According to AL.com, the Big Ten's average attendance dropped to 70,387 fans per game in 2012, its lowest total since 2008. But that trend is a little misleading.
More and more FCS games dilute those numbers, in every conference, and make it seem like spirit has decreased when it hasn't. In fact, according to an NCAA report, the Big Ten occupied six of the top 20 spots in average attendance last season, including the top two. Only the SEC, with eight, had more.
But which Big Ten schools have the best gameday atmospheres, the ones students most love to attend and opponents most dread to play in? Which experience will you be most inclined to tell your grandkids about?
Here's a quick look at where each school ranks: