As long as the NFL keeps dialing up Jaguars-Falcons for its Thursday night games, college football doesn't have a whole lot to worry about as far as its new viewing competition goes. Early in the weekend, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the league will expand its Thursday Night Football offerings to include Weeks 2 through 15 -- in 2011, there were no pro Thursday nighters after Week 1 and before Week 11.
While NFL Network doesn't reach everybody (and neither does ESPN, which airs most Thursday college games), this still means more active remote control work for football fans.
Here are the four nights from the 2011 year that the NFL and college competed on Thursdays:
|11||Jets-Broncos||Virginia Tech-UNC, UAB-Southern Miss, Marshall-Memphis|
|12||Packers-Lions, Dolphins-Cowboys, 49ers-Ravens||Texas-Texas A&M|
|16||Texans-Colts||Boise State-Arizona State|
I don't really care about TV ratings, but I do care about making a big show of intentionally not watching a pretty good NFL game in favor of a crappy college game.
And unless the matchup of matchups leans heavily in favor of the NFL (FINE, the fourth quarter of Packers-Saints was way better than the fourth quarter of OSU-Arizona), there are plenty of people who'll go college every time. While the majority would just watch the NFL if it scheduled games on Tuesday mornings, I'd expect this all to have little effect on the number of people watching weeknight college games.