Last week, BC drew its biggest crowd of the season so far, 39,111, for the Friday night affair against Florida State. This was right around in line with my expectations; Friday nights are challenging, but BC really should be near or above 40K for a marquee matchup.
This week poses a challenge when trying to guess attendance. On the plus side, it's Parents' Weekend, which in the past has usually meant near sell-out crowds even for lower tier opponents. It's also the first Saturday afternoon home game against a real opponent this season, which might bring out people who haven't made it out yet this year. Additionally, Northern Illinois will be a novel sight for BC fans; the Eagles and Huskies haven't met in decades.
On the other hand, despite being a very good team, Northern Illinois isn't exactly a huge, crowd-drawing name. Additionally, this is BC's fourth straight week with a home game, which can't help attendance. Any hopes of generating single game sale buzz were probably dashed by the fizzling out against FSU.
I would say that with all those factors balanced out, the net result will be a good but not great crowd. Put me down for, say, 38,000.
What say you?