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BCS championship game lowest rated title in BCS era

Alabama Crimson Tide running back Richardson holds the BCS trophy after defeating the LSU Tigers during the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game in New Orleans AP

Last night’s national championship rematch between No.2 (now No. 1) Alabama and No. 1 (now No. 2) LSU, while a great game for the Tide, was a bust on the TV ratings scale.

The rematch of the “Game of the Century” drew a 13.8 overnight rating on ESPN, the lowest rating for a BCS championship game since Miami-Nebraska pulled a 14.3 at the 2002 Rose Bowl.

Some apparently boycotted last night’s game by not watching it. Some just turned it off when it became clear that 1) Alabama was going to kick their way to a victory and/or 2) the game itself wasn’t exciting.

In all, BCS games saw a 10 percent drop in ratings from a year ago.

In a related story, the BCS is set to meet today to discuss possible changes to the postseason format. I’m guessing these numbers will eventually, if not today, be addressed.

 

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  1. ducej11 says: Jan 10, 2012 12:53 PM

    That’s what happens when you air the game on ESPN instead of ABC.

  2. mydixienormus says: Jan 10, 2012 12:55 PM

    Glad to hear the masses were pumped for that SEC Showdown…

    What a JOKE!

  3. deadeye says: Jan 10, 2012 12:56 PM

    Really not a shock considering the fact it was a rematch, the first game only consisted of 5 field goals, both teams were from the hated SEC, and the game was on ESPN. What idiot was expecting high viewership numbers?

  4. John Taylor says: Jan 10, 2012 1:00 PM

    That’s what happens when you air the game on ESPN instead of ABC.

    Last year’s Auburn-Oregon game was on ESPN. This year’s overnight rating was 14 percent below that one.

  5. savocabol1 says: Jan 10, 2012 1:05 PM

    In my opinion, that was the worst championship game I have ever watched in my 20+ years of watching college football.

    The only people that think this was an exciting game are Bama fans, LSU haters, and ESPN (who we all know is sleeping with the SEC and the BCS).

    Glad the BCS folks got this one wrong for another year in a row!

  6. randamonious says: Jan 10, 2012 1:06 PM

    even the halftime show featured missed field goals……

    boring match up – again

  7. shamrock7326 says: Jan 10, 2012 1:08 PM

    E$ECPN! Way to lobby your way into a complete BUST. LMAO!!

  8. crindal3000 says: Jan 10, 2012 1:09 PM

    this game was like watching 2 NFL teams play. Unfortunately it wast the first string defense against the 3rd string offense. this was painfully boring. i usually drink a few beers while watching a game but had to switch to coffee at half time. and still fell asleep mid 3rd quarter.

  9. hatrhurter says: Jan 10, 2012 1:10 PM

    why watch a game that would either prove bama didn’t deserve to be there or prove we needed a playoff system and give them ratings?

  10. radrntn says: Jan 10, 2012 1:13 PM

    BCS is a joke, as is the SEC….really all this game was is the SEC Championship.

    If the BCS wants to get even the slightest of creditabilty maybe the BCS elgible conferences should have to be able to only play BCS elgible teams, and not do what the SEC did and play a bunch of nobodys, with the exception of LSu/Oregon week one which had to be played at LSU which is another joke

  11. bozosforall says: Jan 10, 2012 1:16 PM

    radrntn says:
    Jan 10, 2012 1:13 PM
    BCS is a joke, as is the SEC….really all this game was is the SEC Championship.

    If the BCS wants to get even the slightest of creditabilty maybe the BCS elgible conferences should have to be able to only play BCS elgible teams, and not do what the SEC did and play a bunch of nobodys, with the exception of LSu/Oregon week one which had to be played at LSU which is another joke

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    LSU/Oregon was played in Dallas on a neutral field, moron. Also, LSU beat West Virginia in Morgantown…the same West Virginia that crushed their opponent in their bowl game this year.

    Face it, the SEC wins because they have the best talent…homegrown talent that is from the South, the hotbed of elite athletes.

  12. jckid21 says: Jan 10, 2012 1:16 PM

    So much for being the World Wide Leader!

  13. makimaguro says: Jan 10, 2012 1:23 PM

    Time for a playoff system.

