Here's the releases from the ACC, American, Big 12, CBS, ESPN, FOX Sports, SEC (CBS and ESPN) and Sun Belt. An updated release wasn't provided from C-USA, though you can find the additional linear TV games ESPN has elevated in their release.
So many games were selected in advance. Why? In the case of the SEC, where it was more prominent, the following release was provided in the CBS release:
CBS Sports, at the request of the SEC, worked in conjunction with the Conference to assist them and their schools with their advanced planning and logistics. CBS selected games in six of the first eight weeks. For the remaining games on the schedule, the normal 12- or six-day selection process will be used during the season.
I get the feeling that this is something that is already ongoing. Whether its the Pac-12 & its priority pick concept for ESPN and FOX, or the Big Ten releasing several weeks of partial TV picks beyond the first few weeks, these networks typically have a path plotted out for the season. Unless a major story develops in season like a team far exceeding expectations or playing below them, it seems pretty rare to deviate from them. And that's why the dreaded six day hold is used.
Notre Dame on USA. Why? Several things converged on the NBC Sports calendar.
- The US Open being carried on NBC that weekend
- NBCSN carrying some Premier League soccer and the Tour de France
- The need to keep the calendar open for the Stanley Cup playoffs
My understanding is that OU and Texas kept their Tier 3 games and they are on 9-12 and on LHN and PPV respectively. Also, each other school will have 1 home game air on ESPN+ but spread out now. Also, I am sure LHN will get a Texas conference home game.— Louis Oliverio (@LouisOliverio) September 1, 2020
10/9/04 baylor hosting mizzou— bill a (@collegeftballtv) September 1, 2020
game was on FSN at 10E/9C
I'm not as bullish as those of you that believe the Big 12 could regularly have 10pm ET starts. I think this was a rare occurrence due to the MLB game plus how the Big 12 stacked all of its non-conference games initially on one day with SMU at TCU being moved to alleviate some of that pressure. FOX will air usually one game at 12pm ET each week and if ESPN+ takes roughly one game a week to work in the member retained games, there should be 2-3 games to split amongst both ESPN and FOX Sports without needing to use late night.
Late night likely will be reserved for BYU and I don't get the sense that ESPN is planning to use it for anyone else at this time. Notice that some of their primetime games are starting at 7:30pm ET, which would likely end at 11pm and lead right into SportsCenter.
What else are you waiting to hear about? Two items:
- Some of the items regarding C-USA rightsholders that I haven't been able to get answered. Especially since more games were selected to air on linear TV.
- Where is Navy at Air Force going to air on 10/3? It is the only Mountain West controlled game being played in the fall this season. I assume CBS or CBS Sports Network as there are openings available to the game.