ESPN College GameDay was in Eugene, Oregon this morning while Oregon ducks get ready to face the UCLA Bruins. As usual, signs were unfurled in force, including one that tried to hit the Bruins where it hurts: squarely in their attendance numbers.
We’ve seen several times this season that UCLA struggles to attract fans to the Rose Bowl.
Check out the crowd for UCLA’s ranked conference game against Utah.
Phew. Not good, and definitely not party worthy cake.
When entire sections of the stadium have to be covered in tarpaulins to sell a few ads, ticket sales don’t go too well.
The Rose Bowl has looked like a barren wasteland at some UCLA home games, leading one Oregon fan to ask which is higher: the school match day attendance or their average SAT score?
Let’s find out, shall we?
The average accepted UCLA student SAT score, per PrepScholar, is 1405 combined.
It would seem impossible for their attendance to be less than that, but look at the footage again and the “maybe” starts to seep in.
UCLA drew 27,143 fans for their Sept. 3 game against Bowling State. That’s a record since the team moved to the Rose Bowl in 1982.
In fairness to them, it’s still higher than their average SAT score.
Although it’s not a good sign for the Bruins that when someone brings up that question, you kind of want to know the answer because it’s closer than it should be.
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