Monday, April 16, 2018

Take Two - CFB TV Guesses for 2018 Weeks 0 & 1

Since there's been a few changes, additions and news items for the early season portion of the 2018 college football season, after initially deciding not to do it, I decided to write out "take two" posts for each week.

Here's the updated Week Zero & Week One and here's the original for comparison purposes.  Similar to the original - if you don't see your game listed, assume it is online only.

Week Zero

I've placed Hawai'i at Colorado St. with ESPN.  If it were to air on CBS Sports Network, it might air earlier in the day.  It could also air on ESPN leading into the FCS Kickoff game.  I don't have any knowledge of any Top Rank events that ESPN could air.  UFC has a Fight Night card tentatively scheduled for this night which should occupy FS1.

Saturday
Duquesne at UMass, 6pm Eleven Sports
North Carolina A&T vs. Jacksonville St., 6:30pm ESPN
Wyoming at New Mexico St., 8pm AggieVision
Hawai'i at Colorado St., 10pm ESPN

Week One

Northwestern St. at Texas A&M has been moved to Thursday 8/30 for a SEC Network telecast.  Per the Washington Post, 8/30 through 9/4 is the FIFA international play window for women's soccer.  ESPN2 should be relatively locked into US Open tennis.  I would think that if ESPN airs a game, it would be Monday-Wednesday, where FS1 could take a game on Thursday if they desire.

Thursday
UCF at Connecticut, 6pm CBSSN
Northwestern at Purdue, 7:30pm ESPN
New Mexico St. at Minnesota, 8pm BTN
Weber St. at Utah, 8pm Pac-12 Networks
Northwestern St. at Texas A&M, 8:30pm SEC (confirmed)
Wake Forest at Tulane, 9pm CBSSN

Syracuse at Western Michigan & Colorado vs. Colorado St. have both been moved to Friday to give CBSSN a doubleheader.

Friday
Syracuse at Western Michigan, 6pm CBSSN (network confirmed only)
Utah St. at Michigan St., 8pm ESPN
Western Kentucky at Wisconsin, 8pm FS1
Colorado vs. Colorado St., 9:30pm CBSSN (confirmed)
San Diego St. at Stanford, 10pm Pac-12

No major changes to the games available for Saturday.  As previously suspected, FS1 will have two MLB windows at 4pm & 7pm ET.  I do not know if there will be a UFC event on this Saturday, specifically if there will be a pay-per-view event that FS1 would be contracted to air prelims for.

I dropped the 12pm CBSSN window in this configuration and placed Houston at Rice at 3:30pm in place of Colorado vs. Colorado St..  I also moved Army at Duke to ACC Network Extra to account for only one SEC game on Thursday. And yes, I know someone on the CBS crew(?) has said that they'll have Tennessee vs. West Virginia, but I don't necessarily think that a sublicense is a sure thing or required.

Saturday
12pm ABC: Texas vs. Maryland
12pm FOX: FAU at Oklahoma
12pm ESPN: Akron at Nebraska
12pm FS1: Appalachian St. at Penn St.
12pm FSN: Abilene Christian at Baylor
12pm ESPNU: Middle Tennessee at Vanderbilt
12pm SEC: Austin Peay at Georgia
12pm SEC: Eastern Illinois at Arkansas
12pm BTN: Texas St. at Rutgers
12:20pm ACC Network: Furman at Clemson
12:30pm ACC RSNs: Massachusetts at Boston College
2pm Pac-12: Bowling Green at Oregon
3:30pm ABC: Louisville vs. Alabama
3:30pm FOX: Oregon St. at Ohio St.
3:30pm ESPNU: Boise St. at Troy
3:30pm CBSSN: Houston at Rice
3:30pm BTN: Kent St. at Illinois
3:30pm FSN: Missouri St. at Oklahoma St.
4pm SEC: Stephen F. Austin at Mississippi St.
4pm SEC: UT Martin at Missouri
5pm Pac-12: North Carolina at California
5:30pm ESPN: Tennessee vs. West Virginia
6pm KStateHD.TV/ESPN3: South Dakota at Kansas St.
7pm CBSSN: Indiana at FIU
7pm beIN Sports: SMU at North Texas
7pm Jayhawk TV: Nicholls at Kansas
7:30pm NBC: Michigan at Notre Dame (confirmed)
7:30pm FOX: Cincinnati at UCLA
7:30pm ESPNU: Central Michigan at Kentucky
7:30pm SEC: Coastal Carolina at South Carolina
7:30pm SEC: Charleston Southern at Florida
7:30pm BTN: Northern Illinois at Iowa
8pm ABC: Washington vs. Auburn
8pm Pac-12: UNLV at USC
8pm Cyclones.TV: South Dakota St. at Iowa St.
8pm FSN: Southern at TCU
9pm ESPN: Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech
10:15pm ESPNU: Washington St. at Wyoming
10:30pm FS1: BYU at Arizona
10:30pm CBSSN: Navy at Hawai'i
11pm Pac-12: UTSA at Arizona St.

Sunday
7:30pm ABC: LSU vs. Miami (FL) confirmed

No updates from me here.  The original post spells out my thoughts on this date.

Monday
8pm ESPN: Virginia Tech at Florida St. (network confirmed, to be in primetime)

9 comments:

Jason12321100 said...

Thanks for this as always. That first weekend looks promising.

Northwestern at Purdue, while it should be competitive, seems an underwhelming headliner - but an obvious one considering the other current Thursday games. Do you see a strong possibility of a bigger game, like TN/WV, getting moved to headline opening Thursday?

Matt Schnuck said...

Still not feeling to put Tennessee vs WVU on CBS. It was per David Moulton.

Hard to think Alabama vs UL won't be in primetime on ABC.

Matt Sarzyniak said...

Yes, it came from David. I see that he has worked as a spotter for the SEC on CBS, so I do understand his connection. He used to not list the spotter part, so I couldn't understand how he was connected to it.

As for Alabama-Louisville, the reason I went Washington vs. Auburn is that many preseason top 25s either have both schools in the top ten or at least one in the top ten & the other in the top 15. While Alabama is probably preseason #1, Louisville isn't expected to be ranked in the preseason to my knowledge.

Matt Schnuck said...

Understand the pickings are slim, could you see a daytime game on Sunday on FOX/FS1?
It seemed like the Purdue at Marshall game on FS1 did pretty well, as it was the only game in that Sunday afternoon timeslot.

Matt Sarzyniak said...

Also, if ESPN were inclined and there was a desire on both teams & the Charlotte Sports Foundation wanted to do it, the Panthers are on the road the final week of the NFL preseason, which would leave BoA Stadium open to host on a Thursday night. Since both teams are travelling further distances than when UNC played South Carolina, they probably want to use the game to have the fans in town for over a night to reap hotel usage, businesses in the Uptown area getting a bump, etc.

Matt Sarzyniak said...

As for FOX/FS1 on Sunday, please see the original week 1 post. I spelled things out regarding their options in that one and they really haven't changed all that much. The only item that I think would take up an hour or two would be NHRA qualifying on Sunday with the Nationals event on Monday.

Matt Schnuck said...

Syracuse is at Western Michigan on CBSSN.

unc12003 said...

Have you taken a stab at Week 3 yet?

Matt Sarzyniak said...

I have not & there have not been any other game changes that would necessitate it.