staff, January 13, 2015

This is cool: Ohio State's last two games have set cable television records.

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Fresh of drawing a then-record 28.3 million people in the Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama, Ohio State's victory over Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game pulled in 33.4 million viewers.

That's a 5.1 million increase. More impressive, perhaps: The 18.5 overnight rating, the highest ever on ESPN, was an increase of 21 percent over last year's BCS title game between Florida State and Auburn.

A lot of things are responsible for the staggering numbers, including the fact Ohio State is a power brand and this was the first playoff in a sport that long called for a playoff.