Oregon’s loss was must-see TV for Bulldog Nation

By late Saturday night, Atlanta was awash in Stanford Cardinal fans.

Word had spread that Baylor was in the process of handily beating BCS No. 1 Kansas State and that Stanford was in a close game with No. 2 Oregon, all potentially good news for the Georgia Bulldogs’ hopes of reaching college football’s national-championship game in Miami.

The closing minutes of Stanford-Oregon became must-see TV for Bulldog Nation.

By the time Stanford kicked a field goal in overtime to win 17-14, the metro-Atlanta audience for ABC’s telecast had grown gradually to 338,000 households from about 80,000 at the start, according to Nielsen ratings figures.

The game posted an overall rating of 8.9 here, meaning 8.9 percent of Atlanta’s TV homes — about 200,000 homes — tuned in on average. That was the sixth highest rating for the game among the nation’s 56 largest markets.

But for the final hour, the game garnered a 12.5 rating in Atlanta, including a peak of 14.7 in the last 15 minutes — extremely high numbers for a Pac-12 game here.

Each full rating point equals about 23,000 homes in the Atlanta market.

“After watching the Georgia-Georgia Southern game (Saturday afternoon), Bulldog Nation turned their attention toward the prime-time games,” WSB-TV sports director Zach Klein said Monday. “It was clear when the Oregon game was on the line that word spread quickly Georgia could have a clear path to the national championship. Viewers tuned in, knowing that with an Oregon loss, (the Bulldogs) control their BCS title plans. Two more wins, and it’s time to book your flight to Miami. … It went viral, so to speak.”

Georgia-Georgia Southern, which like Stanford-Oregon was on WSB, averaged a 12.2 rating. That game and Stanford-Oregon were the two highest-rated programs on Atlanta television Saturday.

The Kansas State-Baylor game on ESPN posted a 3.3 rating in Atlanta, failing to get a late spike because of the 52-24 score and the simultaneous Stanford-Oregon game.

– Tim Tucker, AJC

61 comments Add your comment

Johnny DangerDawg

November 19th, 2012
2:52 pm

interesting story. Thanks, Tim.

Steve Superior

November 19th, 2012
2:55 pm

By the 2nd quarter vs Bama, Oregon’s loss won’t matter very much.

Storm Eagle

November 19th, 2012
3:01 pm

I thought this was the Georgia Southern blog, but the Eagles have too many championships to be mentioned here. Enjoy your upcoming butt-kicking to Bama. Haha!

jay

November 19th, 2012
3:03 pm

This is why I wanted LSU to beat Bama. We would have had a much better chance against that team. Either way, UGA needs to finally make that leap by beating Tech then Bama. It’s been far too long since the last title.

The Bear is gone

November 19th, 2012
3:04 pm

But the Tide is better than,

Buffalo
Missouri
Florida Atlantic
Vanderbilt
Kentucky
Ole Miss
Tennessee
Auburn
GA Tech

Are any of these teams in the top 50?
Do any of these teams have winning records?
Season ticket holders got their money’s worth this year, lol.

Storm Eagle

November 19th, 2012
3:11 pm

I wish could have gotten into UGA, im tired of playing in the high school conference.

Follow the Course

November 19th, 2012
3:14 pm

Well … Bama beats UGA … Notre Dame loses to USC and … then it’s Fla and Bama in the National Championship.

Dwayne

November 19th, 2012
3:16 pm

Hey bear poop, GA was better then those teams also. GA. is better than A & M, yall got beat at home, againt a pac 12,10, big 10, small 8, midwest 14, whatever conference they were from?

Dwayne

November 19th, 2012
3:18 pm

I heard that bear and sandusky were real tight butt buddies….. for a while…

dawgman

November 19th, 2012
3:24 pm

Jealosy is not very becoming for you

The Bear is gone

November 19th, 2012
3:28 pm

Who could be jealous of ugag?
The schools that care about football are all better with more tradition.
The schools that care about academics are all academically superior.

I’m gonna enjoy beating ya’ll down, I just wish I could find ya’ll after the game, oh wait you’ll be the fat drunk passed out in the bathroom.

Not So Fast

November 19th, 2012
3:37 pm

The Bear, I know your not comparing the tides schedule to UGA? It’s just as soft. Alabama might not even be going to the SECCG if they had to play UGA, USC, and Florida. Their SEC schedule was as big of a joke as UGA’s. They avoided the big three in the East just like UGA avoided the big three in the WEST. Nice try though.

LawDawg

November 19th, 2012
3:42 pm

David Pollack made the great point on college gameday (before Bama lost to TAM) that while bama is well-coached, disciplined, and executes well, they have WAY less talent on D than the last three years.

If you Bama fans (aka Tech trolls) want to act like they are going to blow out UGA because you either do not watch college football or you really are unable to take in what you are seeing, great, but this BAMA team is far from dominating like last year (that will happen when 5 key defenders end up in the top 40 picks of the NFL draft).

