Monday, November 15, 2021

CFB TV Confirmations for 2021 Week 13 (11/26/21 & 11/27/21)

This post will be updated as announcements come out for start times for 11/26/21 & 11/27/21 from the twelve day selection process that most TV networks adhere to. Most conferences have the possibility of having all or part of their games held for a six day hold of the start time. 

The list of available TV windows are based on media websites, TV listings and press releases. They can change based on the needs of the broadcaster or the conference.

Here's what I guessed based on the available openings (they will prove to be incorrect), along with the games that have already been set.  

Number of six day holds used
ACC: 4 (11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27)
American: 1 (11/20)
Big 12: 4 (10/16, 10/23, 11/6, 11/13)
Big Ten: 3 (11/6, 11/13, 11/27)
Mountain West: 1 (10/16)
Pac-12: 4 (10/30 by FOX, 11/6 by ESPN, 11/20 by ESPN, 11/27 by FOX)
SEC: 3 (10/9 and 11/6 by CBS, 10/16 by ESPN)

All times Eastern

Friday
12pm ESPNU: Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan
12pm CBSSN: Ohio at Bowling Green
3:30pm ABC: Cincinnati at ECU
3:30pm ESPN: USF at UCF
3:30pm ESPN+: Coastal Carolina at South Alabama
7pm ESPN: North Carolina at NC State

Saturday (not all slot may end up being used)
12pm ABC: Georgia at Georgia Tech
12pm ESPN: Florida State at Florida
12pm FS1: Texas Tech at Baylor
12pm ESPNU: Navy at Temple
12pm BTN: Maryland at Rutgers
12pm ESPN+: Akron at Toledo
12pm ESPN+: Miami (OH) at Kent State
12pm ESPN+: Army West Point at Liberty
12:30pm ACC RSNs: Miami (FL) at Duke
2pm ESPN+: Troy at Georgia State
2pm ESPN+: Texas State at Arkansas State
2:30pm ESPN+: Georgia Southern at Appalachian State
3:30pm CBS: Alabama at Auburn
3:30pm FS1: Indiana at Purdue
3:30pm BTN: Northwestern at Illinois
3:45pm SECN: Vanderbilt at Tennessee
4pm ESPN2: Tulsa at SMU
4pm ESPNU: ULM at Louisiana

4pm Pac-12: Arizona at Arizona State
7pm ESPN: Texas A&M at LSU
7pm FS1: West Virginia at Kansas
7:30pm ABC: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State
7:30pm ESPNU: Tulane at Memphis
7:30pm SEC: Clemson at South Carolina
10:30pm ESPN: BYU at USC
10:30pm FS1: California at UCLA

Six day hold
Pitt at Syracuse - 12pm ESPN2, 7:30pm ESPN2 or ACCN (2 games, times TBD)
Kentucky at Louisville - 12pm ESPN2, 7:30pm ESPN2 or ACCN (2 games, times TBD)
Wake Forest at Boston College - 12pm ESPN2, 7:30pm ESPN2 or ACCN (2 games, times TBD)
Virginia Tech at Virginia - 12pm ESPN2, 7:30pm ESPN2 or ACCN (2 games, times TBD)
Penn State at Michigan State - 3:30pm ABC or ESPN OR 4pm FOX
Wisconsin at Minnesota - 3:30pm ABC or ESPN OR 4pm FOX
Oregon State at Oregon - 3:30pm ABC or ESPN or 8pm FOX
Notre Dame at Stanford - 3:30pm ABC or ESPN or 8pm FOX

Sunday, November 14, 2021

CFB TV Guesses for 2021 Week 13 Selections (11/26/21 & 11/27/21)

Here are the games already set for television and/or webcast. Here are the known available telecast windows. 

I have done my best to list what TV windows are out there. Every listing service has a little different schedule for these networks. It is also possible that a window could be eliminated or the time of a window could shift slightly to accommodate a network's needs.