  14. woebegong says: Jan 10, 2012 1:27 PM

    Count me as one of the 13.8 and I am going to miss football, no matter who plays. I love the game, and a little controversy doesn’t blunt my feelings.

  15. overratedgators says: Jan 10, 2012 1:32 PM

    So let me get this straight: when you schedule a rematch of a boring, kicking dominated game, you get another boring, kicking dominated game.

    Got it. Thanks.

  16. chborg says: Jan 10, 2012 1:35 PM

    I thought that th TV production was bad. To many quick shots of things that didn’t matter. There were to many closeups, and to few wide “total field” shots. I quit watching

  17. BrownsTown says: Jan 10, 2012 1:40 PM

    I didn’t watch last night or the WVU-Clemson game. Instead I watched Tijuana Drug Lords on my DVR. It was about cartels that uses shady tactics to get what they want.

    Sorry, I should clarify that I’m talking about Tijuana Drug Lords and not the game last night.

  18. CBFAN says: Jan 10, 2012 1:48 PM

    An the ratings don’t even count those of us who nodded off during the game!

  19. kdbroom says: Jan 10, 2012 1:50 PM

    The ratings sucked? Good. Fewer people to watch my beloved Tigers get their heads handed to them.

  20. treysdown says: Jan 10, 2012 1:56 PM

    Glad to see this was the lowest rated BCS championship game. Didn’t notice the report on ESPN.

    Hopefully this will send a message to ESPN that people won’t stand for them trying to force the SEC down their throats.

    I am sick of them ruining college football.

  21. drexelvol says: Jan 10, 2012 2:00 PM

    I missed every BCS game except the championship game because they were all played on weird nights. I understand no games on New Years Day because of the “never on a Sunday” for the Rose bowl and the NFL games, but there just didn’t seem to be any structure to the BCS game schedules this year.

  22. phelbin says: Jan 10, 2012 2:00 PM

    I’m really glad I decided not to watch it. ESPN is in bed with the BCS, but it’s the fans who get screwed!

  23. ice90 says: Jan 10, 2012 2:05 PM

    Eight team playoff. Use these bowls:
    > Sugar
    > Rose
    > Fiesta
    > Orange
    > Cotton
    > Gator
    > Outback
    > Peach (chik-fil-a)

    Rotate bowls that get semi-finals and championship game. 3 of the 8 bowls will get 2 or 3 games (make more money).

    Keep other bowl games for other bowl qualifiers so we can still see Temple play Wyoming and the world will be at peace.

  24. burntorangehorn says: Jan 10, 2012 2:13 PM

    Re-runs always get lower ratings than the premiere. But I was game for re-runs last night, so I fired up some Futurama on Netflix.

  25. mogogo1 says: Jan 10, 2012 2:24 PM

    I absolutely love college football but this rematch simply never had me excited. I watched the first half then gave up on it. I’m sure plenty of people didn’t even devote that much time to it.

  26. dkhhuey says: Jan 10, 2012 2:27 PM

    Caught about 60 seconds in the restaurant bar as I walked by and realized I wasn’t missing much. Congrats to Bama though for getting some payback.

  27. rexismybff says: Jan 10, 2012 2:27 PM

    We saw real football all weekend – frankly I was a bit burned out and didn’t bother to tune in. I heard a few plays on the radio, but Bama was already up by 15 at that point.

    The main thing is that I don’t support SEC football. Those kids don’t look or talk like any college students I’ve ever met in my life. There’s no way most of them could qualify for a real school, like Texas, or USC, or UCLA, or Ohio State, let alone a strong academic program like Notre Dame or Stanford. Really – if I want to watch semi-pro football, I’ll just go down and see the local Arena-league games. And how many of them are going to be able to get a decent job with no education? I well recall flipping burgers at age 17 at a restaurant, and one of the other cooks was a recent tailback from Kentucky.

  28. cometkazie says: Jan 10, 2012 2:28 PM

    drexelvol says:
    Jan 10, 2012 2:00 PM
    I missed every BCS game except the championship game because they were all played on weird nights. I understand no games on New Years Day because of the “never on a Sunday” for the Rose bowl and the NFL games, but there just didn’t seem to be any structure to the BCS game schedules this year.
    +=+=+=+
    I was less than enthusiastic for the college postseason this year and I much prefer the college game. As it’s set up now, the postseason is meaningless, including the BCS championship. Championship of what? And I’m a SEC fan. It has everything to do with bragging rights and egos.

