Monday, November 11, 2019

CFB TV Confirmations for 2019 Week 13 (11/19/19 - 11/23/19)

This post will be updated as announcements come out for start times for 11/19 - 11/23 from the twelve day selection process that most TV networks adhere to.  Please understand that games can be held until next Sunday if a broadcaster wants to wait on the results of the Week Twelve games.  Most conferences have the possibility of having all or part of their games held for a six day hold of the start time.  

The list of available TV windows are based on media websites, TV listings and press releases.  They can change based on the needs of the broadcaster or the conference.

Here's what I guessed based on the available openings (they will prove to be incorrect) and here is the current schedule for the week as several FBS games do have their time & television/webcast assignments already accounted for.


The number of six day holds available for each conference
ACC: 1 (10/12, 11/2, 11/23)
American: 0 (11/2, 11/16, 11/23)
Big 12: 2 (11/9, 11/23)
Big Ten: 2 (10/12, 11/16)
SEC: 2 (10/19)
Pac-12: 2 (11/16, 11/23)


Games on six day hold
Memphis at USF - 12pm CBSSN or one of several ABC/ESPN options
Temple at Cincinnati - 12pm CBSSN or one of several ABC/ESPN options
UCF at Tulane - 12pm CBSSN or one of several ABC/ESPN options
Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech - 7:30 ACCN or one of several ABC/ESPN options
Duke at Wake Forest - 7:30 ACCN or one of several ABC/ESPN options
TCU at Oklahoma - 3:30pm FS1 or 8pm FOX
Texas at Baylor - 3:30pm FS1 or 8pm FOX
Oklahoma St. at West Virginia - 7pm FS1 or one of several ABC/ESPN options
Kansas St. at Texas Tech - 7pm FS1 or one of several ABC/ESPN options
Minnesota at Northwestern - 4pm FOX or one of several ABC/ESPN options
Purdue at Wisconsin - 4pm FOX or one of several ABC/ESPN options
Utah at Arizona - 10pm ESPN, 10pm FS1 and two more ABC/ESPN options
Oregon at Arizona St. - 10pm ESPN, 10pm FS1 and two more ABC/ESPN options
UCLA at USC - 10:30pm ESPN, 10:30pm FS1 and two more ABC/ESPN options
Washington at Colorado - 10pm ESPN, 10pm FS1 and two more ABC/ESPN options

Please visit the available TV windows to know your game's options

Tuesday 11/19
7:30pm ESPN2:
7:30pm ESPNU:

Wednesday 11/20
7:30pm ESPN2:
7:30pm ESPNU:

Saturday 11/23
12pm ESPN/ESPN2/SEC: Western Carolina at Alabama
12pm ESPN/ESPN2/SEC: Samford at Auburn
12pm FS1: Michigan St. at Rutgers
12pm FSN: Kansas at Iowa St.
12pm ACC RSNs: Liberty at Virginia
12pm BTN: Illinois at Iowa
12pm ESPN3: East Carolina at Connecticut
12pm ESPN3/ESPN+: Ball St. at Kent St.
2pm ESPN3: Air Force at New Mexico
2pm ESPN+: South Alabama at Georgia St.
2:30pm ESPN+: Texas St. at Appalachian St.
3pm ESPN+: Georgia Southern at Arkansas St.
3:30pm CBS: Texas A&M at Georgia
3:30pm ABC/ESPN: Michigan at Indiana
3:30pm SEC: UT Martin at Kentucky
3:30pm SEC Alt: East Tennessee St. at Vanderbilt
3:30pm BTN: Nebraska at Maryland
3:30pm ACC RSNs: Mercer at North Carolina
3:30pm ESPN+: Louisiana Tech at UAB
4pm ACC: Syracuse at Louisville
4pm Pac-12: California at Stanford
5pm ESPN3: Coastal Carolina at UL-Monroe
5pm ESPN+: Troy at UL-Lafayette
7pm ESPN: Arkansas at LSU
7:30pm ESPNU: Houston at Tulsa
7:30pm SEC: Tennessee at Missouri
9pm Pac-12: Oregon St. at Washington St.
10:30pm ESPN2: Nevada at Fresno St.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

CFB TV Guesses for 2019 Week Thirteen (11/19/19-11/23/19)

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

Through Week 12
* ESPN & FOX Sports share rights and first pick on the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12.  Based on the games selected and known selection orders, often provided from media member posts, here is what I believe were the 1st choice networks for each conference through the 10/19 selections by week number.

Please know that networks have admitted that weeknight games are selected/drafted separately and are not part of top choice selection for a given week.
  • Big 12
    • ESPN: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 10, 12
      • Selections used, including future games: 21 (max of 23)
    • FOX Sports: 3, 5, 7, 8, 11
      • Seven games confirmed for FOX broadcast network (min of 6)
    • Games on ABC, FOX, ESPN and FS1 (includes future games): 36 (min of 25)
      • Excluding UNI-Iowa St., which was to be Iowa St.'s member retained game
  • Big Ten
    • ESPN:  5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
      • Selections used, including future games: 23 (max of 27)
    • FOX Sports: 1, 2, 3, 4, 12
      • Selections used, including future games: 25 (range of 24-27)
    • BTN requirements of two games with one being a intraconference game filled currently by all schools except Iowa and Penn St.
  • Pac-12
    • ESPN: 1, 4, 8, 9, 11, 12
      • Games on ABC: 3 (min of 2 with one in primetime)
        • Conference office says that neutral site games like Oregon vs. Auburn are allowed to count as an ESPN selection.
      • Selections used, including future games: 18 (max of 22)
    • FOX Sports:  2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10
      • Games on FOX: 9 (min of 8 with 4 in primetime)
      • Selections used: 19 (max of 22)
    • Pac-12 Networks caps the number of conference controlled games that can air on ESPN & FOX Sports combined at nine games.  The following schools need at least one more appearance
      • Oregon: 12 conference controlled games, two Pac-12 Networks appearances.  Needs one more.
      • USC: 11 conference controlled games, one Pac-12 Networks appearance USC has 10 conference controlled games. One appearance is all they needed on Pac-12 Networks.
Things to know in advance
* The following games have had their network or network family set without a start time
  • Louisiana Tech at UAB (ESPN+)
  • Nevada at Frenso St. (All ESPN platforms except ESPN+)
* Several games from the SEC, plus Penn St. at Ohio St. and Harvard at Yale, had their start times and network or network choices set in advance.  Please take a look at the link at the top of this post to catch those games.
* Pac-12 selection order:
Decisions I made
* I gave the Big 12 top selection to FOX.  Big Ten went with FOX choosing Penn St. at Ohio St., so I gave ESPN the next best choice.
* With two Pac-12 Networks windows and USC's final game on 11/23, I sent the Crosstown Rivalry to Pac-12 Networks.  By setting Oregon at Arizona St. for ABC, that should assure the Civil War of being on Pac-12 Networks on 11/30.  I also noted that ESPN could shuffle times and stuck to the general order of what Jon Wilner provided for the Pac-12 selection order.
* As lopsided a matchup as it could be, I did consider swapping Arkansas at LSU & Texas A&M at Georgia.  I suppose it was to try to get LSU right after their win over Alabama.
* I sent Illinois at Iowa to BTN because Iowa needs a 2nd game scheduled for BTN.
* There's a FSN window that was scheduled for several RSNs.  I can't really ignore it.  So if you're saying "Hey, no Big 12 games on ESPN?", that's how these shook out.  I could have dumped the FSN window.  If I were to have done that, give ESPN the 3rd Big 12 choice & make these changes:

  • 7pm ESPN2: Oklahoma St. at West Virginia
  • 7pm FS1: Kansas St. at Texas Tech
  • 12pm FS1: Kansas at Iowa St.
  • 4pm ACCN: Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech
  • 3:30pm ACC RSNs: Liberty at Virginia
  • TBA ACCNX: Mercer at North Carolina
Tuesday 11/19
7:30pm ESPN2: Ohio at Bowling Green
7:30pm ESPNU: Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois

Wednesday 11/20
7:30pm ESPN2: Toledo at Buffalo
7:30pm ESPNU: Akron at Miami (OH)

