The Alabama-LSU rivalry used to be one the most compelling in college football. Remember the “Game of the Century” in 2011?
But the rivalry isn’t what it used to be, as evidenced in the TV ratings. Alabama’s 24-10 victory against LSU on Saturday night scored a 3.7 overnight rating on CBS, down 38% from last year (6.0) and 41% from 2015 (6.3). It’s the lowest for the rivalry since at least 2006, when it was televised on ESPN.
Not surprising since most people already knew what was going to happen https://t.co/hiCpE4fEE5
— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) November 7, 2017
Alabama has won seven consecutive games in the series, including 21-0 in the BCS Championship following the 2011 season. Before that, LSU had won seven of nine.
“It’s kind of a rivalry game,” Alabama junior running back Damien Harris said leading up to the game.
Kind of a rivalry game? How times have a changed.
“It’s like having that older brother that you haven’t been able to beat up,” LSU linebacker Devin White said. “We’re bigger, stronger and it’s time to beat them up.”
Maybe next year.
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