The massive interest in college football continues to grow, with the SEC leading the way.
The SEC set an all-time record across all conferences with 7,784,376 fans attending games in 2015, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Football Foundation.
The SEC also led all FBS conferences in average attendance for the 18th straight year, with an average 78,630 fans attending each game.
The remaining Power Five conferences average attendees were as follows: Big Ten (66,008), Big 12 (57,347) Pac-12 (51,880) and ACC (49,033).
Of the roughly 49 million fans to attend college football games across 666 NCAA programs last season, SEC games accounted for 15.9 percent of the attendees. Since 1948, the total number of fans attending all college football games has increased by 156 percent.
Alabama led the nation with 1.35 million fans attending 15 games, including home, away and postseason contests. Five other SEC teams — Florida (1.16 million), Tennessee (1.13 million), Texas A&M (1.10 million), Auburn (1.08 million) and Georgia (1.07 million) — broached one million spectators.
The SEC also dominated TV ratings, with the “SEC on CBS” being the highest-rated regular-season college football package among all networks for the seventh year in a row. Outside the 2014 FIFA World Cup, ESPN’s digital broadcast on WatchESPN of the College Football Playoff National Championship between Alabama and Clemson received the largest ranking for a game in the history of the platform.