The story stays the same. Southeastern Conference fans are hotter for football than fans anywhere else.
Look at these announced attendance figures from the eight SEC teams that held their spring football games on Saturday:
South Carolina 34,513
The Big Ten didn’t have much to report Saturday because a) Only seven of its 12 teams had their spring finales Saturday and b) Three of those were cancelled (Indiana, Nebraska, Purdue) because of inclement weather.
At Indiana and Purdue, that wouldn’t have meant much, attendance-wise. But at Nebraska, it’s a major disappointment. They routinely bring in fifty, sixty thousand fans at $10 a ticket for the spring game.
I couldn’t find a crowd-count for Northwestern’s spring game. And I looked. I’m guessing it wasn’t large. That leaves us with:
Iowa 15,000 (Cedar Rapids Gazette estimate)
Minnesota, Ohio State and Penn State go this Saturday, Michigan State and Wisconsin on April 28.
Here are others who have played their spring games:
Texas 46,000 (April 1)
Iowa State 5,000
Texas Tech 3,000
Florida State 40,631
North Carolina 17,000
Wake Forest 5,400
Boston College 200
I couldn’t find a crowd-count for Duke.
Cincinnati (cancelled, bad weather)
Boise State 17,123
East Carolina 7,114
Arkansas State 6,115
Louisiana Tech 5,257
BYU 5,000 (scrimmage)
Louisiana Monroe 3,000
Southern Mississippi 2,585
UTEP 400 (scrimmage)
Fresno State “a few hundred” according to the Fresno Bee
Georgia Southern 2,500
Western Carolina 1,500
William and Mary 1,500
Coastal Carolina 1,272
South Carolina State 600
Michigan Tech 562