Thursday, November 24, 2016

2016 CFB TV Facts & Figures By Conference

I've done similar posts to this one the last three years.  Hope you enjoy this.  Tried to double check most of the numbers listed here.  The conference name for each section ties back to the report of 2016 conference controlled games.

I did not do any breakdowns for the independent schools nor Navy, who has a unique section under the American's page.

  • Fifteen games on ABC.  Up two from 2015.
    • Eleven of the fifteen involved Florida St., Clemson and/or Louisville
    • Including the ACC Championship Game, the ACC will have had the most conference controlled games on ABC in primetime in 2016 (five).
  • The total number of games on ESPN and ESPN2, 23, was up three from 2015.
    • The ESPN2 game count of eight was flat from 2015, so the increase was solely on the ESPN side of the house.
  • Wake Forest and Florida St. did not appear on the ACC Network's over-the-air package.
    • I know, I'm stunned to that Wake wasn't on the over-the-air package, but they appeared five times on the RSN package, the most of any school on that particular package.
  • Overall, Virginia appeared seven times combined between the RSN and over-the-air network package, the most of any ACC school.
  • 26 games on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU.  Comparison to 2015 in parenthesis and includes the conference championship game.
    • ABC: 4 (-1)
    • ESPN: 6 (-1)
    • ESPN2: 6 (-2)
    • ESPNU: 10 (+2)
    • Two games scheduled inside of this group of four networks (Navy at East Carolina on ESPN & Tulane at UCF on ESPNU) were moved to later dates in the season and ended up on ESPN3 and ESPNEWS, which may have been why the count of games across these four networks was two short of what has been reported to be the minimum number of games on those four networks.
  • Ten of the 26 games on the four primary outlets were chosen as part of the in-season selection process.
    • Houston and USF were each involved in three of those in-season selections.
  • The number of ESPN3 exclusives were constant compared to 2015 at 10.
  • American Sports Network was a new outlet for televised games, carrying six games.
  • Cincinnati appeared on CBS Sports Network five times.
    • Two of those five were scheduled before the season started.
  • The number of games on broadcast television, either regionally, nationally or reverse mirror, was flat compared to 2015.  ABC carried eight games and FOX carried seven.
    • Oklahoma appeared four times on FOX and overall six times out of the fifteen games, the most of any Big 12 school.
    • Oklahoma St., Baylor and Texas all had four appearances each.
    • Five games aired in primetime between ABC (1) and FOX (4).
  • ESPN pay TV game count.  
    • ESPN: 5
    • ESPN2: 5
    • ESPNU: 4
    • Longhorn Network: 1
      • Iowa St. at Texas is this game.  The UTEP game counts as Texas' institutionally controlled game.
  • FOX Sports pay TV game count
    • FS1: 21
    • FSN: 6
      • FSN aired an additional four games that were institutionally held, plus Oklahoma had their reserved game on pay-per-view distributed and produced through FOX Sports.
  • Eight of the ten institutionally held games (one per school) involved a FCS opponent.  Only UTEP at Texas and UL-Monroe at Oklahoma were between two FBS schools.
  • This was the first season where FOX and ESPN operated as equal partners with respect to game selections.  ESPN's maximum game count also increased from 19 in prior years up to 23.
  • Of the seven games I considered secondary national / broadly syndicated, specifically games on FSN & Longhorn Network that weren't claimed as institutionally controlled games, Iowa St. appeared in three of the seven.  Kansas St. and Kansas each appeared twice.
