Local Eyeballs Were Glued To Rose Bowl

January 6th, 2015


What makes the local TV ratings for the Marcus Mariota vs. Jameis Winston battle stunning is the drop in Florida eyeballs for the other college football playoff game on that same New Year’s Day.

BSPN fired off the viewing data yesterday. They shared the top-10 markets by local market ratings, not gross viewers. Birmingham topped the charts for Florida State vs. Oregon, as well as Alabama vs. Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl.

Tampa-St. Pete, which includes the greater Sarasota area, checked in at eighth in the nation.

Rose Bowl Game: Portland was the second highest-rated metered market with a 30.8 rating followed by Columbus (29.8), Dayton (26.7), Knoxville (25.1), Jacksonville (24.0), Greenville (23.9), Tampa-St. Petersburg (23.4), Atlanta (21.3) and Orlando (20.7). Overall, the coverage generated the highest metered market rating for a bowl game on ESPN in three markets and a record for a non-college football national championship telecast in 15 markets.

The Sugar Bowl top-10 did not include one Florida market. Atlanta, Dayton and Knoxville, however, were represented in both top-10 lists.

Perhaps locals here were in distress after Florida State got clobbered. Or maybe they were busy celebrating how Winston looked like a strong franchise-quarterback prospect for their beloved Bucs.

23 Responses to “Local Eyeballs Were Glued To Rose Bowl”

  1. carlstoe Says:

    State of Florida started watching Glee during the end of the Rose Bowl! Tallahassee made a run to Publix!

  2. unbelievable Says:

    They definitely were NOT celebrating anything FSU did in that game.

    C’mon joe, give it a rest.

  3. Tom Edrington Says:

    Loved when Jameis Winston resurrected the ghost of Garo Yepremian….a play that will live in infamy…

    Still can’t believe that after getting blown out and humiliated, Winston came up with this jewel: “It could have gone either way….”

    And yet another jewel of Jameis non-wisdom, showing that he didn’t understand the playoff system: “We live to fight another day….” guess he was confused by the NCAA baseball tourney where it’s double-elimination.

  4. Skyline Crew for Mariota Says:

    I’m sure most turned their TV after the 3rd quarter. Couldn’t stand to watch the crap that was placed on the field. I love after the Ohio St game the reaction the coach gave when he found out the score of the Rose Bowl.

  5. lightningbuc Says:

    Tom Edrington Says:
    January 6th, 2015 at 1:34 pm
    Loved when Jameis Winston resurrected the ghost of Garo Yepremian….a play that will live in infamy…


    LOL! Actually I think it was Garo’s ghost that sacked Jameis.

  6. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    Lots of chatter out there today that Jameis is going to remain at FSU for another year….announcement coming as soon as today?

  7. MTM Says:

    Winston should stay another year or play baseball. That would be terrific.

  8. kevin Says:

    Wouldnt suprise me if he stayed in college…..after that showing he couldnt dream of getting picked as the number one overall. All I know is if we trade down it better be big. But id like Mariota in a bucs uniform next season

  9. Skyline Crew for Mariota Says:

    Hope he does stay to work on his football play. That way he can be a true #1 pick. He’ll have some competition next year, but I’m sure he would be the consensus #1. That Freshman out of Ohio St. looks phenomenal.

  10. bucrightoff Says:

    Winston not being in the draft ups the value of the #1 pick in a trade. Opens the possibility for a bidding war since Hundley is still viewed as a late 1st round pick.

  11. Hawk Says:

    bucrightoff Said:

    “Winston not being in the draft ups the value of the #1 pick in a trade. Opens the possibility for a bidding war since Hundley is still viewed as a late 1st round pick.”

    That, sir, is an understatement! If Winston decides to stay in school, the first pick becomes… (almost) priceless.

  12. jdogg81 Says:

    Is mariota coming out in the draft or is he staying in oragan another year

  13. Skyline Crew for Mariota Says:

    No to Hundley: “Brett Hundley certainly has a better arm than either Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston, and he’s a big, strong athlete. He makes a couple of wow throws in every game, and that’s one of the reasons why I thought highly of him last year. Unfortunately, he has a crippling problem that I’ve never seen anyone fix in the NFL: he drops his eyes to look at the rush when pressured.” – NFL

  14. Skyline Crew for Mariota Says:

    “”He’s going to be a bust,” the scout said. “He’s one of those guys who seems to lock in right away. His shortcoming is accuracy.”

