Sunday, September 13, 2015

CFB TV Guesses for 2015 Week Four (9/24/15 - 9/26/15)

Schedule for Week Four

* I am expecting the 8pm Pac-12 Networks window to move to later in the evening.  It is also possible that ABC could waive exclusivity in their evening timeslot, but I believe that to be less likely.  The reason I bring it up is because of both Arizona schools playing at home while its still blazing hot in the desert.
* You could potentially see flexibility between the 8pm ABC and 10:30pm ESPN slots depending on the results of Stanford at USC and BYU at UCLA.
* Michigan has stated there would be no night games at the Big House in 2015.  Big Ten night game decisions are made far in advance.  Farther than twelve days out, even if a stadium has permanent lights.
* Do not be surprised to see a lot of flexible network decisions between several games at the same start time.  For example, the three or four ESPN Networks games at 12pm could be chosen by ESPN, but not set for ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, etc.
* Southern Miss at Nebraska, Kansas at Rutgers and Ohio at Minnesota are locked into their start times as they are homecoming games.
* ESPN Mediazone had their Texas Statcast & Texas Halftime programming on Longhorn Network scheduled to start at 8:30pm, which would be FOX's telecast window.  The statcast is a source of game time stats while the Longhorns are playing.  Could this change?  Certainly, but it seems to have been planned for.
* ESPN Mediazone did not have telecast windows listed for the SEC alternate channel either.  Just the three on the main feed.
* While the first two SEC games were sublicensed from ESPN and do not count towards the number of appearances a school can have on CBS, I think its worth going with Tennessee at Florida instead of burning a second appearance for Auburn in September, especially if you are trying to make sure you can air the Iron Bowl in November.

All times Eastern

12pm ABC: BYU at Michigan
12pm ESPN: Central Michigan at Michigan St.
12pn ESPN2: Texas A&M vs. Arkansas
12pm ESPNU: Bowling Green at Purdue
12pm ESPNEWS: Middle Tennessee at Illinois
12pm CBSSN: Navy at Connecticut
12pm BTN: Southern Miss at Nebraska
12pm BTN: Kansas at Rutgers
12pm SEC: Southern at Georgia
12:30pm ACC Network: Georgia Tech at Duke
12:30pm ACC RSNs: Northern Illinois at Boston College
3pm FS1: Maryland at West Virginia
3:30pm CBS: Tennessee at Florida
3:30pm ABC/ESPN2: LSU at Syracuse
3:30pm ABC/ESPN2: Western Michigan at Ohio St.
3:30pm ESPN: TCU at Texas Tech
3:30pm ESPNU: Virginia Tech at East Carolina
3:30pm BTN: Ohio at Minnesota
3:30pm BTN: San Diego St. at Penn St.
3:30pm BTN: North Texas at Iowa
4pm ESPNEWS: Indiana at Wake Forest
4pm SEC: UCF at South Carolina
4pm Pac-12: Nicholls at Colorado
4:30pm FOX: Utah at Oregon
7pm ESPN: Auburn at Mississippi St.
7pm ESPN2: Missouri at Kentucky
7pm ESPNU: Vanderbilt at Ole Miss
7:30pm SEC: UL-Monroe at Alabama
8pm ABC: USC at Arizona St.
8pm ESPNEWS: Texas St. at Houston
8:30pm FOX: Oklahoma St. at Texas
10pm Pac-12: California at Washington
10:30pm ESPN: UCLA at Arizona

ESPN3 (kickoff times TBD)
Samford at Louisville
Delaware at North Carolina
Army at Eastern Michigan
Arkansas St. at Toledo
NC State at South Alabama
Akron at UL-Lafayette


youknowrobby said...

Interesting on the Texas/Okla St game time. I did confirm the LHN schedule for that day. Question: Does the B12 have Fox prime time slots for back to back weeks? Texas plays Cal the previous week on Fox. thanks....

Matt Sarzyniak said...

No one really knows the Big 12 & Pac-12 primetime slots specifically. I'm sure they've had them in back to back weeks before.

Darrell McKown said...

Why do you think both Arizona games will end up on ABC/ESPN? Seems like Fox is getting the number three Pac-12 game for their broadcast network. Was USC-ASU pre-selected?

Matt Sarzyniak said...

Hi Darrell. Nothing was pre-selected to my knowledge, but as I mentioned both Arizona schools have a strong preference for night games in September due to the heat and that makes it less likely for either the ASU or UA game to be selected for two of the three available FOX slots (12pm PT on FS1, 1:30pm PT on FOX) plus the part I mentioned where Longhorn Network programming that is considered to be companion programming to a live game (StatCast, LHN Halftime) starting at 8:30pm ET, FOX's other game time.

If anything, you could consider swapping Cal-Washington over to Pac-12 Network or if anything changes re: slotting Oklahoma St.-Texas, moving several other games around.

Matt Sarzyniak said...

Sorry, swapping Cal-Washington over to ESPN with UCLA-Arizona.

Darrell McKown said...

Fox is going to be four weeks into the season with no primetime broadcast network games.

Matt Sarzyniak said...

No primetime Pac-12. They only had two primetime windows of the first four weeks. First two weeks didn't have a primetime game, just mid-afternoon.

Hokie Mark said...

Matt, according to WHO-TV in Des Moines, IA, the ACC over-the-air game for week #4 will be one of the following:
Northern Illinois at Boston College
Samford at Louisville
Delaware at North Carolina
Indiana at Wake Forest