- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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We know what the Big East's record was on the field in bowl games, but how about in TV sets?
The Birmingham News has compiled Nielsen ratings for all of the college football postseason games. Ratings overall were down 9 percent compared to last season. Here's how the Big East games stacked up:
The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, featuring Oklahoma and UConn, was down 25 percent from last year's game featuring Boise State and TCU. The Fiesta Bowl was not surprisingly the lowest-rated BCS game and was viewed by fewer people than the Outback Bowl.
The Champs Sports Bowl between NC State and West Virginia was down a whopping 84 percent from last year. That's the biggest one-year drop for any bowl game. Last year's game had a more marketable matchup between Wisconsin and Miami.
The Meineke Car Care Bowl, which had its lowest attendance ever for the Clemson-South Florida matchup, also dipped 50 percent in the ratings.
The BBVA Compass Bowl went up 38 percent and posted its highest rating ever. The Pitt-Kentucky game was the only game on at the time and served as a lead-in to the NFL playoffs on Saturday.
The Beef 'O' Brady's also went up, by 21 percent. That game changed this year from a Saturday afternoon to a weeknight in prime time. Louisville beat Southern Miss in that game.
The New Era Pinstripe Bowl was in its first year, but it posted a solid 2.26 rating that made it the highest-rated non-BCS bowl featuring a Big East team. The Syracuse-Kansas State showdown tied for 12th in TV ratings among all non-BCS bowls.