Saturday 11/23
12pm ABC: Purdue at Wisconsin
12pm ESPN: Nebraska at Maryland
12pm ESPN2: Western Carolina at Alabama
12pm FS1: Kansas St. at Texas Tech
12pm SEC: Samford at Auburn
12pm FSN: Kansas at Iowa St.
12pm ACC RSNs: Syracuse at Louisville
12pm BTN: Michigan St. at Rutgers
12pm CBSSN: Houston at Tulsa
3:30pm ABC: Michigan at Indiana
3:30pm CBS: Texas A&M at Georgia
3:30pm ESPN: Utah at Arizona
3:30pm ESPN2: Temple at Cincinnati
3:30pm FS1: Minnesota at Northwestern
3:30pm ESPNU: UCF at Tulane
3:30pm SEC: UT Martin at Kentucky
3:30pm SEC Alt: East Tennessee St. at Vanderbilt
3:30pm BTN: Illinois at Iowa
3:30pm ACC RSNs: Mercer at North Carolina
4pm FOX: Texas at Baylor
4pm ACC: Liberty at Virginia
4pm Pac-12: Washington at Colorado
7pm ESPN: Arkansas at LSU
7pm ESPN2: Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech
7pm FS1: Oklahoma St. at West Virginia
7pm ESPNU: Memphis at USF
7:30pm ABC: Oregon at Arizona St.
7:30pm SEC: Tennessee at Missouri
7:30pm ACC: Duke at Wake Forest
8pm FOX: TCU at Oklahoma
9pm Pac-12: Oregon St. at Washington St.
10:30pm ESPN: California at Stanford
10:30pm ESPN2: Nevada at Fresno St.
10:30pm FS1: UCLA at USC 
TBA ESPN3: East Carolina at Connecticut

Monday, November 4, 2019

CFB TV Confirmations for 2019 Week 12 (11/13/19 - 11/16/19)

This post will be updated as announcements come out for start times for 11/13 - 11/16 from the twelve day selection process that most TV networks adhere to.  Please understand that games can be held until next Sunday if a broadcaster wants to wait on the results of the Week Eleven games.  Most conferences have the possibility of having all or part of their games held for a six day hold of the start time.  

The list of available TV windows are based on media websites, TV listings and press releases.  They can change based on the needs of the broadcaster or the conference.

Here's what I guessed based on the available openings (they will prove to be incorrect) and here is the current schedule for the week as several FBS games do have their time & television/webcast assignments already accounted for.


The number of six day holds available for each conference
ACC: 2 (10/12, 11/2)
American: 1 (11/2, 11/16)
Big 12: 3 (11/9)
Big Ten: 2 (10/12, 11/16)
SEC: 2 (10/19)
Pac-12: 3 (11/16)


Games on hold
Indiana at Penn St., Minnesota at Iowa & Ohio St. at Rutgers - 12pm (ABC), 12pm (BTN 2nd game), 3:30pm (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2), 3:30pm (BTN 2nd game) or 4pm (FOX)
Massachusetts at Northwestern & Wisconsin at Nebraska - BTN at 12pm or 3:30pm, possibly concurrent with another Big Ten game.
Arizona St. at Oregon St. & Stanford at Washington St. - 4:30pm (Pac-12) or 7:30pm FS1
Cincinnati at USF, Memphis at Houston - 3:30pm (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNEWS ??) or 7pm (CBSSN)

Wednesday 11/13
8pm ESPN2:
8pm ESPNU:

Saturday 11/16
12pm CBS: Florida at Missouri
12pm FOX: Michigan St. at Michigan
12pm ESPN: Alabama at Mississippi St.
12pm ESPN2: TCU at Texas Tech
12pm FS1: Kansas at Oklahoma St.
12pm ESPNU: Tulane at Temple
12pm ACC RSNs: Alabama St. at Florida St.
1pm ESPN3: UTEP at UAB
3pm ESPN3: Troy at Texas St.
3pm ESPN+: UL-Monroe at Georgia Southern
3pm ESPN+: Coastal Carolina at Arkansas St.
3:30pm CBS: Georgia at Auburn
3:30pm ABC or ESPN: Wake Forest at Clemson
3:30pm ABC/ESPN/ESPN2: West Virginia at Kansas St.
3:30pm FS1: Texas at Iowa St.
3:30pm CBSSN: Central Michigan at Ball St.
3:30pm ACC RSNs: Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech
4pm ESPNU: Wyoming at Utah St.
4pm ACCN: Syracuse at Duke
5pm ESPN+: UL-Lafayette at South Alabama
7pm ESPN: LSU at Ole Miss
7pm ESPN2: Air Force at Colorado St.
7:30pm ABC: Oklahoma at Baylor
7:30pm ACCN: Louisville at NC State
7:30pm ESPNU: Appalachian St. at Georgia St.
8pm FOX: UCLA at Utah
10:15pm ESPN2: New Mexico at Boise St.
10:30pm ESPN: Arizona at Oregon
11pm FS1: USC at California

Sunday, November 3, 2019

CFB TV Guesses for 2019 Week Twelve (11/13/19-11/16/19)

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

Through Week 11
* ESPN & FOX Sports share rights and first pick on the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12.  Based on the games selected and known selection orders, often provided from media member posts, here is what I believe were the 1st choice networks for each conference through the 10/19 selections by week number.

Please know that networks have admitted that weeknight games are selected/drafted separately and are not part of top choice selection for a given week.
  • Big 12
    • ESPN: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 10
      • Selections used, including future games: 18 (max of 23)
    • FOX Sports: 3, 5, 7, 8, 11
      • Six games confirmed for FOX broadcast network (min of 6)
    • Games on ABC, FOX, ESPN and FS1 (includes future games): 29 (min of 25)
      • Excluding UNI-Iowa St., which was to be Iowa St.'s member retained game
  • Big Ten
    • ESPN:  5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
      • Selections used, including future games: 22 (max of 27)
    • FOX Sports: 1, 2, 3, 4
      • Selections used, including future games: 22 (range of 24-27)
    • BTN requirements of two games with one being a intraconference game filled currently by all schools except Iowa and Penn St.
      • Ohio St. at Northwestern's second appearance may have come from the FS1 game on 10/18 that was moved to BTN.
  • Pac-12
    • ESPN: 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 11
      • Games on ABC: 2 (min of 2 with one in primetime)
        • Conference office says that neutral site games like Oregon vs. Auburn are allowed to count as an ESPN selection.
      • Selections used, including future games: 17 (max of 22)
    • FOX Sports:  3, 5, 6, 7, 10
      • Games on FOX: 7 (min of 8, must have one more in primetime)
      • Selections used: 16 (max of 22)
Things to know in advance
* The following games have had their network or network family set without a start time
  • UTEP at UAB (ESPN3)
  • Central Michigan at Ball St. (CBSSN)
  • Wyoming at Utah St. (All ESPN platforms except ESPN+)
  • New Mexico at Boise St. (All ESPN platforms except ESPN+)
  • Air Force at Colorado St. (All ESPN platforms except ESPN+)
* The SEC had a couple games' start times set in advance of the 12 day selection period with the TV windows set aside for the remaining four games:
  • 12pm CBS
  • 12pm ESPN
  • 3:30pm CBS
  • 7pm ESPN
* When CBS a 12pm & 3:30pm doubleheader, the 12pm game is selected after CBS's 3:30pm game & two selection by ESPN (see those options above).  ESPN is allowed to show games at the same time as the 12pm CBS game as it is a non-exclusive window.
* There will not be a 12pm SEC Network window.
* ACC RSNs are scheduled to receive a doubleheader at 12pm & 3:30pm.
* Pac-12 Networks are scheduled to carry Stanford & Colorado home men's basketball games at 10pm ET.

* Pac-12 selection order is
Decisions I made
* FOX supposedly has the top Big Ten pick on 11/16.  With ESPN taking the top selection for the Pac-12, I gave FOX the top Big 12 selection.
* I think its reasonable that Baylor at Oklahoma could be the FOX 12pm game as their best available game. Could be a slot for a six day hold if the concern is Baylor or Oklahoma losing on 11/9, which could put a Big Ten game on FOX at noon.
* I went with Indiana at Penn St. over Michigan St. at Michigan for FOX's top Big Ten pick due to Indiana being 7-2 headed into the game & PSU being undefeated. Will be curious to see if the Hoosiers end up being ranked coming into the game. Most of the schools ahead of them in the Receiving Votes area of the AP poll lost. To be honest, Indiana at Penn St. could hold up as the FOX 12pm game.
* FOX's Pac-12 selection, while not the first pick, still should get it a ranked team, plus it fulfills their broadcast network obligation to the conference.
* Alabama at Mississippi St. is going to be avoided by CBS at all costs.  At least I assume that.  I don't think the SEC Network selections already made for 4pm & 7:30pm would have been granted if CBS wasn't provided some assurance by ESPN that CBS wouldn't be "stuck" with using their final Alabama appearance on the Mississippi St. game, unless CBS intends to use their option to get a sixth Crimson Tide game.  A sixth game for a school on CBS is a rarely used provision that could be exercised, but I believe there's every intention for ESPN to take Alabama at Mississippi St.
* If LSU loses to Alabama, I think you could see CBS pull the trigger on taking Georgia at Auburn.  Would put Auburn at 4 CBS appearances, with the fifth likely for the Iron Bowl.

