Mark Blaudschun

TAMPA–It was a balmy 75 degrees here on Friday as Alabama and Clemson flew into town for the  third version of the College Football National championship game.

The city–and the weekend ahead–has a buzz about it.  College football in the South is always an easy sell.

But the question which will be asked and answered in a few days is this:  Is Clemson-Alabama too narrow in scope to make Monday night’s national championship game “Must see TV”?

In SEC territory and in much of the footprint of the ACC, there is no question that Monday’s game will be a milestone event.  Either Alabama wins and continues a run that rivals any dynastic stretch in the history of college football or Clemson dethrones the King and steps into a spotlight that the Tigers have not been part of for 36 seasons.

But will it play in Peoria or on the West Coast?  Or in the most apathetic college football region in the country–the Northeast?

Check out the ratings on Tuesday morning to see who won the battle between The Bachelor on ABC and Alabama and Clemson on ESPN–especially in the Northeast. Chances are there will be more chatter on how technology  salesman Nick Viall scored, compared to what Alabama football coach Nick Saban’s team was able to produce. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.