They say the Southeastern Conference is a football conference. Well, that could not be any truer this season, as seven of the top-ten spring game attendances are from SEC country. The Auburn Tigers, welcoming new head coach Gus Malzahn, lead the charge with the top figure in the country.
Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn was at 95 percent capacity when 83,000 fans packed its spring game. Alabama checked in second with 78,000; followed by Tennessee with 61,000; and Arkansas in fifth, just a few hundred fans more than Kentucky, with 51,000. Nebraska is the only school to break up the all-SEC top-five.
Rounding out the current top-ten is Texas, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Ohio State.
Here is the top of the list of claimed attendance by each school:
1. Auburn: 83,401
2. Alabama: 78,315
3. Tennessee: 61,076
4. Nebraska: 60,174
5. Arkansas: 51,088
6. Kentucky: 50,831
7. Texas: 46,000
8. Texas A&M: 45,212
9. Georgia: 45,113
10. Ohio State: 37,643
11. South Carolina: 35,218
12. Louisville: 33,000
13. Notre Dame: 31,652
14. Virginia Tech: 30,000
15. Clemson: 30,000
There are still a handful of schools to hold their spring games, including UCLA and Iowa, but the SEC is finished and it seems likely the top of this list will remain intact.
One reoccurring pattern at the top of the list is new coaches bring new excitement. Auburn, Tennessee, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Kentucky are all welcoming new coaches this season.
Last season, Auburn and Tennessee both had less than half of what its attendance was this year, and Kentucky was at rock bottom.
Good things are happening in the SEC.