Sean Merriman, web editor, December 18, 2015

Michigan football's 16-year run of leading the nation in attendance was ended by Ohio State last season.

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Now, it looks like the Wolverines have returned atop the leader board.

According to, Michigan was the leader in attendance this season, averaging 110,168 fans per game in 2015, a five-percent increase from 2014.

Ohio State ranked second in the nation in attendance this season with an average of 107,244 fans per game, while Penn State totaled just under 100,000 fans per contest, good for sixth best in the country.

According to the article, the Big Ten's average attendance in 2015 was 65,998, which was down from 66,939 in 2014 and 70,431 in 2013.

Nine of the 14 Big Ten schools saw smaller crowds this year, including a 14-percent decline by Northwestern, which went 10-2.

However, Minnesota had the third largest increase in attendance among Power Five schools, up nine-percent from 2014.

Here is a look at Big Ten attendance numbers, according to the CBS Sports article.

Michigan: 110,168
Ohio State: 107,244
Penn State: 99,799
Nebraska: 89,998
Wisconsin: 78,014
Michigan State: 74,661
Iowa: 63,142
Minnesota: 52,355
Rutgers: 47,723
Maryland: 44,341
Indiana: 44,314
Illinois: 41,342
Purdue: 37,508
Northwestern: 33,366