Sunday, September 16, 2018

CFB TV Guesses for 2018 Week Five (9/29/18)

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

* Purdue at Nebraska is the Cornhuskers' homecoming game and will air in a mid-afternoon time slot.
* Per several RSN listings, there will be two ACC RSN games.
* ESPN listings have games in the evening at 6pm and 9pm ET, which often indicates a SEC doubleheader.  ESPN can occasionally start a SEC game during CBS's TV window, but no earlier than 6pm ET.
* ESPN Mediazone listings indicate that the SEC alternate will be used at  either 4pm or 7:30pm ET for a second game.
* ESPN Mediazone also lists the primetime window on ABC as starting at 7:30pm ET, which often means a Big Ten game will be picked to air here.
* CBS Sports Network has a MAC selection for noon and an American Athletic Conference window for 3:30pm ET.
* BTN is not scheduled to air a primetime game.  They have a previously scheduled volleyball telecast.
* I originally had a ESPNEWS window written down at 4pm, but that seems to have disappeared from ESPN's listings, so just the 8pm window there.
* All remaining Saturday Sun Belt games were set for ESPN digital properties & won't be part of the Saturday selection process for the remainder of the season.
* I am assuming two Pac-12 windows, but I have no idea to be honest with you.  I randomly placed the two windows at 6pm & 10:30pm ET based on the games I chose plus I didn't place any Pac-12 games on broadcast television, so there isn't a need for any TV window exclusivity.
* I considered Texas at Kansas St. for the 12pm ABC window, but moved it to 3:30pm because I wanted to spread out the Big 12 games a bit.
* I gave ABC the top Big Ten selection (Ohio St. at Penn St.), ESPN2 the top Pac-12 selection (BYU at Washington) and FOX the top Big 12 selection (Baylor at Oklahoma).

12pm ABC: Syracuse at Clemson
12pm ESPN: West Virginia at Texas Tech
12pm ESPN2: Virginia Tech at Duke
12pm FS1: Oklahoma St. at Kansas
12pm ESPNU: Pittsburgh at UCF
12pm FSN: Iowa St. at TCU
12pm SEC: Southern Miss at Auburn
12pm BTN: Central Michigan at Michigan St.
12pm CBSSN: Army at Buffalo
12pm ACC RSN: Rice at Wake Forest
12:20pm ACC Network: Virginia at NC State
3:30pm ABC: Texas at Kansas St.
3:30pm CBS: Tennessee at Georgia
3:30pm ESPN2: BYU at Washington
3:30pm FS1: Purdue at Nebraska
3:30pm ESPNU: Temple at Boston College
3:30pm BTN: Indiana at Rutgers
3:30pm CBSSN: Cincinnati at Connecticut
3:30pm ACC RSN: Bowling Green at Georgia Tech
4pm SEC: UL-Lafayette at Alabama
4pm SEC Alt: Tennessee St. at Vanderbilt
4:30pm FOX: Michigan at Northwestern
6pm ESPN: Florida at Mississippi St.
6pm Pac-12: Utah at Washington St.
7pm ESPN2: South Carolina at Kentucky
7pm ESPNU: Florida St. at Louiville
7:30pm ABC: Ohio St. at Penn St.
7:30pm SEC: Arkansas vs. Texas A&M
8pm FOX: Baylor at Oklahoma
8pm ESPNEWS: Nevada at Air Force
9pm ESPN: Ole Miss at LSU
10:30pm FS1: Oregon at California
10:30pm ESPN2: Oregon St. at Arizona St.
10:30pm ESPNU: Toledo at Fresno St.
10:30pm Pac-12: USC at Arizona

Old Dominion at East Carolina
Western Michigan at Miami (OH)
Kent St. at Ball St.
Massachusetts at Ohio
Liberty at New Mexico

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