Monday, June 3, 2024

Review of the 2024 CFB TV Early Season Selections

If you happened to miss any of the early season and special date start time & TV releases, feel free to head to my schedules site to look over how everything shook out.

* Over the course of the season, I'll be curious to see if ESPN's noon Eastern telecast window becomes less of a SEC window and more of a Big 12 or ACC window.  Many of the conference's members don't like the early start times and the SEC Network has went to moving back the start times of their early & mid afternoon windows to accommodate the schools' preferences.

* I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the SEC has six games hosted at their schools' stadiums in the first nine ABC slots.  Over the course of the weeks 1-3, the conference will feature in every game on ABC with the six games under their control, three neutral site games and as the road team vs. a Big 12 opponent.

How often the ACC and Big 12 appear in primetime on ABC over the course of the season will be of interest.  The conference will have three games in primetime on ABC on Saturdays in September alone (the Duke's Mayo Classic appears to count for the ACC if it counts for anyone at all).  

How often will the SEC be the default option at 7:30pm when they already have the 3:30pm window?  I'm going to put the over/under number of 7.5 games on ABC at 7:30pm over the course of 14 weeks, and that might still be too low, even with games like Oklahoma vs. Texas & Georgia vs. Florida remaining as afternoon games as they have been for years.  A new conference for the former, and a new broadcast network for the latter, didn't change those two games.

* Another "loser" with the SEC moving to ABC, for Black Friday at least, is the American.  It was known that the SEC would contribute a Black Friday game as they had in prior years with CBS.  The addition of a 2nd game was a bit of a surprise. The American, who has had a game on Black Friday on ABC since 2013 with the exception of the 2020 season, will be shut out of an ABC slot though they'll have a noon ET game on ESPN.

* I don't think it was a great surprise to see the FOX Friday night football schedule be void of big name schools like Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan.  West coast additions to both the Big 12 and Big Ten will feature in seven of the ten games (excluding Black Friday) and will host four of the the ten games, where they wouldn't otherwise be able to host a Big Noon game on FOX, so this is a way to get them some exposure with far less competition.

FOX skipped November 2nd, which would feature World Series Game 6 if needed.  If it isn't needed, I could see FOX simulcasting the San Diego State at Boise State game from FS1.

* From the announced windows that I've seen from CBS, and been provided regarding NBC's Big Ten windows and FOX's overall schedule, I'm not certain that we'll see as many late night broadcast network windows for the Big Ten as we've hoped / expected.  FOX may have moved a few of those over to Friday nights instead.  FS1 and BTN may be the place for Big Ten After Dark (Big 12 After Dark too along with ESPN).

* Regarding the previous item regarding late evening Big Ten games, I've had a few folks draw the conclusion that the Army - ND game at Yankee Stadium having a start time of 7pm is so that NBC can take on the USC at UCLA game after that.  What NBC has communicated to affiliates doesn't include a late evening telecast window on any week, and I can see NBC starting their Big Ten afternoon window a little bit earlier to provide some space before the Notre Dame game.

As for late evening NBC produced games, Peacock will have at least one, Boise State at Oregon, and could have others.  More should be know about the expected dates and times of the Peacock games as they populate inside of the app.

* ESPN preselected two Big 12 games into October and November: Cincinnati at Colorado on 10/26 and BYU at Arizona State on 11/23.  I can't tell if they did that because they're going to have limited linear TV space those two weeks for the Big 12, if they were the top choice (I'm assuming not), or if they were preselected as a potential late evening or mid-morning game. 

With other conference, if the game doesn't stick out as having significance, it tended to mean that it was in the middle of the selection process, like pre-selecting the 3rd or 4th pick of the week.  Both games are specially designated for each host school (Colorado: Family Weekend, ASU: Homecoming & Junior Sun Devil Club).  Maybe they'll end up being earlier in the day, whether its on ABC or ESPN.

* The NFL Network sublicense of Group of Five games from ESPN appears to be off the screen, at least through Week 3.  Not sure if that's due to NFLN's budget cuts or ESPN preferring to keep the content around.

* The four Mountain West controlled games on CBS matches their high mark from 2022, and with FOX carrying a game on Black Friday, the 2024 season will have the most Mountain West regular season games shown on an over-the-air TV network.

* ESPNU will carry a pair of Missouri Valley Football Conference this year, and I'm pretty sure these will be the first ESPN linear TV games for the conference since 2008.

