The Clemson Tigers are the current No. 1 team in terms of spring game attendance, with NBC Sports reporting that approximately 50,000 fans came out last weekend to watch the football team in action.
Of course, that isn’t entirely surprising. This may be the last time that Clemson star quarterback Deshaun Watson participates in a spring game, as he is surely bound for the NFL in 2017, and the Tigers also have some key players returning next year after nearly winning a national championship in 2015.
And though Clemson narrowly edged ACC-rival Florida State for the top spot in spring game attendance, Tigers fans shouldn’t get too comfortable celebrating. Top powerhouses like Alabama, Ohio State and Penn State haven’t had their spring games yet, and the Buckeyes nearly had 100,000 in attendance last season. Coach Urban Meyer even set a spring goal of surpassing that mark this year. Given how Alabama just won a national championship, they too can expect a huge turnout so long as the weather holds up.
That said, though Tigers fans did raise the bar, other fan bases may soon follow.
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