    Along with locking in on a receiver, Hundley’s play from the pocket has also come under scrutiny for holding the ball too long and taking too many sacks. Hundley was sacked 10 times by Utah this season and has absorbed 123 sacks in his UCLA career. Another scout has said Hundley would be wise to return to UCLA for another year.” – NFL

  15. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    No one is certain about Mariota but most believe he will come out. IMHO if he’s assured of being the top pick in the draft he will most definitely come out.

    Mariota is not doing this for the $$$ or the fame and the chicks, he’s doing it for his people and Hawaiian and Samaon football. Those people freaked when he was the first Polynesian to finally win a Heisman. They’ll freak just as much if he’s the first Polynesian to be the #1 pick in an NFL draft. I’m not saying it makes sense but there is a WORLD of difference in terms of prestige between being the #1 pick and any other first round pick. Marcus would do it for his people.

    Jameis OTOH would be wise to stay in school. He gets the obligatory insurance policy from LLoyds of London in case he gets hurt and then it’s all gravy for Jameis. One of the strongest recruiting classes that FSU has ever had…and I mean EVER which is saying something since FSU has been taking names and kicking butt in recruiting since Jimbo took over. They’ve used last year’s national championship to really make a haul this year.

    Jameis will be assured of a team capable of reaching the final four once again.
    He can spend the year on a PR campaign that could easily repair his image IF he simply doesn’t do anything stupid for 12 short months.

    In short if Jameis spent another year in college he is virtually assured of being the #1 pick next year if he stays out of trouble. NFL types are looking for an excuse to forgive Jameis his transgressions. A year out of trouble would provide that cover.

    Marcus comes out…Jameis stays. And I don’t care about the increased value of the pick stick with Mariota at #1…UNLESS somebody just offers something ridiculous.

  16. Buc-O's 82 Says:

    All of Tally was watching to see how much time they had to cut the tires and key the cars of their Seminoles

  17. Buccfan37 Says:

    When I tuned to that channel all I got was background chatter from the big bang.

  18. BucNears Says:

    Joe where was strong conviction today on the radio? The Big Dog dropped a couple of hits mentioning when the Bucs get Mariotta and as usual you balled up in the fetal position. I didn’t hear you once put in your bid for your bust in waiting.

  19. BucNears Says:

    And funny how Winstons dad said he would declare till after championship game. What a wuss. Only way Winston declares for draft is if Mariotta stays in school. He knows he might get the top pick that way otherwise he’s going to stay in school knowing he won’t be drafted number 1.

  20. Buccfan37 Says:

    What happened to the Winston fan club? Like a puddle after a rainstorm in Death Valley, it dried up and blew away.

  21. Rip City Fan Says:

    Born and raised in Oregon, moved here in ’96. All I can say is my giddiness is at an all time high!!! Go Bucs and Go Ducks!! I hope they stomp a mud hole in the @$$ of those Buckeyes!!!!!!!

  22. Brandon Says:

    Anybody that came away from that game NOT more impressed with Winston than Mariota as a pro prospect, obviously doesn’t know what they’re supposed to be looking for.

    All great NFL QBs had bad games in college, they all lost games, and they all made horrendous mistakes. Winston had a very minute amount of bad plays in that game (one of which, the fumble, was very 2014 Buc-like). But they also led their teams while exhibiting NFL talent on a consistent basis. Winston made NFL reads, throws, and showed well above average NFL athleticism.

    He’s not far away from where Andrew Luck was coming out of college. As a matter of fact, Luck never won a national championship, the Heisman, and he never lost less than 1 game in a season-which is the most Winston ever lost).

    Academically, Winston is reported to carry a 3.7 GPA after having a 4.0 in high school taking AP classes. He’s not stupid, contrary to popular opinion.

    On the field and in the classroom, Winston is definitely in Luck’s class when it comes to performance. He is a franchise (and the surest best to be one by far) QB waiting to happen.

  23. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    So much for shaun king gossip. The great Seminole has declared duck lovers.