The number one ranked college football team in the world is the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, arguably the most decorated and prestigious team in all of sports (the only two that could compare in my opinion are the New York Yankees and the Boston Celtics). A win against the University of Southern California Trojans would secure Notre Dame a spot in the Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game (likely against a team from the Southeastern Conference).
NBC Sports, which broadcasts Notre Dame home games, has been reaping the rewards from Notre Dame's magnificent season, with an average of 4.4 million viewers for each of the team's seven home games. In comparison, NBC averaged 2.6 million viewers for Notre Dame home games last season.
The 4.4 million viewers is the highest mark for NBC since 2005, when they averaged 5.2 million viewers.
Three of the games have averaged more than 5 million viewers, with the high mark being the Sept. 22 game against Michigan, which drew 6.4 million viewers.
NBC has been the home of Notre Dame since 1991.
Notre Dame is one of two undefeated teams in the highest level of college football season. The other is The Ohio State Buckeyes, who are ineligible for a postseason berth.
At this point, even if Notre Dame loses to USC, it will go to a BCS bowl game - the most elite bowl games each season.
The 2012 BCS title contest will be televised on ESPN in early 2013.