Football fans rang in the new year with the inaugural College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) semifinals on @ESPN and Twitter. And now Ohio State and Oregon loyalists have their hopes set on winning the national championship on Jan. 12.
#SugarBowl: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Ohio State
The conversation about the game in New Orleans dominated Twitter on the first night of the new year. 2.3 million Tweets around the world containing terms related to the #SugarBowl were sent during the live telecast of the game on @ESPN.
Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for a Sugar Bowl record 230 yards and two TDs in the win.
Here are moments that generated the biggest peaks of Twitter conversation in the Sugar Bowl:
These were the most-mentioned players on Twitter during the live telecast of the game:
#RoseBowl: No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 3 Florida State
Earlier in the day, the No. 2 Oregon Ducks (@WinTheDay) dominated the No. 3 Florida State Seminoles (@FSU_Football) 59-20 in a high scoring affair in Pasadena – and college football fans around the world Tweeted along the way.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, this year’s Heisman Trophy winner, threw for 338 yards and two TDs and was named the game’s offensive MVP. The Ducks’ defense capitalized off Florida State turnovers, including three by Seminoles QB Jameis Winston.
Here are moments of the game that generated the biggest peaks of Twitter conversation:
These were the most-mentioned players on Twitter during the game:
After the game, Florida St. QB Jameis Winston Tweeted some love for the his team:
Prior to the game, Oregon (@WinTheDay) sent out personalized jerseys to celebrity fans with their Twitter handle on the back. Here are a few examples:
Come back here later next week when we preview how to follow the National Championship on Twitter.
And in case you missed it, check out this interactive map that shows the most-followed college football playoff teams among users by U.S. county.