B1G Championship Was the Most Watched College Football Game of the Year

By DJ Byrnes on December 9, 2013 at 11:50a

Here's something from the Not So Surprising Department:

It's crazy how so many people would want to watch two plodding B1G teams face off in a culturally meaningless championship game for a wretched football conference. Either everybody is stupid and doesn't value their time, or Ohio State still moves the needle.

We're opting for the latter.

If you listen closely, you can hear Jim Delany cackling like a rabid jackal all the way from the Big Ten offices in Chicago.

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cinserious's picture

This is a great start to the shift taking place moving away from the massive grip ESPN and the SEC has on College Football. The B1G is coming back to relevancy and hopefully wins most of its bowl games (vs SEC). I know ESPN will never admit it but the SEC's top teams are down and the overall conference defenses suck this year. 
Win for FS1

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

brandonbauer87's picture

I hope not. The coverage of the game was brutal. 

weirdscience's picture

How so? I thought the commentary was fairly balanced, which is more than can be said for a lot of OSU games that ESPiN broadcasts. 

Chief B1G Dump's picture

The commentary was decent...the commercials were insane.  Well into the second quarter there were more commercials than there were actual plays ran.  It was seriously gross.  When we went down and they cut to commercial 984923849238493284 I almost turned it off due to frustration.  It was similar to Fox NFL games but worse in the beginning.
However, at the end of the day, I would like to say EAT SHIT ESPN!  In your face! 
I will suffer through the commercials on Fox just to stick it to ESPN.

brandonbauer87's picture

The commercials were out of hand and the announcers screwed up just as many names as Beth Mowins would have. ESPN delivers a better product. Even the biggest ESPN hater has to admit. 

AndyVance's picture

ESPN/ABC does put together a better game broadcast, no doubt about it. That said, I think Gus does a great job, and Davis wasn't completely horrible as an analyst. The frequency of the commercials, especially during the first half, was horrible.

TLB's picture

This is why the 4letter has so much butthurt for the B1G.  Once FS1 is fully established, the B1G will contract with them for the noon games we now see on the 4letter and 4letter2.

Maestro's picture

Thank the ACC for having a shit game in the same time slot.

vacuuming sucks

AndyVance's picture

With Delaney's most important chess piece back on the board, these are the kinds of ratings bonanzas the conference can expect for the foreseeable future.

Maestro's picture

One of the numerous rants that my neighbor in the nosebleeds - crazy, beer-soaked, bloated bro- had during the game was when Delaney was on the field.  "Fuck you Jim Delaney!!!" Followed by several other repeats of the same phrase.  "You are the worst commissioner in the country!!!!"
I know the middle school aged young ladies in front of him really enjoyed his perspective.

vacuuming sucks

AndyVance's picture

Wow, that has to be perhaps the most uninformed drunk annoying person at a game... ever?

Maestro's picture

He was brutal, and unfortunately a Buckeye fan.

vacuuming sucks

acBuckeye's picture

I guess Gil Brandt wasn't watching.
I bet Jay Jacobs declared this a disservice to the nation.

stittracer99's picture

Not that he has any business having his own sports talk show, but Jay Mohr just said that Michigan State could beat anyone in the country. This game definitely opened some eyes.
Even though we lost, we couldn't have asked two teams to play better on the biggest stage so far this year. Couple things need to happen now:
Sparty needs to take care of business in the Rose Bowl
Our Bucks need to show up and beat down Clemson
Wisconsin needs a W against Spurrier
After that, I don't anyone will put much stock in any other bowl wins. However, it would still be nice to boast a winning record of any kind for the B1G.

