OK more like for Ontarians. Anyway….
I know it is almost two months away but the college football season is almost upon us! Seeing as how I live here in southern Ontario, there are perhaps approximately 500 others (max) across the province that feel the same way. How sad.
Anyway, one of the reasons for this blog is to be home for news on NCAA football on Canadian television. There are a few websites that cater to NCAA football on TV in the States. These include Matt’s College Sports on TV (www.mattsarzsports.com) which is an excellent site that, paired with his college sports media blog and twitter feed, make for an excellent resource; lsufootball.net, the first site I ever found that catered to this; and Sports Media Watch (www.sportsmediawatch.com), another excellent site that also highlights certain aspects of the college football schedule this season.
It’s early…..bear with me….but here is the somewhat early look at what Week One of the college football schedule will look like for us southern Ontario viewers.
Thursday August 29
6:00 North Carolina at South Carolina Sportsnet 360
7:00 UNLV at Minnesota OR Indiana State at Indiana Big Ten Network
9:15 Ole Miss at Vanderbilt Sportsnet 360
11:00 USC at Hawaii CBS Sports Network
Friday August 30
7:00 Morgan State at Army CBS Sports Network
8:00 Western Michigan at Michigan State Big Ten Network
Saturday August 31
12:00 UL-Lafayette at Arkansas Peachtree TV
12:00 UMass at Wisconsin OR Southern Illinois at Illinois Big Ten Network
12:00 Texas State at Southern Miss CBS Sports Network
12:30 Louisiana Tech at NC State WSBK
3:30 Idaho at North Texas CBS Sports Network
3:30 Northern Illinois at Iowa OR Central Michigan at Michigan Big Ten Network
3:30 Temple at Notre Dame NBC
3:30 Mississippi State vs. Oklahoma State (at Houston) ABC
8:00 Wyoming at Nebraska Big Ten Network
Sunday September 1
6:00 Colorado vs. Colorado State (at Denver) CBS Sports Network
Some notes on this tentative schedule:
• I know Bell Fibe subscribers (like myself) don’t get the Big Ten Network which sucks balls if you ask me. Rogers definitely has BTN though.
• In Mid-August, Speed is being rebranded Fox Sports 1 in the US. No word yet, but it sounds like there’s a good chance that the same thing will happen in Canada. This means a few games each week would be added to the college football TV schedule here. For Week 1 that would include Utah State at Utah on the Thursday, North Dakota State at Kansas State on Friday evening, and a trio of games on Saturday (William & Mary/West Virginia, Nicholls State/Oregon, and Boise State/Washington).
• No word on what ESPN games will be picked up by TSN at this point. It’s always a crapshoot when it comes to figuring this out ahead of time. The Super Sports Pak (Rogers) and the NCAA Sports package (Bell) will show a decent amount of ESPN games each week. This is great for college football fans north of the border since we will then get Penn State vs. Syracuse, Virginia Tech vs. Alabama, and TCU vs. LSU among other games.
• Including the special sports packages, Rogers customers should expect approximately 30 games for the first week of action to choose from, whereas Bell customers should expect approximately 25 games, as they would not get the Big Ten Network broadcasts.
Of course a much more thorough look at this broadcasting schedule will be made closer to the start of the season. And it’s only 56 days away!!!