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Big Boy Football Equals Big Buck Football for Networks


A lot has been said in recent years about the trend for gimmick offenses and flashy uniforms in college football. Traditional power football has been called “old man football” by some and boring by others. At the end of the day, and the end of the season, ratings talk. The Alabama-Georgia game was the most watched contest of the season followed closely by USC-Notre Dame. Expectations are that the Alabama-Notre Dame championship game will be the most watched college football game in decades.

So, where are the fans of “exciting” football? All of those pundits who tried to tell you that a 70-65 final score was good football had no clue what fans wanted to see. Alabama played in three of the top five most-viewed games in the last 20 years. Notre Dame played in one. None of the top five games featured a gimmick offense or glittery football costumes.

Alabama has two uniform combinations: home and away. Notre Dame has a few more variations, but not many. Both teams play smash-mouth, big boy football. Advertising dollars follow television viewers and that means the networks will make a lot of money covering the championship game. Despite that, they will gear up for the next season where they will again force feed the majority of the country a steady stream of bad football and tell us it is good. Will they ever learn?

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