temple and the 'cuse travel alot of fans. the only way i see PSU matching us head to head attendance wise with their game against o$u.
2009 NCAA D1A Football Home Attendance War: Michigan vs Penn State
Either that game or when we play Delaware St.
delaware st. travels alot of fans.
to remember when the last d 1-aa school came to town that they brought a lot of fans with them. and the attendance for that game was over 109,000.
Deleware St. is over fall break for the students, so that's really a double whammy.
so I can't see them bringing many fans for an inevitable beat-down, unless RR announces that only our fourth-stringers will play.
When the day comes that they decide to add about 20,000 seats to the Big House, it will all be moot. I really miss the days when the Big House was the Big House and nobody else was even close. I sorta feel like I was spoiled.
Beaver Stadium's capacity is 107,282. So PSU - coming off an 11-win season, no less - apparently didn't sell out its season opener. Wow.
Michigan has a better schedule: one A game and three forgettable OOC games vs. one C- game (made marginally more interesting by the Paulus angle and the possibility of #45 sacking Duke's point guard) and three forgettable OOC games. So now that you're putting a compelling product on the field again, it wouldn't be surprising if UM posts more favorable numbers. PS AD Curley made the penny-wise pound-foolish decision to schedule such an indefensible slate of tomato cans. Although, Akron is actually fundamentally sound in most areas. In any case, the strategy (with which I disagree) of putting together a relatively weaker schedule in the interests of accruing more wins to secure a BCS slot is empowered by the perverse incentives that are part and parcel of the current system, a system largely kept in place because of the wishes of the B10 and PAC10 - the codependent parents in the dysfunctional college football family.
I'll predict that Penn State posts higher attendance for the one marquee match-up of the year, the homecoming of Prodigal Son Terrell Pryor. Although UM could possibly top that figure when hosting PSU due to strong traveling support from the visiting school and the fact that Michigan is the most attractive road venue to visit, apart from Pasadena.
In PSU's defense, they figured out the need to play A-list opponents. They have Alabama and Virginia (this didn't sound as bad a few days ago) over the next few seasons. EDIT: They also have Rutgers, which is at least a BCS opponent in an area they recruit hard in.
That's a pretty large post about head count for someone admonishing the rest of us.
Take your point, KBLOW. I'm not sure backward-looking metrics like headcount are the best areas of focus for our respective programs when there's more pressing business, B10's national standing etc. Fan support isn't the challenge for Michigan and PSU, but opposing a play-off might be.
..do you still have any of those "Beaver Stadium: The Real Big House" t-shirts left? :)
Anyway, I agree that a) scheduling cupcakes for BCS purposes is a disgrace, and b) the BCS itself is a disgrace.
Re OSU on 07 Nov: Since Beaver's max seems to be 110K flat, you will need more than that for the highest single game attendance this year, since we "find" ways of getting well past 110K even at current capacity.
Wouldn't wear that shirt.
They can pack more in there then they have, if they so choose.
The real acid test should be Alabama in 2011. I think Nebraska in 2002 still has the Beaver Stadium record.
but noooooooooo....we *have* to play NDp EVERY year!
Board etiquette dictated that you should put a (p) in the title header of your post if there was profanity the body of the message. Soon enough, any mention of ND required a (p), and NDp was born.
And with that...To HELL with NDp!