If we've said it once, we've said it 1,000 times: College football continues to be the most criminally undercovered sport in America. Yes, there are a million podcasts, local radio shows etc. But on the national landscape, it isn't covered with nearly the baited breath of say the NBA, despite a clear, unbridled, passion in the sport.
And if you needed a quick reminder, it came again on Tuesday, as we got numbers on the Alabama-Florida game Saturday afternoon in the Swamp. That game delivered a MONSTER viewership.
Overall, 7.8 million viewers tuned in, with the game peaking at 11.587 million viewers between 6:45 and 7:00 p.m. ET, according to CBS.
The numbers continue a trend which show unquestionably that America simply can't get enough college football. The opening weekend delivered, with Georgia and Clemson clearing eight million viewers on the opening Saturday, with Ohio State and Minnesota hitting well over six million viewers a few nights before. Then Oregon-Ohio State delivered close to eight million - for a noon kick-off - in Week 2.
Still, to see well over 11 million people locked in for the end of that Bama-Florida game shows just how much passion there is for this sport. For comparison's sake, the NBA Finals didn't have any game hit the 11 million person mark, until the Bucks clinched in Game 6 against Phoenix.
That was the championship clinching game, and yet a random Saturday afternoon in the Swamp out rated it.
Put simply, there is no denying it: People love them some college football.
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