Texas and Notre Dame played one of the best games of the young college football season on Sunday night. But did anyone in Texas see it?
While the short answer to that question is “yes,” perhaps the more fascinating answer is “not as many people as you’d think” when compared to a couple of interesting out-of-state markets.
Barry Horn of The Dallas Morning News tweeted some of the television ratings for the game, which aired on ABC and was won by the Longhorns in double overtime, on Monday morning. Predictably, the Austin market, which is where the University of Texas is located, posted a strong 25.4 rating.
But the other major cities in The Lone Star State? Not as impressive.
San Antonio (15.1), Dallas/Fort Worth (13.1) and Houston (11.5) all scored lower than Birmingham, Ala.
Birmingham, which is the home of SEC headquarters and located in the heart of Crimson Tide country, scored an impressive 17.3. It’s either a testament to the college football fandom of the good people from the state of Alabama, or a statement in numbers explaining how much Alabama fans dislike Texas and Notre Dame. Maybe it is a little of both.
After all, the Crimson Tide has defeated both programs for national championships during the Nick Saban era.
Either way, one thing is clear — if college football is on, SEC fans are always watching.