    • As a side note, with the Big Ten moving 25 games over to FOX platforms next year, specifically FOX and FS1, it will be interesting to see if more Big 12 games move to FSN.
  • The split 
    • ABC and ESPN Networks: 56
      • ABC: 19
        • Fifteen full national telecasts on ABC. Four were reverse mirror with ESPN2
      • ESPN: 11
      • ESPN2: 8
      • ESPNU: 8
      • ESPNEWS: 10
    • BTN: 42
      • Aired over 34 unique telecast windows
  • Excluding the conference championship game and two weeknight games, sixteen Saturday games were played at night.  This is up two from 2015 using the same criteria.
    • BTN: 10
    • ABC: 4
    • ESPN: 1
    • ESPN2: 1
  • Purdue continues its trend of not playing a home game on BTN with a start time later than 12pm ET since 2012 vs. Michigan.
  • Of the nineteen ABC games, eighteen of the nineteen games involved at least one of the following schools: Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio St., Penn St. and Wisconsin.  BYU at Michigan St. on 10/8 was the outlier.
  • The Big Ten and SEC were the only conferences to have at least one conference controlled game on broadcast networks every week of the season.
  • The Big Ten has had the most conference controlled games each season since 2013, including conference championship games.
    • 2012: Big 12 beat them by one, 21-20.
  • Western Kentucky was involved in four of the eleven regular season games that aired on ESPN Networks or CBS Sports Network and could make a fifth appearance if they win their division.
    • Marshall had three appearances.  C-USA West Division winner Louisiana Tech and FIU had two appearances each.
  • Unlike previous seasons, very few C-USA start times were set during the season.
  • Four of the eleven regular season games on ESPN's TV channels and CBS Sports Network were Saturday telecasts.
    • Proportionally, this is about the same as 2015 when FS1 and CBS Sports Network aired five Saturday games out of fourteen.
  • The number of webcast exclusives increased six times, from six games solely through the C-USA Digital Network to 36 games through the rebranded CUSA.TV and new partners Campus Insiders and ESPN3.  
    • The increase can be directly attributed to a drop in regional and secondary telecasts with beIN Sports and American Sports Network combining to televise 25 games, where FOX College Sports, FSN and American Sports Networks more than doubled that in 2015 (54 games).
  • Western Michigan had seven of their games selected for airing on either ESPN television channels or CBS Sports Network, the most of any MAC school. 
    • Toledo and Ohio each appeared five times.
  • Thirteen games aired on ESPNU and ESPN2 with another ten on CBS Sports Network.
    • The number of games on CBSSN was expected to increase over 2015 as part of a sublicensing agreement with ESPN.
  • The airing of Buffalo at Western Michigan on ESPNU was the first in-season Saturday selection for a ESPNU telecast for the conference since Fresno St. at Toledo on 9/20/08.
    • First in-season Saturday selection for any ESPN TV channel since Navy at Toledo on 10/19/13.
  • Eight games appeared on American Sports Network
    • A ninth game, Buffalo at Western Michigan, was returned to ESPN for a national telecast.
  • ESPN regular season game count, which excludes conference championship game.  Number in parenthesis is comparison to 2015 which also excludes conference championship game.
    • ESPN: 1 (0)
    • ESPN2: 12 (+1)
      • Seven in-season selections
    • ESPNU: 5 (-1)
    • ESPNEWS: 1 (+1)
    • ESPN3: 3 (-4)
  • All ESPNU, ESPNEWS and ESPN3 games were in season selections.
  • Excluding Boise St., who has specific requirements as to the number of games on ESPN TV channels, three other Mountain West schools appeared on ESPN or ESPN2 three times (Wyoming, Utah St. and New Mexico).
