And so Rutgers winds up undefeated, untied and, to its sorrow, uninvited to any of the established bowls. (The team voted to reject overtures from the Independence Bowl in Baton Rouge, La., where its opponent would have been McNeese State.) How good are the Scarlet Knights? The team's detractors point to the undemanding schedule, which included four Division II opponents, but Rutgers beat Louisville 34-0, while Pitt defeated the Cardinals 27-6 and Alabama beat them 24-3. Nonetheless, it seems a shame that the Tangerine Bowl, for instance, did not choose to pair Rutgers with Oklahoma State.
With a BCS bid on the line, only 2.6% of New York City was watching the Rutgers game on ESPN last night.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) November 30, 2012
It wasn't intentional, but according to Darren Rovell, Rutgers/Louisville was one of the highest-rated college football games in New York City history. Good to know, Darren. As to why 2.6% matters, not only is that a wealthy, educated demographic, but it's a pretty damn big one too. There's not really a comparison because Rovell is a fraud who makes up stories and Nate Silver is not a complete embarrassment to journalism, but there are parallels to how Silver showed that Rutgers has the biggest college football following in the NYC market while supposedly arguing against its inclusion in the Big Ten.