As a Northerner, last night sucked.
For the last seven years, we have been hammered over the head with the fact that the Southeastern Conference is better than everyone else at college football. Last night offered a chance for that to change, as the most storied program in college football history, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, tried to stop the Crimson Tide of Alabama.
Unfortunately, the Irish were steamrolled and destroyed, losing 42-14. Experts believed the game might draw one of the best ratings for a college football game in years - which it did. The game did a 15.7 rating, which was a 14 percent increase from last year's all SEC final between the Crimson Tide and the Louisiana State University Tigers.
The start of last night's game was even better, as it did an 18.2 rating. But, as the Irish fell apart, so too did the rating, as it peaked at 45 minutes in and then nose dived.
Final ratings will be released later today. It does not appear the game will come close to the numbers that the 2011 Bowl Championship Game drew. The 2011 contest was the first time the game aired on ESPN, which has been its home since.