Sunday, November 22, 2009

Bowl Predictions

Since we have one full regular season week left, plus the conference championship weekend, lets make the following assumptions:
  • Cincinnati, Oregon, Texas, Georgia Tech and Florida win their respective conferences
  • Army does not make a bowl, leaving the EagleBank to use a C-USA rep
  • Notre Dame loses to Stanford, leaving them at 6-6
  • Wyoming and UConn get to 6 wins
  • Kansas loses to Missouri, is not bowl eligible
  • TCU, Oklahoma St., Alabama and Boise St. are the BCS at-large
Here's my crack at the bowl lineup

New Mexico: Wyoming vs. Nevada
St. Petersburg: UConn vs. UCF
New Orleans: East Carolina vs. Troy
Las Vegas: Utah vs. Oregon St.
Poinsettia: BYU vs. California
Hawai'i: SMU vs. Fresno St.
Little Caesar's: Michigan St. vs. Temple
Meineke: North Carolina vs. Rutgers
Emerald: Boston College vs. Stanford
Music City: Georgia vs. Florida St.
Independence: Kentucky vs. Iowa St.
EagleBank: Marshall vs. Ohio
Champs Sports: Miami (FL) vs. Northwestern
Humanitarian: Idaho vs. Bowling Green
Holiday: Missouri vs. USC
Armed Forces: Southern Miss vs. Air Force
Sun: Oklahoma vs. Arizona
Texas: Navy vs. UCLA
Insight: Texas A&M vs. Minnesota
Chick-Fil-A: Clemson vs. Auburn
Outback: Penn St. vs. Tennessee
Capital One: Iowa vs. Ole Miss
Gator: Pittsburgh vs. Virginia Tech
Cotton: Nebraska vs. LSU
International: West Virginia vs. Northern Illinois South Carolina vs. USF
Liberty: Arkansas vs. Houston
Alamo: Texas Tech vs. Wisconsin
GMAC: Central Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee

Rose: Ohio St. vs. Oregon
Sugar: Alabama vs. Cincinnati
Orange: Georgia Tech vs. Boise St.
Fiesta: TCU vs. Oklahoma St.
BCS: Florida vs. Texas

Why is Notre Dame, at 6-6, not in any bowl? I had the following bowls as at-large

EagleBank (one slot filled with C-USA backup)

The GMAC was a fourth, but they have an agreement with the Sun Belt to provide a team if they have one at 7-5 or better. Middle Tennessee fills that spot. Ohio at 7+ wins would then fill another slot, likely the EagleBank.

So that leaves Humanitarian or Texas. Since Texas has Navy preslotted, the Irish are not interested in a rematch and that leaves the Humanitarian vs. Idaho and the Irish simply say "no thanks".

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Final Weekend TV Selections Announced

The Big East and ESPN announced the game times and telecasts of their three games and it also sets the C-USA Championship game time.

12pm ABC: Cincinnati at Pitt
12pm ESPN/ESPN2: West Virginia at Rutgers
12pm ESPN/ESPN2: C-USA Championship Game
8pm ESPN2: USF at Connecticut

Friday, November 13, 2009

Week 13 TV Guesses & Selections

Decided to combine the thread since the Big Ten is finished for the year and the Big 12 and PAC-10 finished their selections. Will mark a selection as confirmed when known

All selections are now confirmed.

Florida St. at Florida, 3:30pm

Friday 12pm: Illinois at Cincinnati
Friday 3:30pm: Nebraska at Colorado
Saturday: Missouri vs. Kansas, Arizona at Arizona St. and Miami (FL) at USF, 3:30pm
Saturday: Notre Dame at Stanford and Georgia at Georgia Tech, 8pm

Notre Dame-Stanford and Georgia-Georgia Tech will be reverse mirrored to ESPN2. Whichever game you see on ABC, the other game will be on ESPN2.

