Friday, November 30, 2012

Bowl Guesses, Part Deux

Now that we know Georgia Tech is going to a bowl at 6-7 and that we have 70 other eligible teams, I'll try this again.  Going to make the following assumptions:

* Northern Illinois wins MAC, which means Kent St. does not go to a BCS bowl.  I'm not sure that they would even if Kent St. wins.  The loss by Rutgers last night I think hurt them a little bit.
* Stanford wins the Pac-12
* Alabama wins the SEC.
* Florida St. wins the ACC
* UCF wins C-USA.  This affects the selections of the four of C-USA's bowl tie-in.
* Kansas St. wins the Big 12
* Nebraska wins the Big Ten
* Arkansas St. wins the Sun Belt
* Boise St. wins but doesn't move enough in BCS rankings to be an at-large option
* Connecticut loses to Cincinnati and does not go to a bowl
* Pittsburgh beats USF, becomes #72 and takes a Big East bowl slot
* Florida, as a top 4 BCS team who does not win a conference, automatically goes to a BCS bowl.  I'm not sure that Oregon will get there, but I do believe they'll be selected by the BCS.
* The Sugar will get 1st chance to replace Alabama.  After that selection, the at-large order is Fiesta, Sugar, Orange.
* I have the Sugar selecting Oklahoma over Clemson, unless Oklahoma is upset by TCU.

Selection notes
* I have two MAC teams sitting at home: Bowling Green & Central Michigan.  Stinks for them.  I did juggle the MAC selections to get good matchups between my projected MAC champ & WAC champ Utah St., plus Louisiana Tech, ranked most of this year, and Kent St.  I figured that without a Big Ten team opposite the MAC in the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl, the bowl would request to take the closest available team and that is Toledo.
* Heard that Arizona is requesting to not play in the New Mexico Bowl because they have a top draw men's basketball home game later that night vs. Clemson and are requesting a different bowl game.
* I believe the Big East will forego their BBVA Compass Bowl selection so that Pitt will not be sent there for the 3rd straight year.
* With the ACC and Army not able to fill their tie-ins for the Military Bowl, I have the MAC filling a backup selection and the Sun Belt backfilling as an at-large.
* I thought of the possibility of the Big East asking the Russell Athletic Bowl to take Cincinnati instead of Rutgers due to RU leaving the conference, but that could lead to a regular season rematch between Virginia Tech and Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl, so I switched NC State and VT.
* Also thought about the possibility of West Virginia playing in the Pinstripe Bowl against Syracuse due to the regional nature of that rivalry, though I believe WVU's travel rep wins out even with a trip to California.
* For that same reason (ie. Oregon St. having a solid travel rep), I have them leapfrogging UCLA for the Alamo Bowl slot.  Should have plenty of Bruin fans in San Diego County.
* I did consider the possibility of Duke vs. Vanderbilt in the Music City Bowl, but I believe that they'll look to Ole Miss to fill some extra hotel rooms and seats.  UCF vs. Vanderbilt should be a great game too.
* I believe Clemson will go back to Atlanta, where they started the season.  I have them vs. Mississippi St. to avoid the repeat of the Palmetto State matchup.  Wouldn't be stunned if South Carolina was selected though.
* I really wanted to make sure that San Jose St. was placed in a game.  A game vs. UL-Monroe should be an interesting contrast.  SJSU played solid defense most of the year and outlasted Louisiana Tech, a team who plays a similar hyperspeed style to ULM.

Confirmed selections in bold

New Mexico: Arizona St. vs. Nevada
Famous Idaho Potato: Utah St. vs. Northern Illinois
Poinsettia: BYU vs. San Diego St.
St. Petersburg: Pittsburgh vs. East Carolina
New Orleans: Rice vs. UL-Lafayette
Las Vegas: Boise St. vs. USC
Hawai'i: SMU vs. Fresno St.
Little Caesar's: Toledo vs. Western Kentucky
Military: Middle Tennessee vs. Ohio
Belk: NC State vs. Cincinnati
Holiday: West Virginia vs. UCLA
Independence: Louisiana Tech vs. Kent St.
Russell Athletic: Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers
Texas: TCU vs. Minnesota
Armed Forces: Air Force vs. Tulsa
Pinstripe: Baylor vs. Syracuse
Kraft Fights Hunger: Navy vs. Arizona
Alamo: Oklahoma St. vs. Oregon St.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Texas Tech vs. Wisconsin
Music City: Duke vs. Ole Miss
Sun: Georgia Tech vs. USC
Liberty: UCF vs. Vanderbilt
Chick-Fil-A: Clemson vs. Mississippi St.
Gator: Michigan St. vs. South Carolina
Heart of Dallas: Iowa St. vs. Purdue
Capital One: Michigan vs. Georgia
Outback: Northwestern vs. LSU
Cotton: Texas vs. Texas A&M
BBVA Compass: UL-Monroe vs. San Jose St. Ball St. vs. Arkansas St.

