Last Saturday’s Auburn-Penn State and Alabama-Florida games garnered massive television ratings.
Per Stewart Mandel of The Athletic, the Alabama-Florida game drew in 7.9 million viewers. Auburn-Penn State had 7.6 million viewers.
The games are the fourth and fifth times college football games have drawn at least 7.5 million viewers so far this season. Back in 2019, it took until Nov. 30 to reach that number.
It’s fairly clear college football fans missed full crowds and marquee non-conference games.
“Alabama-Florida (7.9M) and Auburn-Penn State (7.6M) became the fourth and fifth CFB games in the first three weeks to draw 7.5 million+ viewers,” Mandel said on Twitter. “In 2019, it took until Nov. 30 to get five of those.”
Alabama-Florida (7.9M) and Auburn-Penn State (7.6M) became the fourth and fifth CFB games in the first three weeks to draw 7.5 million+ viewers.
In 2019, it took until Nov. 30 to get five of those.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 21, 2021
Both Auburn-Penn State and Alabama-Florida were awesome games.
The Nittany Lions proved they’re a true playoff contender with a big 28-20 win over the Tigers at Beaver Stadium. Quarterback Sean Clifford completed 28 of his 32 pass attempts for 280 yards and two touchdowns with one pick. Noah Cain added 45 yards and a score on the ground.
Given Ohio State’s struggles so far this year, it’s not out of the question to consider Penn State as the Big Ten’s top team.
Alabama, meanwhile, finally looked human in a two-point win over the Gators at “The Swamp” last Saturday. The Crimson Tide had a tough time containing Emory Jones and Florida’s high-powered rushing attack, but escaped with a 31-29 victory after stuffing Jones on a late fourth-quarter two-point conversion attempt.
Looking ahead, college football should see another significant audience tune in for the Wisconsin-Notre Dame game at Soldier Field this Saturday.