12pm: Clemson at South Carolina
3:30pm: Virginia Tech at Virginia
7pm: Arkansas at LSU

Friday 11am: Rutgers at Louisville
Friday 7pm: Pittsburgh at West Virginia
Friday 10:15pm: Nevada at Boise St.
Saturday 12pm: North Carolina at NC State

FSN (all Saturday)
Oklahoma St. at Oklahoma, 12:30pm
Texas Tech vs. Baylor, 6pm
USC at UCLA, 10pm

Friday 11am: Temple at Ohio
Saturday 12pm: NCAA Playoff Game
Saturday 3:30pm: Boston College at Maryland
Saturday 7pm: Tennessee at Kentucky

CBS College Sports
Southern Miss at East Carolina, 1:30pm

Friday: Northern Illinois at Central, 1pm ESPN360
Saturday: Ole Miss at Mississippi St., 12pm SEC Network
Saturday: Wake Forest at Duke, 12pm Raycom
Saturday: Connecticut at Syracuse, 12pm Big East
Saturday: Washington at Washington St., 6:30pm FSN Northwest

Monday, November 9, 2009

College Basketball Opening Day

Opening day on the hardcourts. Very little has changed with respect to TV coverage but there are some changes

SEC - SEC coverage will be wider in many areas of the country. The SEC games that ESPN has sublicensed to FSN and CSS won't be seen just in the southeast, but virtually any FSN region that decides they want to clear the game. No idea how blackouts will go, but if football is any indication, these games should be more viewable too those out of market using satellite sports packages than the old FSN package.

The conference will also have a new home for its championship, with the semifinals and final moving to ABC.

WAC - The WAC now has games on ESPNU and will have a consistent time slot on ESPN2 during the conference portion of the schedule, usually on Wednesday nights at 11pm ET.

Atlantic 10 - After having its conference championship game shifted to ESPN2 to make room for the Big 12 championship, the conference revamped its tournament format and will now finish on Sunday, in the slot vacated by the SEC. The semifinals will also be nationally televised on CBS College Sports.

Horizon League - The conference appears that it will have a syndicated game of the week and many of those games will be on ESPN Full Court

HD - Supposedly a fair amount of the SEC Network and Big 12 Network games produced by ESPN Regional will be in HD. Don't know if that extends to the Big East Network games. CBS College Sports is also supposed to deliver more games in HD.

UPDATE: Some Big East games will be in HD on a regional basis.

ABC - ABC has virtually abandoned college basketball, choosing only to air the SEC semifinals and championship. No regular season games whatsover.

Week 12 Network Selections

This is the final week where all six BCS conferences will have selections as the Big Ten ends their schedule on 11/21. A 12pm ABC window is virtually certain to be Ohio St.-Michigan.

Duke at Miami (FL), 12pm ESPN2/ESPNU

All other games are on six day selections

Big 12
Oklahoma at Texas Tech, 12:30pm or 3pm FSN
Kansas at Texas, 3:30pm or 8pm ABC
Kansas St. at Nebraska, 7:45pm ESPN/ESPN2

Big East
Louisville at USF, 12pm Big East
Rutgers at Syracuse, 3:30pm ESPN360

Big Ten
Ohio St. at Michigan, 12pm ABC
Minnesota at Iowa, 12pm ESPN/ESPN2
Penn St. at Michigan St., 3:30pm ABC/ESPN
Purdue at Indiana, 3:30pm Big Ten
Wisconsin at Northwestern, 3:30pm Big Ten


Oregon at Arizona, 3:30pm or 8pm ABC
Arizona St. at UCLA, 4pm FSN (they say this is a finalized time, which means the OU-TT time should stay at 12:30pm)
California at Stanford, 7:30pm Versus

Chattanooga at Alabama, 12pm SEC Network
Mississippi St. at Arkansas, 12pm SEC Network
LSU at Ole Miss, 3:30pm CBS
Vanderbilt at Tennessee, 7pm ESPNU
Kentucky at Georgia, 7:45pm ESPN/ESPN2