Wednesday 11/13
8pm ESPN2: Northern Illinois at Toledo
8pm ESPNU: Bowling Green at Miami (OH)

Saturday 11/16
12pm ABC: Michigan St. at Michigan
12pm CBS: Florida at Missouri
12pm FOX: Oklahoma at Baylor
12pm ESPN: LSU at Ole Miss
12pm ESPN2: West Virginia at Kansas St.
12pm FS1: Ohio St. at Rutgers
12pm ESPNU: TCU at Texas Tech
12pm BTN: Massachusetts at Northwestern
12pm ACC RSNs: Alabama St. at Florida St.
3pm ESPN3: UTEP at UAB
3:30pm ABC: Minnesota at Iowa
3:30pm CBS: Georgia at Auburn
3:30pm ESPN: Texas at Iowa St.
3:30pm ESPN2: Cincinnati at USF
3:30pm FS1: Kansas at Oklahoma St.
3:30pm ESPNU: Memphis at Houston
3:30pm CBSSN: Central Michigan at Ball St.
3:30pm BTN: Wisconsin at Nebraska
3:30pm ACC RSNs: Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech
4pm FOX: Indiana at Penn St.
4pm ACCN: Duke at Syracuse
4pm Pac-12: Stanford at Washington St.
7pm ESPN: Alabama at Mississippi St.
7pm ESPN2: New Mexico at Boise St.
7pm FS1: USC at California
7pm ESPNU: Wyoming at Utah St.
7pm CBSSN: Tulane at Temple
7:30pm ABC: Wake Forest at Clemson
7:30pm ACCN: Lousville at NC State
8pm FOX: UCLA at Utah
10:15pm ESPN2: Air Force at Colorado St.
10:30pm ESPN: Arizona at Oregon
11pm FS1: Arizona St. at Oregon St.

Monday, October 28, 2019

CFB TV Confirmations for 2019 Week 11 (11/9/19)

This post will be updated as announcements come out for start times for 11/9 from the twelve day selection process that most TV networks adhere to.  Please understand that games can be held until next Sunday if a broadcaster wants to wait on the results of the Week Ten games.  Most conferences have the possibility of having all or part of their games held for a six day hold of the start time.  

The list of available TV windows are based on media websites, TV listings and press releases.  They can change based on the needs of the broadcaster or the conference.

Here's what I guessed based on the available openings (they will prove to be incorrect) and here is the current schedule for the week as several FBS games do have their time & television/webcast assignments already accounted for.


The number of six day holds available for each conference
ACC: 2 (10/12, 11/2)
American: 2 (11/2)
Big 12: 3 (11/9)
Big Ten: 3 (10/12)
SEC: 2 (10/19)
Pac-12: 4


Games on six day holds
Kansas St. at Texas & Baylor at TCU - Either 12pm FS1 OR 3:30pm ABC or ESPN

12pm ABC: Penn St. at Minnesota
12pm FOX: Maryland at Ohio St.
12pm ESPN: Vanderbilt at Florida
12pm ESPN2/ESPNU: East Carolina at SMU
12pm ESPN2/ESPNU: Texas Tech at West Virginia
12pm SECN: Western Kentucky at Arkansas
12pm BTN: Purdue at Northwestern
12pm ACCN: Florida St. at Boston College
12:30pm ACC RSNs: Georgia Tech at Virginia
3pm Pac-12: Stanford at Colorado
3pm ESPN3: South Alabama at Texas St.
3:30pm ABC/ESPN: USC at Arizona St.
3:30pm ESPN2/ACCN: Louisville at Miami (FL)
3:30pm ESPN2/ACCN: Wake Forest at Virginia Tech
3:30pm FS1: Illinois at Michigan St.
3:30pm ESPNU: Dartmouth vs. Princeton
3:30pm CBSSN: Connecticut at Cincinnati
3:30pm ESPN+: Georgia Southern at Troy
4pm FOX: Iowa at Wisconsin
4pm SECN: New Mexico St. at Ole Miss
5pm ESPN+: Georgia St. at UL-Monroe
7pm ESPN: Missouri at Georgia
7pm ESPN2: Appalachian St. at South Carolina
7pm Pac-12: Washington St. at California
7:30pm ABC: Clemson at NC State
7:30pm ESPNU: Liberty at BYU
7:30pm SECN: Tennessee at Kentucky
7:30pm ACCN: Notre Dame at Duke
8pm FOX: Iowa St. at Oklahoma
10:15pm ESPN: Wyoming at Boise St.
10:30pm ESPN2: Nevada at San Diego St.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

CFB TV Guesses for 2019 Week Eleven (11/9/19)

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

Through Week 10
* ESPN & FOX Sports share rights and first pick on the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12.  Based on the games selected and known selection orders, often provided from media member posts, here is what I believe were the 1st choice networks for each conference through the 10/19 selections by week number.

Please know that networks have admitted that weeknight games are selected/drafted separately and are not part of top choice selection for a given week.
  • Big 12
    • ESPN: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 10
      • Selections used, including future games: 16 (max of 23)
    • FOX Sports: 3, 5, 7, 8
      • Five games confirmed for FOX broadcast network (min of 6)
    • Games on ABC, FOX, ESPN and FS1 (includes future games): 26 (min of 28)
      • Excluding UNI-Iowa St., which was to be Iowa St.'s member retained game
  • Big Ten
    • ESPN:  5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
      • Selections used, including future games: 21 (max of 27)
    • FOX Sports: 1, 2, 3, 4
      • Selections used, including future games: 19 (range of 24-27)
    • BTN requirements of two games with one being a intraconference game filled currently by all schools except Iowa and Penn St.
      • Ohio St. at Northwestern's second appearance may have come from the FS1 game on 10/18 that was moved to BTN.
  • Pac-12
    • ESPN: 1, 2, 4, 8, 9
      • Games on ABC: 2 (min of 2 with one in primetime)
        • Conference office says that neutral site games like Oregon vs. Auburn are allowed to count as an ESPN selection.
      • Selections used, including future games: 16 (max of 22)
    • FOX Sports:  3, 5, 6, 7, 10
      • Games on FOX: 7 (min of 8, must have one more in primetime)
      • Selections used: 16 (max of 22)

Things to know in advance
* The following games are set for the following network or network families with a start time to be determined:
  • Notre Dame at Duke (ACCN)
  • Liberty at BYU (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU)
  • Wyoming at Boise St. (Any ESPN platform except ESPN+)
  • Nevada at San Diego St. (Any ESPN platform except ESPN+)
* The following games have their start time & network family set, but the specific network is to be determined.
  • Dartmouth vs. Princeton, 3:30pm ET (ESPN linear TV networks)
* CBS has selected LSU at Alabama for 3:30pm ET
* FS1 has a pair of college basketball games at 7pm & 9pm, respectively
* Pac-12 Networks has college basketball scheduled for 4:30pm ET & 11pm ET.

Decisions I made
* I gave ESPN the top Big Ten selection & the top Pac-12 selection.  FOX had the top Big 12 selection.
* Since we're in six day pick season, I can see the following places where a six day hold is used

  • Winner of Georgia vs. Florida gets the evening ESPN slot

* To get USC at Arizona St. on the late evening slot on ESPN, the start time has to move to 8pm local time / 10pm ET as Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
* Big Ten night games have more hurdles to occur after the first weekend in November.  Hence I don't think Penn St. at Minnesota will get there, but I also don't think ESPN would sacrifice it against LSU at Alabama.

12pm ABC: Penn St. at Minnesota
12pm FOX: Maryland at Ohio St.
12pm ESPN: Missouri at Georgia
12pm ESPN2: Appalachian St. at South Carolina
12pm FS1: Illinois at Michigan St.
12pm ESPNU: Wake Forest at Virginia Tech
12pm SECN: Western Kentucky at Arkansas
12pm BTN: Purdue at Northwestern
12pm ACCN: Notre Dame at Duke
12:30pm ACC RSNs: Georgia Tech at Virginia
1pm Pac-12: Stanford at Colorado
3:30pm ABC: Kansas St. at Texas
3:30pm ESPN: Baylor at TCU
3:30pm ESPN2: Wyoming at Boise St.
3:30pm FS1: Texas Tech at West Virginia
3:30pm ESPNU: Dartmouth vs. Princeton
3:30pm CBSSN: Connecticut at Cincinnati
4pm FOX: Iowa at Wisconsin
4pm SECN: New Mexico St. at Ole Miss
4pm ACCN: Florida St. at Boston College
7pm ESPN: Vanderbilt at Florida
7pm ESPN2: East Carolina at SMU
7pm ESPNU: Liberty at BYU
7pm Pac-12: Washington St. at California
7:30pm ABC: Clemson at NC State
7:30pm SECN: Tennessee at Kentucky
7:30pm ACCN: Louisville at Miami (FL)
8pm FOX: Iowa St. at Oklahoma
10pm ESPN: USC at Arizona St.
10:15pm ESPN2: Nevada at San Diego St.