* The following games have been preselected by network groups but without a start time or TV network finalized:
  • Oklahoma at Oklahoma State (ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)
Number of six day holds used
ACC: 3 (11/6, 11/13, 11/20)
American: 1 (11/20)
Big 12: 4 (10/16, 10/23, 11/6, 11/13)
Big Ten: 2 (11/6, 11/13)
Mountain West: 1 (10/16)
Pac-12: 2 (10/30 by FOX, 11/6 by ESPN, 11/20 by ESPN)
SEC: 3 (10/9 and 11/6 by CBS, 10/16 by ESPN)

Remaining Selections
Big Ten: One for ESPN Networks and two for FOX Sports
Big 12: Three for ESPN
Pac-12: Two each for ESPN Networks and FOX Sports

Friday
12pm ESPNU: Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan
12pm CBSSN: Ohio at Bowling Green
3:30pm ABC: Cincinnati at ECU
3:30pm ESPN: USF at UCF
7pm ESPN: North Carolina at NC State

Streaming
Coastal Carolina at South Alabama - This one could be televised if some of the ESPN Events Invitational were to be shifted from ESPNU to ESPNEWS, allowing this one to be slotted in at 3:30pm ET on ESPNU

Saturday
12pm ABC: Georgia at Georgia Tech
12pm ESPN: Pitt at Syracuse
12pm ESPN2: Texas Tech at Baylor
12pm FS1: West Virginia at Kansas
12pm ESPNU: Miami (OH) at Kent State
12pm SEC: Vanderbilt at Tennessee
12pm ACCN: Kentucky at Louisville
12:30pm ACC RSNs: Miami (FL) at Duke
3:30pm ABC: Penn State at Michigan State
3:30pm CBS: Alabama at Auburn
3:30pm ESPN: Notre Dame at Stanford
3:30pm ESPN2: Tulsa at SMU
3:30pm FS1: Indiana at Purdue
3:30pm ESPNU: ULM at Louisiana
3:30pm BTN: Northwestern at Illinois
3:30pm BTN: Maryland at Rutgers
4pm FOX: Wisconsin at Minnesota
4pm SEC: Florida State at Florida
4pm ACCN: Wake Forest at Boston College
4pm Pac-12: Arizona at Arizona State
7pm ESPN: Texas A&M at LSU
7pm ESPN2: Tulane at Memphis
7pm FS1: BYU at USC
7pm ESPNU: Army West Point at Liberty
7:30pm ABC: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State
7:30pm SEC: Clemson at South Carolina
7:30pm ACCN: Virginia Tech at Virginia
8pm FOX: Oregon State at Oregon
10:30pm ESPN: California at UCLA

Streaming
Navy at Temple
Akron at Toledo
Georgia Southern at Appalachian State
Texas State at Arkansas State
Troy at Georgia State

Considerations
* I gave ESPN the top Big Ten choice after Ohio State at Michigan State, FOX Sports the top Pac-12 choice and ESPN the top Big 12 choice after Oklahoma at Oklahoma State.
* I didn't have a need for any late evening windows on ESPN2 or ESPNU.
* I'm assuming FOX Sports will not get an extra game this season due to the lost Cal-USC game on 11/13. If anything, maybe they'll figure out a way to carve out a window on FS1. There's a three hour opening from 6-9pm that night, but I don't know what other programming they have planned and would need to adjust the last MBK window at 9pm (Iowa State at Creighton) to get a 3 hour 30 minute TV window.
* I moved the BTN games to a concurrent 3:30pm window.  With FOX owning the network, its one less game to conflict with Ohio State-Michigan.

Monday, November 8, 2021

CFB TV Confirmations for 2021 Week 12 (11/13/21)

This post will be updated as announcements come out for start times for 11/20/21 from the twelve day selection process that most TV networks adhere to. Most conferences have the possibility of having all or part of their games held for a six day hold of the start time. 

The list of available TV windows are based on media websites, TV listings and press releases. They can change based on the needs of the broadcaster or the conference.

Here's what I guessed based on the available openings (they will prove to be incorrect), along with the games that have already been set.  For those curious about the MAC midweek games, I don't think they'll be set today but set once this week's midweek games are played.

