The college football regular season has officially come and gone after Army and Navy’s annual battle last Saturday and we now know which games brought the highest viewership in.
Despite Alabama and Georgia’s meeting in the SEC Championship being the only battle between two eventual College Football Playoff teams this season, it actually didn’t take home the top spot.
Notre Dame showed up on the list just once this season after being included in a few of the very top spots a season ago.
So what else made the list and what game ultimately took home the highest viewership?
Here are the 12 most-viewed college football games of 2021 according to Stewart Mandel of The Athletic.
12. Penn State vs. Auburn
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12: Penn State vs. Auburn on September 18
7.6 million viewers
Penn State defeated Auburn 28-20 in one of the more exciting games of September.
11. Ohio State vs. Oregon
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11. Ohio State vs. Oregon on September 11
7.7 million viewers
The regular Rose Bowl participants just missed the top-10 with their early season showdown which wound up being one of the most surprising outcomes in college football in 2021 as Oregon won in the Horseshoe, 35-28.
10. Florida State vs. Notre Dame
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10. Florida State vs. Notre Dame on September 5
7.8 million viewers
It wasn’t Notre Dame’s best showing (41-38 OT win) but it was a true helmet game between two blue bloods that was the only game played that Sunday night back in early-September.
9. Florida vs. Alabama
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9. Florida vs. Alabama on September 18
7.9 million viewers
Just how long ago was September 18? Florida appeared to perhaps again be Alabama’s biggest threat in the SEC as the Gators played the Tide within two points.
8. Baylor vs. Oklahoma State
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8. Baylor vs. Oklahoma State, Big 12…