Nevada at New Mexico St., 10:30pm ESPNU

Also, the Big 12 decided to take care of its selections for 11/28. They are as follows:

Oklahoma St. at Oklahoma, 12:30pm FSN
Missouri vs. Kansas (at Kansas City), 3:30pm ABC
Texas Tech vs. Baylor (at Arlington), 6pm FSN

FSN moved the start time of TT-Baylor, presumably to give themselves some buffer before the 10pm start of USC-UCLA on the same evening.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Week 12 TV Predictions

Because Alabama used up its PPV option against Florida International, the game against Chattanooga has to be televised on ESPN Networks. CSS has a college basketball telecast in the evening, so I think that there could be a split SEC Network 12pm telecast.

LSU at Ole Miss, 3:30pm

Ohio St. at Michigan, 12pm
Oklahoma at Texas Tech, Oregon at Arizona, Penn St. at Michigan St., North Carolina at Boston College 3:30pm
Kansas at Texas, 8pm

Iowa at Minnesota, 12pm
Kansas St. at Nebraska, 7:45pm

Duke at Miami (FL), 12pm
Kentucky at Georgia, 7:30pm

Baylor at Texas A&M, 12:30pm
Arizona St. at UCLA, 6:30pm

California at Stanford, 10pm

Maryland at Florida St., 12pm
Louisville at USF, 3:30pm
Chattanooga at Alabama, 7pm

Big Ten
Purdue at Indiana & Wisconsin at Northwestern, 3:30pm

Arkansas at Mississippi St., 12pm SEC
Vanderbilt at Tennessee, 12pm SEC
Virginia at Clemson, 12pm Raycom
Rutgers at Syracuse, 12pm Big East
Iowa St. at Missouri, 12:30pm Fox College Sports
NC State at Virginia Tech, 1:30pm ESPN360
Oregon St. at Washington St., 6:30pm FSN NW

Tulsa at Southern Miss has already been confirmed as CBS College Sports C-USA flex pick

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

C-USA and Big 12 announce bowl agreements

C-USA announced seven total bowl agreements, with a consistent six tie-ins per season, from 2010-13. The conference will partner with the following bowls each season, unless specified:

New Orleans
Armed Forces
St. Petersburg
Dallas (2011, 2013)
EagleBank (2010, 2012)

The Big 12 also announced it will partner with the Dallas bowl game in 2010 & 2012 and the EagleBank bowl in 2013. It will also back up both the Dallas and EagleBank bowls in 2011 in the event that a tie-in cannot be met.

Monday, November 2, 2009

NBC, Comcast and Notre Dame football

John Ourand of Sports Business Journal wrote an excellent article on the sports entities of both NBC and Comcast that are needed to make it successful on the sports side.

(As a plug, if you are a sports fan and have any interest in business, economics, etc., SBJ is a must read along with its companion Sports Business Daily.)

John notes that Notre Dame football, currently with NBC until 2015, could have games moved to cable under the contract. Right now, NBC requests that the Irish provide eight games per season and the schedule as of late has been finding more teams from non-AQ conferences on it than in the past (San Diego St. in 2008, Nevada in 2009, Utah and Western Michigan in 2010).

Typically Notre Dame schedules the same five teams each year, arguably these are the Irish's "conference" games:

Michigan (though they are taking a two year break in a couple years so the Irish can do a home-home with Oklahoma)
Michigan St.

The Irish also regularly schedules Pittsburgh, Boston College and Stanford. In most years it leaves the Irish with five games to sprinkle about the country. They're supposed to play Big East teams on a regular basis, supposedly three per year, but I've yet to see that put into practice.

