Skip to comments.ESPN's BCS Alabama-LSU final rating [barely] avoids all-time low (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Posted on 01/10/2012 1:34:01 PM PST by Zakeet
Link only as per posting guidelines: USA Today
Gist of article: Ratings for title game down 8 percent from last year; barely (by 0.3 percent) above all time low; all BCS games down 12 percent from last year
The simple answer is that Oklahoma St. lost to an unranked team, and Alabama only lost by 3 points in overtime to the number 1 team in the nation.
The boobs at Espn gave us a rematch of a game few wanted to see. I wanted to see Ok st get a shot. Not a rematch from the same conference.
I’m not sure Alabama and Lsu were excited about the game.
Saw it as just another ridiculous bowl game. No integrity in getting to a bowl game this year. Too many bowl games and teams with losing records playing some of those games.
Bama came to kill LSU. They played at the same level or better as the 1st game. Some of LSU's players showed up with their heads up their a$$es. Jordan Jefferson, after running that option all year long, all of a sudden decided to not execute it correctly one time.
Hats off to Alabama, b/c they stuffed LSU all night long. And this is coming from a huge LSU fan. I think Bama would have absolutely slaughtered any other team, mainly due to the fact that no other team besides these two has the calibre of defense.
Except OK St. lost to Iowa State. Can’t do that and play for the championship.
The best two teams in the nation played last night, and the better team won.
I watched it because I’m from the New Orleans area. Besides the fact that it was a terrible from an LSU point of view, I can’t take these “color commentators” feeling like they have to constantly talk and talk so loud when speaking. It’s like if a second of dead air was to happen, then they’ve failed in some way. It wasn’t just the case with this game, but many NFL games as well. Some are worse than others. Why do we need to know what the coaches and players may be thinking, and such other nonsense? When you attend the games in person, you hear the announcer over the loudspeaker telling you if it’s 1st down, how many yards were gained, etc. We seem to understand what’s going on with the game without all the incessant chatter of the “color” guys.
LSU should have known better than to play in New Orleans during high Tide! LOL.
After all, they both beat:
Florida Tennessee Auburn Arkansas Ole Miss Miss State *Each other (so over half of their wins came against the same competition) And a handful of other teams some of them not even Division 1AA
Were they 2 of the best teams in the nation? Yup. Were they the top 2 teams in the nation? We will never know.
I hope the above was at least one reason why the ratings for Monday's game were so poor.
Here’s the solution, assuming a four-team playoff:
Have all of the traditional bowl games on New Years’ Day.
The National Semifinals on Jan 2.
The National Championship game on Jan 9.
The first game should have ended in a tie. If they got rid of overtime in college football, I would not mind one bit....why should a team get the same credit for winning in OT than they get winning in regulation?
I saw the 4th qtr. Seems like I saw enough.
Sputter sputter punt. Sputter sputter punt. Zzzzz. Oh damn, a touchdown! Woo hoo. Clank. Ungggh.
Poor, honey badger.
No surprise. I think they need to think about putting this game closer to New Years Day. In this case most casual college football fans outside the south have simply moved on to other interests and dont care about a game between 2 southern teams.
I have suggested something similar to what you have suggested. Instead of the BCS picking two teams they should pick 4 teams and play a two semifinal games on New Years Day and then maybe a week later play the championship game.
It could have been even more more bizarre than that. After the regular season ended there was a legitimate chance that the BCS Championship game could have matched up two teams (LSU and Alabama) that both came from the same conference, with NEITHER of them winning their own conference championship!
If Georgia had beaten LSU in the SEC title game, the BCS championship probably still would have matched up LSU and Alabama. And Arkansas would have been the odd one out because their only two losses this year came to LSU and Alabama . . . talk about a hard-luck team!
I would acknowledge Alabama as champion if they beat Oklahoma State in a playoff game.
I understand the sentiment, but there's no way you can fault the BCS process just because one conference had two teams that were so dominant. It's even more amazing when you go beyond those two teams and add Arkansas to the mix. With Arkansas finishing the season ranked #5, you not only had three of the top five teams in the nation from the same conference . . . but they were all from the same division (the SEC West). This is why the SEC title game had LSU matched up against Georgia . . . which was ranked somewhere around #14 at the time but was actually ranked behind South Carolina . . . on the strength of SC's win over Georgia early in the season . . . and yet Georgia finished above them in the SEC East on the strength of their better conference record.
And by the way -- Georgia has to be one of the most difficult teams to assess in college football. They finished ranked #19 even with four losses because all four losses came to teams that were ranked very high in the final BCS rankings (Boise State at #8, South Carolina at #9, LSU at #2 and Michigan State at #12).
For anyone who really thinks Oklahoma State deserved to play in the BCS Championship game, I have two words for you: IOWA STATE. C'mon, man -- if they had just beated that 6-7 team this whole controversy would have been avoided!
I would also have the semifinal games in the home stadium of the higher ranked team.....no more neutral site games.
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