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03:38 PM ET 04.22 | Spring games might not count in the standings, but you wouldn't know it from attendance figures around the SEC. The conference that's won the last seven national titles had five of the top six teams in terms of spring game attendance, including the top three.

Auburn and Alabama top the list, with 83,401 and 78,315 respectively. That Auburn figure - spurred on by the fact that it was Gus Malzahn's first spring game as head coach, and by a post-game celebration of the Toomer's Oaks, which will soon be cut down - would have been the No. 14 average regular season attendance in 2011, the last season for which data was released.

The two Alabama schools were followed by Tennessee, then Nebraska, the lone non-SEC squad in the top six, then Arkansas and Kentucky.

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April 22, 2013  04:04 PM ET

Glad to report that over 61K attended UTK's Orange & White game.

April 22, 2013  04:15 PM ET

Twenty-two thousand plus braved bitter winds and snow flurries to watch the Spartans' Spring Game. Alas, my schedule prevented me from being there, so I had to content myself watching from the comfort of home. Thank you BTN

April 22, 2013  05:23 PM ET

Almost 51,000 at Arky's first game with a badger at the helm...

April 22, 2013  05:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Almost 51,000 at Arky's first game with a badger at the helm...

I sincerely hope the former badger does better than the former spartan did as your head coach.

April 22, 2013  05:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I sincerely hope the former badger does better than the former spartan did as your head coach.

He can't do any worse!

Thanks for that, though, Sparty.....appreciate it

April 22, 2013  06:51 PM ET

One of those Alabama schools is known for making up attendance records.

April 22, 2013  07:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

One of those Alabama schools is known for making up attendance records.

You shouldn't talk about Bama that way...thought you were a fan.


:)

April 22, 2013  08:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Glad to report that over 61K attended UTK's Orange & White game.

Well, this there anything else to do in Knoxville, besides attending a "spring practice"????:-)

April 22, 2013  09:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Well, this there anything else to do in Knoxville, besides attending a "spring practice"????:-)

Well...it was Parole Weekend.

:)

April 22, 2013  10:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Well, this there anything else to do in Knoxville, besides attending a "spring practice"????:-)

LOL, that's what I was thinking.

I mean, really, what ELSE is there to do in places like Oxford and Starkville, Miss...Gainesville, Fl...Tuscaloosa and Auburn, AL...Fayettville, Ar...The whole STATE of Kentucky...Columbia, SC...

But for the big-time football programs, these are places that most humans would RUN from, lol.

April 22, 2013  11:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

One of those Alabama schools is known for making up attendance records.

And the other is known for making up national championships!

April 22, 2013  11:53 PM ET

"We're sitting here talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, but we're talking about practice. Not the game that I go out there and die for...but we're talking about practice man. How silly is that?

April 23, 2013  07:08 AM ET

Having lived in K-town, I must say that the smack being squeezed out lacks imagination.

April 23, 2013  08:26 AM ET

First off, let me say "War Eagle!" and "Leave our damn trees alone!"

While I appreciate a good Alabama vs. Auburn smackdown (who doesn't?), we're missing the real nugget in this story: KENTUCKY????? Why is KENTUCKY drawing in a crowd for their spring game? They haven't had a reason to be optimistic since their QB outweighed their linemen (all of them, combined!)

April 23, 2013  11:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

LOL, that's what I was thinking.I mean, really, what ELSE is there to do in places like Oxford and Starkville, Miss...Gainesville, Fl...Tuscaloosa and Auburn, AL...Fayettville, Ar...The whole STATE of Kentucky...Columbia, SC...But for the big-time football programs, these are places that most humans would RUN from, lol.

G'ville residents can go noodle for catfish, as long as the gators in the area aren't hungry. Then it's the gators that go noodling for people....

April 23, 2013  01:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

And the other is known for making up national championships!

Yep

April 23, 2013  02:41 PM ET

People must not have too much to do, as far as entertainment purposes go, in those states.

 
April 24, 2013  03:26 AM ET
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People must not have too much to do, as far as entertainment purposes go, in those states.

Don't be an idiot. Maybe these fans are simply excited over the prospects of the new season.

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