Saturday, June 1, 2024

2024 Conference TV Requirements, Six Day Holds and Likely First Picks

Instead of cluttering up the weekly picks for 2024, I'm going to keep track of selection specific information in this post like six day holds that have been used, the number of times I think a network has chosen first and the required appearances that a school needs to fill on conference networks like Big Ten Network.

Six Day Holds Used
ACC (4 available): 
American (4 available): 
Big Ten (4 available): 
Big 12 (4 available): 

I'm unsure if six day holds will continue to remain a going concern in the SEC with their declarations of telecast windows for a game earlier in the offseason.  I think they could remain a thing if a game could air on ABC or ESPN at a particular time, or if a game is to be scheduled between 3:30pm & 7:30pm and doesn't have a finalized start time until six days before.  I'm also unsure whether there will be any maximum number of times a school can appear on ABC.  I think that is gone as well.  We'll find out as the season goes on.

Please note that this is my guess about who chose first in a given Saturday. This is not a confirmation from either the networks or conferences of who chose first.

Big Ten

Assumed top Saturday choice each week.  Weeks 2-4, 10 and 13 were mostly known in advance of the early season selection release.

08/31/2024NBC: Fresno St. at UM
09/07/2023FOX: Texas at UM
09/14/2023FOX: 'Bama at WISC
09/21/2024CBS: USC at UM
09/28/2024
10/05/2024
10/12/2024
10/19/2024
10/26/2024
11/02/2024FOX: TBD
11/09/2024
11/16/2024
11/23/2024
11/30/2024FOX: UM at OSU

Each school is supposed to appear on BTN twice each season with at least one appearance against another Big Ten school

SchoolRemaining
Illinois1 conference game
Indiana1 conference game
Iowa1 conference game
Maryland1 conference game
Michigan1 conference game
Michigan State1 conference game
Minnesota1 conference game
Nebraska1 conference game
Northwestern1 conference game
Ohio State1 conference game
Oregon1 conference game
Penn State1 conference game
Purdue1 conference game
Rutgers1 conference game
UCLA2, with 1 being a conference game
USC1 conference game
Washington1 conference game
Wisconsin2, with 1 being a conference game

There were ranges previously announced for the Big Ten and its TV partners, but they were announced prior to Oregon and Washington being accepted as future members.   

126(!) regular season games are available to the Big Ten's rightsholders.  It appears that NBC, CBS and Peacock will take at least 39 of those games.  FOX, FS1 and BTN would take on 87 of them, 41 of which have been accounted for. 

Here's the known remaining selections from each rightsholder:

FOX/FS1NBCCBSPeacockBTN
?? (20 used)11 of 1510 of 155 of 9?? (21 used)

Big 12

Assumed top Saturday choice each week.  

08/31/2024FOX: PSU at WVU
09/07/2023ABC: AR at OK St
09/14/2023FOX: UCF at TCU
09/21/2024
09/28/2024
10/05/2024
10/12/2024
10/19/2024
10/26/2024
11/02/2024
11/09/2024
11/16/2024
11/23/2024
11/30/2024

Last year, ESPN had a limit of 32 linear TV games.  I have no clue this year how those limits have changed with the increase in membership.  101 regular season games are in the Big 12's governance,
10 of which have been selected for ABC & ESPN's linear TV channels so far across the season.

FOX Sports has the overall number 1 choice to use for the Big 12 in 2024.  I believe it was used on Penn State at West Virginia in Week 1.

As for member retained games, 14 of the 16 Big 12 games had their ESPN+ games selected through Week 4.  Colorado and Arizona State did not have their member retained game used on a non-conference game.  The Big 12, several years ago, said there were circumstances where those games could be a) returned to the national rightsholders and/or b) used on a game vs. another Big 12 school.

American

The American has a minimum of 40 games per season on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.  At least 20 of the 40 are expected to be on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.  So far, at least 14 games have been guaranteed to air on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

It appears that one Army road game vs. an AAC opponemt (Army at Florida Atlantic) was traded to CBSSN in exchange for an Army home game (East Carolina at Army).  I've listed the FAU game in the Other column.