  • Breakdown by start time for home team for all Saturday ESPN television and CBSSN games
    • Before 3pm local time: 6
      • Includes a 2pm Hawai'i Time game.
      • Five on CBS Sports Network and one on ESPNEWS.
    • Between 3pm-6pm local time: 3
      • All on CBS Sports Network
    • After 6pm local time: 23
      • Ten on CBS Sports Network, five on ESPNU and seven on ESPN2.
  • Breakdown by TV channel, excluding the conference championship game.  
    • ABC: 3 (0)
      • 2015 has one reverse mirror game with ESPN2 where 2016 has none
    • FOX: 10 (0)
    • ESPN: 15 (+1)
    • ESPN2: 4 (-1)
    • FS1: 12 (0)
    • Pac-12 Networks: 35 (+1)
  • USC made the most broadcast network appearances with five (two on ABC & three on FOX), followed by Washington with four and Utah with three.  All Washington and Utah appearances were on FOX.
  • Washington St.'s game vs. Colorado was the first time the Cougars had a Saturday game selected as part of the in-season selection process for either ABC or FOX under the current television contracts.
    • Last selection prior to this was vs. USC on 9/22/07 on ABC.
  • Colorado had its first Pac-12 controlled broadcast network game, as a member of the conference, in 2016.
    • Previous broadcast network game of any kind: at Ohio St. on 9/24/11.
    • Previous broadcast network game for the Buffaloes where the conference they were a member of also controlled the TV rights to the game: their final Big 12 game vs. Nebraska on 11/26/2010
  • Breakdown by start time for home team for all Saturday non Pac-12 Networks telecasts
    • Before 3pm local time: 7
    • Between 3pm and 6pm local time: 10
    • After 6pm local time: 16
  • Breakdown by start time for home team for all Saturday Pac-12 Networks telecasts
    • Before 3pm local time: 18
    • Between 3pm and 6pm local time: 9
    • After 6pm local time: 7
  • All SEC schools except Mississippi St. and Vanderbilt appeared in at least one game that aired on CBS
    • Kentucky's appearance was in a game sublicensed to CBS from ESPN.
  • Breakdown of ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU games
    • ESPN: 17
    • ESPN2: 6
    • ESPNU: 8
  • SEC Network aired fifty games with eight of those games airing on the alternate channel.
  • Appearances on CBS by division, excluding the conference championship game
    • East: 17
      • Two appearances from sublicensed games
    • West: 14
      • One appearance from sublicensed games
  • Alabama & Tennessee had the most CBS appearances with five each.
    • Alabama had only one SEC Network game.  Kent St. on 9/24
      • Middle Tennessee had two non-conference games vs. SEC schools that both aired on SEC Network
  • Missouri led all schools with nine SEC Network games, followed by Kentucky with eight and Georgia, Vanderbilt & South Carolina each with seven.
  • Missouri had two games on CBS and the previously mentioned nine SEC Network games.  They had no appearances on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU during the season.
  • Five games on ESPN or ESPN2, a single-season high for the Sun Belt.
  • Four games were selected for ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS as in-season selections.
  • Arkansas St. appeared in five of the thirteen games on ESPN's TV networks
    • Georgia Southern appeared four times, followed by Troy and Appalachian St. with three appearances
    • The only games that didn't involved Arkansas St., Georgia Southern, Troy or Appalachian St. were two non-conference games where the opponent was a ranked Group of Five school: Houston at Texas St. & San Diego St. at South Alabama.
  • UL-Monroe had all of its Sun Belt controlled games on ESPN3.
  • New Mexico St. also did not appear on any of the conference's television packages (ESPN TV or American Sports Network).