Number of six day holds used
ACC: 2 (11/6, 11/13, 11/20)
American: 1 (11/20)
Big 12: 4 (10/16, 10/23, 11/6, 11/13)
Big Ten: 2 (11/6, 11/13)
Mountain West: 1 (10/16)
Pac-12: 2 (10/30 by FOX, 11/6 by ESPN)
SEC: 3 (10/9 and 11/6 by CBS, 10/16 by ESPN)

All times Eastern

12pm ABC: Michigan State at Ohio State
12pm FOX: Iowa State at Oklahoma
12pm ESPN: Wake Forest at Clemson
12pm ESPN2: Texas at West Virginia
12pm ESPNU: Harvard at Yale
12pm SECN: NM State at Kentucky
12pm BTN: Rutgers at Penn State
12pm BTN: Purdue vs. Northwestern
12pm ACCN: Florida State at Boston College
12pm ACC RSNs: Wofford at North Carolina
12pm ESPN+: USF at Tulane
12pm ESPN+: Kent State at Akron
1pm ESPN+: Texas State at Coastal Carolina
2pm FS1: Illinois at Iowa
2pm ESPN3: Arkansas State at Georgia State
3pm Pac-12: Washington at Colorado
3:30pm ABC or ESPN: Nebraska at Wisconsin 
3:30pm CBS: Arkansas at Alabama
3:30pm BTN: Michigan at Maryland
3:30pm BTN: Minnesota at Indiana
3:30pm ESPN+: Appalachian State at Troy
4pm ESPNU: Louisiana at Liberty
4pm SECN: Florida at Missouri
4pm ESPN+: Kansas at TCU
4pm ESPN+: Temple at Tulsa
4pm ESPN+: BYU at Georgia Southern
5:30pm FS1: Baylor at Kansas State
7pm ESPN: Auburn at South Carolina
7pm Pac-12: California at Stanford
7:30pm ESPNU: South Alabama at Tennessee
7:30pm SECN: Vanderbilt at Ole Miss
8pm FOX: Oklahoma State at Texas Tech
9pm FS1: New Mexico at Boise State
9pm ESPN2: ULM at LSU
10:30pm ESPN: Arizona State at Oregon State

Six day holds
SMU at Cincinnati
Virginia at Pitt
Syracuse at NC State
Virginia Tech at Miami (FL)
Oregon at Utah
UCLA at USC

Options: ABC or ESPN 3:30pm (wherever Nebraska at Wisconsin isn't slotted), ESPN2 3:30pm, FOX 4pm (Pac-12 only), ACCN 2 games (mid-afternoon and evening, ACC only) and ABC 7:30pm

 

Sunday, November 7, 2021

CFB TV Guesses for 2021 Week 12 Saturday Selections (11/20/21)

Here are the games already set for television and/or webcast. Here are the known available telecast windows. 

I have done my best to list what TV windows are out there. Every listing service has a little different schedule for these networks. It is also possible that a window could be eliminated or the time of a window could shift slightly to accommodate a network's needs.

* The following games have been preselected by network groups but without a start time or TV network finalized:
  • Harvard at Yale (ESPN Networks)
  • Nebraska at Wisconsin (ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)
  • New Mexico at Boise State (FOX, FS1 or FS2)
* ESPN2 has a Top Rank Boxing window from 7pm-9pm ET for PPV prelims.
* I'm not going to bother with the MAC midweek games.  Those will likely be set based on the results of this week's midweek games.
* There's an ESPNEWS window at 6pm ET

Number of six day holds used
ACC: 2 (11/6, 11/13)
American: 0
Big 12: 4 (10/16, 10/23, 11/6, 11/13)
Big Ten: 2 (11/6, 11/13)
Mountain West: 1 (10/16)
Pac-12: 2 (10/30 by FOX, 11/6 by ESPN)
SEC: 3 (10/9 and 11/6 by CBS, 10/16 by ESPN)

Selections used by contract

Big 12
  • ESPN has chosen 27 of 32 games 
    • Assumed first picks: 9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/16, 10/30, 11/27
  • Assumed first picks for FOX: 9/4, 9/18. 10/2, 10/23, 11/6, 11/13
Big Ten
  • ESPN: 25 of 27
    • Assumed first picks: 9/18, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/13
  • FOX Sports: 24 of a range between 24 and 27
    • Assumed first picks: 9/4, 9/11, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 11/6, 11/27
  • BTN needs to air a game involving Michigan and Penn State
Pac-12
  • ESPN: 18 of 22
    • Assumed first picks: 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 11/13
  • FOX Sports: 19 of 22
    • Assumed first picks: 9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 10/16, 10/30
    • FOX must air one more game in primetime
All times Eastern

