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Little to draw interest
December 6, 2010 - Jim Smith
Here's a national championship game that only the most diehard of college football fans will find "thrilling:" BCS No. 1 Auburn vs. No. 2 Oregon.
And maybe the worst part of the championship game is by Jan. 10 only those who don't have any brain cells left from watching all the other hundred bowl games is going to tolerate still another bowl game ... even if it's for the so-called national championship.
Of course, the small population states and small alumni associations of Oregon and Auburn will be thrilled to get their shot at the ring and crystal football, but the rest of the nation ... and the advertising represented by the major markets not in the championship matchup ... may just yawn as they flip channels, hoping to find something other than reruns or cable shows.
Let's face it, if one of the colleges from a major market or a major football program or a major alumni base isn't in the national championship, interest wanes proportionately. Give viewers a Notre Dame, LSU, OSU, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Penn State, USC , Florida, UCLA or Florida State and the markets they represent draw interest to the game.
The Auburn-Oregon game has little to draw interest, above and beyond it being the purported national championship.
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