Friday, April 17, 2015

When Are Game Times Going To Be Set?

The title question is a question, now that a few more kickoff times were announced this week, that I'll start receiving more and more.  And I can't give you a specific answer.  I don't work for a TV network and when I ask a conference or network about that information, I either don't get a response or the response is vague and I respect their wishes to keep that close to the vest.

But the next six to eight weeks should have what you are looking for with respect to early season kickoff times and weeknight games.  So with that in mind, here's the dates they came out last year for each conference and some notes:

Early season neutral site games - 4/16/14 - I would think these are coming soon.

ACC - 5/20/14 - These have come out during the ACC's spring meetings or shortly after the last couple years.  This year's ACC spring meetings are from May 11 - 14 per the ACC Football Rx blog.

American - 6/19/14 - In addition to early season games, start times for several weeknight games were set.

Army - 4/17/14 (all times except Air Force) - The Air Force game last year was set later as it fell the same weekend as Navy hosting Notre Dame and Georgia vs. Florida.  I believe Army requests for its start times to be announced before May 1st with some exceptions.  Their new rights deal notes that most home games will start at 12pm but could start at 3:30pm when needed.

Big 12 - 5/29/14 - Both early season and weeknight games were announced.  As part of the Big 12 release, the games that were noted to be institutional games (ie. one game a year each school can keep to market for themselves) were identified.  Note that the Big 12's schedule came out alongside the Pac-12 and national C-USA schedule, which seemed to indicate that FOX was driving this release.

Big Ten - 4/15/14 (ABC/ESPN primetime games), 4/22/14 (BTN primetime games), 5/13/14 (homecoming games times), 7/16/14 (early season) - The reason for the early announcement of primetime games is so any stadium that needs temporary lights can make arrangements.  The date of the early season games was a bit later than usual as arrangements were being made to place games on ESPNEWS.  I would think that this would move back to a late May - early June date.

Now why did the BTN weeknight games come out before the ABC/ESPN ones?  That I'm not sure.

BYU - Periodically - To be honest, they seemed to trickle out.  On 6/4/14, start times for the BYUtv game and a couple home weeknight games were set.  BYU's schedule for '15 hasn't officially been released, but a poster schedule showed two games being moved to Friday nights, one of which (11/6 at San Jose St.) has been officially announced.

C-USA - 5/29/14 (CBSSN & FOX Sports), 7/17/14 (American Sports Network) - The selections for CBSSN and FOX were timed to coincide with a release by FOX for their entire season's schedule of telecast windows.  Not all start times were set by FOX as some were set during the season.  The ASN games were announced right before the conference's media days but could appear earlier this year with an agreement in hand.

MAC - 6/6/14 - Included early season start times and times for midweek games.

Notre Dame - 2/21/14 - Yeah, so with the exception of the time of the Texas game being leaked to the media, these are a bit late compared to 2014.  To be fair, NASCAR's start times for NBC were not released until mid-February so the finalization of that schedule and the start times for races on NBC likely set back the setting of game times.

Navy - Already set.

Mountain West - Already set for weeknight games in '15.  4/17/14 (start times for CBSSN, game selections for ESPN), 6/5/14 (early season ESPN), 6/26/14 (late ESPN & CBSSN additions), 7/1/14 (Campus Insiders MW Network & ROOT Sports) - Based on the Mountain West weeknight schedule coming out on 4/15/15, we could hear about more CBSSN and ESPN Networks games possibly next week.

Pac-12 - 5/29/14 - Same as the Big 12 and C-USA schedules.  Seemed to be batched together with other conferences FOX has rights to.

SEC - 5/1/14 (early season SEC Network), 5/30/14 (rest of early season & special dates) - Note that the SEC Network games were released early last year as ESPN was negotiating for carriage of the network.  Now that nearly every major carrier is on board, those games could be held back.  For your sanity and mind, lets hope they don't wait until the conference's media days like they used to for several years.

Sun Belt - 6/10/14 - Not much to say here.  Networks have been assigned to several weeknight games already.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Notes on 2015 Mountain West Weeknight CFB Schedule & Other Weeknight Games

Mountain West TV schedule so far

* Two things that stuck out to me:
  • CBS Sports Network, as part of their trade with ESPN for a Boise St. home game, was "stuck" with the game vs. Idaho St.  Based on today's announcement, it isn't clear which Boise St. MW road game CBSSN gave up for this honor.  It would either be the Colorado St. game on 10/10 or the UNLV game on 10/31.