Putting the cart way before the horse, I think its entirely possible that if Versus got a chance to pick up ND football, it would get probably two games per year. Likely a one-off game vs. a non-BCS team (like WMU), plus another game where the opponent's record is less than stellar or the opponent is not well known nationally (this year's example might be UConn). I believe NBC would want to retain the neutral site "home" game each year as NBC has stated it would likely use that game as a primetime ND game every year, regardless of the stature of the opponent.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Week 11 Network Selections

Selections got started on Sunday evening with the Big Ten. All other BCS conferences will have selections, the MAC should also announce who is filling their ESPNU Thursday slot and C-USA may announce a selection for 11/21 during the week.

Virginia Tech at Maryland, 1pm ESPN360
Boston College at Virginia, 3:30pm ESPN360

The other four games are held for a six day pick. Raycom 12pm, ESPN/ESPN2 at 12pm, ESPNU at 12pm and ABC at 3:30pm are options for Georgia Tech at Duke, Miami (FL) at North Carolina, Clemson at NC State and Florida St. at Wake Forest.

Big 12
Texas at Baylor, 12pm FSN
Missouri at Kansas St., 12:30pm Versus
Nebraska at Kansas, 3:30pm ABC
Texas A&M at Oklahoma, 7pm FSN
Texas Tech at Oklahoma St., 8pm ABC

Big East
Notre Dame at Pittsburgh, 8pm ABC

Big Ten
Northwestern at Illinois, 12pm ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN Classic
Michigan St. at Purdue, 12pm ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN Classic
Indiana at Penn St., 12pm Big Ten
Michigan at Wisconsin, 12pm Big Ten
South Dakota St. at Minnesota, 12pm Big Ten
Iowa at Ohio St., 3:30pm ABC/ESPN

11/12: Ball St. at Northern Illinois, 6pm ESPNU
11/12: Bowling Green at Miami (OH), 7:30pm ESPN360
11/18: Buffalo at Miami (OH), 6pm ESPNU
11/18: Central Michigan at Ball St, 8pm ESPN2

Tennessee at Ole Miss, 12pm CBS
Kentucky at Vanderbilt, 12pm SEC Network
Florida at South Carolina, 3:30pm CBS
Alabama at Mississippi St., 7pm ESPN/ESPN2
Auburn at Georgia, 7pm ESPN/ESPN2
Louisiana Tech at LSU, 7:00pm ESPNU
Troy at Arkansas, 7:30pm SEC/CSS

Stanford at USC, 3:30pm FSN
UCLA at Washington St., TBA Fox College Sports

The PAC-10 appears to have had their TV windows flipped. ABC originally had a window at 3:30pm and FSN at 10:15pm. Now FSN has 3:30pm and ESPN has a window at 10:15pm. The remaining PAC-10 games are on a six day selection.

Week 11 TV Predictions

Auburn at Georgia, 12pm
Florida at South Carolina, 3:30pm

Iowa at Ohio St. (RM), Texas A&M at Oklahoma (RM), Arizona St. at Oregon, Georgia Tech at Duke 3:30pm
Texas Tech at Oklahoma St. and Notre Dame at Pittsburgh, 8pm

Michigan at Wisconsin, 12pm
Alabama at Mississippi St., 7:45pm

Northwestern at Illinois, 12pm
Tennessee at Ole Miss, 7:30pm

Missouri at Kansas St., 12:30pm
Texas at Baylor, 7pm
Stanford at USC, 10:15pm

Nebraska at Kansas, 12:30pm
Arizona at California, 7pm

Virginia Tech at Maryland, 12pm
Idaho at Boise St., 3:30pm (confirmed)
Louisiana Tech at LSU, 7pm

Indiana at Penn St., South Dakota st. at Minnesota and Michigan St. at Purdue, 12pm

Clemson at NC State, 12pm
Boston College at Virginia, 1pm
Florida St. at Wake Forest, 3:30pm

Kentucky at Vanderbilt, 12pm SEC Network
Miami (FL) at North Carolina, 12pm Raycom
Washington at Oregon St., 6:30pm FSN NW
Troy at Arkansas, 7:30pm SEC/CSS