Florida State entered the 2017 college football season as a national championship contender and ended it as one of the biggest disappointments of the year.
The attendance numbers at Doak Campbell Stadium are indicative of just how underwhelming the Seminoles were in 2017.
Florida State saw a significant dip of 5,857 in its average attendance numbers this season, according to College Football News. That total was the third-biggest drop in the ACC behind Pitt (minus-9,781) and Louisville (minus-7,905), and the 14th-biggest drop in the country.
In 2016, the Seminoles average home crowd was 76,800 as compared to 70,943 in 2017. That drop off equates to about 7.4 percent of Doak Campbell Stadium’s capacity of 79,500.
A lesser product on the field is the easiest way to explain the attendance dip.
All the hype in the offseason faded in the season opener after losing starting quarterback Deondre Francois to a season-ending patella tendon injury in his left knee. Florida State never recovered.
The Seminoles struggled mightily as true freshman James Blackman tried to grow under center behind an inferior offensive line. FSU struggled averaged 27.8 points and 351.9 yards per game, which ranked eighth and 13th in the ACC, respectively. They also ranked last in the conference in first downs per game (18) and third-to-last in third-down conversion percentage (35.2 percent).
Florida State finished the season with a 7-6 (3-5 ACC) record, the lowest win total for the program since 2009, and watched Jimbo Fisher bolt to become the new head coach at Texas A&M.
First-year coach Willie Taggert, however, brings promise that the attendance dip will be a one-year blip.
In his only season as Oregon’s coach last year, the average attendance at Autzen Stadium increased by 3,954, jumping from 54,677 to 58,631. That was the 14th-highest increase in the country last year.
Taggert also gets Francois back under center to lead his offensive system that ranked 18th in the nation in points per game at 36.0.
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