ABC0
ESPN6
ESPN25
ESPNU3
ESPNEWS/Other1
TBD5
Total20

Monday, April 29, 2024

Additional Context For My 2024 Early Season CFB TV Guesses

Some additional context with the final set of CFB TV guesses for the early season found here, here and here:

* Each SEC school is supposed to have one game on ESPN+/SEC+.  With additional changes due to TV announcements over the first three weeks, here's when I am assuming each SEC school will have their ESPN+ game:
  • 8/31: Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss
  • 9/7: Florida, LSU, Missouri, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
  • 9/14: Tennessee, Texas
  • 11/2: Oklahoma
  • 11/16: Alabama, Kentucky
  • 11/23: Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina
* While we wait for Oregon State and Washington State to finalize their CW contract, I'm expecting at least one Friday night home game for each school to alleviate some Saturday congestion.  The ACC contract between Raycom and the CW is for 13 football games also.  With the 2024 regular season having an extra week, I could see a week where an ACC game is skipped by CW to carry other events like LIV Golf plus their newly added NASCAR Xfinity Series races late September through November.  Or as you'll see below, the possibility of a ACC CW Friday night game.

* FOX supposedly has the top three selections across the season for the Big Ten.  Providing that is indeed accurate, we can safely assume that Michigan at Ohio State is top choice along with FOX announcing that they'll carry Texas at Michigan for Week 2, a game FOX worked to maintain control of in 2024 by working with the two schools to switch venues for their matchups in 2024 and 2027.

My last pick at the top is an interesting one.  FOX rarely gets a chance to show Alabama and they have their road game against Wisconsin, but Wisconsin isn't projected to be ranked coming into the season.  This is also likely to be the Crimson Tide's first "test" of the season with new head coach Kalen DeBoer.  

So...what about taking Ohio State at Oregon on 10/12 or Ohio State at Penn State on 11/2?  Ohio State at Oregon doesn't fit the "Big Noon" mold since it would be a 9am start in Eugene.  FOX could certainly take it to air later in the afternoon.  Friday night I don't believe is an option based on Ohio State's desire not to play on Fridays.  Could certainly see it as the NBC game with Stanford at Notre Dame as a lead in too.

I think FOX will stick with Alabama at Wisconsin, while Ohio State at Oregon goes to CBS on 10/12 and Ohio State at Penn State on 11/2 for NBC at night, at least right now with those two for CBS and NBC.

* FOX has the first pick of weeks where they can choose first in the Big 12 in 2024, the final year before ESPN gets primary control of football.  What game would FOX look to choose first?  Without the options of Oklahoma vs. Texas or Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State, its not as cut and dry as it used to be.

Penn State at West Virginia would be an ideal candidate as the Nittany Lions are expected to be ranked, and WVU might be at the back end of the Top 25 to start the year, even if the road team being an expected Top 10 ranked team to start the year is the reason to choose it. 

Utah at Oklahoma State (Week 4), Oklahoma State at Kansas State & Arizona at Utah (both latter two Week 5) seem like they could be a big games early in the Big 12 season based on the "Way Too Early" rankings in a few places, but none has the juice you might be looking for.  Kansas State at Kansas for Week 9 is further down the schedule too.

Arizona at Kansas State is also in that mix, but it has already been reserved as a Friday night game for someone.  I'm looking through who might have those as well.

In the end, I think it will be Penn State at West Virginia that FOX looks to take off the top of the Big 12 inventory, taking their chances with other weeks down the schedule to get quality games from the Big 12. 

* Could the Big 12 still have a chance to occupy the noon Eastern slot on FOX? Maybe.  I can see the opening week being a good spot for it if Penn State at West Virginia is available to FOX, but I do think FOX will want to showcase the defending national champion Michigan in the opening Big Noon slot.  If FOX has the top Big 12 pick in either Week 4 or Week 5, and doesn't have the top Big Ten choice that week, then I could see a Big 12 game early in the day.

That said, I know what the Big Ten has been disseminating as messaging around their expected weekly TV schedule, so the Big Ten might be locked to FOX at noon ET with the Big 12 occupying the slots in mid-afternoon and evening.

* What might the Thursday night CFB TV schedule look like?  Assume ESPN unless denoted.

