college football TV schedule

Thanks to our pals at Bell and Rogers, here is your incomplete Week 1 college football TV schedule for Canadians*

*and by Canadians, I mean more like people in southern Ontario….and even more specifically, people within an hour or so of Guelph.

I figured I should put up something on here now. The regular cable schedule for college football this week is set (for the most part). What isn’t known is the schedules for the specialized college football cable packages. More on that in a bit…

So, first off, here is the week 1 schedule as far as I can tell. Yes, Bell subscribers (and I am one as well), I know that they don’t offer the Big Ten Network. I don’t care. Rogers customers get it so I am putting it in. Small consolation: this week’s BTN schedule looks absolutely crap-tastically awful.

Date Day Game Time Channel
August 29, 2013 Thursday North Carolina at South Carolina 6:00 PM SN360
August 29, 2013 Thursday UNLV at Minnesota 7:00 PM BTN
August 29, 2013 Thursday Ole Miss at Vanderbilt 9:15 PM SN360
August 29, 2013 Thursday USC at Hawaii 11:00 PM CBSSN
August 30, 2013 Friday Morgan State at Army 7:00 PM CBSSN
August 30, 2013 Friday Western Michigan at Michigan State 8:00 PM BTN
August 31, 2013 Saturday Umass at Wisconsin 12:00 PM BTN
August 31, 2013 Saturday Toledo at Florida 12:00 PM Peachtree 
August 31, 2013 Saturday Louisiana Tech at NC State 12:30 PM WSBK
August 31, 2013 Saturday Penn State vs. Syracuse (from East Rutherford) 3:30 PM ABC
August 31, 2013 Saturday Central Michigan at Michigan 3:30 PM BTN
August 31, 2013 Saturday Temple at Notre Dame 3:30 PM NBC
August 31, 2013 Saturday Miami-OH at Marshall 7:00 PM CBSSN
August 31, 2013 Saturday Georgia at Clemson 8:00 PM ABC
August 31, 2013 Saturday Wyoming at Nebraska 8:00 PM BTN
September 1, 2013 Sunday Colorado vs. Colorado State (from Denver) 6:00 PM CBSSN

Easily, the best game of the bunch on this list is the Georgia/Clemson game.  Definitely must-watch ball this week.  There’s a couple other nice gems on there including the opening game between North Carolina and South Carolina (Carolina-on-Carolina violence a.k.a. Clowney mad…Clowney very mad) as well as the second part of the Thursday night doubleheader with Ole Miss travelling to Nashville to face Vanderbilt.

Now, the fun part.  OK, not so fun I guess.  Trying to figure out what will be shown on the college football packages.  From some comments I have seen earlier today on a few message boards, no one knows if Rogers even has NCAA football as part of their Super Sports pack anymore.  This would be horrible news to Rogers subscribers who buy this package (or would have).  Let’s hope it’s not true.  From what I have seen, history says these schedules come out on the Tuesday before the start of the games.  So tomorrow would be the earliest to find these out.  Here’s a quick look as to what I believe will be shown on the Super Sports Pack (Rogers) or the NCAA Sports Package (Bell).

August 29, 2013 Thursday Tulsa at Bowling Green 7:00 PM ESPNU
August 29, 2013 Thursday Rutgers at Fresno State 10:30 PM ESPNU
August 30, 2013 Friday FAU at Miami 8:00 PM ESPNU
August 30, 2013 Friday Texas Tech at SMU 8:00 PM ESPN
August 31, 2013 Saturday Buffalo at Ohio State 12:00 PM ESPN2
August 31, 2013 Saturday Purdue at Cincinnati 12:00 PM ESPNU
August 31, 2013 Saturday Rice at Texas A&M 1:00 PM ESPN
August 31, 2013 Saturday BYU at Virginia 3:30 PM ESPNU
August 31, 2013 Saturday Mississippi State vs. Oklahoma State (from Houston) 3:30 PM ESPN2
August 31, 2013 Saturday Virginia Tech vs. Alabama 5:30 PM ESPN
August 31, 2013 Saturday Washington State at Auburn 7:00 PM ESPNU
August 31, 2013 Saturday TCU vs. LSU 9:00 PM ESPN
August 31, 2013 Saturday Northwestern at California 10:30 PM ESPN2
September 1, 2013 Sunday Ohio at Louisville 3:30 PM ESPN
September 2, 2013 Monday Florida State at Pittsburgh 8:00 PM ESPN

What exact channel these games end up on, I have no idea.  Plus, I assume that they just pick up all the ESPN Network games in the package.  On here, two games should leap out at you: Alabama vs. Virginia Tech and LSU vs. TCU.  Probably you have two really good games there.  Again, some filler for sure since it’s week one but if you are a huge college football fan, you’ll watch pretty much anything college football at this point.  Hey, if we’re willing to put the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on PVR to watch later, then yes, we love our college football…a little too much (but at least we admit it).

I will have an update later in the week for any changes to the schedule and to finally confirm the college football package games.  And to the idiots running the MSN TV listings, we do not get Fox Sports 1.  So stop telling us we are getting a bunch of games on the old SPEED network this weekend.  I have to just stop looking at that site altogether.  Way too frustrating.

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4 thoughts on “Thanks to our pals at Bell and Rogers, here is your incomplete Week 1 college football TV schedule for Canadians*

  1. Hey GuelphBossman,

    It’s nationscapital here from a certain site!

    Don’t forget about Ottawa, London and those in the Atlantic provinces who are lucky to get the Rogers Super Sports Pak. 🙂

    Just a question regarding overtime in college football: do you like the format that they use currently or would you like to see it based on the NFL’s overtime format (with this one twist)? If the first team who has the ball gets a touchdown (point after attempted afterwards), the other team gets a chance to match. After that, the next team to score wins the game.

    1. I will try not to forget people who get the Rogers Super Sports Pak. I have included BTN (which Bell subscribers do not get) so there’s one item I have included for Rogers customers only. Bell has just put out their lone Thursday night game on their NCAA Sports package. I am going to keep checking for Bell and Rogers to update their schedules over the next 24 hours until I can safely get all the games on the schedule with near-100% certainty.

      I have always liked the college football overtime rules. Saying that, I am glad the NFL has gone the route they have gone and it wouldn’t surprise me if the NCAA tweaks their rules at some point to mimic what the pros are doing. If I had to choose I would choose the NCAA way but after a few years of the NFL’s new OT rules, I may change my opinion.

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