12pm ABC: SMU at Cincinnati
12pm FOX: Iowa State at Oklahoma
12pm ESPN:  Nebraska at Wisconsin
12pm ESPN2: Harvard at Yale
12pm FS1: Baylor at Kansas State
12pm ESPNU: BYU at Georgia Southern
12pm SECN: NM State at Kentucky
12pm BTN: Minnesota at Indiana
12pm BTN: Michigan at Maryland
12pm ACCN: Florida State at Boston College
12pm ACC RSNs: Virginia Tech at Miami (FL)
3pm Pac-12: Washington at Colorado
3:30pm ABC: Michigan State at Ohio State
3:30pm CBS: Arkansas at Alabama
3:30pm ESPN: Wake Forest at Clemson
3:30pm ESPN2: Arizona State at Oregon State
3:30pm FS1: Illinois at Iowa
3:30pm ESPNU: Louisiana at Liberty
3:30pm BTN: Rutgers at Penn State
3:30pm BTN: Purdue at Northwestern
4pm FOX: Oregon at Utah
4pm SECN: South Alabama at Tennessee
4pm ACCN: Virginia at Pitt
6pm ESPNEWS: UAB at UTSA
7pm ESPN: Auburn at South Carolina
7pm FS1: New Mexico at Boise State
7pm ESPNU: ULM at LSU
7:30pm ABC: Oklahoma State at Texas Tech
7:30pm SECN: Florida at Missouri
7:30pm ACCN: Syracuse at NC State
8pm FOX: Texas at West Virginia
9pm ESPN2: Vanderbilt at Ole Miss
10:30pm ESPN: UCLA at USC
10:30pm FS1: California at Stanford

Streaming
Wofford at North Carolina
USF at Tulane
Temple at Tulsa
Kansas at TCU
Kent State at Akron
Arkansas State at Georgia State
Texas State at Coastal Carolina

Notes
* Liberty needs a game on linear TV per its new TV deal and the Louisiana game makes sense.
* I gave top Big Ten choice to ESPN, top Big 12 choice to FOX Sports and top Pac-12 choice to ESPN.
* With UTSA still undefeated and UAB at 6-3 at this time, I think the ESPNEWS window could be for that game.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

CFB TV Confirmations for 2021 Week 10 (11/2/21 - 11/6/21)

Note: Next week's guesses and TV confirmation posts may not happen.  If they do, you'll find notifications at the usual places.  Since I do approve comments (solely for spam reasons), those might not appear right away if you ask a question.

This post will be updated as announcements come out for start times for 11/2/21 - 11/6/21 from the twelve day selection process that most TV networks adhere to. Most conferences have the possibility of having all or part of their games held for a six day hold of the start time. 

The list of available TV windows are based on media websites, TV listings and press releases. They can change based on the needs of the broadcaster or the conference.

Here's what I guessed based on the available openings (they will prove to be incorrect), along with the games that have already been set.

Also, here's the dates where six day holds have been used for large discrepancies in start time and/or media group family.  Unless noted, most conferences can have six day holds used against them four times a season.

ACC: 1 (11/6) 
American: 0
Big 12: 3 (10/16, 10/23, 11/6)
Big Ten: 1 (11/6)
MW: 1 (10/16)
Pac-12: 1 (10/30 by FOX, 11/6)
SEC: 3 out of 3 six day holds available (10/9. 10/16, 11/6)

Tuesday
7pm CBSSN: Ball State at Akron
7:30pm ESPN2: Eastern Michigan at Toledo
7:30pm ESPNU: Miami (OH) at Ohio

Wednesday
7pm ESPN2: Northern Illinois at Kent State
7pm ESPNU: Central Michigan at Western Michigan





Saturday
12pm ESPN2: Illinois at Minnesota
12pm ESPNU: SMU at Memphis
12pm SECN: Liberty at Ole Miss
12pm ACCN: Pitt at Duke
12:30pm ACC RSN: Georgia Tech at Miami (FL)
2pm ESPN+: Appalachian State at Arkansas State
3pm Pac-12: California at Arizona
3pm ESPN+: Temple at ECU
3pm ESPN+: ULM at Texas State
3:30pm ESPN2: Tulsa at Cincinnati
3:30pm BTN: Wisconsin at Rutgers
3:30pm ESPN+: South Alabama at Troy
4pm ESPNU: Tulane at UCF
4pm SECN: Mississippi State at Arkansas
6pm ESPN+: Coastal Carolina at Georgia Southern
7pm ESPN2: Tennessee at Kentucky
7pm Pac-12: Oregon State at Colorado
7:30pm ESPNU: Houston at USF
7:30pm SECN: Florida at South Carolina
10pm FS2: San Jose State at Nevada
10:15pm ESPN2: UTSA at UTEP
11pm FS1: San Diego State at Hawai'i