Week 1: North Dakota State at Colorado (ESPN), North Carolina at Minnesota (FS1)
Week 2: No game
Week 3: Arizona State at Texas State
Week 4: South Alabama at App State
Week 5: Army at Temple
Week 6: Texas State at Troy (likely on ESPN2/U due to MLB postseason with possibility of elevate to ESPN)
Week 7: Coastal Carolina at James Madison (ESPN), C-USA (ESPN2/U)
Week 8: Boston College at Virginia Tech (ESPN), Georgia State at Marshall (ESPN2/U)
Week 9: Syracuse at Pitt (ESPN), Georgia Southern at Old Dominion (ESPN2/U)
Week 10: Tulane at Charlotte
Week 11: Florida Atlantic at East Carolina (ESPN/2), App State at Coastal Carolina (ESPN/2)
Week 12: East Carolina at Tulsa
Week 13: NC State at Georgia Tech
Week 14: Memphis at Tulane

North Dakota State at Colorado happens to be CU's only home non-conference game, but exceptions have been made for Big 12 schools to have their sole non-conference game end up on national TV and not to have a member retained/3rd tier game for ESPN+.  Two examples: Tulsa at Oklahoma State on FS1 in 2017 and UNI at Iowa State in 2019.  Both may have been to help FOX Sports have a full compliment of national Big 12 games.  Now that ESPN has the member retained rights, they might have the ability to game the system.

* Here's what I'm guessing the Friday night schedule to look like this, though I don't know if its been finalized how FOX will work through its remaining WWE Smackdown requirements before its college football package airs.  I'm also not sure how this work when FOX airs any World Series games, or other MLB postseason games, and whether CFB will be skipped or move to FS1.

Every game listed with ESPN, or in the case of one week with the ACC Network or CW, has been moved to Friday.  Most of FOX's schedule hasn't been moved to Friday with the exception of any games they end up airing from the Big 12.

Week 1
ESPN: Temple at Oklahoma (confirmed) followed by TCU at Stanford
FOX/FS1: Western Michigan at Wisconsin

Week 2
ESPN: BYU at SMU
FOX/FS1: Boise State at Oregon

Week 3
ESPN: Arizona at Kansas State
FOX/FS1: Utah at Utah State

Week 4
ESPN: Stanford at Syracuse
FOX/FS1: Northwestern at Washington

Week 5
ESPN: Virginia Tech at Miami (FL)
FOX/FS1: Maryland at Indiana

Week 6
ESPN: Houston at TCU
FOX: Michigan State at Oregon

If this is Oregon's homecoming weekend, Indiana at Northwestern could be a choice.  Dark horse could be Syracuse at UNLV, as UNLV often has to move home games to Friday nights if they coincide with Sundays when the Raiders are at home and not in the primetime NBC game. 

Week 7
ESPN: Memphis at South Florida
FOX: Utah at Arizona State

Week 8
ESPN: Florida State at Duke
FOX: Oklahoma State at BYU

Week 9
ESPN2: Louisville at Boston College
FOX/FS1: Washington State at Boise State

If Boise State's homecoming is this week, slot Rutgers at USC in here.

Week 10
ESPN2: South Florida at Florida Atlantic
FOX/FS1: San Diego State at Boise State

If Boise State's homecoming is this week, slot Minnesota at Illinois in here.

Week 11
ESPN2: Rice at Memphis
ACCN or CW: California at Wake Forest
FOX: Iowa at UCLA

Week 12
ESPN2: North Texas at UTSA
FOX: Houston at Arizona

Week 13
ESPN2: Temple at UTSA
FOX: Illinois at Rutgers

Week 14 (Black Friday)
ABC: Big 12 TBA, SEC TBA, AAC TBA
FOX: Big 12 TBA
CBS: Big Ten TBA
NBC: Big Ten TBA

CFB TV Guesses: 2024 Week 3 - Version 2

Last set of early season adjustments with Week 3.

Once again, if a game isn't listed, assume its being streamed on ESPN+, MW Network, etc.

Games in italics are confirmed for time and TV. 

