One of the most fun parts of spring football season has always been ranking—and making a fuss about—which schools did or didn't get a good turnout at their spring game, which is how we know that (a) we are all certifiably insane, and (b) we need the regular season to get here pronto.
Alas, we are still four months away from having real college football games to talk about, which means spring attendance numbers are about the best we can do.
We need something to pass that time, don't we?
In truth, the spring attendance numbers are a good barometer of how a city feels about its program. Because the game means nothing, a team that draws significantly more or less viewers one season than the last is often trending hard in a certain direction.
Last year, for example, Kentucky was the story of the offseason after drawing 50,831 viewers to a spring football game at a basketball school. And even though that number came down a bit (to 35,117) in 2014, the trappings of support were enough to help Mark Stoops land a seminal recruiting class in Lexington.
Was there another UK in 2014? Here is the current top 10.
Note II: Oregon and Oregon State play their spring games May 3. We will update this list accordingly if/when their attendance numbers are released.