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Early spring game attendance figures show great excitement around SEC

Florida fans

We all know that SEC football fans love their college football in the fall. Based on the numbers being reported, they love their college football in the spring as well.

As spring football begins to wrap up around the country, it is always interesting to look at the attendance numbers for spring games to gauge the level of excitement within different fan bases. After all, we are still over four months away from playing games that count.

Looking at the current Top-10 in regards to attendance at spring games nationwide in 2018, the SEC owns five of those spots. That’s pretty good considering Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee have yet to even play theirs – all of whom figure to wind up towards the top of this list.

The non-SEC teams presently in the Top 10 are Florida State, Clemson, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Virginia Tech.

Here’s a look at the five most-attended spring games so far in the SEC for 2018 and answers to why so many people came out to these events.

Florida

The Gators currently have the highest attended spring game for an SEC program with just over 53,000 fans.

Coming off a four-win season in 2017, you wouldn’t expect there to be a lot of excitement in the fan base, but first-year head coach Dan Mullen has brought a renewed passion and familiarity with him back to Gainesville and the Gator fans appear to be loving it.

Florida has numerous issues on its roster, starting with quarterback. No worry, Gator fans are trusting Mullen and his staff to turn things around in 2018.

Texas A&M

Texas A&M had over 48,000 at its spring game last week and, similar to Florida, it’s entirely because of a new head coach.

The Aggie faithful have welcomed Jimbo Fisher with open arms and for good reason. Fisher is one of only a handful of current coaches in college football to have a national title on his resume and those coaches don’t change jobs very often.

Kentucky

Over 38,000 fans showing up in Lexington for the Wildcats spring game may surprise some people. Most Kentucky fans in the spring are still trying to recover from basketball season.

Times are changing with Mark Stoops in charge.

Kentucky is coming off a 7-6 campaign, but when you consider that three of those six losses were by three points or less, there is reason for optimism in the commonwealth.

Auburn

Auburn experienced a mixed bag with the way the 2017 season ended. On one hand, they had huge regular season victories over both Georgia and Alabama. On the other hand, they had crushing losses to Georgia in the SEC Championship Game and to UCF in the Peach Bowl.

Despite the final two games of the 2017 season, Auburn’s year was a success and optimism is high for 2018.

The Tigers had over 28,000 fans in attendance at their spring game earlier this month, not a huge number which shows many Auburn faithful are still licking their wounds from last season’s bitter ending.

RELATED: Handicappers expect another big season from Auburn in 2018.

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