Now, what about JSU and Southern attendance, you ask? Well, it’s pretty impressive.
- Jackson State and Southern have been No. 1 and No. 2 or No. 2 and No. 1 in the SWAC conference in attendance for eight of the last 10 years. (2001-2010) also including 2011 (research on 2012 is coming soon)
- JSU has led the SWAC in attendance the last five years, including last season’s 24,140 (2011) — which ranks third in the FCS and is almost twice as many as the second place SWAC team, Southern. And think if the Alcorn-JSU game, which drew 31,500-40,000 (2011), would have been counted in JSU’s home game attendance. The Tigers could have been No. 1 in the FCS. They trailed Appalachian State by 1,600 fans, but App State had three more home games than JSU.
Here are some SWAC attendance ranking nuggets among other FCS team from the last 10 years …
- 2010: Jackson State ranked 3rd nationally (24,140 average attendance), and Southern No. 22 (12,896) — Alcorn State and Alabama State both made the top 30 nationally with about 11,000 average a game.
- 2009: JSU ranked No. 10 (16,334), Southern was No. 15 (13,817) — There was a big disparity during this season. JSU and Southern averaged 15,075. All other SWAC team averaged 6,086.
- 2008: JSU ranked 4th (21,263), and Southern No. 8 (16,323) — There was only other one SWAC team in the top 48 nationally. That was Alabama State at No. 11.
- 2007: Southern was No. 5 (18,913), JSU was at No. 11 (16,099) — No other SWAC school was in the top 23.
- 2006: JSU ranked 4th (20,314), Southern 6th (16,453) — Only one other SWAC school was in the top 25. That was Alcorn.
- 2005: Southern ranked No. 4 (19,888), JSU was at 10th (14,597) — Two others, Grambling and Alabama State, were in the top 18.
- 2004: We could not find FCS attendance rankings for this year, but we do know that JSU was not inside the top 10. According to the school’s media guide. JSU had just more than 13,000.
- 2003: Southern ranked 4th (19,732), JSU 6th (18,196) — No other SWAC team in top 19.
- 2002: JSU was 1st (23,691), Southern 4th (18,293) — Alcorn was No. 10
- 2001: JSU was 1st (29,067), Grambling was No. 2 (27,172), Southern at No. 5 (19,370) — That was the first year that JSU and Southern weren’t No. 1 and No. 2 in the SWAC. Any reason, loyal blog readers, why Grambling had such a large attendance in 2001?
TOP ATTENDED FCS GAMES IN 2012
Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State - Magic City Classic (58,201)
Grambling vs. Southern - Bayou Classic (45,980)
Tennessee State vs. Jackson State - Southern Heritage Classic (42.257)
Southern vs. Florida A&M - Atlanta Classic (41,042)
Grambling vs. Prairie View - State Fair Classic (33,123)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Jackson State - SWAC Championship Game (32,480)
Florida A&M vs. Bethune-Cookman - Florida Classic (32,317)
Tennessee State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (31,765)
Harvard vs. Yale (31,123)
Alcorn vs. Jackson State- Soul Bowl Classic (30,000)
For the 33rd time in the last 34 years, the Southwestern Athletic Conference is the top attended football conference in the NCAA Div. I-FCS. As a league, the SWAC averaged 12,944 fans at each of its 53 home contests.
That was closely followed by the Southern Conference at 12,821 fans per contest. The Colonial Athletic Association was third and the only other conference with an average above 12,000 fans per game.
Ironically, this average for the SWAC does not include neutral site games like the Magic City Classic, the State Fair Classic, and the Bayou Classic - three of the highest attended games in the nation. The Magic City Classic was the highest single-game attendance figure in 2011 at 66,473.
Jackson State was the highest individual SWAC school among the rankings. The Tigers placed fifth in the nation with an average of 23,166 in attendance at its home games.
INFO @ WWW.SWAC.ORG & FCS (NCAA)
ALSO I DIDNT KNOW TxSU ALMOST RECEIVED THE DEATH PENALTY due to the egregiousness of the violations, as well as failure to reform itself over the past two decades........Instead, the NCAA banned TSU's men's basketball team from the 2013 postseason and banned TSU's football team from the 2013 and 2014 postseason. Earlier, TSU had vacated every game that Tiger teams had won from 2006 to 2010, and vacated all victories in football and women's soccer for the 2010-11 season.