them out - meaning 92,746 fans saw the Bulldogs play every time they took the field between the hedges. A road contest against South Carolina (84,000) and a neutral-site game against Florida (83,000) helped UGA's numbers, while tilts at Missouri, Arkansas and Kentucky did not. 45,000 fans saw Georgia take on Louisville in the Belk Bowl.

7. Penn State: 13 games, 81,414 attendance average

Penn State had a huge year in 2014, as the Nittany Lions had their NCAA sanctions lifted and played in a bowl game for the first time since the 2011 season. When it comes to attendance, PSU played games at both ends of the spectrum. Penn State played in front of at least 97,000 fans eight times - seven home games (Akron, UMass, Northwestern, Ohio State, Maryland, Temple, Michigan State) and one away game (Michigan). In games against UCF, Rutgers, Indiana, Illinois and Boston College, there were never more than 54,000 fans in attendance.

6. Tennessee: 13 games, 85,944 attendance average

Tennessee is sixth overall on our list, but fourth overall in the SEC. The Vols have a gigantic venue, Neyland Stadium, which seats over 102,000 fans. Other than the seven contests played at home, UT took on Oklahoma at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (85,000), Georgia at Sanford Stadium (93,000) and South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium (82,000). The lowest-attended game was at Vanderbilt, which, despite it being a sellout, means they only played in front of 40,000 people.

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5. Texas A&M: 13 games, 86,016 attendance average

Given the additions made to Texas A&M's Kyle Field, the Aggies saw the largest increase in average home attendance from 2013 (87,125) to 2014 (105,123). All six of A&M's home games saw over 100,000 in attendance - along with the team's road contest against Alabama in Tuscaloosa. If it weren't for a game at SMU, which was played in front of 35,000 people, the Aggies would be closer to the top of the list. The Liberty Bowl against West Virginia (51,000) didn't help either.