Thursday
7:30pm ESPN: Arizona State at Texas State

Friday
8pm ESPN: Arizona at Kansas State
10pm FOX: Utah at Utah State

Saturday
12pm ABC: West Virginia at Pitt
12pm FOX: Alabama at Wisconsin
12pm ESPN: Georgia at Kentucky LSU at South Carolina
12pm ESPN2: Toledo at Mississippi State Memphis at Florida State
12pm FS1: Air Force at Baylor
12pm BTN: Arkansas State at Michigan
12pm BTN: Troy at Iowa
12pm ESPNU: Arizona State at Texas State App State at East Carolina
12pm SECN: New Mexico at Auburn
12pm ACCN: Ball State at Miami (FL)
12pm CBSSN: Cincinnati at Miami (OH)
3pm CW: Memphis at Florida State UConn at Duke
3:30pm ABC: Texas A&M at Florida
3:30pm CBS: Washington State vs. Washington
3:30pm FS1: UNLV vs. Kansas
3:30pm BTN: Central Michigan at Illinois
3:30pm BTN: Prairie View A&M at Michigan State
3:30pm ACCN: Maryland at Virginia
3:30pm CBSSN: UTEP at Liberty
3:30pm Peacock: UNI at Nebraska
4pm FOX: Indiana at UCLA
4pm ESPN: Boston College at Missouri
4pm ESPN2: Oklahoma State at Tulsa
4pm ESPNU: Virginia Tech at Old Dominion
4pm SECN: UAB at Arkansas
6:30pm CW: Oregon at Oregon State
7pm FS1: Nevada at Minnesota
7pm CBSSN: BYU at Wyoming
7pm ACCN: Louisiana Tech at NC State
7:30pm ABC: Oregon at Oregon State Georgia at Kentucky
7:30pm NBC: Notre Dame at Purdue
7:30pm CBS: Colorado at Colorado State
7:30pm ESPN2: Ole Miss at Wake Forest
7:30pm BTN: Eastern Illinois at Northwestern
7:30pm ESPNU: Vanderbilt at Georgia State
7:30pm SECN: LSU at South Carolina Toledo at Mississippi State
8pm FOX: UCF at TCU
8pm ESPN: Tulane at Oklahoma
10:30pm CBSSN: NM State at Fresno State
10:30pm ACCN: San Diego State at California

CFB TV Guesses: 2024 Week 2 - Version 2

There's adjustments to Week 2, though not as many as there are to Weeks 1 & 3.

Once again, if a game isn't listed, assume its being streamed on ESPN+, MW Network, etc.

Games in italics are confirmed for time and TV. 

Friday
8pm ESPN2: BYU at SMU
10:30pm FOX: Boise State at Oregon

Saturday
12pm ABC: Arkansas at Oklahoma State
12pm FOX: Texas at Michigan
12pm ESPN: Houston at Oklahoma
12pm ESPN2: Jacksonville State at Louisville
12pm FS1: Pitt at Cincinnati
12pm BTN: Western Michigan at Ohio State
12pm BTN: South Dakota at Wisconsin
12pm ESPNU: Army at Florida Atlantic
12pm SECN: Buffalo at Missouri Tennessee Tech at Georgia
12pm ACCN: Charlotte at North Carolina
12pm CBSSN: Temple at Navy
3pm CW: Virginia at Wake Forest
3:30pm ABC: South Florida at Alabama
3:30pm CBS: Colorado at Nebraska
3:30pm NBC: Northern Illinois at Notre Dame
3:30pm FOX: Baylor at Utah
3:30pm FS1: Iowa State at Iowa
3:30pm BTN: Bowling Green at Penn State
3:30pm BTN: Duke at Northwestern
3:30pm ACC: Marshall at Virginia Tech
3:30pm CBSSN: San Jose State at Air Force
3:30pm Peacock: Kansas at Illinois
4pm ESPN2: Georgia Tech at Syracuse
4pm ESPNU: Troy at Memphis
4pm SECN: Middle Tennessee at Ole Miss
7pm ESPN: California at Auburn
7pm FS1: Akron at Rutgers
7pm BTN: Western Illinois at Indiana
7pm BTN; Rhode Island at Minnesota
7pm CBSSN: Liberty at NM State
7:30pm ABC: Tennessee vs. NC State
7:30pm NBC: Michigan State at Maryland
7:30pm ESPN2: Kansas State at Tulane
7:30pm ESPNU: UMass at Toledo
7:30pm SECN: South Carolina at Kentucky
8pm ACCN: App State at Clemson
10:30pm FOX: Utah State at USC
10:30pm ESPN: Mississippi State at Arizona State
10:30pm FS1 CW: Texas Tech at Washington State
10:30pm BTN FS1: Eastern Michigan at Washington
10:30pm CBSSN: Oregon State at San Diego State

CFB TV Guesses: 2024 Week 1 - Version 2

Consider this a "mulligan" for the guesses I did back in March for Weeks 0 & 1.  I'm not going to make any Week 0 adjustments but there's a handful of Week 1 adjustments.

