We all know the truth behind spring games. We know they aren't really games. We know that they are more of a dog and pony show.
Fans might say they're interested in seeing their respective defenses play well, but it's obvious that offense wins over fans. And there's nothing wrong with that. A 6-3 spring game is a real yawner. The last glorified practice/scrimmage of the spring should be about entertainment, not progress!
Well, the SEC announced the spring game totals from this year and it sounds like fans are still pretty interested in checking out these "games," as a total of 446,752 fans showed up for them this spring. That's an average of 31,989 a game.
Even with two more teams, the SEC still didn't break its record of 455,232 (37,936 average) set in 2009. Still, fans aren't really tiring of spring games.
While Alabama's numbers were down from last year's record of 92,310, the Crimson Tide led the SEC with 78,526 making it out for the Golden Flake A-Day Spring Game. That number was good enough for the fifth-largest in school history. Only Ohio State, which now has Urban Meyer at the helm, had more people this spring, with a nation-best 81,112.
The most impressive number had to be at Arkansas, though. Days after the whole Bobby Petrino scandal exploded, Razorback Nation came out in full force with a record crowd of 45,250. That ranked second in the SEC and fifth nationally. The Hog faithful had every reason to sit at home after the embarrassment its former coach brought to the program, but that didn't happen. Fans didn't penalize the players for a coach's follies, and for that, we salute you.
Auburn, Florida, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas A&M all dipped in attendance, while Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Missouri, South Carolina and Vanderbilt saw improvement.
Here's a look at each SEC team's spring game attendance this year:
Ole Miss: 25,000
Mississippi State: 22,604
South Carolina: 34,513
Texas A&M: 15,000
The Sports Business Journal Daily also came out with a list of spring game attendance numbers around the country. Feel free to stack up SEC teams with the rest of those in college football.