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Ohio State Takes No. 1 Spot for Spring Game Attendance Record

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Some day a college football program is going to hit six figures in attendance — for a spring game.

Ohio State came 609 fans short of the 100,000 mark Saturday when it drew what is presumed to be a record for spring game attendance.

The Buckeyes counted 99,391 fans to their spring scrimmage Saturday, and just think what it would have been had quarterbacks J.T. Barrett and/or Braxton Miller played. Would that might have been good for an extra 400 fans?

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Spring game attendance is a tricky thing: Not every school tracks it. Tickets are often free. Many schools provide merely estimates.

That said, in recent years, several schools have provided attendance figures, so it’s worth looking at which schools had the biggest spring crowds.

Ohio State has the top two, but Alabama has six of the top 11 on record.

For this list, we used figures from 247Sports.com for crowds through 2013, AL.com for 2014 and Kevin McGuire of CollegeFootballTalk.com for 2015 so far.

Top Spring Game Attendance Figures Since 2007

 

School

Year

Attendance

Notes

1.

2015

99,391

Defending national champion

2.

2009

95,722

 

3.

2011

92,310

 

4.

2007

92,138

First season under Nick Saban

5.

2010

91,312

Defending national champion

6.

2009

84,050

 

7.

2013

83,401

First season under Gus Malzahn

8.

2012

81,112

First season under Urban Meyer

9.

2008

80,149

First season under Bo Pelini

10.

2013

78,315

Defending national champion

11.

2012

78,315

Defending national champion

12.

2015

76,881

First season under Mike Riley

13.

2009

76,500

 

14.

2014

73,506

 

15.

2014

72,000

First season under James Franklin

16.

2014

70,465

 

17.

2014

68,548

 

18.

2015

68,000

 

19.

2015

65,175

 

20.

2009

65,000

Defending national champion

21.

2015

62,143

 

22.

2014

61,772

 

23.

2014

61,058

 

24.

2015

60,000

First season under Jim Harbuagh

25.

2011

53,818