Once again, if a game isn't listed, assume its being streamed on ESPN+, MW Network, etc.

Games in italics are confirmed for time and TV. 

Thursday (Guess updates in bold red and strikethough)
7pm ACCN: Western Carolina at NC State
7:30pm ESPNU: UAPB at Arkansas
8pm SECN: Old Dominion at South Carolina Murray State at Missouri
8pm FS1: North Carolina at Minnesota
9:30pm ESPN: New Mexico at Arizona North Dakota State at Colorado

Friday (No major changes from original guesses)
6pm CBSSN: Lehigh at Army West Point
7pm ESPN: Temple at Oklahoma
7pm ACCN: Elon at Duke
7:30pm BTN: Florida Atlantic at Michigan State
8pm FS1: Western Michigan at Wisconsin
9pm 10:30pm ESPN: TCU at Stanford

Saturday (Guess updates in bold red and strikethough)
12pm ABC: Colorado State at Texas
12pm FOX: Fresno State at Michigan
12pm ESPN: Virginia Tech at Vanderbilt
12pm FS1: UNLV at Houston
12pm BTN: FIU at Indiana
12pm BTN: Howard at Rutgers
12pm ESPNU: James Madison at Charlotte
12pm SECN: Southern Miss at Kentucky
12pm ACCN: Kent State at Pitt
12pm Peacock: UConn at Maryland
3pm CW: Idaho State at Oregon State
3:30pm ABC: Clemson vs. Georgia
3:30pm FOX: Penn State at West Virginia
3:30pm CBS: Akron at Ohio State
3:30pm ESPN: Temple at Oklahoma WKU at Alabama
3:30pm FS1: Idaho at Oregon
3:30pm BTN: Miami (OH) at Northwestern
3:30pm BTN: Indiana State at Purdue
3:30pm CBSSN: Bucknell at Navy
3:30pm ACCN: Georgia State at Georgia Tech
4pm SECN: Chattanooga at Tennessee
4pm ESPNU: Boise State at Georgia Southern
6:30pm CW: Ohio at Syracuse
7pm ESPN: Miami (FL) at Florida
7pm FS1: Illinois State at Iowa
7:30pm ABC: Notre Dame at Texas A&M
7:30pm NBC: UTEP at Nebraska
7:30pm SEC: WKU at Alabama Old Dominion at South Carolina
7:30pm CBSSN: Coastal Carolina at Jacksonville State
7:30pm BTN: Weber State at Washington
7:30pm ESPNU: North Texas at South Alabama
8pm ACCN: Houston Christian at SMU
10pm CW: Portland State at Washington State
10:30pm ESPN: New Mexico at Arizona
10:30pm FS1: Wyoming at Arizona State
11pm CBSSN: UCLA at Hawai'i

Sunday
7:30pm ABC: LSU vs. USC

Monday
8pm ESPN: Boston College at Florida State

Sunday, March 17, 2024

CFB TV Guesses: 2024 Week 3


Initial guesses for 2024 Week 3 CFB.  If a game isn't listed, assume its a ESPN+, ACCNX/ESPN+, SEC+/ESPN+ or MW Network streaming exclusive.  Peacock exclusives will be listed due to the limited number of them.

I've also made a couple assumptions regarding the movement of games off Saturday to either Thursday or Friday.

Games listed in italics are confirmed for that time and TV network.

Friday
* With the local start time of 8pm, I think this should be OK as an exception to the Mountain West latest FOX Sports start time of 7:45pm local with it airing on the broadcast network

8pm ESPN: Arizona at Kansas State
10pm FOX: Utah at Utah State

Saturday
* Ended up placing both Texas and Tennessee's games on ESPN+.
* The Big Ten selection order I used was FOX -> NBC -> CBS -> FOX.
* With Arizona at Kansas State on ESPN the prior evening, I gave FOX three Saturday Big 12 selections.
* Last year, FOX and NBC coexisted once (10/14, mid afternoon).  For now, I'm using that as justification for coexisting FOX and CBS's Big Ten games.
* Gave Oregon at Oregon State to ABC.  As I mentioned re: Washington State in Week 2, I have no clue where these two schools' home games will end up.
* Figured this week was a good week to get one of CBS's Mountain West broadcast network windows out of the way.

