Big 10 well represented in National College Football


Some record breaking numbers were released yesterday by the National Football Foundation. Sure, one of the aims of the press release was spreading pro-bowl system/anti-playoff propaganda, but the attendance and television ratings still prove this: popular backlash against BCS bs isn’t turning people off from the game. So take a look at these big numbers, and imagine what these numbers would be if there actually was a football answer to March Madness.

* The Big Ten Network’s ratings increased across the board in 2009, with its average afternoon telecasts improving by 28 percent over 2008 and its eight primetime games exploding by a staggering 183 percent. The channel’s telecasts of afternoon games averaged a 2.3 household rating with the primetime games pulling a 1.7 rating.

* The Mtn. – MountainWest Sports Network saw an 18 percent increase in its average household viewership from 2008 for the slate of 30 games that it carried in 2009 and 2008.

* Almost 48.3 million fans attended games at the 630 NCAA schools during the 2009 season, including postseason games.

* Average attendance at Football Bowl Subdivision games was 46,281.

* Michigan led the nation with an average crowd of 108,933.

* Penn State, Ohio State and Texas all averaged better than 100,000 a game.

The Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi garnered the second largest bowl audience this season for ESPN on ABC, behind only the BCS National Championship, with 15,143,000 households; 24,025,000 viewers; and a 13.2 rating.

* Both of ABC’s New Year’s Day college football bowl games scored increased ratings over last season. The Capital One Bowl (Penn State 19, LSU 17) produced an 8 percent pop from last year with a 6.9 rating while the Rose Bowl presented by Citi (Ohio State 26, Oregon 17) tallied a 12 percent increase with a 13.2 rating. All totaled ESPN on ABC posted a 36 percent increase for its bowl coverage over last year.

* A thrilling-overtime Outback Bowl produced the highest rated bowl ever on ESPN/ESPN2 for a game in the Chicago market (DMA), producing a 7.1 rating as Auburn beat Northwestern, 38-35. The previous Chicago market record was the 2000 Alamo Bowl between Nebraska and Northwestern with a 5.2 rating. The 4.06 national rating was a 32% increase over the 2009 Outback Bowl.

* The Valero Alamo Bowl with Texas Tech winning 41-31 against Michigan State, claimed the highest rated bowl game ever on ESPN/ESPN2 in both the San Antonio and Dallas markets with 12.5 and 9.3 ratings, respectively.

* Conference breakdown of BCS title game appearances from 1998-2009 has been Big 12 (7); SEC (6), ACC (3), Big East (3), Pac-10 (3), Big Ten (2).

* The Rose Bowl continued the longest sellout streak in college football, which dates back to 1947, selling 93,963 tickets for the Oregon vs. Ohio State match-up.

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