    A report came out this week that NC State denied a request from CBSSN and Old Dominion to move their game to Friday 9/18, so I'm not sure if the ISU at BSU would have been part of a doubleheader or not.
  • Colorado at Hawai'i stayed with the start time of 7pm local Thursday / 1am Friday.  Thought that it would be moved up one hour or 90 minutes, but maybe UH did not want a start time of 5:30pm or 6pm on a weeknight.  I really don't know.  I will be curious to see how this game will be paired with Duke at Tulane and if CBSSN three games into the evening.  Maybe it would something like this:
    • 6pm ET: A east coast DII game
    • 9pm ET: Duke at Tulane
    • 1am ET: Hawai'i at Colorado
* Boise St. has apparently agreed to play four five Friday night and one Friday afternoon game.  Two on ESPN through their MW television contract, one on ESPN through the ACC's TV deal and two three more on CBSSN through their MW rights agreement. (Edited to correct CBSSN count)

* Here's a look at how some other previously scheduled weeknight games could be affected:
  • On 9/4, either Baylor at SMU or, potentially, Michigan St. at Western Michigan will start at 7pm on ESPN leading into Washington at Boise St.
  • Assuming this BYU poster schedule is accurate, and it is with respect to the date change for the San Jose St. game, the Cougars home game vs. Cincinnati on is now on 10/16 alongside Houston at Tulane and UNLV at Fresno St., the latter being announced as starting at 10:30pm ET.  Potential options for Houston at Tulane were ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.  Note that 10/16 could potentially be "Midnight Madness" practice night for the 2015-16 MBK season using the 2014 date, so here's a few ways to schedule that assuming it is indeed Midnight Madness night (in my opinion, option #2 is likely):
    • One game each on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.  With UNLV at Fresno St. on ESPN2, Houston at Tulane & Cincinnati at BYU would be looking at options on ESPN and ESPNU.
    • A doubleheader on ESPN2 of Houston at Tulane at 7pm ET and UNLV at Fresno St. following it with Cincinnati at BYU on ESPN 
    • A doubleheader on ESPN of Houston at Tulane at 7pm ET with Cincinnati at BYU following it.
  • 10/31 has Louisville at Wake Forest on ESPN or ESPN2 and Wyoming at Utah St. on ESPN2 at 10:15pm.  Seems convenient to have a game at 10:15pm paired with a 7pm ET start.  ESPN could end up televising a NBA preseason game by this time.
  • Air Force at Boise St. on 11/20 was scheduled at 9:30pm with several MBK events in mind as ESPN owned events from Puerto Rico & Charleston, SC, plus the 2K Sports Classic, are scheduled to be played on this date.
  • On 11/5 ESPN potentially has five games to offer on this Thursday night:  A couple different ways to schedule them.  I tend to favor option #1.
    • ESPN: Mississippi St. at Missouri; ESPN2: Ball St. at Western Michigan or Buffalo at Kent St. followed by Nevada at Fresno St.; ESPNU: Arkansas St. at Appalachian St.; either ESPN3, ESPNEWS or a sublicense for whichever MAC game doesn't air on ESPN2.  
    • Same as above, except move Mississippi St. at Missouri over to SEC Network and show Baylor at Kansas St. on ESPN.
  • Rice at UTEP was scheduled for a national television outlet on 11/6, which I thought was a shoe-in for CBSSN because FS1 has a NASCAR truck series race at 8:30pm ET.  BYU at San Jose St. was scheduled for CBSSN at 10:30pm 11:30pm ET.  After talking it over with the Twitter account for BlazerTalk.com, wanted to provide our exchange because the person running their account made some decent points:

 Your thoughts? 

Quick MBK notes on Villanova-Oklahoma & Gavitt Tipoff

* CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein reports that Villanova & Oklahoma will face each other in Hawai'i on Monday 12/7/14.  I understand the significance of the day (Pearl Harbor Day), though I'm curious on the logistics and potential television outlets for the game.  Rothstein's report did not mention who was organizing the game and with it being on a Monday, it is likely going to be an afternoon game in Hawai'i to be a nighttime game on the east coast.

With Rothstein being the first to report, that might be a clue that CBS is organizing the game to air on CBS Sports Network.  As far as I can tell, he was the first to report that Iowa St. and South Carolina would be facing off at Barclays Center last year and that game ended up on CBSSN.