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Guesses for CFB TV Six Day Picks for 11/25/16 & 11/26/16 Games, Plus 12/3/16

Week 13

Friday 11/25

In the end, I think Nebraska at Iowa stays in the ESPN family and on ABC as the Huskers have a shot of the Big Ten West if they win and Wisconsin loses to Minnesota.  North Carolina is also in need of help from Virginia on Saturday to win the ACC Coastal, so their game has a bit more relevance than Houston at Memphis since Navy has clinched the American's West Division.  Western Michigan won vs. Buffalo and if they win again vs. Toledo, ESPN2 has the MAC championship game to show them again.

12pm ABC: NC State at North Carolina
12pm ESPN: Houston at Memphis
3:30pm ABC: Nebraska at Iowa
4pm ESPNEWS: Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss
5pm ESPNU: Toledo at Western Michigan

Saturday 11/26

With it confirmed that Notre Dame at USC resides somewhere on a ESPN platform, I do wonder if it will get placed away from the Iron Bowl or if they would concede that time slot and place a lesser profile game there (no disrespect intended, Wisconsin).  I assumed ND at USC and South Carolina at Clemson would be the other two ABC games earlier, but I'm less certain now.

12pm ESPN: Virginia at Virginia Tech
12pm ESPN2: East Carolina at Temple
12pm CBSSN: UCF at USF
3:30pm ABC: Minnesota at Wisconsin
3:30pm ESPN: Florida at Florida St.
3:30pm ESPN2: Navy at SMU
3:30pm ESPNU: Duke at Miami (FL)
3:30pm BTN: Penn St. at Michigan St.
7pm ESPN: South Carolina at Clemson
7pm ESPN2: UCLA at California
7pm ESPNU: Kentucky at Louisville
8pm ABC: Notre Dame at USC
8pm ESPNEWS: Western Kentucky at Marshall
10:15pm ESPN2: Wyoming at New Mexico
10:15pm ESPNU: Utah St. at BYU

Week 14 (Saturday 12/3)

Since ESPN has set their start times and TV networks for their four championship games on Saturday and ABC is being used for both the American and ACC championships, ESPN2 is open to be used either for Sun Belt, FCS playoffs or college basketball that ESPN3, SEC Network PLUS or ACC Network Extra had on their schedules.  With the Big 12 championship game re-activating in 2017, ESPN will have either the Pac-12 or Big 12 championship for the next several years, along with the Sun Belt's championship game starting in 2018.

I'm not going to waste your time with a separate guesses post.  For the three Big 12 games:

12pm FOX: Oklahoma St. at Oklahoma
12pm FS1: Baylor at West Virginia
3:30pm FS1: Kansas St. at TCU

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Notes on 11/19 six day picks & 11/25-26 selections and holds

*  If you're wondering why Texas at Kansas was scheduled for ABC & ESPN2 using a reverse mirror, or why Oklahoma St. at TCU is on FS1, my belief is that the selection order was ESPN at the top, FOX 2nd, ESPN 3rd and 4th then FOX at the back who had Texas Tech at Iowa St. fall to them.

I believe Oklahoma at West Virginia was going to be on ABC at 8pm unless something went abnormally wrong for both schools vs. Baylor & Texas, so that was at the top.  My assumption is that Oklahoma St. at TCU was also in play for ESPN as a backup plan, hence the six day hold at the very top and not further down the order.  In addition, depending on 11/19 results, Kansas St. at Baylor and Texas at Kansas could have had different relevance.

Its also important to note that the selection is generically ESPN or FOX.  They can place them where they want to, though I suspect the goal is to try to push the broadcast network games towards the top of the order.  Doesn't always happen though, and I don't know whether Texas at Kansas was 3rd or 4th.

* I believe the placement of Clemson at Wake Forest was reasonably static as the 7pm ESPN game since the SEC schedule doesn't have a knockout game, plus that whole deal re: Florida at LSU (formerly LSU at Florida).

* More commentary from me than anything else, but to have FOX take UCLA at USC on 11/19 also needed Colorado or Washington St. to lose too.  Since neither did and both are at the top of their respective divisions (yes, CU is tied on losses with USC and Utah), that one is worth taking, especially in mid-afternoon.

11/25 & 11/26
* The Big Ten has corrected a release from Illinois that said both Michigan St. at Penn St. & Wisconsin at Minnesota would be at 3:30pm ET.   12pm ET / 11pm CT is still possible, though the conference has four games already scheduled for that start time.

* The MAC clarified the start time of Toledo at Western Michigan on Tuesday, with the game airing at 12pm on ESPN or 5pm on ESPNU.