Monday, October 21, 2019

CFB TV Confirmations for 2019 Week 10 (11/2/19)

This post will be updated as announcements come out for start times for 11/2 from the twelve day selection process that most TV networks adhere to.  Please understand that games can be held until next Sunday if a broadcaster wants to wait on the results of the Week Nine games.  Most conferences have the possibility of having all or part of their games held for a six day hold of the start time.  

The list of available TV windows are based on media websites, TV listings and press releases.  They can change based on the needs of the broadcaster or the conference.

Here's what I guessed based on the available openings (they will prove to be incorrect) and here is the current schedule for the week as several FBS games do have their time & television/webcast assignments already accounted for.


The number of six day holds available for each conference
ACC: 2 (10/12, 11/2)
American: 2 (11/2)
Big 12: 4
Big Ten: 3 (10/12)
SEC: 2 (10/19)
Pac-12: 4


Games on six day holds
SMU at Memphis - 3:30pm ABC/ESPN or 7:30pm ABC
Miami (FL) at Florida St. - 3:30pm ABC/ESPN or 7:30pm ABC

12pm ABC: Michigan at Maryland
12pm FOX: Nebraska at Purdue
12pm ESPN: NC State at Wake Forest
12pm ESPN2: Houston at UCF 
12pm ESPNU: Buffalo at Eastern Michigan
12pm SEC: UTSA at Texas A&M
12pm CBSSN: Northern Illinois at Central Michigan
12pm ACCN: Boston College at Syracuse 
2pm ESPN+: Akron at Bowling Green
3pm ESPN3: Troy at Coastal Carolina
3:30pm ABC/ESPN: TCU at Oklahoma St.
3:30pm FS1: Kansas St. at Kansas
3:30pm ESPNU: Arkansas St. at UL-Monroe
3:30pm BTN: Rutgers at Illinois
4pm FOX: Utah at Washington
4pm ESPN2: Tulsa at Tulane
4pm SEC: Mississippi St. at Arkansas
4pm ACCN: Wofford at Clemson
4pm ACC RSNs: Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech
4:30pm Pac-12: Oregon St. at Arizona
5pm ESPN+: Texas St. at UL-Lafayette
7pm ESPN: Ole Miss at Auburn
7pm FS1: Northwestern at Indiana
7pm ESPNU: UAB at Tennessee
7pm CBSSN: Cincinnati at East Carolina
7:30pm SEC: Vanderbilt at South Carolina
7:30pm ACCN: Virginia at North Carolina
8pm FOX: Oregon at USC
9pm Pac-12: Colorado at UCLA
10pm ESPN2: BYU at Utah St.
10:30pm ESPNU: New Mexico at Nevada

Sunday, October 20, 2019

CFB TV Guesses for 2019 Week Ten (11/2/19)

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

Through Week 9
* ESPN & FOX Sports share rights and first pick on the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12.  Based on the games selected and known selection orders, often provided from media member posts, here is what I believe were the 1st choice networks for each conference through the 10/19 selections by week number.

Please know that networks have admitted that weeknight games are selected/drafted separately and are not part of top choice selection for a given week.
  • Big 12
    • ESPN: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9
      • Selections used, including future games: 15 (max of 23)
    • FOX Sports: 3, 5, 7, 8
      • Five games confirmed for FOX broadcast network (min of 6)
    • Games on ABC, FOX, ESPN and FS1 (includes future games): 26 (min of 25)
      • Excluding UNI-Iowa St., which was to be Iowa St.'s member retained game
  • Big Ten
    • ESPN:  5, 6, 7, 8, 9
      • Selections used, including future games: 20 (max of 27)
    • FOX Sports: 1, 2, 3, 4
      • Selections used, including future games: 17 (range of 24-27)
  • Pac-12
    • ESPN: 1, 2, 4, 8, 9
      • Games on ABC: 1 (min of 2, must have one more in primetime)
      • Selections used, including future games: 15 (max of 22)
    • FOX Sports:  3, 5, 6, 7
      • Games on FOX: 5 (min of 8, must have two more in primetime)
      • Selections used: 14 (max of 22)

Things to know in advance
* CBS selected Florida vs. Georgia in advance, so they will not be involved in SEC selections.
* The following games have had their start times set in advance without a TV assignment:
  • Michigan at Maryland, 12pm
* The following games have had their network groups selected in advance:
  • New Mexico at Nevada (all ESPN platforms except ESPN+)
  • BYU at Utah St. (all ESPN platforms except ESPN+)
* The Pac-12 selection order is the following.  Note that Jon's times are Pacific:
* No FS1 game at 12pm.  They are carrying Bundesliga matches until 3:30pm.


Decisions I made
* I gave FOX the top Big Ten selection and ESPN the top Big 12 selection.
* I think there's a real chance SMU at Memphis ends up as the primetime ABC game.  If it ends up being Miami-FSU, put SMU-Memphis at 3:30pm and NC State-Wake Forest at 12pm.  I don't think they would attempt to slot Miami-FSU at the same time as Georgia-Florida.
* I gave NC State at Wake Forest the nod ahead of TCU at Oklahoma St.  Could also see Cincinnati at East Carolina end up on ABC given the Bearcats currently ranked status.
* BTN's website didn't have a 12pm game.  Just a TBA programming window.  I'm going with only a single window at 3:30pm ET.
* It's a really uninspiring slate of selectable games.  Not sure that I would end up wasting any six day holds on this date.

12pm ABC: Miami (FL) at Florida St.
12pm FOX: Michigan at Maryland
12pm ESPN: Nebraska at Purdue
12pm ESPN2: UTSA at Texas A&M
12pm ESPNU: Houston at UCF
12pm SEC: Vanderbilt at South Carolina
12pm CBSSN: Northern Illinois at Central Michigan
12pm ACCN: Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech
12:30pm ACC RSNs: Boston College at Syracuse
3:30pm ABC: NC State at Wake Forest
3:30pm ESPN: TCU at Oklahoma St.
3:30pm ESPN2: Cincinnati at East Carolina
3:30pm FS1: Northwestern at Indiana
3:30pm ESPNU: New Mexico at Nevada
3:30pm BTN: Rutgers at Illinois
4pm FOX: Utah at Washington
4pm SEC: UAB at Tennessee
4pm ACCN: Wofford at Clemson
4:30pm Pac-12: Colorado at UCLA
7pm ESPN: Ole Miss at Auburn
7pm FS1: Kansas St. at Kansas
7pm ESPNU: Texas St. at UL-Lafayette
7pm CBSSN: Tulsa at Tulane
7:30pm ABC: SMU at Memphis
7:30pm SEC: Mississippi St. at Arkansas
7:30pm ACCN: Virginia at North Carolina
8pm FOX: Oregon at USC
9pm Pac-12: Oregon St. at Arizona
10:15pm ESPN2: BYU at Utah St.

Monday, October 14, 2019

CFB TV Confirmations for 2019 Week 9 (10/26/19)

This post will be updated as announcements come out for start times for 10/26 from the twelve day selection process that most TV networks adhere to.  Please understand that games can be held until next Sunday if a broadcaster wants to wait on the results of the Week Eight games.  Most conferences have the possibility of having all or part of their games held for a six day hold of the start time.  

The list of available TV windows are based on media websites, TV listings and press releases.  They can change based on the needs of the broadcaster or the conference.

Here's what I guessed based on the available openings (they will prove to be incorrect) and here is the current schedule for the week as several FBS games do have their time & television/webcast assignments already accounted for.


The number of six day holds available for each conference
ACC: 3 (10/12)
American: 3
Big 12: 4
Big Ten: 3 (10/12)
SEC: 2 (10/19)
Pac-12: 4



All times Eastern

12pm ABC: Oklahoma at Kansas St.
12pm FOX: Wisconsin at Ohio St.
12pm ESPN/ESPN2: Iowa at Northwestern
12pm ESPN/ESPN2: Miami (FL) at Pittsburgh
12pm ESPNU: Appalachian St. at South Alabama
12pm SEC: Mississippi St. at Texas A&M
12pm BTN: Liberty at Rutgers
12pm BTN: Illinois at Purdue
12pm ESPN3: Bowling Green at Western Michigan
2pm ESPN+: Ohio at Ball St.
3pm ESPN3: New Mexico St. at Georgia Southern
3:30pm ABC: Penn St. at Michigan St.
3:30pm CBS: Auburn at LSU
3:30pm FOX: Texas at TCU
3:30pm ESPN/ESPN2: Maryland at Minnesota
3:30pm ESPN/ESPN2/ACCN: Syracuse at Florida St.
3:30pm ESPN/ESPN2/ACCN: Virginia at Louisville
3:30pm FS1: Oklahoma St. at Iowa St.
3:30pm BTN: Indiana at Nebraska
3:30pm Pac-12: Arizona at Stanford
3:30pm ESPN3: Akron at Northern Illinois
3:30pm ESPN+: Eastern Michigan at Toledo
3:30pm ESPN+: Central Michigan at Buffalo
3:30pm ESPN+: Miami (OH) at Kent St.
3:45pm ESPNU: USF at East Carolina
4pm SEC: South Carolina at Tennessee
4pm ACC RSN: Duke at North Carolina
7pm ESPN: Arkansas at Alabama
7pm ESPN2: UCF at Temple
7pm FS1: Texas Tech at Kansas
7pm CBSSN: Memphis at Tulsa
7pm ESPN+: Troy at Georgia St.
7pm ESPN+: Texas St. at Arkansas St.
7:30pm ABC: Notre Dame at Michigan
7:30pm SEC: Missouri at Kentucky
7:30pm ESPNU: Colorado St. at Fresno St.
7:30pm ACCN: Boston College at Clemson
7:30pm Pac-12: Arizona St. at UCLA
10pm FS1: California at Utah
10:15pm ESPN2: Utah St. at Air Force
10:30pm ESPN: Washington St. at Oregon

