The top tier of college football teams had their worst average attendance this past season since the NCAA began compiling Division I-A -- now FBS -- averages in 2003.
Average attendance at games in 2014 was 44,603 fans, a drop of 2.3 percent, or more than 1,000 fans per game from the previous season.
A lackluster season combined with fan apathy resulted in Michigan losing the attendance title for only the second time since 1974.
The Wolverines had the sixth-biggest drop of any FBS school, as average of 6,683 fewer fans showed up to games last season versus the previous year. The 104,909 fans per game put Michigan behind rival Ohio State (106,296) -- which saw an increase of more than 1,300 fans per game during its national championship season -- and Texas A&M (105,123).
Texas A&M, which surpassed rival Texas in average attendance for the first time in 2014, saw its attendance rise by 17,998 fans per game, the most of any FBS school. That was thanks to its expanded capacity of Kyle Field, which added more than 22,000 seats last season.
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