* In late February, I went through some scheduling items with respect to the Gavitt Tipoff games between the Big East and Big Ten.  After going the press releases a few times, plus asking around, there are a couple other items to note:
  • Nothing is spelled out saying that the Big East & Big Ten would host one game each per night.
  • It is possible, due to facility related issues, that the confines of a single week could be relaxed
I had to re-read the press releases a few times and nowhere did it state that a school from each conference would host one game per night.  So it is possible that an evening could be a doubleheader on ESPN, BTN, ESPN/BTN (splitting two Big Ten games) or FS1.  I'm assuming CBSSN is not going to get access to any of the Big East games.

One matchup has apparently been leaked, again by Rothstein: Nebraska at Villanova

Some of the Big East schools play in arenas with at least one professional team as a tenant.  While schools like St. John's and Villanova could conceivably host a game in their smaller on-campus arena, there could be a situation where a game has to move to the following week, or maybe stretch the event into a full week long event to get every game in based on the hosts.

The plan was to release the pairings in the spring and with the leaked matchup, we could see the pairings & dates very soon..

Monday, April 13, 2015

Quick Notes on 2015 BTN Night Game Schedule

Big Ten schedule

* Compared to previous years, no game times were set with today's schedule release.  My assumption is that these will be coming later in the spring, possibly at the time when the conference's early season television schedule is set.

* Two schools were not part of this schedule: Ohio St. and Purdue.  Purdue, a school without permanent lights, has maintained that they would prefer not to play any night games on BTN at this time as the schools are on the hook for the bill for temporary lights, where Ohio St. now has permanent lights and should be a top five team entering the year.  I would expect the Buckeyes to have at least one home night game on ABC or ESPN.

* A notable game that was not part of this release, but one that will be a night game: TCU at Minnesota on Thursday 9/3.  There are two reasons the game may not be part of this release:
  • BTN was trying to differentiate between non-Saturday and Saturday night games
  • The game is going to air on ESPN
In my opinion, I believe the game is going to be on ESPN with TCU potentially a top five team coming into the season.

* Usually BTN and ABC/ESPN try, when possible, to not have night games on the same date.  Last year there was one date where both sides had a night game (10/4/14).  There are currently seven Saturdays that do not have night games on BTN (9/5, 10/17 - 11/7, 11/21 & 11/28).

I would not expect a Big Ten night game on 9/5 nor on 11/28 on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.  If I were to guess six night games that they would select and not conflict with an existing BTN night game, here's what I think they'll pick up:

10/17: Penn St. at Ohio St.
10/24: Penn St. vs. Maryland (at M&T Bank Stadium)
10/31: Rutgers at Wisconsin
11/7: Rutgers at Michigan & Michigan St. at Nebraska
11/21: Michigan St. at Ohio St.

* Besides ABC/ESPN's night game schedule and the early season schedule, the Big Ten is unique that they also set their game times for homecoming games.  TV networks aren't necessarily set for the games, just the time.  Here are twelve of the fourteen homecoming games as I wasn't able to find homecoming dates for Maryland and Rutgers.

9/26
Ohio at Minnesota
Southern Miss at Nebraska

10/3
Purdue at Michigan St.

10/10
Illinois at Iowa
Northwestern at Michigan
Maryland at Ohio St.
Indiana at Penn St.

10/17
Rutgers at Indiana
Iowa at Northwestern
Purdue at Wisconsin

10/24
Wisconsin at Illinois

11/7
Illinois at Purdue

Parsing Out Games for the Mountain West TV Deals in 2015

The Mountain West has a unique set of provisions when it comes to its television contracts.   Some are school related, for example with both Boise St. and Hawai'i.  Other provisions involve the process of the two national rightsholders and their game selections, where CBS can select and handful of games for CBS Sports Network ahead of ESPN.  And there is ROOT Sports, who is more likely to televise games involving schools in their regional television footprint.

So I figured I would try my hand at mapping out the Mountain West selections.  In a previous post, I mapped out the games I thought CBS had selected as their top eight games.  So after that they would have fourteen remaining selections.

