*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.
|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.