BucksfanXC's picture

I think Nebrasky has a chance against a severely hobbled UGA.
I think Iowa has no shot against LSU.
I think Minny will beat Cuse.
Michigan should win easily.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

thePhilipJFry's picture

Man, I saw the big ten slate and my first thought was that if Minnesota doesn't beat Syracuse then the Big Ten is going 0 for bowl season. 
Minnesota -4.5
Ohio State -3
Wisconsin -1
MSU +3
Michigan +3.5
Iowa +8
Nebraska +10
Personally when Devin Gardner and Connor Cook go for 755 yards I crawl into the fetal position thinking about what Tahj Boyd will do, and Vegas has that as the Big Ten's second best shot at a win!

I_Run_The_Dave's picture

Stanford has been the most overrated team in the country for at least 2/3's of the season.  If Sparty plays at all like they played on Saturday, they will beat Stanford handily.
Iowa/LSU is really the only game we have a good chance of losing, the rest, in my opinion, are very winnable games for the B1G.  And if LSU doesn't have Mettenberger...  
This could very well be the bowl season where the B1G regains some credibility, and we might have MSU beating us to thank for it.

Smanpoint10's picture

Keep in mind that lsu is playing their back up qb. I'm not sure how good he is though

thePhilipJFry's picture

Anthony Jennings, he is a freshman who was the #8 ranked dual threat qb last year.

GregB's picture

Dont underestimate Iowa I say
LSU is a fast undisciplined defense, I think Ferentz can dial up some ways to make them over run things and keep thr game very competitive.  They do have a good running game (not OSU level) but the main thing is that LSU did have a bit of a passing game to go with it, at least til Mettenberger went down.  
I think Iowa is exactly the type of team that could frustrate LSU. Patient with solid trench play. Ferentz always seems to get a good bowl performance out of his boys.
The one thing that LSU hasnt had so far this year is a gamebreaker like Honeybadger on the STs. That was their calling card during their glory days Trendon Holliday, Honeybadger, Patrick Peterson

BuckeyeAtHeart22's picture

I think Ferentz will call that genius play that Iowa used on the last play of the game in their previous encounter with LSU.  The one where you forget what a timeout is, you go for the TD even though a FG wins the game, your QB throws it up for grabs, and a WR makes his first and last catch of the season.  It was just like Kirk drew it up all week in practice.  He's just such a good coach by golly.

Dean's picture

And here I was hoping that nobody saw it...

gwalther's picture

Makes sense.

Class of 2008

M Man's picture

So... waitjustaminute.
Does anybody think that south of the Mason-Dixon line, the folks was watchin' Big Ten football and boostin' them ratings from the Lucas Oil dome in Indianapolis because they were fascinated to see who would claim the Amos Alonzo Stagg Trophy?
Unh unh.
They were all watchin' and hopin' and prayin' that OSU would lose, for the ESS EEE SEE, baby! 

gwalther's picture

Uh, pretty much think that was implied bro. See the comment above that simply states, "makes sense." Guarantee the person that wrote that comment is an intelligent dude.

Class of 2008

I_Run_The_Dave's picture

I believe M Man was making fun of the SEC there...

M Man's picture

You believe right.
And actually, I wasn't so much making fun of the SEC -- and certainly not ridiculing anything "Ohio" -- as I was just saying that if Duke had had a snowball's chance against FSU, well then those would have been some kinda ratings too. MSU was the Great Green and White Hope of the South.

Boomcat's picture

Ugh. Thats all I can say.

Bobcat04's picture

Well, we've shit the bed in the biggest game of the year before.  Nothing new, I guess.  Not near as many TVs on to see us shred Purdue. 

The Rill Dill's picture

They all tuned in to see our high-flying  offense score more points than BOLLMAN's boring offense.  Oh, wait----

LDKirkpatrick's picture

Great game but weird feeling inside that dome!

BuckeyeAtHeart22's picture

Was the B1G championship like watching an NFL game on FOX, in terms of commercials?  Because I was going insane with how many breaks they took.  I was already a nervous wreck, pacing back and forth across my living room, and on top of that the game had to stop for the same 3 commercials every 2 minutes.  If that's what a pro game is like, I'm glad I don't follow the NFL.