This does tie in to the possibility that Nebraska at Iowa could air on BTN.  How?  NC State at North Carolina & Houston at Memphis don't have another network family to go to unless Houston at Memphis has become available for ESPNEWS or if there will be some changes in the men's basketball games airing on ESPN2, which isn't open for the entire day.  Here's the scenario:

12pm or 3:30pm BTN: Nebraska at Iowa
12pm ABC: NC State at North Carolina
12pm ESPN: Toledo at Western Michigan
3:30pm ABC: Houston at Memphis
5pm ESPNU: Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss

* In my opinion, South Carolina at Clemson and Notre Dame at USC are the most likely games being looked at for ABC at 3:30pm & 8pm.  The order of games could be depend on if Clemson remains in a top four CFP position after 11/19.  Placement of UCLA at California could also be dependent on where

* The American might fall a game short of 28 on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.  I count 25 conference controlled games scheduled for those four networks, including the conference championship game.  There are three games on 12 day hold for 11/26 and CBS Sports Network will take one of the games, so that would leave a maximum of 27 for the four "primary" networks.

* I wasn't aware that ESPNEWS was an option for either Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss or Western Kentucky at Marshall.  In the few places I saw the telecast options presented, they were listed as ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.  Granted, Louisiana Tech has already won their division and Western Kentucky could wrap theirs up if Old Dominion were to lose to FAU this weekend as WKU beat ODU, however both Louisiana Tech and WKU could be playing to host the championship game.  La. Tech beat WKU on 10/6, 55-52.

* The only way one of the three SEC games was going to end up on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU instead of SEC Network is if they either killed off one of the SEC Network windows or decided to simulcast one of the games, similar to what they did two years ago for the Iron Bowl.

* The press release noted that BYU would have one football game a year on ESPNU, but if you're on their side, are you mad that you'll possibly have four games on ESPN2 instead three on ESPN2 and one on ESPNU?  Probably not.  Maybe a bit perturbed about a 8:15pm MT start, but at least it could be on a network that's in around 8-10 million more homes.

Either way, where that one lands is dependent on how important the Wyoming at New Mexico game is with respect to the winner of the Mountain West's Mountain Division, which should be sponsored by the Department of Redundancy Department or the American Dodgeball Association of America.

* Can't speak to why Rice at Stanford on Pac-12 is allowed to run concurrently with Utah at Colorado, unless FOX allowed it, though Notre Dame at USC and UCLA at California could also end up being played at the same time.

Monday, November 14, 2016

CFB TV Selections for 2016 Week Thirteen (11/22/16 - 11/26/16)

This post will be updated as announcements come out for start times for 11/22, 11/25 & 11/26 from the twelve day selection process that most TV networks adhere to (yes, the two midweek dates are closer than twelve days, I know).  Please understand that games can be held until next Sunday if a broadcaster wants to wait on the results of the Week Twelve games.  Most conferences have the possibility of having all or part of their games held for a six day hold of the start time.  The ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 all have one six day hold remaining.

The list of available TV windows are based on media websites, TV listings and press releases.  They can change based on the needs of the broadcaster or the conference.

Here's what I guessed based on the available openings (they'll prove to be incorrect) and here is the current schedule for the week as several FBS games do have their time & television/webcast assignments already accounted for.  

7pm ESPNU:


Six Day Holds with no time or TV: Houston at Memphis & Nebraska at Iowa - Either 12pm ABC or ESPN (whichever network isn't airing NC State at North Carolina), or 3:30pm ABC.

Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss - 4pm ESPNEWS or 5pm ESPNU.

12pm ABC/ESPN: NC State at North Carolina
12pm CBSSN:
3:30pm FOX: Washington at Washington St.
3:30pm FS1: TCU at Texas
8:30pm ESPNU: Cincinnati at Tulsa


Six Day Holds with no time or TV: Penn St. at Michigan St. (12pm or 3:30pm), Wisconsin at Minnesota (12pm or 3:30pm), South Carolina at Clemson, Florida at Florida St., Kentucky at Louisville, Virginia at Virginia Tech, Duke at Miami (FL), Navy at SMU, UCF at USF, East Carolina at Temple, Notre Dame at USC (3:30pm, 7pm or 8pm).

Six Day Holds with no time set: UCLA at California (ESPN2 at 3:30pm or 7pm), Western Kentucky at Marshall (7pm ESPNU or 8pm ESPNEWS).

