Last night’s Miami-Florida game helped ring in what was the earliest start of the college football season ever.
Judging by the TV ratings, the early beginning might become tradition.
The contest, which kicked off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, drew a 4.1 overnight rating. That’s the best for a game on the Worldwide Leader in nearly three years.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 25, 2019
Of course, the fact Miami-Florida was the only game in its time slot, and it featured two programs with sizable fan bases only helped ratings. If it was an average matchup, not as many people would have tuned in.
But considering how many eyeballs the game drew, it will be interesting to see if this happens more frequently. Will we get a Week 0 highlighted by a marquee matchup on a regular basis moving forward?
Now, the action between the Hurricanes and Gators was anything but crisp for much of the night, which is to be expected when you play a quality opponent to open the season a week earlier than expected.
But the game was exciting, and people tuned in. These days, those things matter more than anything else.