12pm ABC: West Virginia at Pitt
12pm FOX: Alabama at Wisconsin
12pm ESPN: Georgia at Kentucky
12pm ESPN2: Toledo at Mississippi State
12pm FS1: Air Force at Baylor
12pm BTN: Arkansas State at Michigan
12pm BTN: Troy at Iowa
12pm ESPNU: Arizona State at Texas State
12pm SECN: New Mexico at Auburn
12pm ACCN: Ball State at Miami (FL)
12pm CBSSN: Cincinnati at Miami (OH)
3pm CW: Memphis at Florida State
3:30pm ABC: Texas A&M at Florida
3:30pm CBS: Washington State vs. Washington
3:30pm FS1: UNLV vs. Kansas
3:30pm BTN: Central Michigan at Illinois
3:30pm BTN: Prairie View A&M at Michigan State
3:30pm ACCN: Maryland at Virginia
3:30pm CBSSN: UTEP at Liberty
3:30pm Peacock: UNI at Nebraska
4pm FOX: Indiana at UCLA
4pm ESPN: Boston College at Missouri
4pm ESPN2: Oklahoma State at Tulsa
4pm ESPNU: Virginia Tech at Old Dominion
4pm SECN: UAB at Arkansas
7pm FS1: Nevada at Minnesota
7pm CBSSN: BYU at Wyoming
7pm ACCN: Louisiana Tech at NC State
7:30pm ABC: Oregon at Oregon State
7:30pm NBC: Notre Dame at Purdue
7:30pm CBS: Colorado at Colorado State
7:30pm ESPN2: Ole Miss at Wake Forest
7:30pm BTN: Eastern Illinois at Northwestern
7:30pm ESPNU: Vanderbilt at Georgia State
7:30pm SECN: LSU at South Carolina
8pm FOX: UCF at TCU
8pm ESPN: Tulane at Oklahoma
10:30pm CBSSN: NM State at Fresno State
10:30pm ACCN: San Diego State at California

Friday, March 8, 2024

CFB TV Guesses: 2024 Week 2


Initial guesses for 2024 Week 2 CFB.  If a game isn't listed, assume its a ESPN+, ACCNX/ESPN+, SEC+/ESPN+ or MW Network streaming exclusive.  Peacock exclusives will be listed due to the limited number of them.

I've also made a couple assumptions regarding the movement of games off Saturday to either Thursday or Friday.

Games listed in italics are confirmed for that time and TV network.

* FOX will have evening MLB
* ESPN's mid-afternoon window will have the US Open women's final
* I have no clue where Washington State or Oregon State home games will land.  I gave Texas Tech at Washington State to FS1.
* FOX Sports made their announcement that they would start carrying Friday night football on FOX broadcast network.  I know WWE Smackdown would still be carried by FOX networks through October.  I'm assuming that they'll agree to move the program to FS1.

Friday
8pm ESPN2: BYU at SMU
10:30pm FOX: Boise State at Oregon

Saturday
12pm ABC: Arkansas at Oklahoma State
12pm FOX: Texas at Michigan
12pm ESPN: Houston at Oklahoma
12pm ESPN2: Jacksonville State at Louisville
12pm FS1: Pitt at Cincinnati
12pm BTN: Western Michigan at Ohio State
12pm BTN: South Dakota at Wisconsin
12pm ESPNU: Army at Florida Atlantic
12pm SECN: Buffalo at Missouri
12pm ACCN: Charlotte at North Carolina
12pm CBSSN: Temple at Navy
3pm CW: Virginia at Wake Forest
3:30pm ABC: South Florida at Alabama
3:30pm CBS: Colorado at Nebraska
3:30pm NBC: Northern Illinois at Notre Dame
3:30pm FOX: Baylor at Utah
3:30pm FS1: Iowa State at Iowa
3:30pm BTN: Bowling Green at Penn State
3:30pm BTN: Duke at Northwestern
3:30pm ACC: Marshall at Virginia Tech
3:30pm CBSSN: San Jose State at Air Force
3:30pm Peacock: Kansas at Illinois
4pm ESPN2: Georgia Tech at Syracuse
4pm ESPNU: Troy at Memphis
4pm SECN: Middle Tennessee at Ole Miss
7pm ESPN: California at Auburn
7pm FS1: Akron at Rutgers
7pm BTN: Western Illinois at Indiana
7pm BTN; Rhode Island at Minnesota
7pm CBSSN: Liberty at NM State
7:30pm ABC: Tennessee vs. NC State
7:30pm NBC: Michigan State at Maryland
7:30pm ESPN2: Kansas State at Tulane
7:30pm ESPNU: UMass at Toledo
7:30pm SECN: South Carolina at Kentucky
8pm ACCN: App State at Clemson
10:30pm FOX: Utah State at USC
10:30pm ESPN: Mississippi State at Arizona State
10:30pm FS1: Texas Tech at Washington State
10:30pm BTN: Eastern Michigan at Washington
10:30pm CBSSN: Oregon State at San Diego State