Fiesta: Kansas St. vs. Oregon
Rose: Nebraska vs. Stanford
Orange: Florida St. vs. Louisville
Sugar: Florida vs. Oklahoma
BCS Championship: Notre Dame vs. Alabama

Monday, November 26, 2012

What I learned in CFB TV this year

Was an interesting year.

* FOX was a welcomed addition to many of our Saturdays.  As a nation we likely saw more of both the Big 12 and Pac-12 than in prior seasons on both the broadcast network and F/X.  In a couple years we might see some more CFB on FOX when the rumored FOX Sports One comes to fruition and FOX looks to move more MLB to its cable network.

* I learned that the Big Ten, at 12 teams, continues to have a requirement of 41 contracted games but that those can be spread out over ABC, ESPN and ESPN2.  There used to be a requirement that no more than 17 games could air on ABC, but that no longer exists.

* On the flip side, we saw less FSN than previous years.  Not in terms of games, but in terms of RSNs carrying the games.  Comcast dropped the programming from its RSNs about a month before the season started and was only able to replace those games on a piecemeal basis in some of those markets.  Chicago was completely shut out of FSN games.  ROOT Sports, in their Northwest and Rocky Mountain RSNs, also dumped out of many games in favor of Big Sky or Mountain West regional contests.  That hurt both the Big 12 and C-USA packages.  Next year, and possibly this year after it has finished, I'll drop FSN down to "regional syndication" for both the Big 12 and C-USA due to the hybrid nature of distribution.

* The Pac-12 Network started this year.  Was a welcome sight tor those who were able to get the channel.  DirecTV continues to be the national carrier without the channel, though Charter in Los Angeles is notable for not carrying it either.  Basketball, while encompassing more events on the channel, likely won't drive either one to make a deal anytime soon.  Wait 'til next year.

* The addition of Missouri and Texas A&M caused additional headaches for ESPN when it came to the television appearances for the SEC.  We had one SEC Network doubleheader and a couple split regional windows, which I'm told the SEC prefers not to do.  The regional cable package didn't increase in size, rumored to be due to FOX and Comcast knowing those games would be lost to "Project X" whenever it takes shape. It also didn't help that the CBS primetime window this year was in November.  When it has been in September & October in previous years, ESPN would essentially flip flop their early afternoon Big Ten games to the evening and have the SEC take the early slots.  Couldn't do that this year, though ESPN carried multiple Big Ten games at 3:30pm to make up the difference.

* Random stats: The ACC had its lowest number of contracted ABC games since 2005 with nine.  Conversely, the Big East had six games on ABC, tying its highest number with 2009...The SEC had 29 games on ESPN/ESPN2, up eight over 2011...The WAC, who will no longer sponsor football after this year, had the same number of ESPN/ESPN2 games as the Sun Belt (3)...The Big 12, by realigning its TV deals, increased the number of broadcast network games it had this year, up five to 21 games.  FOX had nine of those games, ABC had 12.  The conference had 14 fully distributed national cable games. ESPN had five, F/X carried nine.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bowl Predictions for 2012-13

* 61 teams are eligible going into Friday's games
* Based on point spreads of this week's games and using a guideline of a 3.5 point home favorite or better or a 1 point road underdog or better, I'm considering the following teams bowl eligible: Virginia Tech, Michigan St., Purdue, Central Michigan, West Virginia, Rice & Baylor.
* I'm considering Georgia Tech to be eligible, regardless of losing the GT game.  At 6-7, they would be at least conditionally eligible.
* I have Wake Forest as a 5-7 bowl eligible team as the best APR of 5 win teams, just ahead of Missouri.

