Sunday, September 14, 2014

CFB TV Guesses for 9/27

* Notre Dame vs. Syracuse is unique because of the changeover possibly required to get the stadium ready for the Jets game at 1pm.  The Steelers, Chargers and Cowboys are also playing games on fields a day after a college game, but ABC rarely passes on a Notre Dame road game when it has an available 8pm window to use.  Last time ND played on ABC when the game wasn't at 8pm was 2011 at Pitt...when they had an available 12pm window for the game,  No 12pm window to use.  SU isn't really the sexiest opponent for ND to play in primetime, but it might be their best available game.
The only other game I considered was Florida St.'s visit to NC State.  If FSU defeats Clemson (and since we're looking at it that way, maybe the ACC is a six day pick), FSU would be visiting Carter-Finley with both teams undefeated.  Again, if FSU beats Clemson, the Seminoles' last ACC lost: 17-16 at NC State in 2012.
So there's a slight chance that there could be a six day hold on the ACC for FSU-NC State, UNC-Clemson and Notre Dame vs. Syracuse.  Minnesota-Michigan probably gets lumped in here only for its network decision being held up.  I could see a possible ND-SU matchup at 3:30pm on ABC nationally with Minnesota-Michigan on ESPN2.  But if its another game on ABC at 3:30pm, they would split nationally with Minnesota-Michigan
* FOX has made some alterations to their schedule.  They have removed a 12pm FS1, replaced the 12pm window with a 4pm FOX window and shifted the 7:30pm window back to 8pm.  I'm not sure if that is 100% accurate though.  I think FOX's MLB windows as exclusive, even from a game on FS1, so the football game on FS1 might be at 12pm with MLB to follow.
* FOX RSNs will have a 7:30pm SEC game
* Pac-12 tentatively has 4pm & 8pm ET windows.  I think that keeps FOX or ABC from airing a Pac-12 game on their over-the-air networks in primetime, but it does not keep them from putting one on their other platforms at those times, including at 4pm on FOX or 3:30pm on ABC.
* Wyoming at Michigan St., Northwestern at Penn St. & Iowa at Purdue are homecoming games and had their kickoff times (all noon ET) set aside before the season started.
* BTN has a unique looking staggered schedule.  I think you may see a game or two start at 12pm, then one start at 2pm, leading into the 12pm games joining the 2pm game in progress on TV (watch from the start on BTN2Go if its not available to you).  This allows the 6pm and 9pm games on BTN to air nationally.

12pm ESPN: Northwestern at Penn St.
12pm ESPN2: USF at Wisconsin
12pm FS1: Texas at Kansas
12pm ESPNU: Iowa at Purdue
12pm FSN: UTEP at Kansas St.
12pm CBSSN: Temple at Connecticut
12pm SECNet: Vanderbilt at Kentucky
12pm BTN: Wyoming at Michigan St.
12pm BTN: Maryland at Indiana
12:30pm ACC RSNs: Colorado St. at Boston College
12:30pm ACCNet: Duke at Miami (FL)
2pm BTN: Tulane at Rutgers
3:30pm CBS: Arkansas vs. Texas A&M
3:30pm ABC/ESPN2: Florida St. at NC State
3:30pm ABC/ESPN2: Minnesota at Michigan
3:30pm ESPNU: Wake Forest at Louisville
4pm FOX: Oregon St. at USC
4pm ESPNEWS: Texas St. at Tulsa
4pm Pac-12: Washington St. at Utah
4pm SECNet: Memphis at Ole Miss
7pm ESPN: Missouri at South Carolina
7pm ESPN2: North Carolina at Clemson
7pm ESPNU: Louisiana Tech at Auburn
7:30pm SECNet: Tennessee at Georgia
7:30pm SEC/FSN: New Mexico St. at LSU
8pm ABC: Notre Dame vs. Syracuse
8pm FOX: Baylor at Iowa St.
8pm ESPNEWS: UNLV at San Diego St.
8pm Pac-12: Colorado at California
10:30pm ESPN: Stanford at Washington
ESPN3 Exclusives
Kent St. at Virginia
Western Michigan at Virginia Tech
Akron at Pittsburgh
Eastern Illinois at Ohio
Miami (OH) at Buffalo
Central Michigan at Toledo
Bowling Green at Massachusetts
Troy at UL-Monroe


Anonymous said...

where is Louisiana tech-auburn?

Matt Sarzyniak said...

Great question. Will revise ASAP.