As early as mid-summer, we began to openly wonder if Ohio State could take the college football attendance crown from Michigan, the school that has held a 16-year death grip on that title.
It was a fun mental exercise – after a Sugar Bowl win in his first season, Brady Hoke's teams were headed in reverse and the Michigan athletic department had taken to stunts like social deal sites to move tickets – but that's all it was at the time, a giant game of what if?
|1||106,761||OHIO STATE||OHIO STADIUM|
|2||104,298||TEXAS A&M||KYLE FIELD|
Through five games this season, Ohio State leads the nation in home attendance, with an average of 106,761 fans showing up for home games in Ohio Stadium. Texas A&M is second, at 104,298 per game and Michigan – again, the school that led the nation in this category for the last 16 years – is third, pulling in 104,113 per game.
Just last year, the Wolverines saw an average of 111,592 fans attend every game in the Big House and that was for a 7-5 team. Down 7,000 from that pace and more than 2,500 behind what Ohio Stadium is welcoming this season, it's looking more and more like the attendance title is Ohio State's for the taking this year.