Ole Miss didn’t get the results it wanted on Monday night, but the Rebels had the nation’s attention.
The matchup between No. 4 Florida State and No. 11 Ole Miss set an ESPN record with 854,000 unique views and 59 million minutes watched, the most for a regular season college football game ever. This included all platforms, including mobile, tablet and television streaming services.
The Camping World Kickoff beat the record set just a night before, when No. 10 Notre Dame and Texas kicked off in Austin. The Rebels game also posted a 5.3 overnight rating on ESPN, including 10 rating or higher in nine markets. In all, ESPN estimates over eight million people watched Ole Miss-Florida State on Monday night.
Even though the Rebels lost the matchup 45-34, the attention that the game received was a major win for the league.
“Those are the type of games in the spotlight that help build the Ole Miss brand even more and garner national attention as Ole miss continues to compete at the highest level of college football under Hugh Freeze,” Ole Miss wrote in a statement.