There were a lot of eyes on the match up on Thursday night between the Stanford Cardinal and the Oregon Ducks, and with good reason. This game carried huge weight withing both the Heisman and national title races, as well as the Pac-12 conference.
Everyone was glued to their TVs as they watched the Cardinal physically overwhelm the second-ranked Ducks, eliminating them from the race for the crystal ball.
But, when the TV ratings came in overnight for the game from the major markets across America, the winner in that race isn’t from the West Coast, but it’s also not surprising.
According to Mike Humes of ESPN, the game drew the highest rating in, of course, Birmingham, AL:
Top 5 markets for Oregon-Stanford: Birmingham 19.7, Portland 19.4, Columbus 11.6, San Francisco 7.4 & Knoxville 7.3
— Mike Humes (@MikeHumesESPN) November 8, 2013
Again, this isn’t all that shocking given how much Alabama Crimson Tide fans are convinced that they will indeed run the table and be playing for the national title in Pasadena. They want to know everything about a potential opponent down the road just as if they’re coaches on the staff, and both of these teams provided that.
It’s also not surprising that Columbus, OH came in so high because the Ohio State Buckeyes need every bit of help they can get, and I’m sure all of that 11.6 were Stanford fans for one night.