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ABC Had Massive College Football Ratings On Saturday Night

Oregon  v Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 20: Anthony Brown #13 of the Oregon Ducks is flushed out of the pocket during their game against the Utah Utes November 20, 2021 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City , Utah. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

Saturday's matchup between No. 3 Oregon and No. 24 Utah pulled in some massive ratings for ABC/ESPN.

According to ESPN PR, this marquee matchup brought in 4.8 million viewers -- making this the most-watched regular-season Pac-12 game since 2014.

With these big-time ratings, ABC won the night in primetime among all networks. With an average of 4.5 million viewers, this was the network's fourth-best day of the season.

One of the reasons this game pulled in so many viewers was the massive College Football Playoff implications hanging in the balance. As a one-loss team with a No. 3 ranking in the CFP polls, Oregon needed to claim victory over the Utes in order to keep its postseason hopes alive.

Utah shut down those hopes in blowout fashion. With a 38-7 final score, the Utes dismantled the Ducks -- ultimately knocking them out of College Football Playoff contention.

Oregon (9-2) has dropped to No. 11 and Utah (8-3) has jumped up to No. 16 in the new rankings.

With this big-time win, Utah secured the Pac-12 South title and its third outright title in the last 11 seasons. In order to win the Pac-12 South, Oregon will have to bounce-back and take down Oregon State this coming Saturday.

If that happens, Oregon and Utah will face off with a rematch in the Pac-12 Championship Game.