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College football attendance improved in 2013...slightly

The state of college football attendance was declared to be an "epidemic" over the off-season. Turns out you can take your hand off the panic button, for now.

AL.com released a study earlier this week stating that college football attendance grew by one percent in 2013 to 45,815 fans per game. Neutral site games were not taken into account, so the 70,000-plus at the SEC championship were not taken into account. And remember, this is all announced attendance, not actual fannies in seats.

For the umpteenth consecutive season, the SEC led all conferences with an average of 75,582 fans per game. The Big Ten placed second (70,483), followed by the Big 12 (58,057), the Pac-12 (53,619) and the ACC (49,624).

Here are the top eight gainers among BCS schools:

1. Central Florida - 22 percent
2. Pittsburgh - 20 percent
3. Kentucky - 20 percent
4. Washington - 17 percent
5. Stanford - 17 percent
6. Miami - 13 percent
7. Georgia Tech - 12 percent
8. Purdue - 12 percent

And here are the eight biggest attendance drop-offs from 2012 to 2013:

1. South Florida - 21 percent
2. USC - 17 percent
3. Colorado - 15 percent
4. California - 12 percent
5. Kansas - 12 percent
6. Boston College - 11 percent
7. Houston - 11 percent
8. Arkansas - 9 percent

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