ESPN has the rights to all Boise St. home games, which means that ESPN would have sixteen remaining selections in 2015 as the Broncos have six home games.   ESPN and CBS have the ability to swap one Boise St. home game for a conference road game, but I do not believe a trade of games between the networks is required.  Of the four games CBSSN has access to, I believe the road games at Utah St. and UNLV would be the ones CBS would be willing to part with.  In my opinion, the San Jose St. road game is the least likely to be offered up for a trade because of the late season date.  Similarly, the game that would least likely fit into the CBSSN schedule is the home game vs. Wyoming on 10/24.  The reasons for that will be more apparent as you continue reading.

Hawai'i is also unique because it does not partake in the Mountain West's TV deal with respect to a monetary payout.  They derive their TV revenue from a local television deal with Oceanic Cable, who makes the games available on a pay-per-view basis.  For the school to receive its maximum payout, seven games must be made available to the PPV package.  Typically the games come from the Mountain West controlled games.  The two non-conference road games they play are both at Big Ten schools (Ohio St. and Wisconsin), so those will both appear on outlets that should preclude them from being offered in a PPV package.

So let's take a look.  There are a handful of places in both the CBSSN & ESPN lists where weeknight games could be possible and I've marked them in bold.   Some games have already been moved to weeknights.

CBSSN (22 games)
Colorado at Hawai'i (9/3)
Morgan St. at Air Force (9/5)
Arizona at Nevada (9/12)
UCLA at UNLV (9/12)
Utah at Fresno St. (9/19)
New Mexico at Wyoming (9/26)
Hawai'i at Boise St. (10/3, trade for Utah St. road game with ESPN)
Fresno St. at San Diego St. (10/3)
Boise St. at Colorado St. (10/10)
New Mexico at Nevada (10/10)
UNLV at Fresno St. (10/17)
San Diego St. at San Jose St. (10/17)
San Diego St. at Colorado St. (10/31)
Boise St. at UNLV (10/31)
Army at Air Force (11/7)
Hawai'i at UNLV (11/7)
UNLV at Colorado St. (11/14)
Wyoming at San Diego St. (11/14)
Nevada at Utah St. (11/21)
Boise St. at San Jose St. (11/28)
BYU at Utah St. (11/28)
UNLV at Wyoming (11/28)

With the CBSSN schedule there is one real "problem" week and that is week eight (Thursday 10/22 - Saturday 10/24).  Currently scheduled for those days in the evening is the PBR World Finals, which are being shown live on CBSSN each of those nights at 9pm ET.  Tulane at Navy is scheduled for CBSSN at 1pm ET on 10/24 and while it is an American Athletic Conference game, it is outside the conference's TV deal as it is a Navy home game.  It is my understanding that the AAC will have at least one game a week on CBSSN coming from their TV deal, but a Mountain West game could certainly be placed here.

ESPN (22 games)
Washington at Boise St. (9/4)
Minnesota at Colorado St. (9/12)
Tulsa at New Mexico (9/12)
Idaho St. at Boise St. (9/18)
Fresno St. at San Jose St. (9/26)
Colorado St. at Utah St. (10/3)
UNLV at Nevada (10/3)
Utah St. at Fresno St. (10/10)
San Jose St. at UNLV (10/10)
Boise St. at Utah St. (10/17)
Nevada at Wyoming (10/17)
Hawai'i at New Mexico (10/17)
Wyoming at Boise St. (10/24)
New Mexico at San Jose St. (10/24)
Wyoming at Utah St. (10/31)
BYU at San Jose St. (11/7)
New Mexico at Boise St. (11/14)
San Jose St. at Nevada (11/14)
Air Force at Boise St. (11/21)
San Diego St. at UNLV (11/21)
Colorado St. at Fresno St. (11/28)
Nevada at San Diego St. (11/28)

One note regarding Boise St. - up to three of their Mountain West controlled games can air on non-Saturday dates.  They currently have three total weeknight games with two of those games part of the Mountain West TV contract: 9/4 vs. Washington and 9/18 vs. Idaho St.  A third game, at Virginia on 9/25, is not part of the count because it is part of the ACC's package of games.  With that said, each of the past two years have seen BSU with two non-Saturday games in the Mountain West and a third non-Saturday game as a non-conference road or neutral site game, so if that trend continues, the remainder of the Broncos' schedule could be Saturday games.  But one more game could move to a weeknight on ESPN.

Also, remember that ESPN can spread its initial 22 games among all of its platforms, including ESPNEWS and ESPN3.