70 teams on the nose.  What a cluster.  Here we go. Confirmed teams in bold


New Mexico: Arizona St. vs. Nevada
Famous Idaho Potato: Utah St. vs. Toledo
Poinsettia: BYU vs. Fresno St.
St. Petersburg: Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan
New Orleans: East Carolina vs. Middle Tennessee
Las Vegas: San Diego St. vs. Arizona
Hawai'i: Boise St. vs. Rice
Little Caesar's: Kent St. vs. UL-Lafayette
Military: West Virginia vs. Bowling Green
Belk: Cincinnati vs. Georgia Tech
Holiday: Washington vs. Oklahoma St.
Independence: Louisiana Tech vs. Wake Forest
Russell Athletic: Louisville vs. Virginia Tech
Texas: Purdue vs. TCU
Armed Forces: Air Force vs. Tulsa
Pinstripe: Syracuse vs. Baylor
Kraft Fights Hunger: Navy vs. USC
Alamo: Oregon St. vs. Oklahoma
BW3: Texas Tech vs. Minnesota
Music City: Vanderbilt vs. Ohio
Sun: UCLA vs. Duke
Liberty: UCF vs. San Jose St.
Chick-Fil-A: NC State vs. LSU
Gator: Wisconsin vs. Mississippi St.
Heart of Dallas: Iowa St. vs. Michigan St.
Capital One: Michigan vs. Florida
Outback: Northwestern vs. South Carolina
Cotton: Texas vs. Texas A&M
BBVA Compass: UL-Monroe vs. Ball St. Northern Illinois vs. Arkansas St.

Rose: Stanford vs. Nebraska
Fiesta: Kansas St. vs. Oregon
Sugar: Georgia vs. Clemson
Orange: Florida St. vs. Rutgers
NCG: Notre Dame vs. Alabama

Monday, November 19, 2012

12/1 CFB Confirmations

12/1 Guesses
Full list of games

If there are any TV confirmations today, here's the list.  Thanks for stopping by the site and the blog during football season.  Please stick around for basketball season.  Fewer in season TV adjustments, but tons of games.

EDIT: Everything except Kansas-West Virginia went on six day pick.  My guesses haven't changed.

I'll do a bowl predictions thread later this week.

12pm F/X:
12pm ESPN & WatchESPN:
12pm ESPN2 & WatchESPN:
2:30pm FSN: Kansas at West Virginia
3:30pm ABC:
7pm ESPN2:
7:45pm ESPN & WatchESPN:
8pm ABC:
10:30pm ESPN2:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

11/23 & 11/24 Late Selections plus 12/1 Selections

Guesses for 11/23 & 11/24 late selections

* Toledo-NIU is the key MAC game in the west and if NIU wins on 11/14, it would render any west games moot. MAC East would be the focus.
* Miami (FL) at Duke, more of less, would decide the ACC Coastal.  Georgia Tech cannot win the ACC Coastal it in a tiebreaker with Miami because the Hurricanes won head-to-head.  They need to win this week vs. Duke, then hope for a Duke win over Miami to clinch the ACC Coastal.
* Of the three games at 3:30pm, I'm expecting Florida-Florida St. to be national even though it means nothing to either the ACC or SEC, though it could be important to the ACC and/or SEC having two BCS teams.  Yes, knock the ACC, it deserves it, but if Florida St. and Clemson are top ten, there's probably a decent chance both will have BCS aspirations, particularly since Florida St. and Clemson can't play each other in the ACC title game.
* Per TitanTV, FOX's evening window is a 6:30pm start time.  For some reason, FOX moved from 3pm & 7pm times this week to 2:30pm & 6:30pm respectively.
* Missouri-Texas A&M may not mean anything by the time it kicks off when it comes to the SEC West title, but I think it will be the ESPN game even though Palmetto State matchup could have BCS bowl implications for at-large spots.
* I'm assuming Oregon beats Stanford, making it black-n-white for FOX to choose a game, a choice to take the top ranked Pac-12 team.  If they don't, FOX will have to weigh the possibility of Stanford facing UCLA twice in back-to-back weeks if UCLA wins the Crosstown Rivalry & wins the Pac-12 South.  Yes, its very real.  And there are scenarios where Stanford would host UCLA, but UCLA could also host back-to-back games with Stanford.

