Sunday, October 22, 2017

CFB TV Guesses for 2017 Week Ten (10/31/17 - 11/4/17)

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

A quick selection count for conferences where it matters
American: 27 on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.  28 game minimum across those four channels.
Big 12: ESPN with 14 picks out of a maximum of 23. Three games so far on ESPNU out of a soft maximum of 4 to 5 games.
Big Ten: 20 selections by ESPN. 18 by FOX Sports.  Both entities with a maximum of 27.
Pac-12: 17 selections by ESPN. 16 by FOX Sports.  Both entities with a maximum of 22.

Six day picks used: ACC (1 of 4), Big 12 (1 of 4), SEC (1 of 2), Pac-12 (1 of 4, ESPN has two to use, FOX has one)

* 11/4 appears to be ABC's final 7:30pm Big Ten game for 2017.  I believe this is the top Big Ten choice.
* CBS has their yearly SEC 3:30pm & 8pm doubleheader where they get the top two choices from the SEC.  With the primetime doubleheader, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU are not allowed to televise SEC games concurrently during either CBS window, but SEC Network can.
* Per Gary Danielson during the Tennessee-Alabama game, LSU at Alabama will be the primetime CBS game.  It would not surprise me to see CBS use their other six day hold on the 3:30pm game.
* Speaking of the SEC Network, it appears that they will show two games at 4pm ET per ESPN Mediazone
* Oklahoma at Oklahoma St. was pre-selected by FOX Sports and should be considered the top Big 12 choice.  I considered it for the primetime slot but was also concerned that it would get overshadowed by both LSU at Alabama & Penn St. at Michigan St., so I ended up with Ohio St. at Iowa on FOX in the evening with Buckeyes being a bit more ratings-proof.
* The single ACC RSN window has moved to 3pm ET.
* BTN again lists the 12pm & 3:30pm windows, and then goes to TBA programming at 6:30pm.  I'll assume there's a night game in there.

Tuesday 10/31
7:30pm ESPNU: Bowling Green at Kent St.
8pm ESPN2: Miami (OH) at Ohio

Thursday 11/2
6pm ESPNU: Northern Illinois at Toledo
6pm CBSSN: Central Michigan at Western Michigan

Saturday 11/4
12pm ABC: Clemson at NC State
12pm FOX: Wisconsin at Indiana
12pm ESPN: Auburn at Texas A&M
12pm ESPN2: Ole Miss at Kentucky
12pm FS1: Minnesota at Michigan
12pm ESPNU: Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt
12pm ESPNEWS: Cincinnati at Tulane
12pm SEC: Southern Miss at Tennessee
12pm FSN: Baylor at Kansas
12pm BTN: Illinois at Purdue
12pm CBSSN: East Carolina at Houston
12:20pm ACC Network: Syracuse at Florida St.
3pm ACC RSNs: Georgia Tech at Virginia
3:30pm CBS: South Carolina at Georgia
3:30pm ABC: Virginia Tech at Miami (FL)
3:30pm ESPN: Stanford at Washington St.
3:30pm ESPN2: Iowa St. at West Virginia
3:30pm FS1: Kansas St. at Texas Tech
3:30pm ESPNU: UCF at SMU
3:30pm BTN: Northwestern at Nebraska
4pm FOX: Oklahoma at Oklahoma St.
4pm SEC: Coastal Carolina at Arkansas
4pm SEC: Massachusetts at Mississippi St.
4pm Pac-12: Oregon St. at California
7pm ESPN: Texas at TCU
7pm ESPN2: USF at Connecticut
7pm ESPNU: BYU at Fresno St.
7:30pm ABC: Penn St. at Michigan St.
7:30pm FOX: Ohio St. at Iowa
7:30pm SEC: Florida at Missouri
7:30pm BTN: Maryland at Rutgers
8pm CBS: LSU at Alabama
9pm Pac-12: Oregon at Washington
10pm FS1: Arizona at USC
10:15pm ESPN2: San Diego St. at San Jose St.
10:30pm ESPN: Colorado at Arizona St.
10:30pm ESPNU: Nevada at Boise St.


gcotton said...

Urban Meyer has been saying for the past few weeks that the OSU/IOWA game would be at night....and that he isn't happy about it, lol. Does ABC or FOX have first choice in Week 10?? I can't see ABC passing on the OSU game if so.

Matt Sarzyniak said...

I suspect that both Penn St.-Michigan St. & Ohio St.-Iowa could be optioned for night games, with ABC taking the winner of the PSU-OSU game.

Darrell McKown said...

May set a record for six-day holds. I think you could see one in every Power 5 except the Big 12:

SEC: CBS waiting to choose between Auburn-A&M and Georgia-South Carolina for the 3:30 kickoff.
Big Ten: ABC/ESPN waiting for the winner of Penn State-Ohio State for the Saturday Night Football game.
Pac-12: Order for Stanford-Washington State, Oregon-Washington, Arizona-USC, and maybe even Colorado-Arizona State could change significantly based on 11/28 games.
ACC: ESPN waiting to see if NC State can upset Notre Dame which would increase the profile of Clemson-NC State and needing flexibility to sort everything out with other six-day holds.

Mike R said...

I read on a Big Ten team message board that the Big Ten does not have 6 day holds in their new TV contracts. Not sure if that's 100% accurate or not, but just passing it along.