Ratings rise 27 percent in USC win

NEW YORK -- Television ratings for the Rose Bowl were up 27
percent as top-ranked Southern California all but assured itself of
a share of the national title with a victory over No. 4 Michigan.

USC's 28-14 victory over the Wolverines on Thursday delivered a
14.5 rating and a 24 share for ABC, up from the 11.4 rating and 19
share for last year's game between No. 8 Oklahoma and No. 7
Washington State, which had no bearing on the national

Last year's Fiesta Bowl, between Ohio State and Miami, was the
only Bowl Championship Series game that had a bearing on the
national championship.

In other bowl games broadcast on ABC, ratings for the Capital
One Bowl rose 25 percent, while the ratings for the Orange Bowl
matched last year's numbers.

Georgia's 34-27 overtime victory over Purdue in the Capital One
Bowl drew an 8.0 rating and a 15 share, up from last year's 6.4 and
12 for the game between Penn State and Auburn. It was the highest
rating for the game since Michigan State and Florida drew a 9.3 and
19 in 2000.

Miami's 16-14 win over Florida State in the Orange Bowl drew a
9.7 rating and a 16 share and matched last year's totals for the
Sugar Bowl, between Georgia and Florida State, which occupied the
same time slot.