Six Day Holds
Wake Forest at North Carolina - 4pm ACCN, 7:30pm ACCN and ABC/ESPN Networks TBD
NC State at Florida State - 4pm ACCN, 7:30pm ACCN and ABC/ESPN Networks TBD
Clemson at Louisville - 4pm ACCN, 7:30pm ACCN and ABC/ESPN Networks TBD
Texas at Iowa State
Kansas State at Kansas
Oklahoma State at West Virginia
Baylor at TCU
Penn State at Maryland
Indiana at Michigan
Michigan State at Purdue
Iowa at Northwestern - appears to be a night game with a start time range between 7-8pm ET
Ohio State at Nebraska
Auburn at Texas A&M - 3:30pm CBS, 12pm ESPN or 7pm ESPN
Missouri at Georgia - 3:30pm CBS, 12pm ESPN or 7pm ESPN
LSU at Alabama - 3:30pm CBS, 12pm ESPN or 7pm ESPN
Oregon at Washington - open start times are 3:30pm, 7:30pm or 10:30pm ET
USC at Arizona State - open start times are 3:30pm, 7:30pm or 10:30pm ET

Openings appear to be 
12pm ABC: ACC, Big Ten or Big 12
12pm FOX: Big Ten or Big 12
12pm ESPN: SEC
12pm FS1: Big Ten or Big 12
12pm BTN: Big Ten
3:30pm ABC: ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 or Pac-12
3:30pm CBS: SEC
3:30pm ESPN: ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 or Pac-12
3:30pm FS1: Big Ten, Big 12 or Pac-12
3:30pm/4pm ACCN: ACC
4pm FOX: Big Ten or Big 12
7pm ESPN: SEC
7pm/7:30pm FS1: Iowa-Northwestern, Big 12 or Pac-12*
7pm/7:30pm ACCN: ACC
7:30pm ABC: ACC, Iowa-Northwestern, Big 12 or Pac-12
8pm FOX: Iowa-Northwestern or Big 12
10:30pm ESPN: Pac-12

*Jon Wilner from Bay Area News Group listed the Pac-12 start time options as 3:30pm, 7:30pm or 10:30pm ET, which would seem to eliminate FS1 if the TV option starts at 7pm ET.  If its 7:30pm ET, I guess its in play.  With the late evening window on FS1 starting at 11pm ET, there's a little bit of slack for when the evening window starts.

CFB TV Guesses for 2021 Week 10 (11/2/21 - 11/6/21)

Here are the games already set for television and/or webcast. Here are the known available telecast windows. 

I have done my best to list what TV windows are out there. Every listing service has a little different schedule for these networks. It is also possible that a window could be eliminated or the time of a window could shift slightly to accommodate a network's needs.

Some considerations you may want to be aware of

The following games have been reserved in advance, but not had their specific network and/or start time set:
  • San Diego State at Hawai'i (FOX, FS1 or FS2)
  • San Jose State at Nevada (FOX, FS1 or FS2)
Some early trends to consider:

Big Ten
* Top choice, at least how I'm reading them:
  • ESPN Networks: 9/18, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30
  • FOX Sports: 9/4, 9/11, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9
* Michigan and Penn State need to appear once on BTN against another Big Ten opponent.  
* Counting future selections
  • ESPN Networks: 20 out of 27
    • Seven in primetime (including weeknights), one over the minimum of six.
  • FOX Sports: 20 out of a range of 24-27 selections
    • Six in primetime (including weeknights) with a maximum of nine.
Big 12
* More of an even split in terms of top Saturday choice
  • ESPN Networks: 9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/16, 10/30
  • FOX Sports: 9/4, 9/18, 10/2, 10/23
* After they eclipsed 23 selections for ESPN Networks (excluding member retained games), I'm going to assume the new number of 32 selections for ESPN Networks is accurate. Using 32 as the new maximum number, ESPN has reserved 24 Big 12 games
* The minimum of at least 25 games total on ABC, FOX, ESPN or FS1 has been reached.