    I wish we could give the game back to the kids and forget the tailgaters and athletic departments.

    The NFL postseason is a lot more interesting because it means something.

  29. olskool711 says: Jan 10, 2012 2:40 PM

    Could it be that people have finally stopped listening to:

    Bill Hancock
    E. Gordon Gee
    Jim Delany
    Girls who work at disneypn, work as “analysts” and slant everything towards that which brings in the most money at the time?

    … and are finally thinking for themselves?

    16 Team Playoff or nothing.

    Give us back our Game!

  30. bbeaman78 says: Jan 10, 2012 2:40 PM

    College Football is joke. The only sport that doesn’t have a playoff in NCAA. These morons running it are selling you on the regular season meaning so much. IF the regular season meant so much then why did Alabama’s loss to LSU not keep them out of the title. They didn’t even win their conference. That should be the first qualifier to get into the National Title game. Great logic by presidents, AD, and of course the BCS execs. ESPN also had their hand of promoting this game since they were butt-hurt that CBS had the first game of 9-6.

    There should be an 8 team playoff or at least a 6 team playoff with 2 highest seeds getting a bye week. Anything will be better than 30 something bowl games that no one has interest in nor the money to travel to, so their team can end their year on “a positive note” and “get a good start for next year”

    Bowl games were great in the 70′s and 80′s when we didn’t have access to watching all these teams and there wasn’t any real organization amongst schools and conferences. Now with everyone able to watch all the games from coast to coast they need to realize that a playoff will make college football a bigger cash machine and ratings would be through the roof during the playoffs.

    Burnt out on the crap that it keeps people talking about college football, and bowls are good for the kids, and playoffs would interfere with their education, and blah blah blah……With the economy right now some bowls, like nascar teams, are finding that corporate sponsors are drying up and not wanting to shell out hundreds of millions of dollars to have their name on a bowl game that means nothing.

    All schools start the season with the goal of winning a national championship, if you don’t have a shot because your conference is terrible, your school is too small, then move teams in the MAC, WAC, MEAC, and other conferences out of D-1.

    I can’t believe this is as big of a cluster F&*k as it is. Do you people really by this system in determining a national champion in D-1 college football?

  31. philliesblow says: Jan 10, 2012 2:41 PM

    ice90 says:
    Jan 10, 2012 2:05 PM
    Eight team playoff. Use these bowls:
    > Sugar
    > Rose
    > Fiesta
    > Orange
    > Cotton
    > Gator
    > Outback
    > Peach (chik-fil-a)

    Rotate bowls that get semi-finals and championship game. 3 of the 8 bowls will get 2 or 3 games (make more money).

    Keep other bowl games for other bowl qualifiers so we can still see Temple play Wyoming and the world will be at peace.

    __________________________

    Agree with your intent, but if you have an 8 team play off you only need 4 bowl games.

    Set up semi finals as Rose (2 v 7) vs Orange (3 v 6) and Fiesta (4 v 5) vs Sugar (1 v 8) winners, seeded like NCAA hoops. Each location gets the championship game once every 4 years.

  32. falstaffsmind says: Jan 10, 2012 2:45 PM

    That’s what happens when your bowl game is scheduled for the Albanian New Year.

  33. Deb says: Jan 10, 2012 2:47 PM

    @treysdown …

  34. burntorangehorn says: Jan 10, 2012 2:49 PM

    beamen, I’m okay with it, but I have come to believe in a couple of things:

    1. A team should be required to have won its conference championship in order to participate in the BCS title game. That is, the matchup would become the #1-rated conference champion vs. the #2-rated conference champion.

    2. Every conference participating in the BCS process should have identical tie-breaking procedures to determine the conference champion (in cases of those without conference championship games) and division champions (in cases of those with conference championship games).

    As long as those are in place, this is better than, say, the NFL, where wild-cards can win the so-called national championship.