Hawai'i PPV (7 games, webcasts back to mainland on MW Digital Network)
UC Davis at Hawai'i (9/19)
San Diego St. at Hawai'i (10/10)
Hawai'i at Nevada (10/24)
Air Force at Hawai'i (10/31)
Fresno St. at Hawai'i (11/14)
San Jose St. at Hawai'i (11/21)
UL-Monroe at Hawai'i (11/28)

ROOT Sports (9 games, out-of-market webcasts on MW Digital Network)
New Mexico St. at New Mexico (10/3)
Wyoming at Air Force (10/10)
Air Force at Colorado St. (10/17)
Utah St. at San Diego St. (10/24)
Colorado St. at Wyoming (11/7)
Utah St. at New Mexico (11/7)
Utah St. at Air Force (11/14)
Colorado St. at New Mexico (11/21)
Air Force at New Mexico (11/28)

San Diego St. has had a game in the regional package each of the last two seasons.  FOX Sports San Diego has picked up the ROOT Sports production in both cases.  Note that Utah St. at San Diego St. is the same Saturday (10/24) where CBSSN may not be able to carry a Mountain West game.

MW Digital Network (some Campus Insiders productions, some self produced)
Southern Utah at Utah St. (9/3)
UC Davis at Nevada (9/3)
New Hampshire at San Jose St. (9/3)
Savannah St. at Colorado St. (9/5)
Mississippi Valley St. at New Mexico (9/5)
Abilene Christian at Fresno St. (9/5)
North Dakota at Wyoming (9/5)
San Diego at San Diego St. (9/5)
San Jose St. at Air Force (9/12)
Eastern Michigan at Wyoming (9/12)
South Alabama at San Diego St. (9/19)
Idaho St. at UNLV (9/26)
Fresno St. at Air Force (10/24)
Nevada at Fresno St. (11/7)

In 2013, the Mountain West Digital Network carried three intraconference games, but just one in 2014.  I have three on the digital network this year.

Finally, ESPN and CBSSN can come back and choose two games each once ROOT and Campus Insiders/MW Networks chooses the games they will produce.  For the purpose of this exercise, I didn't place a 23rd or 24th game on either TV partner's schedule.  ESPN could certainly add two and place them on ESPN3, where CBSSN doesn't have the digital exclusive platform to use at this time.

Your thoughts?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

MBK Event Scheduling for '15-'16 and Football Championship Game Legislation

* Was going through the college basketball schedule for next year and noticed that both the Gonzaga vs. Pittsburgh from Okinawa, Japan and the Washington vs. Texas game from Shanghai, China will tip off on Friday 11/13/15 in US time zones.  The game from China will be an 11am local start on Saturday in Shanghai which equates to a 10pm ET start.  The start time of the game in Okinawa has not yet been determined, but I would suspect that is will start at 9am(?) locally on Saturday to start at 8pm ET.

The tie-in with ESPN's potential college football games is the following, assuming ESPN carries both games:
  • Whatever college football game ESPN would air likely airs on ESPN2 or ESPNU
    • ESPNU depends on scheduling of games, including "host" rounds of events that ESPN has rights to, like the CBE Classic, etc.
    • ESPN2 could be open for a game like USC at Colorado
    • ESPN usually airs a single NBA game late or skips this Friday completely.
      • I think it is less likely for ESPN2 to pick up an NBA game.  Regular season games air on ESPN with rare exceptions.
* Per an article from Sports Business Journal regarding FOX Sports' move into event management, the Las Vegas Invitational event will be a Friday & Saturday event during the Thanksgiving break.  Having two games on Friday shouldn't be necessarily that surprising as the event was a Thursday & Friday event last year.  The championship round is a bigger deal since it would be on the final full Saturday of the college football season.  Depending how the event is scheduled into FOX's programming schedule, it could lead to potentially one less telecast window on 11/28.

One possibility was alluded to by FOX Sports VP Dan Shell (my emphasis in bold):
Because of our ownership of the event, it gives us the ability to deliver pretty good college basketball content to Fox Sports 1 and potentially Fox Sports 2 without paying for it and, hopefully, making a little bit of money on it.
Do not be surprised if the 3rd place game or the Friday games end up on FS2 as FOX works on their college football schedule for FS1.

* The NCAA will receive legislation in the fall that will potentially allow conferences to determine their own rules for playing a conference championship game in football.  Conferences are currently required to have a minimum of twelve members and there must be round robin play within a division.