Sunday, October 13, 2019

CFB TV Guesses for 2019 Week Nine (10/26/19)

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

Through Week 8
* ESPN & FOX Sports share rights and first pick on the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12.  Based on the games selected and known selection orders, often provided from media member posts, here is what I believe were the 1st choice networks for each conference through the 10/19 selections by week number.

Please know that networks have admitted that weeknight games are selected/drafted separately and are not part of top choice selection for a given week.
  • Big 12
    • ESPN: 1, 2, 4, 6
      • Selections used, including future games: 14 (max of 23)
    • FOX Sports: 3, 5, 7, 8
      • Four games confirmed for FOX broadcast network (min of 6)
    • Games on ABC, FOX, ESPN and FS1 (includes future games): 22 (min of 25)
      • Excluding UNI-Iowa St., which was to be Iowa St.'s member retained game
  • Big Ten
    • ESPN:  5, 6, 7, 8
      • Selections used, including future games: 18 (max of 27)
    • FOX Sports: 1, 2, 3, 4
      • Selections used, including future games: 17 (range of 24-27)
  • Pac-12
    • ESPN: 1, 2, 4, 8
      • Games on ABC: 1 (min of 2, must have one more in primetime)
      • Selections used, including future games: 14 (max of 22)
    • FOX Sports:  3, 5, 6, 7
      • Games on FOX: 5 (min of 8, must have two more in primetime)
      • Selections used: 13 (max of 22)
Things to know in advance
* The following games have had their start times set without a TV assignment:
  • Iowa at Northwestern, 12pm
* The following games have had their network groups selected in advance:
  • Maryland at Minnesota (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)
  • Notre Dame at Michigan (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)
  • Utah St. at Air Force (Any ESPN platform except ESPN+)
  • Colorado St. at Fresno St. (Any ESPN platform except ESPN+)
* FOX has no night game due to World Series Game 4.
* FS1 has no 12pm game due to a NASCAR Truck Series race.
* BTN has two games listed for 12pm.

Decisions I made
* I assumed that Notre Dame at Michigan was the top choice for the Big Ten this particular week by ESPN, but that FOX has the top remaining choice of Big Ten games.  Also think that ESPN has three Big Ten games to air which is why they also got Penn St. at Michigan St.  Note that this would only increase their number at the top by one because Notre Dame at Michigan & Maryland at Minnesota were already selected & included in the count.
* I gave ESPN the top Big 12 choice as well and sent the top Pac-12 choice over to FOX Sports.  Bay Area News Group's Jon Wilner often posts the Pac-12 selection order in advance, but I haven't seen it listed on his Twitter feed yet.  So the networks involved could be wrong.
* EDIT: Pac-12 selection order.  I have adjusted as well.
* Going back to my piece on "Would you put Notre Dame at Michigan at night?", you can see my answer is "Yes".  I understand there are EEE concerns around Ann Arbor, and that alone might be worth the schools asking "please don't".  So I had two backup plans in mind:
  • If I put it at noon, swap Boston College at Clemson to the ABC night game.
  • If I keep it in the evening, I ask the Big Ten for flexibility on the start time and consider airing it on ESPN & send Oklahoma at Kansas St. over to ABC, similar to what they did with Notre Dame at Northwestern last year.  No, Northwestern is not the same quality of opponent as Michigan.  I can at least look at the World Series, right now through two games in both series (Game 2 ALCS being played tonight) and the result of Michigan at Penn St. and say "yeah, I'm willing to take this matchup to primetime, but I'll wait out knowing the NL side". 
* Iowa on BTN is to clear the Hawkeyes of their BTN requirements.
* By choosing Cal at Utah for FS1, I had to move the TV window up to 10pm ET / 8pm MT.

All times Eastern

12pm ABC: Boston College at Clemson
12pm FOX: Wisconsin at Ohio St.
12pm ESPN: Arkansas at Alabama
12pm ESPN2: Oklahoma St. at Iowa St.
12pm ESPNU: Memphis at Tulsa
12pm SEC: Missouri at Kentucky
12pm BTN: Iowa at Northwestern
12pm BTN: Liberty at Rutgers
12:30pm ACC RSN: Miami (FL) at Pittsburgh
3:30pm ABC: Penn St. at Michigan St.
3:30pm CBS: Auburn at LSU
3:30pm FOX: Texas at TCU
3:30pm ESPN: Maryland at Minnesota
3:30pm ESPN2: UCF at Temple
3:30pm FS1: Indiana at Nebraska
3:30pm ESPNU: Appalachian St. at South Alabama
3:30pm BTN: Illinois at Purdue
4pm SEC: South Carolina at Tennessee
4pm ACCN: Duke at North Carolina
4pm Pac-12: Arizona at Stanford
7pm ESPN: Oklahoma at Kansas St.
7pm ESPN2: Syracuse at Florida St.
7pm ESPNU: Colorado St. at Fresno St.
7pm FS1: Texas Tech at Kansas
7pm CBSSN: USF at East Carolina
7:30pm ABC: Notre Dame at Michigan
7:30pm SEC: Mississippi St. at Texas A&M
7:30pm ACCN: Virginia at Louisville
8pm Pac-12: Arizona St. at UCLA
10pm FS1: California at Utah
10:15pm ESPN2: Utah St. at Air Force
10:30pm ESPN: Washington St. at Oregon

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Scheduling College Football On Broadcast TV vs. the World Series

Since there has been conjecture as to whether Notre Dame at Michigan should be a night game on ABC putting it head to head with World Series Game Four or placed elsewhere on the schedule, I went back through Sports Media Watch's ratings pages to see how other games on broadcast television did against the World Series.  The site has archived college football numbers going back to 2012, so I went back that far as well.

Notre Dame happened to play three times in primetime on these competing Saturday as well, which is an interesting comparison point as well.  Only one was vs. a Power Five opponent though.

In 2012 & 2013, World Series Game Three was on Saturday.  From 2014 on, it was Game Four.  If the college football game is in bold, it was the highest rated game of the day per Nielsen.

Also, I'm sticking with the linear TV number & not adding in streaming numbers.

2012: Notre Dame at Oklahoma (5.2, 8.6m), Detroit-San Francisco (6.1, 10.5m)
2013: Penn St. at Ohio St. (2.5, 4.06m), St. Louis-Boston (7.4, 12.5m)
2014: Ohio St. at Penn St. (2.9, 4.67m), San Francisco-Kansas City (6.3, 10.6m)
2015: Notre Dame at Temple (3.6, 5.977m), NY Mets-Kansas City (9.29, 13.58m)
2016: Florida St. at Clemson (3.2, 5.38m), Cleveland-Chicago Cubs (9.3, 16.71m)
2017: ACC/Big 12 split window (2.0, 3.464m), LA Dodgers-Houston (8.7, 15.4m)
2018: Texas at Oklahoma St. (2.1, 3.486m) & Notre Dame vs. Navy (1.5, 2.447m), Boston-LA Dodgers (7.9, 13.56m)

In five of the seven cases of the World Series games, the Saturday game was the lowest rating game or tied for it within its World Series, or the household number was the lowest of the series.  I think its reasonable to say that college football puts a dent in the World Series number for Saturday night, but it also depends on the quality of the games in the series, as we're going only with broadcast network games and not including games on cable.

There's also a lot of context to a week's college football ratings.  I encourage you to look over Sports Media Watch to see the entire day's ratings.  If you're wondering what the highest game is on TV the weeks when it wasn't the game listed here, please visit his site.

There's context alone when it comes to October 26th.  Wisconsin at Ohio St. could be a game between two undefeated teams, or Penn St. at Michigan St. could be a high profile game.  Auburn at LSU could draw fans if its the CBS 3:30pm game.

