Posted by Adam Jacobi
Last Monday's Top 10 showdown between Boise State and Virginia Tech was a ratings smash for ESPN, posting an overnight 6.8 rating nationwide. That's sensational news for the network and up 21% from last year's Labor Day matchup between Miami and Florida State--two titans of popularity in their own right. And while the ratings increase may largely stem from the fact that Miami was unranked and FSU No. 18 at the time of their matchup, there might be more to it than just that: specifically, according to the Birmingham News, wary Alabama fans:
Birmingham, Alabama produced the highest metered rating for the Boise State-Virginia Tech game, with a 23.7, further proof that this city loves quality college football.
According to ESPN, the next-highest markets were Richmond, Va. (16.5) and Norfolk, Va. (15.7). You didn't just win, Birmingham. You blew out the competition.
One can hardly blame Bama fans, of course; the winner of the game would have a decisive first step toward BCS title aspirations, something defending champs Alabama would be acutely interested in.
Still, Boise market: you couldn't be bothered to watch your team as much as the boys from Alabama? What up with that?