Monday, March 4, 2024

CFB TV Guesses: 2024 Weeks 0 & 1

Initial guesses for Week 0 & 1 CFB.  If a game isn't listed, assume its a ESPN+, ACCNX/ESPN+, SEC+/ESPN+ or MW Network streaming exclusive.  Peacock exclusives will be listed due to the limited number of them.

I've also made a couple assumptions regarding the movement of games off Saturday to either Thursday or Friday.

Games listed in italics are confirmed for that time and TV network.

Week 0
What is know right now in terms of available time slots:
* ABC should have the third place game in the Little League World Series on Saturday 8/24 in the afternoon.

1:30pm ESPN: Florida State vs. Georgia Tech
5pm ESPN: North Alabama vs. Southeast Missouri
6pm FS1: SMU at Nevada
7:30pm ABC: Florida A&M vs. Norfolk State
Midnight Spectrum PPV: Delaware State at Hawai'i

Week 1
What is known or expected right now in terms of available time slots
* FOX has evening MLB starting at 7pm ET
* CBS has NWSL games on Sunday afternoon
* ESPN2 should take the US Open tennis event all day

Thursday
I'm making an assumption that either Arizona or Arizona State will move to Thursday night to provide ESPN a Thursday night opener. I think the Big 12 will be providing that opening Thursday night game either way.

SECN tends to have a Thursday night opener as well. Went with old standby South Carolina. 

7pm ACCN: Western Carolina at NC State
7:30pm SECN: Old Dominion at South Carolina
8pm FS1: North Carolina at Minnesota
9pm ESPN: New Mexico at Arizona

Friday
Another assumption, but with a history as Michigan State has regularly moved their home opener to Friday night when it occurs during the Labor Day weekend.  Wisconsin has also occasionally hosted on Friday night and this seems to be a good spot for them.

6pm CBSSN: Lehigh at Army West Point
7pm ACCN: Elon at Duke
7:30pm BTN: Florida Atlantic at Michigan State
8pm FS1: Western Michigan at Wisconsin
9pm ESPN: TCU at Stanford

Saturday
12pm ABC: Colorado State at Texas
12pm FOX: Fresno State at Michigan
12pm ESPN: Virginia Tech at Vanderbilt
12pm FS1: UNLV at Houston
12pm BTN: FIU at Indiana
12pm BTN: Howard at Rutgers
12pm ESPNU: James Madison at Charlotte
12pm SECN: Southern Miss at Kentucky
12pm ACCN: Kent State at Pitt
12pm Peacock: UConn at Maryland
3:30pm ABC: Clemson vs. Georgia
3:30pm FOX: Penn State at West Virginia
3:30pm CBS: Akron at Ohio State
3:30pm FS1: Idaho at Oregon
3:30pm BTN: Miami (OH) at Northwestern
3:30pm BTN: Indiana State at Purdue
3:30pm CBSSN: Bucknell at Navy
3:30pm ACCN: Georgia State at Georgia Tech
4pm ESPN: Temple at Oklahoma
4pm SECN: Chattanooga at Tennessee
4pm ESPNU: Boise State at Georgia Southern
6:30pm CW: Ohio at Syracuse
7pm FS1: Illinois State at Iowa
7:30pm ABC: Notre Dame at Texas A&M
7:30pm NBC: UTEP at Nebraska
7:30pm SEC: WKU at Alabama
7:30pm CBSSN: Coastal Carolina at Jacksonville State
7:30pm BTN: Weber State at Washington
7:30pm ESPNU: North Texas at South Alabama
8pm ESPN: Miami (FL) at Florida
8pm ACCN: Houston Christian at SMU
10:30pm FS1: Wyoming at Arizona State
11pm CBSSN: UCLA at Hawai'i

Sunday
7:30pm ABC: LSU vs. USC

Monday
8pm ESPN: Boston College at Florida State