The legislation being presented to the NCAA would allow a conference like Big 12, at ten members, to play a game, presumably by taking the top two schools in the standings, or the ACC taking its top two ranked teams vs. taking a division champion. For example, Florida St. could play Clemson instead of Duke if Clemson is ranked higher.

(There was also something regarding the ACC splitting into three divisions and taking the top two division champions.  I don't know if that means Notre Dame would be a full member.  I frankly don't want to know.  I've intentionally stayed away from places where the talk has primarily been realignment rumors.)

Yes, they do have a round robin schedule, which should in theory eliminate the need for a championship if tiebreakers are used to determine "One True Champion".  And, at a high level, schools that would be the power brokers might be less inclined to agree that the game is needed.  From Allen Kenney, founder and editor of Blatant Homerism:



To provide additional context, between those two tweets, Allen listed several of Oklahoma's future non-conference opponents, which provides additional context to the 2nd tweet.  External forces, such as the inability to schedule quality non-conference opponents, could force a school to consider if playing another conference school can help strengthen a resume.

From a financial point of view, I think it is worth having the discussion and requesting some proposals, officially or unofficially, from TV partners and potential hosts, or make the decision to go to a school site host.  Can't hurt from a dollars and cents point of view to ask around.  In terms of the CFP, at worst, the Big 12 champ is playing in the Sugar Bowl in years where both the Sugar and the Big 12 champ is not involved in the playoff.   At best?  A school in the CFP and a second school in the Sugar, again if they are not part of the playoff.

If a seventh ranked school defeating a tenth ranked opponent could put them over the hump on that final weekend, isn't it worth having the discussion, if it already hasn't happened within the context of this potential legislation?  And to be fair and provide a counterpoint, the same scenario can happen without the need for a championship game using smart scheduling techniques, but that regular season game is already bought and paid for where a conference championship game could be an additional revenue stream.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Handicapping the TV Outlets for C-USA, Big 12 & Pac-12 Weeknight & Special Date Games

Wanted to go through the currently scheduled weeknight games from the Big 12, Pac-12 and C-USA.  These three conferences, because their rights are split between multiple entities, usually do not set television assignments for their weeknight games until later in the spring.

With all of these conferences, plus conferences like the Mountain West or independent BYU, there could be more weeknight games forthcoming.  For now, I am assuming no games will get placed on FOX Sports 2.

Game Time (ET) Day of Week TV Options
UTSA at Arizona 09/03/2015 12:00 AM   Thursday ESPN Networks, FS1, Pac-12 Networks
Michigan at Utah 09/03/2015 12:00 AM   Thursday ESPN Networks, FS1, Pac-12 Networks
Weber St. at Oregon St. 09/04/2015 08:00 PM   Friday ESPN Networks, FS1, Pac-12 Networks
Purdue at Marshall 09/06/2015 03:00 PM   Sunday CBSSN or FOX Sports
Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky 09/10/2015 12:00 AM   Thursday CBSSN or FOX Sports
Miami (FL) at FAU 09/11/2015 08:00 PM   Friday CBSSN or FOX Sports
Utah St. at Utah 09/11/2015 09:00 PM   Friday ESPN Networks, FS1, Pac-12 Networks
New Mexico at Arizona St. 09/18/2015 10:00 PM   Friday ESPN Networks, FS1, Pac-12 Networks
Stanford at Oregon St. 09/25/2015 12:00 AM   Friday ESPN Networks, FS1, Pac-12 Networks
Temple at Charlotte 10/02/2015 12:00 AM   Friday CBSSN or FOX Sports
Washington at USC 10/08/2015 12:00 AM   Thursday ESPN Networks, FS1, Pac-12 Networks
Southern Miss at Marshall 10/09/2015 07:00 PM   Friday CBSSN or FOX Sports
UCLA at Stanford 10/15/2015 12:00 AM   Thursday ESPN Networks, FS1, Pac-12 Networks
Western Kentucky at North Texas 10/15/2015 12:00 AM   Thursday CBSSN or FOX Sports
California at UCLA 10/22/2015 12:00 AM   Thursday ESPN Networks, FS1, Pac-12 Networks
West Virginia at TCU 10/29/2015 12:00 AM   Thursday ESPN Networks or FOX Sports
Oregon at Arizona St. 10/29/2015 12:00 AM   Thursday ESPN Networks, FS1, Pac-12 Networks
Louisiana Tech at Rice 10/30/2015 12:00 AM   Friday CBSSN or FOX Sports
Baylor at Kansas St. 11/05/2015 12:00 AM   Thursday ESPN Networks or FOX Sports
Rice at UTEP 11/06/2015 12:00 AM   Friday CBSSN or FOX Sports
USC at Colorado 11/13/2015 12:00 AM   Friday ESPN Networks, FS1, Pac-12 Networks
Texas Tech at Texas 11/26/2015 12:00 AM   Thursday ESPN Networks or FOX Sports
Oregon St. at Oregon 11/27/2015 12:00 AM   Friday ABC, ESPN Networks, FSMG, Pac-12 Networks
Washington St. at Washington 11/27/2015 12:00 AM   Friday ABC, ESPN Networks, FSMG, Pac-12 Networks
Marshall at Western Kentucky 11/27/2015 12:00 AM   Friday CBSSN or FOX Sports
Baylor at TCU 11/27/2015 12:00 AM   Friday ABC, ESPN Networks or FOX Sports

