The showdown between Alabama and Texas A&M had been billed as the “Game of the Century” leading up to Saturday. The expectations seemed almost impossible to meet, but somehow Johnny Manziel and AJ McCarron managed to exceed them and then some.
The millions of fans who tuned in were not only treated to fantastic football, but were also part of one of the highest-rated college football games in the past 20-plus years. CBS Sports reported the following ratings for their SEC season opener:
The game earned an overnight household ratings/share of 9.0/21, up 200% from last year’s SEC on CBS season opener, Alabama-Arkansas. It is the highest rating for an afternoon regular-season college football game since Miami-Notre Dame on Oct. 20, 1990.
The ratings peeked late in the game, between 7:00 and 7:15 p.m. ET, as Johnny Football was attempting to once again topple the mighty Tide.
Despite Manziel’s unreal ability to do whatever he wants on a football field, Alabama would hold off the Aggies for a 49-42 win.