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Seems nobody wants to watch the ACC

Posted on: December 28, 2010 11:12 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Today is a good day to be a college football fan as we're all blessed with the chance to watch not just one, but two bowl games this evening, the first time we've had multiple games on the same day since the first three bowl games were played on December 18th.  The games provide a couple of decent matchups as well, as all four teams come from BCS conferences with West Virginia taking on N.C. State and Iowa facing Missouri.  Though if recent television ratings have taught us one thing, not many eyes will be on N.C. State and West Virginia in the Champs Sports Bowl.

The Wall Street Journal published a story on the top television draws in bowl games since 1998 based on how ratings performed against expectations. The usual suspects sit atop the list of teams who draw more viewers.  Teams like USC (+28.7%), Florida State (+22.6%), Notre Dame (+20.8%), Miami (+15.7%) and Michigan (+12%) all draw in more eyeballs than expected.  Of course, when you look at the bottom of the list, you find that outside of Florida State, not many people seem to care about ACC teams in bowl games.

Four of the bottom five teams are from the ACC, including N.C. State.  In dead last we have Virginia (-18.3%) followed by N.C. State (-17%), Georgia Tech (-14.7%), LSU (-8.9%) and Clemson (-7.9%).  As you can see, LSU is the only non-ACC team in the bottom five, and honestly, I'm a bit surprised to find them there.

You'll also notice that there are no SEC teams in the top five, so I guess everyone must hate the SEC too.  Or, you can explain it by the fact that the SEC tends to play in a lot of national championships and other BCS bowls, which are expected to get higher ratings and skew the numbers a bit.  Still, even if that's the case, feel free to use the "Nobody watches the SEC!" argument next time you're dealing with an SEC-homer.  They won't care, but you'll need as much ammo as you can get.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:19 pm

Seems nobody wants to watch the ACC

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Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2011 3:25 pm

Seems nobody wants to watch the ACC

Seems nobody wants to watch the ACC except for the fact that 5 of the 8 most watched college football games in ESPN HISTORY included ACC teams.




1. Virginia Tech-Boise State (2010) 7,251,601 households
2. Ohio State-USC (2009) 7,243,011
3. Miami-FSU (2006) 6,329,828
4. Miami-FSU (2009) 5,820,001
5. West Virginia-Louisville (2006) 4,915,915
6. Miami-Florida (2008) 4,886,206
7. Miami-FSU (1994) 4,846,320
8. FSU-Clemson (2007) 4,842,356

SEC is a great football conference, but let's not ignore the facts completely, people.

Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2010 7:15 pm

Seems nobody wants to watch the ACC

Thanks to ESPN and CBS everyone has been branwashed into thinking that the SEC is the only good conference in college football...which is complete BS.

Since: Jan 24, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2010 5:54 pm

Seems nobody wants to watch the ACC

The FBS/BCS bowl system is broken.  We all know it.  And we all know the reason that it is perpetuated.....the all-mighty dollar.  But the bottom line is that they bowl system is broken.....badly.  It's not the ACC's fault.  It's not the SEC's fault.  It's just broken.  There are too many bowl games.  The match ups sux bad.  Heck, most of the games this year have been blow-outs.

The analysis put forth in this brief article is lax.  It's more like a short blog post, a poorly rated one, I might add.

In fact, there is no analysis in the article at all.  Just a writer who wants to bash.  No analysis.

Look at Temple, for instance.  Here's a team that went 8-4 and was leading Penn State at the half, coach Golden was lured away to Miami.....yet no bowl offers at all.  Meanwhile, teams like Ohio U. (6-6) and ECU (6-6) got to play.  Really?  Does a 6-6 team deserve to go bowling at all????  Over an 8-4 team?


And take Maryland, for another example.  Here's a team that went 8-4, beat NC State badly in the last game of the season, had the ACC Coach of the Year, and the ACC Rookie of the Year, and ended up in the ACC's eighth place bowl because the Champs Sports Bowl wanted NC State, presumably because NC State drew better during the year because Maryland, coming off a 2-10 year, having a weak home schedule, and competeting against two NFL teams less than 30 miles from their campus, didn't draw well this year at home.