11am ESPNU: Buffalo vs. Bowling Green
TBA ESPN3: Ohio at Kent St.

12pm ESPN2: Miami (FL) at Duke
12pm ESPNU: Rutgers at Pittsburgh
12:30pm ACC Network: Maryland at North Carolina
12:30pm ACC Network: Virginia at Virginia Tech
3pm ACC RSNs: Boston College at NC State
3:30pm ABC: Florida at Florida St.
3:30pm ESPN: Oklahoma at Oklahoma St.
3:30pm ESPN2: Wisconsin at Penn St.
3:30pm ESPNU: Vanderbilt at Wake Forest
6:30pm FOX: Oregon at Oregon St.
7pm ESPN: Missouri at Texas A&M
7pm ESPN2: South Carolina at Clemson
10:30pm Pac-12 Network: Stanford at UCLA

Guesses for 12/1

* No ESPNU slots on this day.  Wall-to-wall college basketball that day
* No Reverse Mirrors available.  ESPN2 has college basketball at 3pm, ESPN has MLS Cup action.
* ABC does not currently list a 12pm slot that day, just 3:30pm & 8pm.
* Big East contract says there will be one Saturday primetime game per year.  Here it is.  Cincinnati could win a share of conference, possibly the entire thing, based on remaining games.

12pm ESPN: Pittsburgh at USF
12pm ESPN2: C-USA Championship
12pm F/X: Oklahoma St. at Baylor
12pm FSN: Kansas at West Virginia
3pm ESPN3: Middle Tennessee at Arkansas St.
3:30pm ABC: Oklahoma at TCU
7pm ESPN2: Cincinnati at Connecticut
7:45pm ESPN: ACC Championship
8pm ABC: Texas at Kansas St.
10:30pm ESPN2: Boise St. at Nevada

Monday, November 12, 2012

11/23 & 11/24 TV Confirmations

Full list of games
My incorrect guesses

* ACC is on six day pick for its games, except for Florida-Florida St. and South Carolina-Clemson.  Georgia Tech-Georgia is part of the SEC package.  Slots available are 12pm (ESPN2 or ESPNU), 12:30pm (ACC Network), 3pm (ACC RSNs) and 3:30pm (ESPNU).  ESPN3 or an ACC Network split regional telecast could be used.
* Pac-12 appears to be on a six day pick for the Oregon St.-Oregon and UCLA-Stanford games.  Slots available are FOX in the evening and a Pac-12 Network slot to be determined.
* MAC is on hold for its Black Friday slots.  Those could be decided after the midweek MACtion.  Options are 11am ESPNU and an ESPN3 slot to be determined.

11am ESPN2 & WatchESPN: Syracuse at Temple
7pm ESPN & WatchESPN: USF at Cincinnati

12pm ESPN/ESPN2 & WatchESPN: Georgia Tech at Georgia
12pm ESPN2/ESPNU & WatchESPN: Rutgers at Pittsburgh
12pm SEC Network & ESPN3: Kentucky at Tennessee
12pm Big East Network & ESPN3: Connecticut at Louisville
12pm BTN &  Illinois at Northwestern
12pm BTN &  Indiana at Purdue
2:30pm FOX: Texas Tech vs. Baylor
3:30pm CBS & Auburn at Alabama
3:30pm ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 & WatchESPN: Wisconsin at Penn St.
3:30pm ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 & WatchESPN: Florida at Florida St.
3:30pm ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 & WatchESPN: Oklahoma St. at Oklahoma
3:30pm BTN & Michigan St. at Minnesota
3:30pm ESPN3: BYU at New Mexico St.
7pm ESPN/ESPN2 & WatchESPN: Missouri at Texas A&M
7pm ESPN/ESPN2 & WatchESPN: South Carolina at Clemson
7pm ESPNU & WatchESPN: Mississippi St. at Ole Miss