ESPN has to make the choice as to whether its going to be a night game on October 14th.  Big Ten night games have to be declared 12 days in advance, though the network can be flexible as Notre Dame at Northwestern had the option of 7:15pm ET ESPN or 7:30pm ET ABC on November 3rd last year.  They don't have the ability to hold the game time until October 20th to see what the World Series matchup could be, and they still might only know the NL side if both series go to Game Seven.  Part of me sees that Notre Dame at Oklahoma number and thinks that's a barometer based on traditional, multi-decade college football brand names, but that game was also between top ten ranked teams (#5 Notre Dame vs. #8 Oklahoma).  By the time this game is slotted for TV, both teams should be ranked, but I don't think it will be to the level of a matchup of top ten teams and Michigan could drop in the polls if it loses to Penn St. on 10/19.

Of the games listed, the bolded college football games also happen to the only games involving two schools ranked in the top 25, but the Notre Dame at Oklahoma game was the only one where both were in the top ten.  All other games had one ranked school.  Yes, Temple was ranked.

So no, I haven't made up my mind and that won't happen until Sunday morning.

Monday, October 7, 2019

CFB TV Confirmations for 2019 Week 8 (10/19/19)

This post will be updated as announcements come out for start times for 10/19 from the twelve day selection process that most TV networks adhere to.  Please understand that games can be held until next Sunday if a broadcaster wants to wait on the results of the Week Seven games.  Most conferences have the possibility of having all or part of their games held for a six day hold of the start time.  

The list of available TV windows are based on media websites, TV listings and press releases.  They can change based on the needs of the broadcaster or the conference.

Here's what I guessed based on the available openings (they will prove to be incorrect) and here is the current schedule for the week as several FBS games do have their time & television/webcast assignments already accounted for.


The number of six day holds available for each conference
ACC: 3 (10/12)
American: 3
Big 12: 4
Big Ten: 3 (10/12)
SEC: 2 (10/19)
Pac-12: 4


Note: The 10:30pm ET FS1 window was in listings for 10/19 but per Jon Wilner of Bay Area News Group, ESPN has two selections and Pac-12 Networks have three for the five Pac-12 games, so the FS1 window could disappear.

Games being held for six day hold
Kentucky at Georgia
LSU at Mississippi St.
Florida at South Carolina

Options for LSU at Mississippi St.
& Florida at South Carolina: 12pm ESPN, 3:30pm CBS or 6pm ESPN

Options for Kentucky at Georgia: 3:30pm CBS or 6pm ESPN

All times Eastern

12pm ABC: Clemson at Louisville
12pm FOX: West Virginia at Oklahoma
12pm ESPN2: Purdue at Iowa
12pm ESPNU: Houston at Connecticut
12pm FS1: Iowa St. at Texas Tech
12pm SEC: Auburn at Arkansas
12pm CBSSN: Kent St. at Ohio
12pm BTN: Wisconsin at Illinois
12pm ACCN: Georgia Tech at Miami (FL)
12pm ACC RSNs: NC State at Boston College
2pm ESPN3: Central Michigan at Bowling Green
2pm ESPN+: Toledo at Ball St.
2:30pm FSN: TCU at Kansas St.
2:30pm Pac-12: Oregon St. at California
2:30pm ESPN+: Northern Illinois at Miami (OH)
3pm ESPN3: Costal Carolina at Georgia Southern
3:30pm ABC: Oregon at Washington
3:30pm ESPN2: Temple at SMU
3:30pm ESPNU: Tulsa at Cincinnati
3:30pm BTN: Indiana at Maryland
3:30pm BTN: Minnesota at Rutgers
3:30pm ACCN: Duke at Virginia
3:30pm ACC RSNs: North Carolina at Virginia Tech
3:30pm ESPN3: Buffalo at Akron
3:30pm ESPN+: UL-Monroe at Appalachian St.
4pm FOX: Baylor at Oklahoma St.
4pm SEC: Missouri at Vanderbilt
4pm ESPN+: Old Dominion at UAB
6pm Pac-12: Arizona St. at Utah
7pm ESPN2/ESPNU: Tulane at Memphis
7pm ESPN2/ESPNU: Colorado at Washington St.
7pm CBSSN: East Carolina at UCF
7pm ESPN+: Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan
7pm ESPN+: Army at Georgia St.
7:30pm ABC: Michigan at Penn St.
7:30pm SEC: Texas A&M at Ole Miss
7:30pm ACCN: Florida St. at Wake Forest
9pm ESPN: Tennessee at Alabama
9:30pm Pac-12: Arizona at USC
10:15pm ESPN2: Boise St. at BYU
10:15pm ESPNU: Nevada at Utah St.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

CFB TV Guesses for 2019 Week Eight (10/19/19)

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

Things to know in advance
* The following games have had their start times set without a TV assignment:
  • Purdue at Iowa, 12pm ET
  • Wisconsin at Illinois, 12pm ET
  • Minnesota at Rutgers, 3:30pm or 4pm ET
* The following games have had their network groups set:
  • Boise St. at BYU (All ESPN platforms except ESPNEWS & ESPN+)
  • Nevada at Utah St. (All ESPN platforms except ESPN+)
  • Old Dominion at UAB (ESPN+)
* FOX literature has their two windows as being a pair of Big 12 games at 12pm & 4pm ET.  My assumption is that if ALCS Game 6 is a midday game, it will be on FS1 at 4pm as there are college football game windows on FS1 at 12pm & 10:30pm ET.  If the ALCS game is a night game,  I assume it will be on FOX.
* FOX Sports Networks is scheduled to carry a Big 12 game at 12pm ET.
* ESPN again does not have a 3:30pm window.  Instead they have 6pm & 9pm, which has often signaled a SEC doubleheader, but 10/12 had a similar listing & they deviated from that.
* Per a podcast with the Pac-12's liaison for television Duane Lindberg, ESPN will pick first for the Pac-12, then the Pac-12 Networks.
* Per listings, ACC RSNs will have a doubleheader at 12pm & 3:30pm ET.
* Per BTN.com, they will have two games at 3:30pm ET.

Decisions I made
* I gave ESPN the top Big Ten selection and FOX the top two remaining Big 12 selections.  I believe ESPN picked Kansas at Texas knowing that FOX either had the top two selections for the Big 12 selections and did not intend to select Kansas at Texas or was picking 1st and 3rd.  Its also possible that Kansas at Texas was the top Big 12 pick and ESPN had earmarked it for their Longhorn Network game.  Either way, I have FOX with the top two remaining Big 12 selections.
* I considered Oregon at Washington for the ABC primetime game, but with two BTN games at 3:30pm and what appears to be a currently vacant 7:30pm window, it looks like ABC is set up to carry Michigan at Penn St. in primetime.  Oregon at Washington still looks solid for an ABC game to get them halfway home on their Pac-12 requirement for that network.
* It is very possible that CBS could use a six day hold between LSU at Mississippi St., Florida at South Carolina & Kentucky at Georgia.  At this time, I leaned Georgia, but the winner of LSU at Florida could make a compelling case for their game to be chosen.
* I went with the two ACC RSN games that I chose because of the lack of potential NHL conflicts.  Carolina & Washington do not play on Saturday, and Boston plays at night, so NC State at Boston College gets the early slot and UNC at Virginia Tech gets the later one.  I considered Georgia Tech at Miami (FL) for the 2nd RSN game, but both Florida & Tampa Bay have NHL games on Saturday night, making it harder for those RSNs to carry games without split feeds.
* Placing Purdue at Iowa on BTN clears the Hawkeyes requirement for two BTN appearances with one of the two being a Big Ten opponent.  In case you're curious, the following Big Ten schools need to make a 2nd appearance on BTN: Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio St. and Penn St.  In Iowa's case, they need their 1st appearance as their final regular season game vs. Nebraska is already scheduled for BTN.
* USC needs to make one appearance on Pac-12 Networks the rest of the year, with ten of their games as part of the Pac-12's television contract.  Nine of those ten can be carried as part of the ESPN & FOX Sports packages.  I considered Arizona at USC for the slot occupied by California at Oregon St. If FOX were to have selected Arizona St. at Utah, it would have to move the TV window up to 10pm ET as no Pac-12 game can have its TV window start later than 8pm local time.  If both Pac-12 Networks games are being selected before FS1's game, swap California at Oregon St. & Arizona at USC.
* If there are three Pac-12 Networks windows, since this configuration puts ESPN with three Pac-12 selections this week (they have UCLA at Stanford on Thursday night), make the following changes:

  • Colorado at Washington St. to Pac-12 Networks at 10pm ET
  • Boise St. at BYU to ESPN2 at 10:15pm ET
  • Tulsa at Cincinnati to ESPN2 at 7pm ET
  • UL-Monroe at Appalachian St. to ESPNU at 12pm ET

* I wanted to get a Boise St. game out of the late evening slots now since they are the highest ranked Group of Five team.

