All times listed are Eastern
- In 2013, US Open tennis aired in the evening on ESPN2 on the Thursday & Friday before Labor Day. I'm expecting that to continue in 2014. That could change in 2015 as the schedule may return to a weekend final along with ESPN becoming the exclusive rightsholder to the event.
- CBS and CBS Sports Network carried US Open tennis over both weekend days from 11am-6pm. Also expecting that to remain in place for 2014.
- Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta aired on FS1 on delay on Friday evening on 8/30. FS1 aired North Dakota St.-Kansas St. immediately following. With the new qualifying format for races, there may be room to carry a game.
- ESPN2 is currently scheduled to carry the Atlanta Nationwide race at 7pm on Saturday 8/30/14.
- FS1 is scheduled to carry the Truck Series race from Ontario at 1pm on Sunday 8/31/14.
- ESPN is scheduled to carry the Sprint Cup race from Atlanta on 7pm on Sunday 8/31/14. FS1 may carry their prerace show that day as well.
- ESPN2 is likely to carry a Sunday night MLB game on 8/31/14.
- FOX and/or FS1 is likely to have an MLB commitment on 8/30/14. Either one could have a UFC commitment too. Where and when should be known over the next 6-8 weeks for MLB but for UCF it might not be know until later in the spring.
- For purposes of this post, I'm assuming FOX will carry one MLB game window at 1pm and FS1 will carry one as well at around 4:15pm. For the moment, I assume that there will not be any UFC fights on FS1 or FOX.
There are a few schools still looking for games and five conferences out there who have yet to finalize their schedules, so there might be a few conferences that will schedule games between members during the opening week.
6pm SEC Network: Texas A&M at South Carolina
7pm ESPNU: BYU at Connecticut
7:30pm ESPN: Ole Miss vs. Boise St.
7:30pm CBSSN: Bowling Green at Western Kentucky
8pm BTN: Eastern Illinois at Minnesota
9pm FS1: Rutgers vs. Washington St.
9:15pm SEC Network: Temple at Vanderbilt
9:30pm Pac-12: Weber St. at Arizona St.
9:30pm Pac-12: Idaho St. at Utah
Right now, I expect any other games listed for Thursday to air on ESPN3 or a conference-based streaming service.
I think there's a chance another Big Ten game moves to Thursday to clear a small backlog of games. I believe the SEC Network will be a true doubleheader instead of the games airing concurrently.
8pm ESPN: UTSA at Houston
8:30am ESPN2: Penn St. vs. UCF (confirmed)
12pm ESPN: Arkansas at Auburn
12pm ESPN2: Appalachian St. at Michigan
12pm FS1: SMU at Baylor
12pm ESPNU: FAU at Nebraska
12pm BTN: Youngstown St. at Illinois
12pm BTN: Northern Iowa at Iowa
12pm SEC Network: UT-Martin at Kentucky
3pm Pac-12: Portland St. at Oregon St.
3pm Pac-12: UC Davis at Stanford
3:30pm NBC: Rice at Notre Dame
3:30pm ABC/ESPN2: UCLA at Virginia
3:30pm ABC/ESPN2: LSU vs. Wisconsin
3:30pm ESPNU: California at Northwestern
3:30pm FSN: Samford at TCU (Big 12 3rd tier)
3:30pm BTN: Indiana St. at Indiana
3:30pm BTN: Jacksonville St. at Michigan St.
3:30pm SEC Network: Utah St. at Tennessee
4pm ESPN: Clemson at Georgia
6:30pm Pac-12: Colorado St. vs. Colorado
7pm CBSSN: Ohio St. vs. Navy
7pm ESPNU: Southern Miss at Mississippi St.
7pm FSN: Central Arkansas at Texas Tech (Big 12 3rd tier)
7pm SEC/FSN: South Dakota St. at Missouri
7pm SEC Network: Idaho at Florida
7pm PPV: Louisiana Tech at Oklahoma (Big 12 3rd tier)
7pm FCS: Troy at UAB
8pm ABC: Oklahoma St. vs. Florida St.
8pm ESPN: West Virginia vs. Alabama
8pm BTN: James Madison at Maryland
8pm BTN: Western Michigan at Purdue
8pm CyclonesTV: North Dakota St. at Iowa St. (Big 12 3rd tier)
8pm Longhorn: North Texas at Texas (Big 12 3rd tier)
9pm FS1: UNLV at Arizona
10pm Pac-12: South Dakota at Oregon
10:30pm ESPN2: Fresno St. at USC
10:30pm CBSSN: Washington at Hawai'i
I've marked what I believe are the Big 12 3rd tier games.
To my knowledge, FSN still retains a regional eight game package of SEC games and I think they'll be at the end of the line in SEC selections, after the decisions of the SEC Network's content board. I believe that Oklahoma St.-Florida St. is the premier game of the day and is the leader for the 8pm ABC window.
It is possible one of the Pac-12 games could move to Friday if needed for TV. Probably one of the games vs. a FCS opponent.
Ohio St. vs. Navy could air on CBS in the evening, but I think that stays on CBSSN. Notre Dame's game vs. Air Force stayed on CBSSN last year too. With ABC having the top game, I don't think they would try competing with it on CBS.
I gave FS1 a little leeway to get UNLV-Arizona started a little early out on the east coast and balance concerns regarding heat. 6pm in Arizona should be ok for a start time.
All other games, including Stephen F. Austin-Kansas St. (Big 12 3rd tier), should air on ESPN3 exclusively or some form of conference/school based streaming package.
3:30pm ESPN: Some combo of Cincy, Tulsa & Tulane
If Tulane is involved, it looks like they'll be on the road. Tulane at Cincy might be the combination they hit on.
8pm ESPN: Miami (FL) at Louisville (confirmed)