Grocery shopping goes from boring to bee-yoo-ti-ful on free sample days. And every spring, FSU gives fans a free taste of the Noles latest gridiron product. This year, over 36,000 dropped by to sample the Seminoles. That was well north of the 19,631 average attendance for BCS schools, according to a Birmingham News study.
The big winner this spring was Nebraska, where 80,149 red overall-clad Husker fans jammed the stands. But it still wasn't good enough to beat the all-time spring game attendance record, when 92,138 Bama faithful turned out in 2007 to see if Nick Saban really could walk on water.
Of course, it's not hard to pack the old stadium when you can just walk right in and sit anywhere you like. But beware, fans of free spring football. Sixteen BCS schools, or 24 percent, actually charged admission this year. It cost anywhere from $3 to $15 to watch a glorified intra-squad scrimmage. Some schools donated proceeds to scholarship funds, hospitals and charities. And at Missouri and Oregon a couple cans of Spam got you through the turnstiles, as donated food items went to local food banks.