Skewed numbers…

Numbers are important, but far too often they are easily manipulated.   Berry Tramel is on a mission to right the OSU ship after OU left them for the SEC.   Tramel is also the master of misinformation.   This time, he is using t.v. ratings to make his case.  I have listed those numbers at the end of this blog.

Notre Dame, the Big Ten and the SEC top the t.v. list…no surprise there.  The Big Ten plays in a densely populated area of the country and their games are played at night.  As for the SEC, eight of these teams are ranked in the top twenty so they help each other.  They also play their games in prime time.    

OU’s numbers are worse than they should be because the Sooners play in the Big 12 and at 11:00.  OSU numbers are helped because they play a ratings bonanza game every year called Bedlam. 

As for Tramel’s use of these numbers to support OSU’s candidacy for Pac 12 membership, I suggest that he must be smoking some good stuff.   There is a reason that OSU has not been invited to the Pac 12 prom.  The Pac 12 uses a different set of metrics than what Berry Tramel is throwing out there.  

Tramel’s viewership average over a five-year period…

  1. Ohio State – 5.19 million
  2. Alabama – 5.09 m.
  3. Michigan – 4.18 m.
  4. Notre Dame – 3.61 m.
  5. LSU – 3.22 m.
  6. Auburn – 3.12 m.
  7. Georgia – 2.91 m.
  8. OU – 2.90 m.
  9. Clemson – 2.67 m.
  10. Penn State – 2.6 m.
  11. Florida – 2.46 m.
  12. Wisconsin – 2.27 m.
  13. Texas – 2.26 m.
  14. Florida Sate – 2.23 m.
  15. Michigan State – 2.20 m.
  16. USC – 1.98 m.
  17. Tennessee – 1.85 m.
  18. Texas A&M – 1.75 m.
  19. Oklahoma State – 1.64 m.
  20. Ole Miss. – 1.69 m.
  21. Iowa – 1.57 m.
  22. Nebraska – 1.55 m.
  23. Miami – 1.50 m.
  24. TCU – 1.49 m.
  25. Stanford – 1.43 m.

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