  35. mgscott says: Jan 10, 2012 2:50 PM

    Les Miles- Michigan guy

  36. kdbroom says: Jan 10, 2012 3:33 PM

    @Philliesblow,

    Actually, to have an 8-team playoff, you need 7 bowls. Four for the first round (four teams get eliminated), two for the next round (two more get eliminated), and then one for the championship game.

  37. suprmous says: Jan 10, 2012 4:02 PM

    rexismybff, I hate to tell you this but LSU is 2nd in the Country for graduating folks so how you can say you do you don’t know anything about is up for debate. Also your prejustices only show when you spew such from your mouth. Get your facts straight before opening your mouth and you might learn something. Then understand what’s going on.

  38. gamustangdude says: Jan 10, 2012 4:11 PM

    @ Deb. I’m with you on that one, but I got one better…

    1. All you crybabies in here are entertaining. Keep it up
    2. The top two teams played in the BCS National Championship game, End of Story.
    3. Who cares if many thought it was boring, many were also amazed at the one of the most impressive defense performance displayed by Alabama ever seen college football.
    4. If Ok State played LSU, it would’ve been boring as well. Who wants see OK State get beat 49-10?
    5. Name a better College Football team that is beyond a shadow of doubt better than LSU or Alabama. You can’t
    6. OK State barely beat Stanford, if there was a playoff LSU and Alabama would still be facing each other more than likely, what would you “non-sec” crybabies shout next?

    6 points, to match the 6 national championships 4 different SEC teams have won. It makes sense; I would be a hater to if I wasn’t a fan.

  39. tomtravis76 says: Jan 10, 2012 4:23 PM

    Oh my gosh, everyone in the country doesn’t want ESPN to force the SEC down their throats?

    Bama was the best team last night, no doubt, they dominated LSU. But the one thing the game last night told everyone is that only SEC football matters and the regular season games mean nothing.

    Division I needs a playoff to regain fans in all parts of the country. If every other football division can pull off a post season playoff, you would think those involved in D1 could do it.

  40. pittman2052 says: Jan 10, 2012 4:34 PM

    If you think that football should only be high scoring, no defense, no run game, then you do not know what football is about. Every team is different. Nobody would want to watch football if every team was the same. Many people find games that feature tons of yards and points boring because there is no defense. Others see it the other way. OK State, Stanford, and the other one loss teams could have made the championship game as well, but lost at the wrong time to the wrong teams. Had OK State beaten Iowa State, they would have been there. Bama lost to a team that was number one in the country and finished the season by not losing again. They proved last night that they belonged there.

  41. fatguystrangler says: Jan 10, 2012 4:37 PM

    For me, it didn’t help that he game took place on January 9th. The college football post-season includes too many bowls and is now too strung out. No excuse all these games can’t be done before January 3rd.

  42. Deb says: Jan 10, 2012 4:48 PM

    @gamustangdude …

    ROFL!!!! That’s hysterical!!!

    I wonder if these clods realize how much fun we’re having with their poor, pitiful whining!!! Winning is fun. Striking another blow for the SEC is fun. Having three SEC teams in the top five is fun. But seasoning our fun with the tears of all these bad sports is delicious :D

  43. dirksimmons says: Jan 10, 2012 4:49 PM

    How about this…Take the top 7 teams. Add the Cotton Bowl to the BCS. Give the number 1 team a bye. Have the the remaining six play in the BCS bowl games, rotating each year between quarterfinals and semi-finals. For example, the 1st year breaks down like this: 2-7 in the Rose, 3-6 in the Fiesta, and 4-5 in the Cotton. Winning teams move on: 1-4 in the Sugar, 2-3 in the Orange. Those teams go on to the National Championship game. Let’s say you want to keep automatic qualifiers. Fine…the winners of the Big 5 (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC) can receive automatic qualifiers provided they finish in the top 12 in the BCS. They could pass on seeding in favor of tradition if they wanted (like Pac-12/Big Ten matchup in the Rose on years where the Rose is a quarterfinal and no Pac-12 or Big Ten teams are the top seed). Non-AQ teams that win their conference must be selected for a spot in the playoffs if they’re in the top 7 of the BCS (the Boise State rule). The final spot is up for grabs by any team that did not win their conference but finished in the top 12 of the BCS. These money-grubbers aren’t going to compromise their selection power, so we have to give them 1 team. If a team from the Big 5 wins their conference but does not finish in the top 12, they can still qualify for a spot, but are instead put in a pool with the other remaining teams from the top 12 and subject to selection. No conference can have more than 2 teams. I don’t know. Still a lot of holes obviously.