12pm ABC: Clemson at Louisville
12pm FOX: West Virginia at Oklahoma
12pm ESPN: Florida at South Carolina
12pm ESPN2: TCU at Kansas St.
12pm ESPNU: Tulsa at Cincinnati
12pm FS1: Wisconsin at Illinois
12pm SEC: Auburn at Arkansas
12pm CBSSN: Toledo at Ball St.
12pm BTN: Purdue at Iowa
12pm ACCN: Duke at Virginia
12pm ACC RSNs: NC State at Boston College
12pm FSN: Iowa St. at Texas Tech
2pm Pac-12: Arizona St. at Utah
3pm ESPN+: Old Dominion at UAB
3:30pm ABC: Oregon at Washington
3:30pm CBS: Kentucky at Georgia
3:30pm ESPN2: Temple at SMU
3:30pm ESPNU: Tulane at Memphis
3:30pm BTN: Minnesota at Rutgers
3:30pm BTN: Indiana at Maryland
3:30pm ACC RSNs: North Carolina at Virginia Tech
4pm FOX: Baylor at Oklahoma St.
4pm SEC: Missouri at Vanderbilt
4pm ACCN: Georgia Tech at Miami (FL)
5:30pm Pac-12: Oregon St. at California
6pm ESPN: Tennessee at Alabama
7pm ESPN2: Boise St. at BYU
7pm ESPNU: Houston at Connecticut
7pm CBSSN: East Carolina at UCF
7:30pm ABC: Michigan at Penn St.
7:30pm SEC: Texas A&M at Ole Miss
7:30pm ACCN: Florida St. at Wake Forest
9pm ESPN: LSU at Mississippi St.
10:15pm ESPN2: Colorado at Washington St.
10:15pm ESPNU: Nevada at Utah St.
10:30pm FS1: Arizona at USC

Monday, September 30, 2019

CFB TV Confirmations for 2019 Week 7 (10/12/19)

This post will be updated as announcements come out for start times for 10/12 from the twelve day selection process that most TV networks adhere to.  Please understand that games can be held until next Sunday if a broadcaster wants to wait on the results of the Week Six games.  Most conferences have the possibility of having all or part of their games held for a six day hold of the start time.  

The list of available TV windows are based on media websites, TV listings and press releases.  They can change based on the needs of the broadcaster or the conference.

Here's what I guessed based on the available openings (they will prove to be incorrect) and here is the current schedule for the week as several FBS games do have their time & television/webcast assignments already accounted for.


The number of six day holds available for each conference
ACC: 3 (10/12)
American: 3
Big 12: 4
Big Ten: 3 (10/12)
SEC: 3
Pac-12: 4


All times Eastern

Games on hold
Florida St. at Clemson - ABC at 3:30pm or 7:30pm
Penn St. at Iowa - ABC, FS1 or BTN at 7:30pm
Nebraska at Minnesota - FS1 or BTN at 7:30pm
Michigan St. at Wisconsin - ABC or BTN at 3:30pm


12pm ABC: Michigan at Illinois
12pm ESPN: South Carolina at Georgia
12pm ESPN2: Memphis at Temple
12pm ESPNU: Miami (OH) at Western Michigan
12pm SECN: Mississippi St. at Tennessee
12pm BTN: Rutgers at Indiana
12pm BTN: Maryland at Purdue
12pm CBSSN: Toledo at Bowling Green
12:30pm ACC RSN: Georgia Tech at Duke
2pm ESPN+: Ball St. at Eastern Michigan
3pm ESPN3: New Mexico St. at Central Michigan
3:30pm CBS: Alabama at Texas A&M
3:30pm ESPN2: Cincinnati at Houston
3:30pm CBSSN: BYU at USF
3:30pm Pac-12: Washington St. at Arizona St.
3:30pm ESPN+: Northern Illinois at Ohio
3:30pm ESPN3: Kent St. at Akron
3:45pm ESPNU: Connecticut at Tulane
4pm ESPN: Iowa St. at West Virginia
4pm FS1: Texas Tech at Baylor
4pm SECN: UNLV at Vanderbilt
4pm ACCN: Rhode Island at Virginia Tech
5pm ESPN+: Georgia St. at Coastal Carolina
7pm ESPN2: Ole Miss at Missouri
7:30pm ESPNU: Navy at Tulsa
7:30pm SECN: Arkansas at Kentucky
7:30pm ACCN: Louisville at Wake Forest
8pm ESPN: Florida at LSU
8pm Pac-12: Utah at Oregon St.
10:15pm ESPN2: Hawai'i at Boise St.
11pm FS1: Washington at Arizona

Sunday, September 29, 2019

CFB TV Guesses for 2019 Week Seven (10/12/19)

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

Things to know in advance
* FOX is only scheduled to show Oklahoma vs. Texas on their broadcast network at 12pm ET.  The evening is set aside to air ALCS Game 1 and non-network programming in mid afternoon.
* FS1 has a NASCAR truck series race at 1:30pm.  Their TV windows are listed for 4pm, 7:30pm and 11pm ET.
* BTN is once again scheduled to carry volleyball in the evening.  Their schedule at BTN.com lists two game windows at 12pm ET.
* ESPN has no 3:30pm window.  Instead they have windows at 6pm & 9pm ET.  This often indicates a doubleheader of SEC games.
* The following games are locked into their start times, or a 30 minute window of start times:
  • Rutgers at Indiana (12pm)
  • Maryland at Purdue (12pm)
  • Michigan St. at Wisconsin (3:30pm or 4pm)
* The following games have been reserved for ESPN Networks, but without a start time
  • Michigan at Illinois (ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)
  • Hawai'i at Boise St. (Any ESPN platform except ESPN+)
Decisions I made
* I gave ESPN the top Big Ten and Pac-12 choices.  FOX, by use of Oklahoma-Texas, had the top Big 12 pick.
* Can Indiana & Purdue play on BTN at the same time?  Not unheard of, but it hasn't happened in several years.  I found these instances.  Most are November instances when the Big Ten was extremely strict on night games, but a couple were in October.

10/27/07: Northwestern at Purdue & Indiana at Wisconsin
11/1/08: Central Michigan at Indiana & Michigan at Purdue
11/8/08: Wisconsin at Indiana & Purdue at Michigan St.
11/7/09: Wisconsin at Indiana & Purdue at Michigan
10/23/10: Indiana at Illinois & Purdue at Ohio St.
11/6/10: Iowa at Indiana & Wisconsin at Purdue
11/19/11: Indiana at Michigan St. & Iowa at Purdue

* If Indiana & Purdue no longer can play on BTN at the same time, make the following changes:

  • Move Maryland at Purdue to ESPN2, still at 12pm
  • Send Iowa St. at West Virginia to FS1 at 4pm
  • Put Nebraska at Minnesota on BTN at 12pm
  • Move Michigan St. at Wisconsin to BTN at 3:30pm

* Also, if Indiana & Purdue can't play on BTN at the same time, my alternate scenario means that all Big 12 selections are FOX Sports & no Big Ten games would be selected by them except for BTN.  Its not unheard of FOX Sports to not select any Big Ten games for FOX & FS1.  Just look at 9/28 of this season.

* Could also see a reverse mirror on ABC & ESPN2 using the games I selected.  Pac-12 & American can be reverse mirrored.  See 10/13/18 as an example.

12pm ABC: Michigan at Illinois
12pm ESPN: Florida St. at Clemson
12pm ESPN2: Iowa St. at West Virginia
12pm ESPNU: Connecticut at Tulane
12pm SECN: Arkansas at Kentucky
12pm BTN: Rutgers at Indiana
12pm BTN: Maryland at Purdue
12pm CBSSN: Toledo at Bowling Green
12:30pm ACCN: Rhode Island at Virginia Tech
3:30pm ABC: Washington at Arizona
3:30pm CBS: Florida at LSU
3:30pm ESPN2: Memphis at Temple
3:30pm ESPNU: Cincinnati at Houston
3:30pm BTN: Nebraska at Minnesota
3:30pm CBSSN: Navy at Tulsa
4pm FS1: Michigan St. at Wisconsin
4pm SECN: Ole Miss at Missouri
4pm ACCN: Georgia Tech at Duke
6pm ESPN: South Carolina at Georgia
7pm ESPN2: BYU at USF
7pm ESPNU: UNLV at Vanderbilt
7pm Pac-12: Utah at Oregon St.
7:30pm ABC: Penn St. at Iowa
7:30pm FS1: Texas Tech at Baylor
7:30pm SECN: Mississippi St. at Tennessee
7:30pm ACCN: Louisville at Wake Forest
9pm ESPN: Alabama at Texas A&M
10:15pm ESPN2: Hawaii at Boise St.
11pm FS1: Washington St. at Arizona St.

