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Virginia Tech, Boise State set ESPN ratings records

Not only did Boise State's dramatic 33-30 victory over Virginia Tech live up to much of the preseason hype on the field, it also attracted a record amount of eyeballs to the television screen Monday night.

According to ESPN, Monday night's game was the network's most viewed college football game ever in terms of households, and its 7.3 rating was the highest rating for a college football game in 16 years as almost 9.9 million viewers tuned into the telecast. Only USC's game at Ohio State in 2009, which averaged almost 10.57 million viewers, has ever attracted more people to an ESPN college football telecast.

In addition, the game was the most viewed program of the day across all networks — broadcast and cable — and was the highest-rated college football game during the season's opening weekend. The game became ESPN’s most-viewed and highest-rated non-Saturday college football telecast since at least 1990 (when these sorts of things began being tracked by the network)

By Mark Giannotto  |  September 9, 2010; 12:53 PM ET
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And kudos to Coach Beamer and the Hokies for having the courage to schedule a tough non-BCS opponent -- unlike all the other NCAA sacred cows who schedule Middle Leftover State University for a 54 - 3 thrashing and then crow about their undefeated team and its entitlement to the BCS Championship game. This was a great game to watch.

Posted by: humbleandfree | September 9, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

And even more courage shown by Boise State for traveling 2,0000 miles to play to a packed house of Hokie fans and risk their high ranking

Posted by: octobertea | September 9, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

If it was up to Va Tech they would not have played this game. Don't talk to me about the "courage" of VT. All about the Benjamins my friend. Va Tech may have lost on the field, but they went home with a nice paycheck. This game was made for TV, and this article proves it. The cHokies lived up to their name again. See ya in Charlotte.

Posted by: smfoster3 | September 9, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and not to mention most every recruit in the country was watching that game. Whoops.

Posted by: smfoster3 | September 9, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

the game was awesome live!

Posted by: melissa4033 | September 9, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

The BSU vs Virginia Tech football game was only exceeded in greatness by the attitude and sportsmanship shown by the Hokie fans. As a BSU fan who attended the game, they were a class act! I will never forget them, and their spirited pride and honor they displayed for their team and school.

Posted by: mpwynn | September 9, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear it, mpwynn.

Guess they're OK in small doses to out-of-towners. You might think otherwise if you had to endure their incessant carping about not getting top billing or coverage by the DC press corps, despite their middling academics, lack of any national championships, and campus being 5 hours away.

Posted by: hhmmmmm | September 9, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

The high ratings are certainly welcome news.

If Boise State goes undefeated, at least the BCS won't have to worry about viewer interest in watching them play.

The BCS is all about the money for the six BCS conferences. If featuring Boise State guarantees the most viewers, they'll do it.

It's all about the Benjamins.

Posted by: bambiB | September 9, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

BSU needs to let teams know we'll play you anywhere, any time. Winner takes all. Let's see how many of these super teams take the offer.. Let me offer another idea, we'll play you on your field, but you'll play on our field next year.

Posted by: frh4700 | September 9, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse


Do they teach supply and demand in your ivory tower? They obviously don't teach manners.

Posted by: dolan83 | September 10, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

To: hhmmmmmmm

Middling academics?? You do realize you are talking about a Top 15 Engineering school in the nation right?

5 hours away? Unless you are riding a horse or pulling an RV with a Ford Fiesta, you may want to recalculate my friend.

Since VA has no professional sports teams at ALL, and only one decent Football school (Sorry UVA, but you know its true) there's good reason the Post and other DC media outlets should hype VT. Besides University of MD, there are probably more Hokie grads around DC than any other school!

To: smfoster3

This game was pushed on VT by ESPN. Boise wasn't even on the schedule. It is all about the Benjamins but for ESPN not VT (The money goes to ACC coffers to be split amont ALL of the programs)

Posted by: gapgtp | September 10, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

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