7-7:45pm (?) ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU

12pm ABC: Michigan at Ohio St.
12pm FS1: Kansas at Kansas St.
12pm ESPNU: Purdue at Indiana
12pm ESPNEWS: Rutgers at Maryland
12pm SEC: Georgia Tech at Georgia
12pm BTN: Illinois at Northwestern
12:30pm ACC Network: Syracuse at Pittsburgh
3pm ACC RSNs: Boston College at Wake Forest
3:30pm CBS: Auburn at Alabama
3:30pm FS1: West Virginia at Iowa St.
3:30pm SEC: Mississippi St. at Ole Miss
4pm ESPNEWS: Tulane at Connecticut
4pm Pac-12: Oregon at Oregon St.
4pm ESPN3: Nevada at UNLV
7:30pm FOX: Utah at Colorado
7:30pm SEC: Tennessee at Vanderbilt
8pm Pac-12: Rice at Stanford
10:15pm ESPN2/ESPNU: Utah St. at BYU
10:15pm ESPN2/ESPNU: Wyoming at New Mexico

Sunday, November 13, 2016

CFB TV Guesses for 2016 Week Thirteen (11/22/16 - 11/26/16)

Here are the games already set for television and/or webcast.  Here are the known available telecast windows.

* First, how many six day holds have been used.  Hopefully, I didn't miss one:

ConferenceMax number of holdsHolds used
ACC43 (10/8, 11/5, 11/19)
American21 (11/19)
Big 122 by FOX, 2 by ESPN3 total (11/5, 11;12, 11/19)
Big Ten4 (I think)3 or 4 (9/24, 10/8 ??, 11/12, 11/19)
Pac-122 by FOX, 2 by ESPN3 total (10/1, 11/5, 11/19)
SEC22 (10/8, 11/12)

It has been explained to me that the key indicator of a six day hold is when multiple games have not had their start times set.  There have been plenty of games this season that have been reserved for a group of networks, but placed at a specific start time.

To my knowledge, the SEC is at their max, so their schedule should not be affected.  I have question marks next to 10/8 for the Big Ten since Michigan at Rutgers start time, which was already set for a night game, was not finalized until 10/2.  If that counts as a six day hold, then the Big Ten should be done. The Big Ten confirms one remaining six day hold.

For the Big 12, 11/5's hold was between two ESPN games, so that one belongs to them.  I think 11/12 was done by FOX even though Baylor at Oklahoma ended up on ABC and West Virginia at Texas on FS1.  We'll see about 11/19 once game times are announced, but most of the games will end up with ESPN and ESPN doesn't have any 11/26 games, so let's place this one on their side.  If FOX has one more to use, expect it to get used for the three 12/3 games.

As for the Pac-12, I suspect FOX used theirs on 10/1 and 11/19.  ESPN definitely used one on 11/12 as there were no FOX selections being held, so they may look to decide between Utah at Colorado and Notre Dame at USC for 11/26.

So, just about everyone has at least one available for use this week, and you might be waiting for a start time for your game of choice once again.

* NC State at North Carolina will matter with respect to the ACC Coastal.  If UNC wins and Virginia Tech were to lose to Virginia, the Tar Heels would advance to the ACC Championship Game.  Hence, its get the early ABC slot on Black Friday.
* We've already seen one case where ESPN appears to have substituted sublicensed games, with Buffalo at Western Michigan being pulled from American Sports Network back to ESPN in exchange for Temple at Tulane.  Could the same thing happen with Toledo at Western Michigan?  I suppose it is possible.  Maybe the exchanged game is another American Athletic Conference game.
* FS1 is already confirmed to have both Big 12 games on Saturday, which leaves their broadcast network game for the Pac-12.  That telecast, per multiple listing services, is scheduled to start at 8pm ET with a one hour pregame.  The one hour pregame feels geared towards Notre Dame at USC where you would load up on pre-taped features along with a lot of highlights of the week, discussing the CFP, etc. and not Utah at Colorado, but maybe FOX will prove that to be wrong.
* Michigan at Ohio St. was locked into 12pm ET about three weeks ago.
* I went with Tennessee at Vanderbilt in the evening SEC Network slot over the Egg Bowl in the event that Tennessee is still alive to win the SEC East.  Florida would need to lose to LSU and Tennessee to beat Missouri to keep that scenario alive.