  44. 1historian says: Jan 10, 2012 4:57 PM

    I get the most basic Dish package – it costs about $13 per month. Next package up is about $29, and although I would have liked to watch last night’s game as well as the other major bowls, and am a little pissed that I couldn’t, it wouldn’t have been worth the extra money I’d have to pay the rest of the year just to see the major bowl games.

  45. randamonious says: Jan 10, 2012 5:01 PM

    Halftime show – kicker misses field goals and gets new car……sounds like an SEC game to me…..

  46. luckylosers says: Jan 10, 2012 5:08 PM

    I know this sounds really STUPID, but here goes: College football needs to put their BCS bowl games (and some of the other ones) on CBS, Fox, NBC, and regular ABC. The ratings would definitely go up. ESPN has the monopoly on almost every single bowl game! People get sick of all that garbage they spout off. Just saying…

  47. BrownsTown says: Jan 10, 2012 5:16 PM

    Deb,

    Do you find it at all odd that you’re celebrating along with a Georgia fan? What does Georgia have to celebrate? Consecutive bowl losses to UCF and MSU? Regular season losses to Boise St, the team the SEC honks always said couldn’t hang with the SEC (not to be confused with Utah from the bowl game vs. Bama a few years ago)? Shouldn’t you be the only one thumping your chest in here? Face it, the rest of America laughs at the incestuous nature of SEC fans. Y’all are a strange breed. By SEC logic, I as a Browns fan should be devastated that the Steelers lost. Guess what, I’m not.

    CC: gamustangdude

  48. imaduffer says: Jan 10, 2012 5:19 PM

    Did I miss something? When is the BCS Championship game on?

  49. gamustangdude says: Jan 10, 2012 5:35 PM

    @brownstown

    We have plenty to celebrate. UGA was 6-7 in 2010, this year we finished 10-4 and won the SEC East. I can live with that. It’s funny that ignorant fans like you only focus on half the story, another reason why I laugh in your face. Yeah UGA had a triple overtime loss to MSU, oh well. I guess the series is tied 1-1. Yes Boise beat us this year, they were number 4 we were 19, thanks for leaving that part out. Big -10 went 1-3 on JAN 2 (two of those losses were against the “incestuous SEC… “. Is it worse being the “incestuous SEC?” or worse losing to the “incestuous SEC?” You have no room to talk.

    “By SEC logic, I as a Browns fan should be devastated that the Steelers lost. Guess what, I’m not”

    Sorry but SEC fans don’t collectively cheer for the same NFL Conference, we only collectively cheer for the same College Football conference, great job comparing apples to oranges there genius.

    This is what you sound like brownstown

  50. nickp91 says: Jan 10, 2012 5:40 PM

    why did ESPN/Disney decide to take BCS off ABC?

  51. adcoop22 says: Jan 10, 2012 5:48 PM

    I didn’t watch this or any other bowl game. I even missed my. Eloved broncos thump ASU. The only way to make change is to hurt the ratings and stop supporting all I the sponsors. I no longer buy tositos, don’t use a capitol one card, and certainly won’t visit MAACO. I know it’s not much, but at least I can do something

  52. northernpatriots says: Jan 10, 2012 5:51 PM

    NorthernPatriots family would like to give a shout out to the illiterate southern yokel above who, while trying to insult someone’s intelligence, wrote “prejustices” instead of prejudices.

    Kudos, SEC inbred. Kudos.

  53. Deb says: Jan 10, 2012 5:52 PM

    suprmous, I posted my sincere congrats to LSU within five minutes of our November loss. Must have missed your congratulations to Alabama.

    And still haven’t found one word of congrats to Alabama from tigersgeaux, alligatorsnapper, or the friends they registered solely to bait and bully Bama fans. They have no problem showing up for the dirty work. But they don’t have the class or character to congratulate an opposing team on a decisive victory. That says it all.

    Huge respect for LSU fans like cometkazie and thecrazyasianinthesec who conducted themselves with class throughout the entire season and were content to win games on the field, rather than trying to gut opposing fans on the blogs.