Sunday, November 11, 2012

11/23 & 11/24 CFB 12 Day Selection Guesses

Full list of games

* Black Friday slots for Big East are 11am ESPN2 and 7pm ESPN. Why they couldn't kick off the ESPN2 slot at 12pm and move Best Of shows for First Take and SportsNation to before the game...I don't know.
* I believe that ABC has one remaining six day hold to use on the ACC (9/29, 11/10, 11/17). Don't be surprised if they hold off on Florida-Florida St. at South Carolina-Clemson.
* FOX and ABC (specifically ABC, not ESPN) have stayed out of each others' way when it comes to the Pac-12.  That's why I have the Civil War at 3pm.
* I put the UCLA-Stanford game in late evening because USC-ND, while having national title implications, has no impact on Pac-12 races.  This game could still impact the Pac-12 races if Stanford beats Oregon on 11/17.
* There is no late window on ESPN or ESPN2 for a Pac-12 game.  Coming into the week, ABC/ESPN has scheduled all 22 of its Pac-12 windows.  FOX has their one broadcast window to use.
* If Louisville had won, I would have had them switch with the 7:45pm ESPN slot, taking care of the requirement that one Big East game be on Saturday in primetime per year.  If Cincinnati can pick off a share of the Big East title, and possibly the BCS berth on 12/1, their game vs. UConn will probably be the primetime game on ESPN2.
* If Alabama had won vs. Texas A&M, I would have left the Iron Bowl on CBS.
* Texas A&M is in the 12pm slot because if beat Missouri, they force Alabama to win vs. Auburn to win the SEC West.  If its a three way tie between Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M, I'll let you figure it out.  If LSU slips up against Ole Miss or Arkansas, Alabama must win out because Texas A&M has the head to head tie-breaker.
* The Big Ten coming into the selection process has 40 games on ABC, ESPN & ESPN2.  I'm expecting only one more game (Wisconsin-Penn St.) to be on those networks, with the rest on BTN.
* To make things work, and there's still one ESPN3 exclusive, I had to do an ACC Network split regional window.  Kinda works because of the Virginia in-state rivalry game.
* There will be four FCS first round games this weekend and all are on ESPN3.

* Commentary:  There is something really wrong and missing from this weekend.  You figure it out.

11am ESPN2 & WatchESPN: Syracuse at Temple
11am ESPNU & WatchESPN: Ohio at Kent St.
7pm ESPN & WatchESPN: USF at Cincinnati
TBA ESPN3: Ball St. at Miami (OH)

12pm ESPN/ESPN2 & WatchESPN: Connecticut at Louisville
12pm ESPN/ESPN2 & WatchESPN: Missouri at Texas A&M
12pm ESPNU & WatchESPN: Miami (FL) at Duke
12pm BTN & Michigan St. at Minnesota
12pm SEC Network & ESPN3: Kentucky at Tennessee
12pm Big East Network & ESPN3: Rutgers at Pittsburgh
12:30pm ACC Network (split) & ESPN3: Maryland at North Carolina
12:30pm ACC Network (split) & ESPN3: Virginia at Virginia Tech
3pm FOX: Oregon at Oregon St.
3pm ACC RSNs & ESPN3: Boston College at NC State
3:30pm CBS & Georgia Tech at Georgia
3:30pm ABC with RM: Wisconsin at Penn St.
3:30pm ABC with RM: Florida at Florida St.
3:30pm ESPN/ESPN2 & WatchESPN: Baylor vs. Texas Tech
3:30pm BTN & Illinois at Northwestern
3:30pm BTN & Indiana at Purdue
7pm FOX: Oklahoma St. at Oklahoma
7pm ESPN2 & WatchESPN: Auburn at Alabama
7pm ESPNU & WatchESPN: Mississippi St. at Ole Miss
7:45pm ESPN & WatchESPN: South Carolina at Clemson
10:30pm ESPNU: BYU at New Mexico St.
10:30pm Pac-12 Network: UCLA at Stanford
TBA ESPN3 Vanderbilt at Wake Forest

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Six day guesses for 11/17

Will keep this short.  ACC, Pac-12 and WAC are part of the six day pick.

12pm ESPNU: Florida St. at Maryland
12:30pm ACC Network: Duke at Georgia Tech
3pm FOX: USC at UCLA
3pm ACC RSNs: Virginia Tech at Boston College
3pm Pac-12 Network: Washington St. at Arizona St.
3:30pm ABC/ESPN2 RM: NC State at Clemson
3:30pm ESPNU: USF at Miami (FL)
8pm ABC: Stanford at Oregon
10pm ESPN2: Arizona at Utah
10:30pm ESPNU: BYU at San Jose St.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Administrative note re: copy/paste from my site.