7pm ESPNU: Akron at Ohio

Ball St. at Miami (OH) & Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan on ESPN3

12pm ABC: NC State at North Carolina
12pm ESPN: Houston at Memphis
12pm CBSSN: Toledo at Western Michigan
3:30pm ABC: Nebraska at Iowa
3:30pm FOX: Washington at Washington St.
3:30pm FS1: TCU at Texas
5pm ESPNU: Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss
8:30pm ESPNU: Cincinnati at Tulsa

Buffalo at Bowling Green and Northern Illinois at Kent St. on ESPN3.

12pm ABC: Michigan at Ohio St.
12pm ESPN: Virginia at Virginia Tech
12pm ESPN2: Navy at SMU
12pm FS1: Kansas at Kansas St.
12pm ESPNU: Western Kentucky at Marshall
12pm ESPNEWS: Illinois at Northwestern
12pm SEC: Georgia Tech at Georgia
12pm CBSSN: UCF at USF
12pm BTN: Rutgers at Maryland
12:30pm ACC Network: Syracuse at Pittsburgh
2pm Pac-12: Rice at Stanford
3pm ACC RSNs: Boston College at Wake Forest
3:30pm ABC: Notre Dame at USC
3:30pm CBS: Auburn at Alabama
3:30pm ESPN: Wisconsin at Minnesota
3:30pm ESPN2: Michigan St. at Penn St.
3:30pm FS1: West Virginia at Iowa St.
3:30pm ESPNU: East Carolina at Temple
3:30pm BTN: Purdue at Indiana
4pm SEC: Mississippi St. at Ole Miss
4pm ESPNEWS: Duke at Miami (FL)
5:30pm Pac-12: Oregon at Oregon St.
7pm ESPN2: Kentucky at Louisville
7pm ESPNU: Wyoming at New Mexico
7:30pm SEC: Tennessee at Vanderbilt
7:45pm ESPN: Florida at Florida St.
8pm ABC: South Carolina at Clemson
8pm FOX: Utah at Colorado
8pm ESPNEWS: Tulane at Connecticut
10:15pm ESPN2: UCLA at California
10:15pm ESPNU: Utah St. at BYU

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Guesses for CFB TV Six Day Picks for 11/19/16 Games


* If ESPN wanted to select Oregon at Utah or have Washington St. at Colorado fall to them, they might look to shift the 7pm window to 6:45pm to allow for the later game to start at 10pm.  They would be turning the 3:30pm & 7pm windows into windows slotted for 3 hours and 15 minutes.
* If BTN selects a game ahead of ESPN and leaves Iowa at Illinois to ESPN, it would be a more reasonable candidate for a ESPNEWS telecast.
* I think one American Athletic Conference game airs on ESPNU, hence the potential for an ACC (maybe Florida St. at Syracuse) or Big Ten game on ESPNEWS.
* I don't think a USC win over Washington tonight would affect FOX's second choice.  Assuming both Washington St. & Colorado win later in the evening, both would be at the top of their respective divisions, so it would be hard to turn that one down.
* While both Texas & Kansas lost, I don't think this one falls to ESPNU even if it is an option.

