2018 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis: Attendance Rankings No. 1-130

2018 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis: Attendance Rankings No. 1-130

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2018 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis: Attendance Rankings No. 1-130


How many people show up? As a part of the CFN Five-Year Program Analysis, the attendance is a factor. Here are the rankings from No. 1-130.


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Beyond wins and losses, attendance might be the most important factor in a program’s success. Put butts in the seats, support the non-revenue sports. When the power program stands have empty sections, athletic directors get fired.

Below are the rankings of all 130 college football programs based on their five-year attendance averages, including how full the stadiums are.

Basically, for the teams at the top of the list, there are no excuses when it comes to revenue and infrastructure. Attendance – and the revenue that comes from it – is part of the reason why.

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CFN Five-Year Program Analysis: APR Rankings 1-130

Attendance is based on the average per game over the last five seasons, followed up by % capacity, followed by last year’s ranking.

130 Coastal Carolina 9673.20 64.49% 130
129 Ball State 10036.40 44.61% 127
128 Eastern Michigan 11276.00 37.34% 129
127 UAB 11752.80 16.32% 128
This includes the two years off – that matters in terms of revenue
126 Kent State 13441.20 53.09% 119
125 UMass 13651.80 80.30% 122
124 Charlotte 13905.20 90.80% 126
123 ULM 14042.80 46.15% 111
122 Northern Illinois 14096.80 59.74% 114
121 Georgia State 14373.20 57.49% 123

120 New Mexico State 14717.80 48.50% 121
119 FIU 14775.00 73.88% 117
118 Florida Atlantic 15060.40 51.06% 120
117 Central Michigan 15222.80 50.31% 116
116 San Jose State 15273.40 50.15% 118
115 Miami Univ. 16220.40 66.79% 115
114 Bowling Green 16223.00 67.60% 113
113 South Alabama 16601.00 49.60% 112
112 Liberty 16797.00 83.99% NR
111 Akron 17091.00 87.34% 124

110 Western Kentucky 17202.20 77.79% 109
109 Middle Tennessee 17239.20 55.61% 108
108 Georgia Southern 17338.20 69.35% 107
107 UNLV 17619.00 45.41% 110
106 Western Michigan 18427.40 61.02% 106
105 Texas State 18478.60 61.60% 103
104 Buffalo 18487.80 63.72% 105
103 North Texas 19234.40 62.35% 104
102 Tulsa 19371.00 64.57% 101
101 Rice 19493.00 41.47% 100

100 Wyoming 19803.00 67.86% 102
99 Toledo 19974.00 76.11% 98
98 Old Dominion 20118.00 100.00% 97
97 Troy 20412.40 68.04% 99
96 Ohio 20617.60 85.91% 95
95 Utah State 20867.20 83.14% 96
94 SMU 20990.40 65.60% 93
93 Nevada 21238.80 70.80% 90
92 Tulane 21469.20 30.77% 92
91 Louisiana 21864.40 52.78% 89

90 New Mexico 22094.60 56.33% 91
89 Louisiana Tech 22096.80 78.86% 94
88 UTSA 23312.20 63.73% 85
87 Arkansas State 23877.80 77.76% 87
86 Appalachian State 24291.80 80.97% 86
85 UTEP 24502.60 47.12% 82
84 Southern Miss 24825.00 68.96% 84
83 Marshall 25043.40 65.87% 83
82 Colorado State 25950.80 71.10% 88
81 Hawaii 26089.00 52.18% 81

80 Connecticut 26749.60 66.87% 77
79 Duke 27294.40 68.23% 79
78 Wake Forest 27438.00 87.10% 80
77 Temple 28909.00 42.18% 78
76 Air Force 29116.00 58.59% 76
75 Kansas 30342.40 60.38% 68
74 Washington State 30647.20 93.61% 75
73 Fresno State 31390.80 76.51% 73
72 Houston 31616.60 79.04% 74
71 Cincinnati 31945.20 79.86% 72

70 USF 32182.80 48.87% 63
69 Army 32557.20 85.68% 70
68 Vanderbilt 32930.00 81.61% 64
67 Boston College 33112.40 74.41% 67
66 Boise State 33176.20 91.18% 65
65 Navy 33389.80 98.21% 69
64 San Diego State 34266.40 67.19% 71
63 UCF 34427.60 77.88% 62
62 Syracuse 35512.00 72.09% 61
61 Memphis 35967.60 61.67% 66

60 Northwestern 36387.40 77.21% 60
59 Oregon State 38719.00 89.72% 58
58 Purdue 40813.00 71.31% 59
57 Virginia 41642.20 67.71% 55
56 Colorado 41859.00 83.41% 57
55 Illinois 42350.20 69.80% 54
54 Maryland 42371.60 81.80% 56
53 East Carolina 42577.00 85.15% 52
52 Indiana 43460.80 82.48% 53
51 Pitt 44315.40 67.66% 49

50 TCU 44866.40 99.70% 50
49 Baylor 45697.20 101.23% 51
48 California 45798.00 73.32% 42
47 Rutgers 45891.40 87.49% 45
46 Utah 46116.60 100.68% 48
45 Minnesota 47237.80 92.98% 46
44 Stanford 48009.00 96.02% 47
43 Arizona 48128.40 112.89% 43
42 Georgia Tech 48538.20 88.25% 44
41 Louisville 51036.00 92.79% 40

40 North Carolina 51226.20 81.31% 41
39 Kansas State 52457.60 104.92% 38
38 Miami 54234.00 83.74% 39
37 Arizona State 54339.20 84.58% 35
36 Iowa State 54913.00 89.29% 37
35 West Virginia 55590.20 92.65% 34
34 NC State 55782.20 96.84% 36
33 Oklahoma State 56357.00 99.24% 33
32 Oregon 57150.80 105.83% 31
31 Texas Tech 57304.40 94.79% 30

30 Kentucky 57690.00 94.57% 32
29 BYU 58346.80 91.93% 28
28 Mississippi State 59004.60 96.20% 29
27 Missouri 59619.20 83.77% 26
26 Ole Miss 60992.00 95.24% 27
25 Virginia Tech 62447.40 95.15% 25
24 Arkansas 65649.60 91.18% 23
23 Washington 65721.40 93.70% 24
22 Iowa 66754.40 94.57% 22
21 UCLA 67459.20 74.02% 21

20 USC 72579.60 78.59% 19
19 Michigan State 73764.40 98.35% 20
18 Florida State 75718.80 95.24% 18
17 Wisconsin 78925.20 98.26% 17
16 South Carolina 79622.00 99.22% 16
15 Clemson 81916.20 100.51% 15
14 Notre Dame 82160.40 101.69% 14
13 Oklahoma 85723.60 102.24% 13
12 Auburn 86788.40 99.24% 12
11 Florida 87580.00 98.91% 11

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