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Every three or four months Outkick takes a look at the sports talk radio ratings to compile the top 25 sports talk stations in the country. The only public data on these ratings is published here and relies upon the largest possible measurement of the audience -- ratings share for listeners ages six + from six in the morning until midnight.  It's not a perfect data set, but it's the most fair since a station can't rate highly all day long unless its day part ratings are much higher than the six to midnight number.

These are ratings share numbers, not total listener numbers. That is, each station is being compared based on the percentage of people in a market listening, not based on the number of listeners. But as you can see below, both large, small, and mid-size cities are well-represented in this list.  

So which stations in the nation's fifty largest radio markets are the highest rated in the country for March?

You can dive in below. 

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Last week OKTC told you that the reason LSU at Texas A&M was kicking off at 11 in the morning was to protect the Baylor-Texas rating on ABC.

The Baylor at Texas game on ABC -- featuring multiple plugs for the Longhorn Network no less -- kicked off at seven central time.

The LSU at Texas A&M game should have kicked off at six at night if ESPN was scheduling its primetime SEC game correctly. 

Instead, ESPN protected the Texas television rating by avoiding putting A&M on at the same time.  

The rationale was simple, if Texas and Texas A&M aired at the same time, one on ABC the other on ESPN, ratings would have been lower for the Texas game. Why? Because even Longhorn fans would rather watch A&M and LSU play.

So ESPN put Alabama at Tennessee in primetime instead, even though it was a vastly inferior game.  

Now the numbers are in and, guess what, I was right, the nation preferred LSU-A&M. 

Is Jon Gruden UT's Nick Saban?

Written by: Clay Travis

If Derek Dooley's Vols lose at South Carolina this weekend, his tenure as Tennessee coach will come to a merciful close. That's because like Johnny Majors and Phil Fulmer before him, Dooley will be fired after a South Carolina loss and allowed to coach out the remainder of the season. The Vols would still have a decent chance of finishing with four straight wins -- although I doubt they would -- and rather than allow optimism to build over beating mediocre teams, I suspect Dave Hart will elect to end the Dooley era.   

Presently Dooley has posted a 4-16 SEC record, having gone just 1-11 in his last 12 SEC games. So far Dooley's wins are Vanderbilt twice, Ole Miss once, and Kentucky once. (Dooley also lost to Kentucky the other time, meaning that the Vols have won a single SEC game in nearly two years, an overtime win against Vanderbilt). If you think that sounds bad, it can get worse, Lane Kiffin won the same number of SEC games in his lone season as head coach, four, as Dooley has in three years for the Vols. Meanwhile, Phil Fulmer, the national championship winning coach who was fired at Tennessee in 2008, won three games SEC games in his final season, seven the year before in 2007.

So Fulmer won ten games in his final two seasons at Tennessee. In the four years since he left the Vols have won eight.

The Derek Dooley era at Tennessee is officially over barring a win at South Carolina.

If Dooley loses to South Carolina, I think Dave Hart will fire him on Sunday night or Monday morning. I'll write on UT's candidates in greater detail later this week -- Jon Gruden is still target number one -- but Dooley will follow Johnny Majors and Phil Fulmer, both of whom were fired in the wake of a road loss at South Carolina.

I was on the sideline with UT during the 2008 South Carolina game

In fact, the similarities between 2008 and 2012 are jarring. In 2008 Tennessee had a great defense and an awful offense under new first year coordinator Dave Clawson. Game after game the Vols failed to produce any offense and ultimately Fulmer's selection of Clawson cost him his job. The same is likely to be true for Dooley, except it was his selection and promotion of Alabama's former linebacker coach, Sal Sunseri, that will spell Dooley's demise.

How bad has it been for the Vols on defense through the first four SEC games?

The Vols are giving up 43.25 points per game, that number would rank 119 of 120 FBS defenses. (Including out of conference games, the Vols are a robust 96th).

Before we hit the panic button on a scenario where 3 power conference teams finish undefeated, take a deep breath to realize there's still a ton of football left to be played.  To help restore the peace, here are the odds of each team finishing unbeaten given their remaining schedule.

Week two of the BCS standing are here and it's beginning to look like the final two years of the BCS won't end without controversy.

Why is that?

Because Oregon and Kansas State will be substantial favorites for their remaining five regular season games each. Kansas State will be substantial favorites over Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, at TCU, at Baylor, and to close out the season at home against Texas. With no Big 12 title game, we're just five games from Kansas State finishing undefeated. Meanwhile, Oregon has a tougher road, playing Colorado, USC, Cal, Stanford, and Oregon State before probably playing USC again in the BCS title game. 

In fact, in the scenario that will leave SEC fans up at night, what if a one-loss SEC champ gets bumped from the title game by undefeated Oregon and Kansas State. 

Is it really that unbelievable?

(Note: I'm assuming that Notre Dame will lose to either Oklahoma or USC -- actually I think both -- to knock one of the unbeatens out of the mix). 

By Eric Taylor

I never knew how big an Alabama football fan I was until I moved to Tennessee.

SEC Releases 2013 Football Schedule

Written by: Clay Travis

Today the SEC released the 2013 football schedule.

You can find that schedule here, and we've also replicated it below and added some early commentary.

Here goes with the seven non-rival cross division games, which are really the only games that can fluctuate now:

Florida gets Arkansas

Georgia gets LSU

Kentucky gets Alabama

Ole Miss gets Mizzou

Mississippi State gets South Carolina

Tennessee gets Auburn

Texas A&M gets Vandy

The biggest news is that all constant division rivals remain the same for 2013, Mizzou keeps Texas A&M and South Carolina and Arkansas stay together. There was talk as late as yesterday that these games could change for 2013.

 All the games are below, broken up by week and by individual teams.

By the time you read this I'll be in the air on my way to Houston.

I've got my wife and two other couples in tow -- including one A&M grad to show us around -- and we'll be waking up at dawn on Saturday to head over for the LSU-Texas A&M game. We have a tailgate set up for the game, but I'll Tweet out our location so I can meet up with as many of you who want to come by and say hi.

I can't wait.

Everything but the kickoff time should be outstanding.

Our beaver pelt trader of the week is Johnny Manziel because his performance so far this season has been otherworldly.

Now let's dive into All That and a Bag of Mail.

Pointspread Dominance: Alabama Still Chasing USC

Written by: Todd Fuhrman

Most dominant college football team is a subjective argument. Each season a team gets off to a hot start and we’re ready to call them the greatest thing since sliced bread. However, there is one constant to gauge relative strength to the competitive set; the vegas pointspread.

By Eric Taylor

When former SEC Commissioner Roy Kramer added Arkansas and South Carolina as the 11th and 12th team to the conference in 1990 so he could stage the first ever conference championship game, anyone would have bet the family pet that Alabama and Tennessee would meet in at least one championship game through 2011. 

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