The NCAA recently released its attendance figures for 2014, and they've left Akron President Scott Scarborough extremely unimpressed, given that the school built a new stadium six years ago but had the lowest total attendance in FBS for the 2014 season. Scarborough should take comfort in two things. First, as he likely knows, attendance statistics get fudged all the time (like, for instance, in 2013 when Akron bought 56,000+ tickets itself). Second, total attendance is a pretty unsophisticated statistic. A better number would be to look at attendance percentages and see which schools, on average, had the emptiest home games.
Good news: on that metric, Akron isn't last! It's only second-to-last!
A few observations:
- Rice is the lowest team on this list that made a bowl, and when you look at their 2014 home schedule you can kind of see why.
Rice-Hawaii: please show up or the animals will think that we're weak and rise up against mankind!
- 11 schools have an average attendance higher than the stadium's capacity and, without any evidence, whatsoever, I think one of them is lying. I will not divulge which program I suspect of artificially inflating its numbers, but it rhymes with "Mouth Air So Fine-ah."
- According to this data, Arizona State (nearly went to the Pac-12 Championship) has emptier home games than Miami (is Miami). Therefore, these numbers are meaningless.
- According to this data, Northwestern has fuller home stands than Miami. Therefore, these numbers are hilarious and accurate.
- The lowest-ranked Power 5 school? Purdue, edging out Pitt and Virginia. The highest-ranked team not in a Power 5 conference is Navy.
- There's nothing to do in Lincoln in the fall other than go to Nebraska football games, no matter how mediocre the team is, is there?