Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Remaining TV slots for CFB Weeks 1-3 for 2016

This is a bit of a "Captain Obvious" post since most television windows are set.  The Big Ten, American, MAC and Sun Belt are still out there.

Google Sheets doc showing openings & filled slots.

Week 1
Open slots: ESPNU at 12pm & 3:30pm, ESPNEWS all day, CBS Sports Network at 3:30pm and 7pm.

The Big Ten will probably take the two ESPNU slots and the early afternoon ESPNEWS slots.  Two out of San Jose St. at Tulsa, SMU at North Texas and Texas St. at Ohio could end up on CBS Sports Network and Boise St. at UL-Lafayette could be the nighttime ESPNEWS game.

Week 2
Open slots: ABC or ESPN at 12pm, ABC at 3:30pm, ESPN2 at 12pm or 10:15/10:30pm, ESPNU at 12pm, ESPNEWS all day and CBS Sports Network at 7pm.

The Big Ten will probably end up filling the 12pm openings on either ABC or ESPN and ESPN2, plus the ABC 3:30pm opening, even if there aren't necessarily high quality games to put on ABC from the Big Ten.  A dark horse for ABC would be Washington St. at Boise St., though I think the late evening ESPN2 slot is more likely for them.  The American would then fill the ESPNU and CBS Sports Network openings, allowing ESPNEWS to go with two Big Ten games, or possibly add Boston College at Massachusetts or the Washington St. at Boise St. game into the mix.  Boise St. already has their minimum of three ESPN/ESPN2 games through weeknight telecasts, so ESPN is free to place the remaining games on whatever platform they choose.

Week 3
Open slots: ABC at 3:30pm, ESPN at 12pm, ESPN2 at 12pm & 3:30pm, ESPN or ESPN2 at 10:15pm/10:30pm, ESPNU at 12pm, ESPNEWS all day and CBS Sports Network at 12pm, 3:30pm and 7pm.

Best remaining games on offer come from the Big Ten and UCLA at BYU.  I think UCLA at BYU is being held for the late evening ESPN/ESPN2 slot but could fit at 3:30pm on ESPN2 too.  To me, Colorado at Michigan and Oregon at Nebraska are earmarked for ABC at 3:30pm and ESPN at 12pm (choose your order).  After that I would expect the Big Ten to take the 12pm ESPN2 slot and probably one ESPNEWS slot, with the American taking ESPNU at 12pm, one or two ESPNEWS slots and one or two CBSSN slots.  I would look to ESPNEWS for Miami (FL) at Appalachian St. and one CBSSN slot could be used by Conference USA.

Speaking of Conference USA, Harry Minium of the Virginian-Pilot posted the beIN Sports C-USA schedule.  You can find it on the left hand side of the page in full view or if viewing on a smartphone, it is at the bottom of the page.  Per Middle Tennessee AD Chris Massaro, beIN Sports games are to have a consistent start time of 5:30pm ET / 4:30pm CT / 3:30pm UTEP.

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