Plus, Lacy is a very good back, but he is not Richardson and McCarron is a David Greene-style game manager, not a stud talent.

Should bama be favored ? Definitely. Should they win? Probably. Is the SECCG a mismatch? Definitely not. If the Defense plays lights out and we limit mistakes, watch out.

Not So Fast

November 19th, 2012
3:47 pm

LawDawg, I also think that if they game plan right for Alabama that Georgia can really attack them. Bama lacks dominant edge rushers like they have had in the past. Aaron Murray, while nowhere near Manziels ability, can run if they allow him to. Just look at his rushing from his freshman year especially if you remove the sacks. I think having him revert to that and attacking the secondary would throw Alabama way off balance. I never understood why they got away from Murray running several times a game.

DawgFan

November 19th, 2012
3:49 pm

What is up with all this hatred coming for GSU fans…did you really expect to win the game…take your check like all the rest and go home. And what was up with the timeout on 4th down with 10 seconds left in the blowout? Really….Dawgs will beat Bama if they play like they did against A&M….they looked very beatable….

Spanky

November 19th, 2012
4:04 pm

Bear is gone, I do believe Vandy and Ole Miss have winning records,……..sorry to gank your thunder!…didn’t see UF in that block, though…..hmmm.

Follow the couse- do you really…magically…see USC beating Notre Dame without their star QB?! You’re ridiculous!

Richt Believer

November 19th, 2012
4:05 pm

Bear is gone: “The schools that care about academics are all academically superior.’
This is a football blog you boob, and I assure you that you do not want to talk Bama vs. UGA academics… just like I am not going to try and insult GT’s academics.
Dawgs have a serious chance in this one kids, wreck tech and take care of business in ATL and watch the tide cry in their beers Jan 7th.

Dawg Dude

November 19th, 2012
4:07 pm

It’s really pathetic how many people come to GA stories to trash talk the Dawgs. Not enough going on in their own world to be noticed I guess.

FIRE MARK RICHT

November 19th, 2012
4:24 pm

Title says it all

Alabama Family Tree Detective

November 19th, 2012
4:26 pm

How do you know you’ve reached Alleybamur travelling from Atlanta? Easy – I-20 turns into a dirt road.

Go Dawg

November 19th, 2012
4:40 pm

Know why all the trees in Georgia lean to the west?

‘Cause Alabama sucks!

SEC's paper tiger is Georgia

November 19th, 2012
4:41 pm

Bama 43 ugalosers 13

SEC's paper tiger is Georgia

November 19th, 2012
4:43 pm

hopefully Tech will end all this disney talk..

Dawgs Rule

November 19th, 2012
4:46 pm

Did ya hear about the tornado that hit the Alabama state capitol?

Yep, blew the wheels right off that sucker!

Glory Between the Hedges

November 19th, 2012
4:48 pm

I would not want anyone else but Bama in the SEC Championship game. You lost to a big 12/wanna be SEC team at HOME. LSU handed you the SEC west title. Bama will do nothing but line up and try to play sound football with no trickery. That’s exactly who Georgia wants to play! Seriously Bama fans, your team is not better than us this season. Your fixing to be in for a rude awakening on December 1st. Our program is a lot more hungry for a championship than you are right now. 1980 has been a long time. On December 1st, your going to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

German Shepherd Dawg

November 19th, 2012
4:55 pm

Fire Mark Richt,

I’ve got to hand it to you for being consistently stupid.

Clay

November 19th, 2012
4:57 pm

Everyone assumes Bama beating Georgia is a done-deal. Who has Bama beaten? LSU and who else? The next best team you played (a 2 loss Texas A&M team) beat you. I think Bama is getting by on reputation alone right now. We’ll find out next Saturday.

German Shepherd Dawg

November 19th, 2012
4:57 pm

Dawg Dude,

You hit the nail on the head. Of course, if you’ve ever spent any time in Alabama, you do realize they really don’t have anything better to do. Anything.

But I will say, I am surprised so many know how to write simple sentences. They must be the cream of the crop in Alabama.

dawgfarts

November 19th, 2012
4:58 pm

you know why birds fly upside down over Athens? nothing worth sh%$tting on.

Dawg4Life

November 19th, 2012
5:00 pm

When you are a superior team like UGA, lesser teams want to knock you down. Tech is in Disney land if they think they are going to win just because Miami decided not to take the ACC champ spot. Delusional tech fans as usual. I will be at the game to witness the massacre first hand.

Sunbury Ga dawg

November 19th, 2012
5:00 pm

The dawgs are going to Miami…..
So glad it’s against Bama, so we can shut them up once and for all.

mad~catfish

November 19th, 2012
5:01 pm

GATA!!!! GATA !!!!! GATA!!!!! SMASHING BUGS ON SATURDAY……DUMPING OUT LAUNDRY DETERGENT THE NEXT WEEK!!!!!!! THAT SWAG IS BACK IN ATHENS BOYS!