Pac-12
* In terms of Saturday top choice, I think this is the following split, though the Pac-12's use of priority selections where both ESPN and FOX can choose a game in advance of the weekly draft order skews this somewhat. 
  • ESPN Networks:  9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/23
  • FOX Sports: 9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 10/16, 10/30
* ESPN Networks has used 15 of their 22 selections and must air one more game on ABC that is in primetime on the east coast.
* FOX Sports has used 17 of their 22 selections.  One more game must air on FOX and there is no restriction as to which TV window must be used.

SEC
CBS has a limit of five appearances for a SEC school (rare exceptions allow for six, but lets set that aside).  Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia have each been scheduled for CBS three times.

Six day holds already used
Here's the dates where six day holds have been used for large discrepancies in start time and/or media group family.  Unless noted, most conferences can have six day holds used against them four times a season.

Typically, the network using the six day hold isn't clear until after the games being held are set for TV.

ACC: 0 
American: 0
Big 12: 2 (10/16 by ESPN, 10/23 by FOX)
Big Ten: 0
MW: 1 (10/16)
Pac-12: 1 (10/30 by FOX, 2 each are available to FOX Sports and ESPN Networks)
SEC: 2 of either 2 or 3 six day holds available (10/9 by CBS. 10/16 by ESPN)

Now to the guesses.  All times Eastern:

Tuesday
7pm CBSSN: Ball State at Akron
7:30pm ESPN2: Eastern Michigan at Toledo 
7:30pm ESPNU: Miami (OH) at Ohio

Wednesday
7pm ESPN2: Northern Illinois at Kent State
7pm ESPNU: Central Michigan at Western Michigan

Saturday
12pm ABC: Michigan State at Purdue 
12pm FOX: Texas at Iowa State
12pm ESPN: Auburn at Texas A&M
12pm ESPN2: Mississippi State at Arkansas
12pm FS1: Kansas State at Kansas
12pm ESPNU: SMU at Memphis
12pm SECN: Florida at South Carolina
12pm BTN: Indiana at Michigan
12pm ACCN: Clemson at Louisville
12:30pm ACC RSN: Georgia Tech at Miami (FL)
3:30pm ABC: Ohio State at Nebraska
3:30pm CBS: Missouri at Georgia
3:30pm ESPN: Oklahoma State at West Virginia
3:30pm ESPN2: Wake Forest at North Carolina
3:30pm FS1: Wisconsin at Rutgers 
3:30pm ESPNU: Houston at USF
3:30pm BTN: Illinois at Minnesota
4pm FOX: Iowa at Northwestern
4pm SECN: Liberty at Ole Miss
4pm ACCN: Pitt at Duke
4pm Pac-12: California at Arizona
7pm ESPN: LSU at Alabama
7pm ESPN2: Tulsa at Cincinnati
7pm FS1: Baylor at TCU
7pm ESPNU: Coastal Carolina at Georgia Southern
7:30pm ABC: Oregon at Washington
7:30pm SECN: Tennessee at Kentucky
7:30pm ACCN: NC State at Florida State
8pm FOX: Penn State at Maryland
9:30pm Pac-12: Oregon State at Colorado
10:30pm ESPN: USC at Arizona State
10:30pm FS1: San Diego State at Hawai'i
10:30pm FS2: San Jose State at Nevada

Streaming
Temple at ECU
Tulane at UCF
Appalachian State at Arkansas State
South Alabama at Troy
ULM at Texas State

