Big 12 ranks third nationally in attendance

April, 16, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Statistics compiled by the NCAA indicated the Big 12 is coming off a record season in attendance as well as the largest growth of any BCS-affiliated conference.

The Big 12 attracted an average of 62,956 fans per game last season -- one of only five FBS conferences to show growth last season. A struggling economy helped explain why only the SEC and Big 12 showed attendance growth during 2008 for home games.

Here's a look at how the Big 12 ranked with the other FBS conferences

Average Attendance
Conference 2007 2008 Growth
Southeastern 75,139 76,844 +2.27%
Big Ten 71,158 70,125 -1.45%
Big 12 60,941 62,956 +3.31%
Pac-10 57,956 57,350 -1.05%
Atlantic Coast 53,787 52,737 -1.95%
Independents 51,778 50,802 -1.88%
Big East 41,456 43,145 +4.08%
Mountain West 33,937 32,021 -5.65%
Conference-USA 27,666 27,118 -1.98%
Western Athletic 23,014 24,475 +6.35%
Sun Belt 16,374 18,584 +13.50%
Mid-American 17,334 16,727 -3.50%
Source: ESPN Stats & Analysis, NCAA

A more telling examination can be found how individual schools rank in attendance. The Big 12 had one school ranked among the top 10 schools in home attendace, four in the top 14 and five among the top 26 schools.

Here's a list of each Big 12's average attendance and where it ranks among FBS schools, and also among the 65 schools in BCS-affiliated conferences.

Rankings
School 2008 home att. National BCS conf.
Texas 98,046 5 5
Oklahoma 85,075 12 12
Nebraska 85,071 13 13
Texas A&M 82,193 14 14
Missouri 64,520 26 25
Texas Tech 53,625 38 36
Kansas 50,907 41 39
Colorado 49,476 43 41
Oklahoma St. 48,761 46 44
Iowa St. 47,429 49 47
Kansas St. 45,190 52 49
Baylor 34,124 68 58
Source: ESPN Stats & Analysis, NCAA

It's interesting to note that all Big 12 schools played to 90 percent home capacity with the exception of Baylor, which played to less than 70 percent capacity at Floyd Casey Stadium.

And for you trivia connoisseurs out there, the four teams that ranked in front of Texas were Big Ten powers Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State and Tennessee from the SEC.

The 10 non-BCS affiliated schools that ranked higher than Baylor in average attendance were Notre Dame (16th), BYU (27th), Utah (51st), East Carolina (56th), Hawaii (58th), Navy (59th), UCF (61st), Air Force (64th), Fresno State (65th) and UTEP (66st).

And the seven BCS-affiliated schools that ranked lower in Baylor than average attendance last season were Syracuse (69th), Cincinnati (71st), Indiana (72nd), Wake Forest (73rd), Washington State (74th), Duke (78th) and Northwestern (79th).

 

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