Monday, September 23, 2019

CFB TV Confirmations for 2019 Week 6 (10/5/19)

This post will be updated as announcements come out for start times for 10/5 from the twelve day selection process that most TV networks adhere to.  Please understand that games can be held until next Sunday if a broadcaster wants to wait on the results of the Week Five games.  Most conferences have the possibility of having all or part of their games held for a six day hold of the start time.  

The list of available TV windows are based on media websites, TV listings and press releases.  They can change based on the needs of the broadcaster or the conference.

Here's what I guessed based on the available openings (they will prove to be incorrect) and here is the current schedule for the week as several FBS games do have their time & television/webcast assignments already accounted for.


The number of six day holds available for each conference
ACC: 4
American: 3
Big 12: 4
Big Ten: 4
SEC: 3
Pac-12: 4


12pm ABC/ESPN: Oklahoma at Kansas
12pm ABC/ESPN: Purdue at Penn St.
12pm FOX: Iowa at Michigan
12pm ESPN2/ESPNU: TCU at Iowa St. 
12pm ESPN2/ESPNU: Kent St. at Wisconsin
12pm FS1: Oklahoma St. at Texas Tech
12pm SECN: Utah St. at LSU
12pm BTN: Maryland at Rutgers
12:30pm ACC RSNs: Boston College at Louisville
3pm ESPN+: Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan
3:30pm CBS: Auburn at Florida
3:30pm ABC/ESPN: Texas at West Virginia
3:30pm ABC/ESPN/ESPN2: Virginia Tech at Miami (FL)
3:30pm ABC/ESPN/ESPN2: Baylor at Kansas St.
3:30pm BTN: Illinois at Minnesota
3:30pm ESPN3: Ball St. at Northern Illinois
3:30pm ESPN+: Arkansas St. at Georgia St.
3:30pm ESPN+: Ohio at Buffalo
3:30pm ESPN+: Western Michigan at Toledo
3:45pm ESPNU: Memphis at UL-Monroe
4pm FOX: Northwestern at Nebraska
4pm SECN: Troy at Missouri
4pm ACCN: North Carolina at Georgia Tech
4:30pm Pac-12: Arizona at Colorado
7pm ESPN: Georgia at Tennessee
7pm CBSSN: Connecticut at USF
7pm ESPN+: Rice at UAB
7:30pm ABC: Michigan St. at Ohio St.
7:30pm SECN: Vanderbilt at Ole Miss
7:30pm ESPNU: Tulsa at SMU
8pm FOX: California at Oregon
8pm ACCN: Pittsburgh at Duke
9pm Pac-12: Oregon St. at UCLA
10:15pm ESPN2: San Diego St. at Colorado St.
10:30pm ESPN: Washington at Stanford

Sunday, September 22, 2019

CFB TV Guesses for 2019 Week Six (10/5/19)

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

Things to know in advance

* Four games were preselected to air on ESPN platforms.  They are:
  • Purdue at Penn St. (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)
  • Michigan St. at Ohio St. (ABC or ESPN)
  • Kent St. at Wisconsin (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU)
  • San Diego St. at Colorado St. (Any linear TV platform or ESPN3)
* The following games are locked into their start times or start time ranges as Big Ten homecoming games:
  • Purdue at Penn St. (12pm)
  • Iowa at Michigan (12pm)
  • Illinois at Minnesota (3:30pm or 4pm)
  • Northwestern at Nebraska (3:30pm or 4pm)
  • Michigan St. at Ohio St. (7:30pm) are locked into their start times as homecoming games.
* BTN once again has no night football game planned due to a volleyball match.
* FS1 listings currently have them carrying both ALDS games on Saturday and not licensing any to MLB Network.
* ESPN2 has UFC PPV prelims scheduled from 8-10pm ET.
* Only two game windows on ACCN are listed.  Other taped programming will air in the early afternoon.

What I decided
* I gave Big Ten (Michigan St. at Ohio St., selected in preseason) & Big 12 (Texas at West Virginia) top choices to ESPN and the Pac-12 top choice to FOX (California at Oregon)
* Ball St. at Northern Illinois is listed in TitanTV as airing at 5pm ET on NBC Sports Chicago, so I decided to run with it

12pm ABC: Purdue at Penn St.
12pm FOX: Iowa at Michigan
12pm ESPN: Baylor at Kansas St.
12pm ESPN2: Oklahoma St. at Texas Tech
12pm ESPNU: Kent St. at Wisconsin
12pm FS1: Oklahoma at Kansas
12pm SECN: Troy at Missouri
12pm BTN: Maryland at Rutgers
12:30pm ACC RSNs: Pittsburgh at Duke
3:30pm ABC: Texas at West Virginia
3:30pm CBS: Auburn at Florida
3:30pm ESPN: Virginia Tech at Miami (FL)
3:30pm ESPN2: TCU at Iowa St.
3:30pm ESPNU: Tulsa at SMU
3:30pm BTN: Illinois at Minnesota
4pm FOX: Northwestern at Nebraska
4pm SECN: Vanderbilt at Ole Miss
4pm ACCN: Boston College at Louisville
4pm Pac-12: Arizona at Colorado
5pm NBC Sports Chicago: Ball St. at Northern Illinois
7pm ESPN: Georgia at Tennessee
7pm ESPNU: Memphis at UL-Monroe
7pm CBSSN: Connecticut at USF
7:30pm ABC: Michigan St. at Ohio St.
7:30pm SECN: Utah St. at LSU
7:30pm ACCN: North Carolina at Georgia Tech
8pm FOX: California at Oregon
9:30pm Pac-12: Oregon St. at UCLA
10:15pm ESPN2: San Diego St. at Colorado St.
10:30pm ESPN: Washington at Stanford

Sunday, September 15, 2019

CFB TV Guesses for 2019 Week Five (9/28/19)

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

Things to know in advance
* The literature provided for the FOX network schedule has their window at 12pm carrying a Big 12 game and the 3:30pm window showing a Pac-12 game.
* FS1 has MLB at 4pm ET & prelim matches for a PBC PPV at 8pm.
* Jon Wilner's Pac-12 Hotline had Pac-12 selection order in the following way: FOX, then FS1, ESPN and Pac-12 Networks
* Indiana is Michigan St.'s homecoming game and it will air at 3:30pm or 4pm.
* Middle Tennessee at Iowa will air on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.
* UNLV at Wyoming & Hawai'i at Nevada will air on ESPN's linear TV platforms or ESPN3.
* No night game window is scheduled for BTN as they will be carrying volleyball.

Decisions I made
* Knowing that FOX had the top Pac- 12 choice, I assumed the following:
  • The listings I was sent that FOX's broadcast windows would be Big 12 & Pac-12 pushed me in the direction of the Big Ten's top choice airing on ABC. When you add in that BTN isn't scheduled to show a football game on primetime, it puts my focus on the best Big Ten game available in the ABC 7:30 pm slot.
  • From there, I assumed that FOX also had the top Big 12 selection.
  • I considered Ole Miss at Alabama for the CBS pick, but want as much flexibility to choose Alabama, & have the Iron Bowl in play, for the Thanksgiving weekend selections.
  • The Pirates have a home game at night, which uses shared parking for Pitt football, and Syracuse scheduled a fan fest in late afternoon, so it stands to reason that both are early afternoon starts.
12pm ABC: Clemson at North Carolina
12pm FOX: Texas Tech at Oklahoma
12pm ESPN: Rutgers at Michigan
12pm ESPN2: Texas A&M vs. Arkansas
12pm FS1: Kansas at TCU
12pm ESPNU: Georgia Tech at Temple
12pm SECN: Towson at Florida
12pm ACCN: Holy Cross at Syracuse
12pm BTN: Minnesota at Purdue
12pm CBSSN: Central Michigan at Western Michigan
12:30pm ACC RSN: Delaware at Pittsburgh
3:30pm ABC: Kansas St. at Oklahoma St.
3:30pm CBS: Mississippi St. at Auburn
3:30pm FOX: USC at Washington
3:30pm ESPN: Northwestern at Wisconsin
3:30pm ESPN2: Middle Tennessee at Iowa
3:30pm ESPNU: Connecticut at UCF
3:30pm BTN: Indiana at Michigan St.
3:30pm CBSSN: SMU at USF
4pm SECN: Northern Illinois at Vanderbilt
4pm ACCN: Wake Forest at Boston College
7pm ESPN: Ole Miss at Alabama
7pm ESPN2: Iowa St. at Baylor
7pm ESPNU: BYU at Toledo
7pm Pac-12: Stanford at Oregon St.
7:30pm ABC: Ohio St. at Nebraska
7:30pm SECN: Kentucky at South Carolina
7:30pm ACCN: NC State at Florida St.
10pm FS1: Washington St. at Utah
10:15pm ESPNU: UNLV at Wyoming
10:30pm ESPN: UCLA at Arizona
10:30pm ESPN2: Hawaii at Nevada