What happened?  Maryland, at their bowl game, outdrew NC State (who didn't sell out their ticket allotment), WVU (who didn't sell out their ticket allotment) and ECU (who did sell out their ticket allotment but was 6-6 on the season).  In fact, Maryland, an ACC team, drew more to their bowl game than just about any other team that is not in a major bowl.  They drew as many as Alabama will this year to their bowl game.

Was Maryland mentioned in this article?  Temple?  No.  No stats other than a few more pleople are watching Notre Dame and Michigan, both of whom have been terrible in recent years and tried to rebound this year.

Hey, more people are watching Duke football?  Sure.  They played Alabama this year and got more of an audience for that one game then they've had in the last ten years.  If it hadn't been over in the first quarter, they would have ended up in the top five increases.

The point is that this article and the weak stats contained in it prove nothing.    Teams on the rise (except for USC) got more notice.  Teams on the decline got less (except for NC State).

As for having two great bowl games that day.......NC State thumped WVU.  Wasn't even a little close.  In fact, it was a blow out.  Iowa v. Missouri turned out to be a real close game.  So naturally it would appeal to more people.

This article proves nothing.  The bowl system is broken.  ACC teams, except for GT, are fairing pretty good this year.  Is the writer a Big Least fan?

Since: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2010 12:35 pm

the whole premise is flawed

Date and time of the games have an effect as does the opponent, all of which are ignored by this simplistic view.  For example, Virginia Tech has been in the Orange Bowl four times dating back to the 1997 match up with Nebraska.  If they played an opponent that made a compelling matchup, the TV ratings were better.  The one time they playing a higher ranked Big East team, the ratings were terrible.  It didn't help that other networks had new seasons of popular shows playing that Tuesday;NCIS and Biggest Loser.  I fully expect this year's Stanford v. Va Tech game will be a ratings winner.

1997 Va Tech - Nebraska: The game was televised on CBS, and , , and Dave Logan were the broadcasters.<sup id="cite_ref-quotebox_17-1" class="reference"></sup> Approximately 8.8 million people tuned in to watch the game on television, earning the broadcast a of 7.8.<sup id="cite_ref-OB_results_52-0" class="reference"></sup>

2008 Va Tech - Kansas:  Approximately 15 million viewers watched the game, earning the broadcast a of 7.4.<sup id="cite_ref-41" class="reference"></sup> The broadcast of the 2008 Orange Bowl was the only BCS bowl game to show a rise in television viewers over the previous season's broadcast, as the 2007 Orange Bowl had only earned a Nielsen rating of 7.0.

2009 Va Tech v. Cincinnati An estimated 9.3 million viewers watched the broadcast,<sup>[90][91]</sup> earning it a of 5.4.<sup>[92][93]</sup>

2011 Va Tech v Stanford:  ??

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2010 12:12 pm

Seems nobody wants to watch the ACC

For whatever it is worth, cutting and pasting a post from a word (or other document program) does not work well in here.  I you want to prepare a statement on a program that will allow you to proof read your spelling, great!  Just remember, though, you will still need to re-type this document onto the CBSsports page. 

Since: Dec 31, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2010 9:26 am

Seems nobody wants to watch the ACC

you can count on Bray cryn like a little b*tch after he throws an int to loose the game. what a p*ssy

Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2010 8:58 am

Seems nobody wants to watch the ACC

I thought it was the Pac-10 hippies who werent allowed to have any technology in their commune.

Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2010 4:43 am

Seems nobody wants to watch the ACC

Its not their fault.  ACC fans just can't afford TV's or cable, or untilities.  But I'm sure their were quite a few listening to their wind up vacuum tube radios at home.

Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2010 2:50 am

Seems nobody wants to watch the ACC

you know, if VT lost every important game they would not have made it to the Orange Bowl. Seems winnig 11 straight does not count for much in any conference these days.

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