  54. rosieoutlook says: Jan 10, 2012 6:46 PM

    Monday’s (Jan. 9) BCS National Championship broadcast of Alabama’s 21-0 shutout of LSU on ESPN scored the second-highest rating in cable-TV history, bested only by last year’s BCS Championship broadcast, also on ESPN.

    These are the recent headlines. Your article is slanted to get your opinion across.

  55. Deb says: Jan 10, 2012 6:46 PM

    @BrownsTown …

    No, it doesn’t seem odd to be celebrating with gamustangdude. It’s an SEC thing. We navigate our interconference rivalries but overall still celebrate the conference. For instance, as a Bama fan, I didn’t root for Auburn last year. But I’ll happily celebrate Auburn’s title among our running tally :) Georgia and Alabama have no team animosities, so it’s easy for us to do the kumbaya thing.

    The only thing that didn’t compute this season was how I defended LSU through all their troubles (and am still defending Les Miles today) while they’re loudest proclaimers of supposed SEC loyalty ripped our coach, declared our team unworthy, and eviscerated those of us who said–after everyone else lost to lesser teams–that Bama should contend for the title. They were like people who invest together in lottery tickets insisting they’ll gladly split the winnings but when the numbers come in, they wind up taking out hits on the other claimants. It was more disgusting behavior than I encountered from Ravens, Browns, or Bengals fans on PFT during the Milledgeville saga.

    I the historic kinship of (most) SEC fans and the historic hatreds of the AFC North. But those nuts will forever remain a mystery to me.

  56. wvucolumbus says: Jan 10, 2012 6:52 PM

    2 best teams for sure. 2 most entertaining teams? Not by a chance. But who cares the 2 best teams were in the title game and Alabama wins it. Nicky Saban (from north-central WV) wins another one. Can’t wait till he comes home when he’s done in Dixie (if he doesn’t become the next Bear Bryant and stay for life).

    He’s a legend in Alabama. He’d be a demigod in WV…..

    (Relax people…I’m not saying WVU is on same level as Alabama…I’m stating the obvious if he decided to ever come back home)……..I know it sounds unlikely, but there’s something about these hills that brings people back…..just sayin’

  57. joerevs300 says: Jan 10, 2012 7:11 PM

    For those of you complaining about ESPN…sorry.

    It’s not going to change.

    College athletics (ESPECIALLY CFB) is all about following the money now. And since ESPN offered more, that’s where it went.

    Think about what ABC is feeling right now with the NFL. NBC just got more Thursday Night games in the new deal. CBS/FOX, going strong. ABC…yeah, nothing. Good call right?

    The problem with a playoff is it will not solve all the problems. You’re still going to have that #5 team saying they got jobbed.

    Hell, now your have SIXTY EIGHT teams (out of 300+!!!) get into at least the First Four in the NCAA Basketball tournament and guys like Seth Greenberg STILL BITCH about not getting selected.

    Unfortunately, as Don Henley famously sang “This is the end…this is end of the innocence”. No longer is CFB about the sport. It’s about money, end of story.

  58. suprmous says: Jan 10, 2012 7:28 PM

    Deb, you must be blind b/c I offered congrats some time ago after gettin shalacked with the negativity I got.

  59. twoody50 says: Jan 10, 2012 7:59 PM

    This is what you get when you let old time coaches that don’t watch games all year vote on who is the best. as long as the subjectivity exists you will have this crap.

  60. twoody50 says: Jan 10, 2012 8:09 PM

    Espn does have a monopoly on all the BCS games. The BCS, ESPN and SEC are one in the same organization, and all their egoist jock-heads have bought into their thinking..

  61. twoody50 says: Jan 10, 2012 8:16 PM

    Obviously you can slant it either way, as the three headlines below indicate.

    Television ratings for BCS title game down 8 percent from Auburn-Oregon last year

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    By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, January 10, 7:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS — A field goal-filled shutout couldn’t compete with a thrilling finish for television viewers.

    ESPN sees ratings dip for Alabama vs. LSU in BCS National Championship Game
    But network still hauls in second-largest audience in cable TV history
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    Tuesday, January 10 2012, 6:36 PM

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A field goal-filled shutout couldn’t compete with a thrilling finish for television viewers.

