Monday, April 10, 2017

Way Too Early CFB TV Guesses for Weeks Zero & One For 2017, Take Two.

I suppose its fair to take a second crack at this now that we know a handful of start times for Week Zero (there's very little to work with here) and Week One.

I'll finish up Weeks Two & Three in the next day or two.  Here are the schedules for Week Zero and Week One, along with my original guesses.

If the game has both its time & TV network set, I'm not going to re-list it here.  If one of the two is missing, I'll list it since something is in doubt.  The links at the top of each week will have those games.  Also, I'm not going to list games that are scheduled for ESPN3, ACC Network Extra, Campus Insiders, CUSA.TV, etc. since the start times for those games are often set by the schools.

All times Eastern

Week Zero (8/26 & 8/27), both 8/26
Hawai'i at Massachusetts, 12pm ESPN3
Portland St. at BYU, 6pm BYUtv
Stanford vs. Rice, 10pm ESPN

Week One (8/31 - 9/4)

Thursday 8/31
Presbyterian at Wake Forest, 7:30pm ACC RSNs
Holy Cross at Connecticut, 7:30pm SNY
Ohio St. at Indiana, 8pm ESPN
UL-Monroe at Memphis, 8pm CBSSN
Buffalo at Minnesota, 8pm BTN
North Dakota at Utah, 8pm Pac-12 Network/Mountain
New Mexico St. at Arizona, 11pm Pac-12 Network/Arizona

Friday 9/1
Washington at Rutgers, 7pm ESPN
Utah St. at Wisconsin, 8pm FS1
Boston College at Northern Illinois, 9:15pm CBSSN
Colorado St. vs. Colorado, 10:15pm ESPN

My early thought, which probably falls apart, is FOX broadcast network carries the USMNT World Cup qualifier and FS1 carries Mexico's game.  To carry El Tri, they might need to move up Utah St. at Wisconsin to 7pm ET to start Mexico's game at 9pm or 8pm local time, wherever it is played.

Saturday 9/2
Maryland at Texas, 12pm ESPN
Tulsa at Oklahoma St., 12pm FS1
Kent St. at Clemson, 12pm ESPNU
Liberty at Baylor, 12pm FSN
Missouri St. at Missouri, 12pm SEC Network
Akron at Penn St., 12pm BTN
Bowling Green at Michigan St., 12pm BTN
William & Mary at Virginia, 12:30pm ACC Network
Portland St. at Oregon St., 2pm Pac-12 Networks/Oregon
BYU vs. LSU, 3:30pm ABC
NC State vs. South Carolina, 3:30pm CBS
Louisville vs. Purdue, 3:30pm FOX
Jackson St. at TCU, 3:30pm FSN
Georgia Southern at Auburn, 3:30pm ESPNU
Nevada at Northwestern, 3:30pm BTN
Wyoming at Iowa, 3:30pm BTN
Charleston Southern at Mississippi St., 4pm SEC Network
VMI at Air Force, 4pm ROOT Sports
Montana St. at Washington St., 5pm Pac-12 Networks/Washington
California at North Carolina, 5:30pm ESPN
Central Arkansas at Kansas St., 7pm K-StateHD.TV
Southeast Missouri at Kansas, 7pm Jayhawk TV
UTEP at Oklahoma, 7pm PPV
Houston at UTSA, 7pm beIN Sports
Appalachian St. at Georgia, 7:30pm ESPNU
South Alabama at Ole Miss, 7:30pm SEC Network
Alabama vs. Florida St., 8pm ABC
Eastern Washington at Texas Tech, 8pm FSN
Arkansas St. at Nebraska, 8pm BTN
Ball St. at Illinois, 8pm BTN
Southern Utah at Oregon, 8pm Pac-12 Networks/Oregon
Northern Iowa at Iowa St., 8pm Cyclones.TV
Michigan vs. Florida, 9pm ESPN
Western Michigan at USC, 10:30pm FS1
Northern Arizona at Arizona, 11pm Pac-12 Networks/Arizona
Western Carolina at Hawai'i, Midnight OC Sports

I've tried for weeks to get an answer regarding which conference is the rightsholder for NC State vs. South Carolina & unfortunately I have received no concrete answer on the subject.  I'm assuming it is a SEC game.

Also, I cut back on the number of Big Ten games aired via ESPN or FOX Sports, placing Akron at Penn St. on BTN.   This led me, along with the two games moved to Sunday 9/3, to cut out the 12pm ABC window.

Re: Troy at Boise St. - see note at the top regarding streaming.  Boise St. home games can be shown on ESPN3.

Sunday 9/3
South Carolina St. at Southern, 3:30pm ESPN

Monday 9/4
Georgia Tech at Tennessee, 8pm ESPN


Unknown said...

This looks pretty good, but my only gripe is why would Hawaii-UMass be at noon? That's 6AM for Hawaii, which would be an incredibly cruel thing to do to them.

Matt Sarzyniak said...

Hi Tom. I hear you, but it's up to UMass when they want to start if it's not on TV. Only real conflict in the state that day is a Red Sox home game staring at 4pm. Either early, or night.