Some of you have emailed me re: the inability to copy/paste pages from the site.  That has been done for a reason.  I found someone taking full pages and portraying them as their own work on another site.  Not to mention the images were being pulled directly from my site.  While I have unlimited bandwidth, its the principle of hotlinking, which is frowned on.  That's why I put up the alert box.

Side note:  I'll be changing how I link to the ABC/ESPN coverage maps next year.  While I don't load those coverage maps as the page loads, by only linking to the image could be considered hotlinking on my part.  That will change.

There are the text-only pages for each week where you can choose to list the games that are available to you, which can be printed out.  I use them and make notes on them as needed.

Thank you and I apologize for the inconvenience.  I hope you understand my position on this matter.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

College Basketball 2012-13 Viewing Changes & Additions

Want to get a few things out of the way for the 2012-13 listings

* Exhibitions are not listed here.  Don't care about them.
* Tape delayed airings are in the same boat as exhibitions.  Don't care about them.  Will not list them.
* I do the basketball listings a little differently than the football listings.  I don't put the WatchESPN & ESPN3 designation on basketball games like I do football.  General rule of thumb: If its on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU: WatchESPN, otherwise if its on Full Court it will be on ESPN3.  I will list situations where a game is on ESPN3 but not on Full Court, regardless of whether its an ESPN3 exclusive.
* I'm not chasing down all of the free or pay streaming packages.  I'll list ESPN3 exclusives and nothing else.  Consult your favorite school/conference for stuff that isn't listed.
* As of 10/31/12, I'll try to list affiliates for ACC Network, Big East Network (Game of the Week only), SEC Network & Big 12 Network.  But I make no guarantee on that.  When I decided not to list them last year, no one complained.
* Please just take a few minutes and check the site regarding missing games/images.  If there's a image missing, I try to go through the site twice a day in fairly decent detail (you may disagree with that level of detail).  If I don't catch it after a day, say something.  Thanks.

To the changes...

* First, the Pac-12's new deal.  Around 40 games will air on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, 22 will air on FSN and the rest on Pac-12 Network.  For the conference championship, if the year ends in an odd number, ESPN will air the final.  Otherwise FOX Sports has the rights to it.  During conference season, the Pac-12 will have a regular slot on Wednesday nights on ESPN2 and games on Thursday & Saturdays on ESPN/2/U.  FSN's games will air mostly on Saturday & Sundays during conference season.  The Pac-12 Network will pick up the slack in the schedule, including the majority of the conference tournament.  Note that a handful of Pac-12 Network non-conference games will be split regional telecasts.

* With only 22 Pac-12 games, FSN has scaled back its national college basketball coverage by close to 50%.  In addition to the Pac-12, ten C-USA games will air across the network along with a handful of special events.

* NBC Sports Network gets involved big time.  Not just with the MWC, but the addition of the CAA, Ivy League and a sampler of Atlantic 10 games before NBCSN starts up with a 25 game package from the A-10 next year.  NBCSN will have over 50 games this year with the crown jewel being the CAA Championship.  Watch as the season goes on as they may attempt to add more games if the NHL lockout continues.  They've added three more CAA games to their November schedule plus two more Ivy League games.

* CBS Sports Network also added extra Atlantic 10 games, doubling their number from 16 to 32 this year.  They also added a few special events like the Paradise Jam & the Great Alaska Shootout.

* CBS and ESPN made a deal where ESPN will sublicense a pool of Big 12, Pac-12 and ACC games to CBS.  Also included in the package is the MVC Championship for the next few years and the A-10 championship for this season.

* To compensate for the loss of the Pac-12 title game, coupled with the mtn. ceasing operations, CBS & CBS Sports Network will carry the MWC tournament except for the 1st round game.  The quarterfinals will move to Wednesday and air on CBSSN,  then an off day on Thursday (CBSSN is carrying the C-USA quarterfinals that day).  CBSSN will again air the semifinals, but the final will now air on CBS broadcast network instead of NBC Sports Network/Versus where it has aired since 2007.

* The new Big 12 media rights deals focused on football, but several schools negotiated new deals with FOX Sports regional networks to air men's basketball.  I don't know of their availability yet on Full Court, but those who are in-market for these games could see around 40 games on these RSNs.