Here are a few things that stuck out to me:
  • Some of the C-USA games had times while others did not.  The Purdue at Marshall, Miami (FL) at FAU and Southern Miss at Marshall games had start times attached to them.  But I don't think that means each was selected by the same network.
  • By both Utah at Utah St. & Miami (FL) at FAU being selected for the same night and having start times within an hour of each other, that eliminates a potential FS1 doubleheader.  One game should end up on FS1 though.
  • FOX has a commitment to MLB for the ALDS & ALCS on FS1 presumably for 2-3 weeks.  Using Thursday 10/8 as a start date for the DS series, FS1's coverage should be scheduled from Friday 10/9 - Thursday 10/15 (NLCS started first in '13, ALCS started first in '14) , with the ALCS from Saturday 10/17 - Sunday 10/25.
    • FOX ran into an issue with a Pac-12 game on a Thursday night having to be moved to FS2 with additional local coverage plus Pac-12 Networks due to an NLCS conflict last year.
  • The placement of the Las Vegas Invitational basketball event on FS1 will factor into how many games they can pick up on Friday 11/27.  Same with ESPN's coverage of their owned & operated basketball events plus the NIT Tip Off, along with a new doubleheader event from Miami
Here's how I see things being set with some notes:

Game Guessed Network Notes
UTSA at Arizona Pac-12 Networks
Michigan at Utah FOX Sports 1
Weber St. at Oregon St. Pac-12 Networks
Purdue at Marshall FOX Sports 1
Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky FOX Sports 1 FS1 has carried C-USA on opening NFL Thursday in '13 & '14
Miami (FL) at FAU FOX Sports 1 USU-UoU could air on FS1 & this game on CBSSN
Utah St. at Utah ESPN2 ESPN has US Open men's semifinals
New Mexico at Arizona St. FOX Sports 1 After NASCAR truck series race
Stanford at Oregon St. ESPN Doubleheader w/Boise St. at Virginia
Temple at Charlotte CBSSN
Washington at USC ESPN SMU-Houston already on ESPN2 to clear way for this one
Southern Miss at Marshall CBSSN Assuming FS1 has MLB postseason
UCLA at Stanford ESPN Assuming FS1 has MLB postseason. Doubleheader with Auburn-Kentucky (?)
Western Kentucky at North Texas CBSSN Assuming FS1 has MLB postseason. Potentially on FSN
California at UCLA ESPN Assuming FS1 has MLB postseason. Doubleheader with Temple-ECU (?).
West Virginia at TCU FOX Sports 1 Assuming FS1 doubleheader
Oregon at Arizona St. FOX Sports 1 Assuming FS1 doubleheader
Louisiana Tech at Rice CBSSN FS1 has NASCAR truck series race at 8:30pm ET
Baylor at Kansas St. FOX Sports 1 Assuming ESPN carries Mississippi St.-Missouri
Rice at UTEP CBSSN NASCAR truck race on FS1 at 8:30pm ET
USC at Colorado ESPN2 ESPN has Armed Forces Classic & NBA game(?).  FS1 has truck series at 8pm ET
Texas Tech at Texas ESPN
Oregon St. at Oregon ABC Doubleheader with Iowa at Nebraska
Washington St. at Washington FOX Sports 1 Depends on the Las Vegas Invitational
Marshall at Western Kentucky FOX Sports 1 If CBSSN does not have a MW game on 11/27, could air on that network
Baylor at TCU FOX