Opening weekend SEC game was the most-watched CFB game of the season
College football fans craving for a big game last week certainly let their viewing habits tell a story.
Mississippi State’s upset of LSU, which was shown as the marquee afternoon game on the “SEC on CBS” pulled in a rating of 4.442 million viewers, with a peak of more than 6 million between 7:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET. That was the most watched college football game this season on any network.
Fans around the country may have tuned in to see if new Bulldogs coach Mike Leach and his Air Raid offense could do well against the defending national champion Tigers. No. 6 LSU found out the hard way that Leach, who had previously put up big offensive numbers at Texas Tech and Washington State, was worth the hype.
Leach deadpanned after the big win, “It’s better than average,” as his quarterback, Stanford transfer K.J. Costello passed for 623 yards, which broke a 27-year old SEC record held by Georgia’s Eric Zeier by 79 yards. For perspective, in five games during an injury-plagued 2019 at Stanford, Costello passed for 1,038 yards and five scores.
The “SEC on CBS” game this week is Texas A&M at Alabama in one of two games in the league this week that features 1-0 teams.
I’m starting to suspect a lot of people wanted to see LSU lose a football game Saturday. pic.twitter.com/D0rGmcLmiJ
— Josh Pate 🎙🏈 (@LateKickJosh) September 29, 2020