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Study: Where is attendance way up in 2013? And where is it way down?

A distressing trend in college football has continued into 2013, according to a study released by AL.com on Wednesday. 

Average attendance in the first five weeks of the season has dropped by three percent from 2012 to 2013, from 47,181 to 45,596, and nearly six percent from 2011. Thirteen of the 25 biggest draws in college football are down from this point last season, as well as 25 of the combined 40 teams in the ACC, Big Ten and SEC, though most have only dipped by a negligible amount. 

With such small sample sizes to work with, usually one finite reason can be explained for a massive uptick or dip in any school's attendance. Of the 10 biggest gainers, you have schools boosted by a marquee opponent (Miami, who hosted Florida on Sept. 7), a new coach (Purdue, Kentucky), stadium renovations (Washington), a perceived gain in momentum from the fan base (Stanford, Arizona State) or a combination of all of the above. 

School

2012 Average

2013 Average

Gain

Miami

38,973

56,563

45.1%

Purdue

42,090

55,183

31.1%

Washington

54,868

68,290

24.5%

Pittsburgh

41,774

51,391

23.0%

Memphis

33,095

40,258

21.6%

Kentucky

50,712

60,789

19.9%

Arizona State

53,631

62,295

16.2%

North Carolina

47,333

54,000

14.1%

Stanford

44,984

50,424

12.1%

Maryland

33,406

37,349

11.8%

Likewise, the schools with the biggest attendance drops have specific reasons that can be blamed for the uptick in empty seats. Houston moved games off campus while it builds a new stadium. Michigan State and Missouri have markedly weaker early-season home schedules as compared to last season. Colorado is in year one of a major overhaul. The atmosphere around the USC program was so negative that they already fired their head coach. And remaining schools - South Florida, Temple, Kansas, Wake Forest and SMU - have won five games between them. 

School

2012 Average

2013 Average

Drop

Colorado

48,868

35,168

25.0%

South Florida

51,629

38,941

24.6%

USC

88,514

67,770

23.4%

Temple

28,016

23,688

15.4%

Houston

30,675

26,205

14.6%

Missouri

68,060

59,097

13.2%

Kansas

45,050

40,812

9.4%

Wake Forest

29,032

26,354

9.2%

Michigan State

77,209

71,080

7.9%

SMU

26,858

24,949

7.1%

Read AL.com's full piece here.