* Still waiting on the Big Sky's package of games to air on ROOT Sports.  ROOT may have been waiting to finalize their MWC schedule of games, which they did yesterday, before settings their Big Sky schedule.  The Big Sky package on ROOT should be around 10 regular season games, plus parts of the conference tournament.

* The Big South made several adjustments.  It moved its conference tournament to a permanent site and decided to end its conference tournament on a Sunday.  By doing that, I believe it traded it airing the two semifinals on ESPNU for a pair of regular season games.  Meanwhile, it has also traded it in its Game Of The Week package, choosing to place those on ESPN3 exclusively instead of on MASN.  In addition to the Big South, the Southland Conference elected to go with ESPN3 exclusives in lieu of its Southland TV Network package.

* The SoCal FOX RSNs made a deal for increased exposure for the Big West.  This year the increase is around three more regular season games (10 games total) plus the addition of airing the Big West quarterfinal games.  In 2013-14, an additional 12 games will be added to the deal involving San Diego St.

* The WCC made a deal with Time Warner SportsNet for production of a regional Game Of The Week during the conference season to air on RSNs around the WCC.  TWSN will tack on a few Loyola Marymount, San Diego and Pepperdine games outside of the game of the week package, in addition to several San Diego St. and UNLV games purchased from CBS Sports Network to air regionally.

Monday, November 5, 2012

11/17 CFB TV Confirmations

Full List of Games
List of Guesses

* ACC on six day hold for their games. Options are ESPNU (12pm & 3:30pm), ABC with ESPN2 RM (3:30pm), ACC Network (12:30pm) and ACC RSNs (3pm).
* USC-UCLA & Stanford-Oregon on six day hold for ABC (8pm) and FOX (3pm).
* Arizona-Utah & Washington St.-Arizona St. on six day hold for Pac-12 Network (TBA) or ESPN2/ESPNU (late evening).
* BYU-San Jose St. network is also on hold, but time remains 10:30pm.

12pm ESPN/ESPN2 & WatchESPN: Iowa at Michigan
12pm ESPN/ESPN2 & WatchESPN: Northwestern at Michigan St.
12pm FSN: UCF at Tulsa
12pm BTN & Indiana at Penn St.
12pm SEC Network (split) & Arkansas at Mississippi St.
12pm SEC Network (split) & Western Carolina at Alabama
1pm PPV: Wofford at South Carolina
1:30pm F/X: Washington at Colorado
3:30pm CBS: Ole Miss at LSU
3:30pm ABC with ESPN2 RM: Ohio St. at Wisconsin
3:30pm FSN: Texas Tech at Oklahoma St.
3:30pm BTN & Minnesota at Nebraska
3:30pm BTN & Purdue at Illinois
7pm FOX: Oklahoma at West Virginia
7pm ESPN2 & WatchESPN: Tennessee at Vanderbilt
7pm ESPNU & WatchESPN: Syracuse at Missouri
7pm FSN: Iowa St. at Kansas
7:30pm SEC/CSS & Samford at Kentucky
8pm ESPN & WatchESPN: Kansas St. at Baylor
10:30pm Pac-12 Network & California at Oregon St.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

11/10 Six Day Confirms & 11/17 12 Day Guesses

First, here's the 11/10 selections that have been made six days in advance and the schedule for the week:

12pm ABC (split): Louisville at Syracuse
12pm ABC (split): Miami (FL) at Virginia
12pm ESPN: Northwestern at Michigan
12pm ESPN2: Wisconsin at Indiana
12pm ESPNU: Army at Rutgers
12:30pm ACC Network: Georgia Tech at North Carolina
3pm FOX: Stanford at Oregon St.
3pm Pac-12 Network: Arizona St. at USC
3pm ACC RSNs: Wake Forest at NC State
3:30pm CBS: Texas A&M at Alabama
3:30pm ABC with ESPN2 RM: West Virginia at Oklahoma St.
3:30pm FSN: Baylor at Oklahoma
3:30pm ESPNU: Maryland at Clemson
4pm Southland: Sam Houston St. at Northwestern St.
7pm FOX: Kansas St. at TCU
7pm ESPN: Mississippi St. at LSU
8pm ABC: Notre Dame at Boston College
10:30pm ESPN: California at Oregon
10:30pm ESPN2: UCLA at Washington St.
10:30pm Pac-12 Network: Utah at Washington