All times Eastern

12pm ABC: Ohio St. at Michigan St.
12pm ESPN: Oklahoma St. at TCU
12pm ESPN2: Wisconsin at Purdue
12pm FS1: Kansas St. at Baylor
12pm ESPNU: UTSA at Texas A&M
12pm ESPNEWS: Northwestern at Minnesota
12pm BTN: Maryland at Nebraska
2pm Pac-12: Oregon at Utah
3:30pm FOX: Washington St. at Colorado
3:30pm ABC: Indiana at Michigan
3:30pm ESPN: Florida St. at Syracuse
3:30pm ESPN2: Texas at Kansas
3:30pm ESPNU: Navy at East Carolina
3:30pm ESPNEWS: Buffalo at Western Michigan
3:30pm BTN: Iowa at Illinois
5:30pm Pac-12: Stanford at California
7pm ESPN: Clemson at Wake Forest
7pm ESPN2: Arkansas at Mississippi St.
7pm ESPNU: Chattanooga at Alabama
7pm CBSSN: Tulsa at UCF
8pm ABC: Oklahoma at West Virginia
10:30pm ESPN: USC at UCLA
10:30pm Pac-12: Arizona at Oregon St.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Thoughts on Week 12 CFB TV Selections & Six Day Holds

Here's the schedule.  Scroll to the bottom and click "Show Non-Televised Games" to see games that were not set for a specific time and/or TV network

* There's typically one week in November that ends up being a week where TV punts on making a lot of television decisions, or at least the decisions at the top of the food chain.  2016's Week Twelve happens to be that week with eighteen games awaiting start times & TV, plus another five who were set with a start time, but not a television outlet.  Those five (Indiana at Michigan, UTSA at Texas A&M, Ohio St. at Maryland, Arkansas at Mississippi St. & Chattanooga at Alabama) all have their TV network options in the ESPN family.

* Yes, I was surprised Florida at LSU, formerly known as LSU at Florida, wasn't selected by CBS and that it would be a daytime game.  My best guesses of what was at play:
  1. ESPN originally selected LSU at Florida and, possibly, an agreement was struck to keep the rescheduled game in the ESPN family of networks.
  2. There may have been some concessions/considerations between the schools regarding when this game would be played.  LSU at Florida was originally scheduled to be a 12pm ET start.  Placing the game on SEC Network, with the slightly odd start time or 1pm ET / 12pm CT, keeps the daytime start of the game in play.
  3. A 1pm ET / 12pm CT start doesn't work on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU without significant changes to the scheduling for other games.  For example, the possibility of a reverse mirror with ABC using ESPN2 can't happen without shifting those two TV windows if Florida at LSU airs on ESPN2.
* At the moment, I count 24 openings for 23 games, so either ESPN has dropped an opening I hope I counted right...see the next couple points.

* I wasn't aware that ASN had a window available for Temple at Tulane, much less at the same time as Buffalo at Western Michigan, which is slightly curious because of WMU's current status as undefeated & the top ranked Group of Five team.  Makes you wonder if there's something going on behind the scenes with the Broncos' game and if ESPN wants the game back as it was sublicensed to ASN.  Maybe it depends on tonight's result vs. Kent St.

* I can't yet figure out what the backup plan is for the event that Oklahoma at West Virginia isn't the ABC primetime game as a national game, or falls out of favor.  Maybe Clemson at Wake Forest?  A few people have asked about the possibility of Washington St. at Colorado or maybe USC at UCLA.  I suppose that possibility exists by dropping the late ESPN window if Buffalo at Western Michigan isn't coming back to ESPN.  Dropping the late window and moving the ESPN game to line up with ABC at 8pm could create a primetime reverse mirror, but is this worth it for the third best Pac-12 game?  Also, ABC doesn't need to air another Pac-12 game in primetime.  They've aired their required two games and both happened to be 8pm ET starts.  I also want to be clear that multiple reporters pegged ESPN's window specifically at 7:30pm PT / 10:30pm ET and not as a flexible start time for them.

* I have read that there's a big push for The Big Game (Stanford at California) to be during the day if at all possible.  I'm well aware that the festivities around the game are geared towards a daytime kickoff.  I had not tracked this until it was brought to my attention, but three of Cal's four home games this year have started at 7:30pm local time, which happens to be one of the available start times for two of the telecast windows.  I imagine fans of both schools really don't want a 11am start time either, so I assume they are targeting the 12:30pm PT FOX window (less likely, in my opinion) and the 2:30pm PT Pac-12 Networks slot (more realistic).