Big Following: B1G fans traveled extremely well this bowl season
Three bowl games featuring B1G teams were among the most-attended non-New Year’s Six postseason games this year.
According to a list of attendance figures compiled by Chris Andringa, the Citrus Bowl (Penn State vs. Kentucky), Music City Bowl (Purdue vs. Auburn) and Holiday Bowl (Northwestern vs. Utah) were among the most popular games this postseason. All three games ranked in the top 10 in attendance.
The Citrus Bowl was the most-attended B1G postseason game not involving a New Year’s Six bowl, drawing a crowd of 59,167 to Camping World Stadium in Orlando. Right behind that game was the Music City Bowl in Nashville, which drew 59,024 fans.
A little further down the list was the Holiday Bowl, which had 47,007 fans in attendance.
— Chris Andringa (@cjandringa) January 1, 2019
Leading the way for all non-New Year’s Six attendance was the Alamo Bowl game featuring Washington State and Iowa State. That was the only game to draw over 60,000 fans, as the attendance is listed at 60,635.
While there’s an increasing belief that non-New Year’s Six bowl games don’t matter, these figures prove that a lot of people still care about this postseason matchups, especially in the B1G.
The B1G finished the postseason with a 5-4 record.