USF, Miami among biggest risers in home football attendance
USF, Miami and UCF were all among the top 10 college football programs in increased home attendance last year.
That's according to this data the NCAA released Monday.
The Hurricanes' home attendance grew by more than 11,000, from 47,561 to 58,572. That's an increase of 23 percent. The only school with a higher jump (in people, not percentage) was Eastern Michigan.
USF had an even higher percentage of growth (41 percent). Only three schools had a bigger jump (by percentage, not people): Eastern Michigan, North Texas and Georgia State. The Bulls' home attendance grew to 37,539 (up from 26,578). The overall increase was third nationally, and it comes as some Bulls have been asking for more support.
Attendance jumped 19 percent at UCF, too. There aren't more detailed statistics available, but I think that boost came despite a dramatic decline in fans wearing bags over their heads.
FSU's attendance rose 4.9 percent and ranked No. 18 overall, averaging 76,800. That's up two spots from last year. It's not a surprise, given a home schedule that included Clemson and Florida.
It's not a surprise, either, that the Gators' home attendance fell 2.5 percent (to 87,846). I'm attributing that to a really ugly home slate and the relocation of the LSU game. Florida still ranked No. 11 in home attendance, but that's down two spots from last year.
Nationwide, the average home attendance was 43,070, which was down about 1 percent from the previous year.