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/football/ncaa/01/10/bcs-ratings.ap/index.html#ixzz1j6lGVr7r

  62. Deb says: Jan 10, 2012 8:29 PM

    Didn’t see it suprmous, but if you did, I stand corrected. Will say this–at least you’ve had the guts to be here.

    @wvucolumbus …

    It’s terrible that I don’t know this, but does Saban have any ties to WVU. I know he’s from West Virginia, but any ties to the school?

    And I just have to say this: I love Nick. He’s my kind of coach–defensive. Brilliant defensive strategiest. And he’s a hoot. He’s brought our program out of a long, dark period. I’m extremely grateful to have him.

    But he’s not going to be the next Bear. When Musberger said last night that he might make us forget Bear, I nearly fell out of my chair. Even if he stayed for life and matched or exceeded Bear’s record, he couldn’t supplant Bear. Noooo. :)

  63. vincentbojackson says: Jan 10, 2012 10:00 PM

    That’s what happens when you make two teams play 43 days after their regular season ended. I think people are finally showing their disapproval in the silly bowl system by turning off their tv’s.

    Wake me up when there’s a playoff in place.

  64. frank booth says: Jan 10, 2012 10:15 PM

    suprmous says:

    Jan 10, 2012 4:02 PM
    rexismybff, I hate to tell you this but LSU is 2nd in the Country for graduating folks so how you can say you do you don’t know anything about is up for debate. Also your prejustices only show when you spew such from your mouth. Get your facts straight before opening your mouth and you might learn something. Then understand what’s going on.
    ===================================
    It’s you who needs to get his/her facts straight. LSU is second in the SEC, not in the country. As you say, “Get your facts straight before opening your mouth and you might learn something. Then understand what’s going on.”

  65. suprmous says: Jan 10, 2012 10:21 PM

    Sorry I made such a blunder but I attribute it to bein upset at the way the other poster came across when talking about our culture and folks in the South. I’m proud to be from here and damned happy that we have some of the schools of higher education that we do and that we do have atheltes graduating as well. Again sorry for the blunder.

  66. 160hfalligatorhater says: Jan 11, 2012 2:55 AM

    Isn’t there another guy other than old Musberger???? He always always ruins it for us because Al, Joe Buck, Collinsworth have spoiled us. Give BM the boot! Color him gone!!!! No wonder the ratings joined the Titanic. Argh, he is simply AWFUL.

  67. hagothsen says: Jan 11, 2012 3:13 AM

    he.. hehe.. Hehe.. HEhe… HEHE… HA… HAHAHAHA!!!

    Suck on it BcS!

  68. tigersgeaux says: Jan 11, 2012 10:06 AM

    Coach Saban prepared his team excellently. They played a superb game. LSU did not play, or maybe they played at the game, rather than playing the game. Alot of discussion in LA about the lack of a good game plan and a predictable 60th ranked offense which cannot compete against a team with an equal or better defense, and more.

    Congratulations to the Alabama team and coaches and our friends in Huntsville, New Orleans, and Jacksonville who are Alabama alumni and great fans, that we were able to turn on to CFT. Hope you start posting on CFT soon.

    If LSU coach(es) pay attention to this game there will be some changes in the OC, offensive scheme, some personnel (which for the most part won’t be here anyway since they are seniors).

    Our best to SouthernPatriots who are now back in Central Appalachia helping to save lives of children who would die from pneumonia except for quick medical treatment. Southern Patriots were the first to post congratulations to Alabama which they did even before the game ended, but of course, the queen left them out. The queen who calls LSU fans “a$$” and responds to other posters by questioning their male genitalia. Keep your trash to yourself. I posted congrats as soon as I could get back to my computer. Alligatorsnapper did as well.

    We don’t expect all Alabama fans to congratulate LSU and all LSU fans here at CFT when LSU beats Bama, and they didn’t, nor is it reasonable to expect that from all LSU fans. Most of the LSU fans on CFT, we have seen some form of congratulations or acknowledgement of the great game the Tide played.

    Great conversations are happening now at coffee houses, bars, and meeting places throughout LA. Hope that results in some good for LSU football.

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