In college football, home teams outscore away teams by 3-3.5 points per game according to analysis by Matt Mills at SB Nation.
But is the advantage due to the home crowd or something else?
It's likely a combination of factors (familiarity with the stadium, girlfriend in the crowd, a good night's rest in your own bed), but I'm particularly curious about crowd effect.
Tonight Ohio State faces Oregon on neutral territory in Arlington, Texas. Ohio State fans in attendance supposedly outnumber Oregon fans 7:3. Is there any evidence this attendance disparity actually confers an advantage?