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Big Ten dominates spring game attendance list


Big Ten dominates spring game attendance list

Ohio State's victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl en route to a national championship win — not to mention big New Year's Day bowl wins by Michigan State and Wisconsin — gave the Big Ten some bragging rights over the long-dominant SEC.

Now the Big Ten can claim some more, at least when it comes to spring attendance.

In addition to boasting the highest attendance by a single conference with 410,943 fans at 11 different spring games (the SEC drew 408,566 fans to 12 spring games), five Big Ten teams ranked in the top eight, including owning the top three spots, in spring-game attendance.

Ohio State broke records by packing nearly 100,000 fans into Ohio Stadium for its spring game, the first open-to-the-public, on-field action for the team following the Buckeyes' win in the national championship game in January.

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And though there's a significant drop-off after the eye-popping numbers generated by Ohio State, Nebraska and Penn State rank second and third, respectively, with 76,881 and 68,000 fans.

Alabama (65,175), Tennessee (63,016) and Auburn (62,143) rank fourth, fifth and sixth, showing the SEC can still pack 'em in. But then come strong numbers from Michigan — which drew 60,000 thanks to renewed fan enthusiasm in the wake of Jim Harbaugh's arrival in Ann Arbor — and Michigan State, which drew 48,000.

Georgia, another SEC team, and Oklahoma round out the top 10 at 46,815 and 42,807, respectively.

So, while no real games were played this spring, the Big Ten can claim some very specific bragging rights over the conference to the south.

Big Ten officially postpones 2020 college football, other fall sports

Big Ten officially postpones 2020 college football, other fall sports

The Big Ten has officially postponed all fall sports, including football, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The conference announced the decision in a statement on Tuesday, but left the door open for the fall sports to be played next spring.

“Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of our students, faculty and staff,” said Morton Schapiro, Chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors and Northwestern University President.

“The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed forward,” said Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren. “As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty regarding potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall.
“We know how significant the student-athlete experience can be in shaping the future of the talented young women and men who compete in the Big Ten Conference. Although that knowledge made this a painstaking decision, it did not make it difficult. While I know our decision today will be disappointing in many ways for our thousands of student-athletes and their families, I am heartened and inspired by their resilience, their insightful and discerning thoughts, and their participation through our conversations to this point. Everyone associated with the Big Ten Conference and its member institutions is committed to getting everyone back to competition as soon as it is safe to do so.”

In addition to football, cross country, field hockey, soccer and women’s volleyball seasons were postponed.

“The Big Ten Conference will continue to evaluate a number of options regarding these sports, including the possibility of competition in the spring,” the conference said in the statement. “Decisions regarding winter and spring sports will also continue to be evaluated.”

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Reports: 2020 Big Ten football season in jeopardy due to COVID-19

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Reports: 2020 Big Ten football season in jeopardy due to COVID-19

There may be no college football for Big Ten schools this fall.

According to several reports, the Big Ten school presidents voted 12-2 on Sunday to not play football this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Dan Patrick, the two schools in favor of playing were Iowa and Nebraska. There are conflicting reports on whether the season will be postponed or canceled, but Dan Patrick says the official news will be released tomorrow.

On his show, Patrick said he followed up with his source, who said, “Three Big Ten teams that I’ve spoken with said, ‘It’s done.’”

In response, more reports have come out saying the SEC has gathered for a previously unscheduled meeting on Monday morning.

According to Patrick’s report, the SEC is trying to delay and see if either the ACC or Big 12 will join them in playing this fall.

The MAC conference decided to cancel it’s football season on Aug. 8.

In addition, on Aug. 5 a coalition of Big Ten players published a Players’ Tribune article asking for a comprehensive plan to keep them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic if the league was to go forward with the season.

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