Sunbury Ga dawg

November 19th, 2012
5:02 pm

We are going to miami after destroying TECH….again…..By the half tech will be wrecked

Deacon Blues

November 19th, 2012
5:03 pm

If you want to talk about bad losses look no further than the ‘Cocks beatdown of UGA. The Dawgs have improved since that game but beating an incoherent Florida team is the best you can do.

Zoomie

November 19th, 2012
5:04 pm

“What is up with all this hatred coming for GSU fans…did you really expect to win the game…take your check like all the rest and go home.”

That’s funny stuff right there . . .

Johhny Football

November 19th, 2012
5:05 pm

Alabama…..huh, what is all the hype about? Texas A&M is the best in the west, aint that right Tide fans?

mad~catfish

November 19th, 2012
5:06 pm

i have to say this for my own damn piece of mind….everybody is saying watch out for tech…they could have this rise up and CPJ could drop his fried fish and they get mad and lucky and beat the dawgs….has anybody given any thought at all to the other rivalry game for the sec championship… auburn gave lsu one heck of a game….bama has not won anything yet….you might not want to over look the chizik’s like we saw last weekend anything can happen!

Deacon Blues

November 19th, 2012
5:07 pm

Blackout anyone?

ARdawg

November 19th, 2012
5:08 pm

Oh the jealously and hatred from you Tech booty boys is deafening. Have any of you sent flowers to Donna Shalala yet?

mad~catfish

November 19th, 2012
5:11 pm

Deacon Blues : you are correct.. that loss to s. carolina was awful and inexcusable… but it may be the best damn thing to happen to the dawgs this year……you don’t believe me you will on jan 7th….why because we will be the only team from the state of georgia to play in miami this bowl season….

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Midway Ga Dawg

November 19th, 2012
5:15 pm

Here it is bulldogs, We either man up and fight to the death on Dec 1 or prepare for another national televised beat down.
Bama has been there and the will bring their A game, we better have our a game on display.

If Murry doesn’t have a relapse we can fight this one out. If he flakes out then we are toast!

Man up dawgs, hunker down and man up! They are not going to give it to you, you have to take it.

ARE YOU MAN ENOUGH?

MAN Enough?

November 19th, 2012
5:18 pm

Are we man enough? I know we are man enough for tech………Triple floption…..

Ron Burgundy

November 19th, 2012
5:18 pm

How can a team that lost by 28 points, 28 points!, be in the national championship talk! Stay clasy, BCS.

Bamafan

November 19th, 2012
5:22 pm

Lets take one game at a time. Coach Saban, nor the team is giving UGA one second of thought for now. Bama has been successful over the years in managing their preparation. That’s something that UGA has never done consistently under CMR. Remember the UGA team that was so highly ranked, only to crash and burn at the blackout game. Just mention a big game and all you have to say is Florida Gators to the Dawgs, and that pretty much does them in. UGA has no history of being able to step up in a big game. Maybe they can they can this year. Only tme will tell. I would suggest we all worry about our next game! Roll Tide.

mad~catfish

November 19th, 2012
5:23 pm

how can a team that has only won 6 games….6 games!!!!! be playing for a conference championship….lost maryland today…keep falling apart ACC

Spanky

November 19th, 2012
5:40 pm

I definately believe UGA can beat Bama, somebody’s gotta call’em soft first!! I got it!!…We’ll replace the “Snuggles” teddy bear with Big Jon Jenkins…blow that pic up to billboard size..put it up somewhere along the loop, and let the rest take care of itself! LMAO, Big Jon will be like Franklin(Forrest Whitaker) from “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”…

UGA 17 ND 10

November 19th, 2012
5:53 pm

We want to do it again. This time without the Valdosta kid and the Wrightsville legend!!

TheSaint

November 19th, 2012
6:33 pm

UGA has a MUCHO better passing game than Alabama–UGA is ranked 35 in passing, Alabama 73.

UGA has a better set of running backs than Alabama, Gurley & Marshall, are both tougher to stop than anyone Alabama has.

UGA’s oline has given up less sacks than Alabama. So they’re better there also.

UGA defense is in the top 5 in the nation in second half points allowed, so is Alabama, so defenses are even. Defensive edge to UGA, which is loaded with more NFL talent.

The Alabama pass defense has been exposed by Mettenberger, who struggled against every team EXCEPT ALABAMA. Johnny football also had a CAREER BEST against ALABAMA.

Coaching? Mark Richt is 2-1 vs. Alabama, and has a higher career winning percentage as a head coach than Nick Saban.

Rick

November 19th, 2012
6:45 pm

If the Dawgs play to potential, they will be Tech, Bama and ND. Great defense, good QB, RB’s TE’s and WR’s. I actually like this set of receivers better than any UGA has ever had. Mitchell is grat, Conley and very good, Wooten can catch. RB is set. The OL is improving.

I sincerely feel that this is the best UGA team ever and I have watch UGA for 45 years. The 76, 80-83 and 2002 and 2007 teams were good, but this team is solid throughout and VERY athletic.

If Murry gets hot, watch out.