Notes on the 11/17 guesses
* There isn't much of a delineation to me between the ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU 12pm games so I could see them being set for times, but not a network
* Minnesota at Nebraska is virtually assured of BTN because the Cornhuskers haven't played a conference game on the network yet and their final regular season game vs. Iowa is on ABC.
* Big week for SEC PPV/local games.  Alabama used their PPV game earlier in the year, so they'll probably take the CSS slot.
* There's a lot to play around with when it comes to the Pac-12 & Big 12 and the ABC and FOX slots.  The general rule of thumb I've seemed to notice is that if ABC is airing a Big 12 game, FOX will only show theirs on FSN or F/X, if at all, with the exception of this past weekend where FOX and ABC had Big 12 games airing simultaneously (ABC was also carrying wall-to-wall Big 12 games this weekend) and 10/20.  The same seems to be holding true for the Pac-12.
* If Cincinnati-Rutgers was between two ranked teams, I might have tried to play around with moving it to a national stage, but it will remain the Big East Network 12pm game as it was selected before the season started.
* I do think Stanford-Oregon is the best game on the board and ABC will take that for primetime, leaving FOX to show the Crosstown Rivalry in the afternoon.  FOX will then get a chance to show Kansas St. in primetime.  Did not notice this, but Oregon had not yet appeared on FOX or ABC until the USC game, but I expect them to be there all of November.

12pm ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU: Northwestern at Michigan St.
12pm ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU: NC State at Clemson
12pm ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU: Iowa at Michigan
12pm FSN: Texas Tech at Oklahoma St.
12pm BTN: Indiana at Penn St.
12pm BTN: Minnesota at Nebraska
12pm SEC Network: Tennessee at Vanderbilt
12:30pm ACC Network: Duke at Georgia Tech
1pm Local/PPV: Samford at Kentucky
1:30pm F/X: Arizona at Utah
2pm Local/PPV: Wofford at South Carolina
3pm FOX: USC at UCLA
3pm ACC RSNs: Virginia Tech at Boston College
3pm Pac-12 Network: Washington at Colorado
3:30pm CBS: Ole Miss at LSU
3:30pm ABC/ESPN RM: Ohio St. at Wisconsin
3:30pm ABC/ESPN RM: Florida St. at Maryland
3:30pm ESPNU: USF at Miami (FL)
3:30pm FSN: Iowa St. at Kansas
3:30pm BTN: Purdue at Illinois
7pm FOX: Kansas St. at Baylor
7pm ESPN: Oklahoma at West Virginia
7pm ESPNU: Syracuse at Missouri
7pm FSN: UCF at Tulsa
7:30pm SEC/CSS: Western Carolina at Alabama
7:45pm ESPN2: Arkansas at Mississippi St.
8pm ABC: Stanford at Oregon
9:30pm Pac-12 Network: Washington St. at Arizona St.
10:30pm ESPN: California at Oregon St.
10:30pm ESPN2: BYU at San Jose St.

Friday, November 2, 2012

11/10 Six Day Selection Guesses

I'm thinking they'll try to get a split telecast window at 12pm.  It isn't ideal, but it beats having to try to reverse mirror two games if a Big Ten game is in play and possibly having to place another game on ESPN3 exclusively.

Enjoy your Saturday, I'll be away for most of it.

12pm ABC: Louisville at Syracuse
12pm ABC: Clemson at Maryland
12pm ESPN: Northwestern at Michigan
12pm ESPN2: Wisconsin at Indiana
12pm ESPNU: Cincinnati at Temple
12pm Big East Network: Army at Rutgers
12:30pm ACC Network: Georgia Tech at North Carolina
3pm FOX: Oregon at California
3pm ACC RSNs: Miami (FL) at Virginia
3:30pm CBS: Texas A&M at Alabama
3:30pm ABC/ESPN2: Oregon St. at Stanford
3:30pm ABC: West Virginia at Oklahoma St.
3:30pm ESPNU: Wake Forest at NC State
3:30pm FSN: Baylor at Oklahoma
7pm FOX: Kansas St. at TCU
7:45pm ESPN: Mississippi St. at LSU
8pm ABC: Notre Dame at Boston College
10:30pm ESPN2: Arizona St. at USC