* EDIT: I straight up didn't know that UTEP is 6-1 along with UTSA being ranked and undefeated. ESPN has rights to the game and does have the option to elevate the game to linear TV from its ESPN3/ESPN+ options. Apparently, it's being considered for a time change and TV. I could see it occupying one of the ESPNU slots, maybe instead of Coastal Carolina at Georgia Southern. 
* I deleted 10:30pm ESPN2 window.  Online listed indicated two Pac-12 Networks games, so I couldn't find a use for two Pac-12 games in late night.
* I gave the top Big Ten and Pac-12 games to ESPN Networks and the top Big 12 game to FOX Sports. 
* Auburn at Texas A&M might be a better choice for CBS, but at the moment my preference is to max out on Georgia, which they could do by choosing both the Missouri game followed by the Tennessee game on.  CBS *might* have another six day hold to use as its either two or three six day holds to use on the SEC.  One was used on 10/9 by CBS for their 3:30pm window (2nd choice that day before ESPN's 1st) and one was used by ESPN on 10/16 for their 3rd choice before CBS's 2nd choice.
* By choosing Missouri at Georgia, yes, I'm also passing off LSU at Alabama to ESPN, which means I'm keeping Alabama alive for two games vs. Arkansas and Auburn for CBS.  The last time ESPN aired a regular season LSU-Alabama matchup was 2006.  They also aired the BCS title game between the two after the 2011 season.
* I used the Pac-12 at night here on ABC to fulfill their required primetime game.  I know Washington is bad and that Oregon at Utah might be a better choice on 11/20, but: 
  • I don't know who has first pick and whether a priority pick was used for another game that day by either FOX or ESPN.
  • Pitt at Virginia and Iowa State at Oklahoma might be as good or better options
    • Same applies to Iowa State at Oklahoma - don't know who has what
* I do think there's a realistic chance of a six day hold being used for the Big Ten and that might affect whether Michigan or Penn State has their required BTN appearance, along with the network choices for Michigan State and Iowa.  Right now, I'm assuming Michigan will have their BTN appearance used, but do not consider this to be a guess as to the winner of Michigan State vs. Michigan.

Monday, October 18, 2021

CFB TV Confirmations for 2021 Week 9 (10/30/21)

This post will be updated as announcements come out for start times for 10/30/21 from the twelve day selection process that most TV networks adhere to. Most conferences have the possibility of having all or part of their games held for a six day hold of the start time. 

The list of available TV windows are based on media websites, TV listings and press releases. They can change based on the needs of the broadcaster or the conference.

Here's what I guessed based on the available openings (they will prove to be incorrect), along with the games that have already been set.

Also, here's the dates where six day holds have been used for large discrepancies in start time and/or media group family.  Unless noted, most conferences can have six day holds used against them four times a season.

ACC: 0 
American: 0
Big 12: 2 (10/16, 10/23)
Big Ten: 0
MW: 1 (10/16)
Pac-12: 1 (10/30 by FOX)
SEC: 2 of either 2 or 3 six day holds available (10/9. 10/16)

All times Eastern:

12pm ABC: Texas at Baylor
12pm FOX: Michigan at Michigan State
12pm ESPN: Iowa at Wisconsin
12pm ESPN2: Cincinnati at Tulane
12pm ESPNU: Texas State at Louisiana
12pm BTN: Indiana at Maryland
12pm BTN: Rutgers at Illinois
12pm ACCN: Miami (FL) at Pitt
12pm ACC RSN: Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech
12pm ESPN+: UCF at Temple
2pm ESPN+: Iowa State at West Virginia
3pm FS1: Washington State at Arizona State
3pm SECN: Missouri at Vanderbilt
3:30pm ABC: Texas Tech at Oklahoma
3:30pm ESPN: Florida State at Clemson
3:30pm ESPN2: Purdue at Nebraska
3:30pm ESPNU: TCU at Kansas State 
3:30pm BTN: Minnesota at Northwestern
3:30pm ACC RSN: Boston College at Syracuse
3:30pm ESPN3/ESPN+:  ULM at Appalachian State
4pm ACCN: Duke at Wake Forest
4pm FS2: Wyoming at San Jose State
5pm ESPN+: Arkansas State at South Alabama
6pm ESPN+: Georgia State at Georgia Southern
7pm ESPN: Ole Miss at Auburn
7pm ESPN2/ESPNU: SMU at Houston 
7pm ESPN2/ESPNU: Arizona at USC
7pm FS1: Kansas at Oklahoma State
7pm SECN: Kentucky at Mississippi State
7pm Pac-12: Oregon State at California
7:30pm ABC: Penn State at Ohio State
7:30pm ACCN: Louisville at NC State
10:15pm ESPN2: Virginia at BYU
10:30pm FS1: Washington at Stanford

Six Day Holds
Colorado at Oregon - 3:30pm FOX or 10:30pm ESPN
UCLA at Utah - 3:30pm FOX or 10pm ESPN