Hey did you know Baylor is playing Oklahoma State this Saturday night at 8 on ABC? No? Then you must be deaf, blind, and dumb. I saw the commercial for it about 2,000 times the past two nights on the ESPN college football games. I get it. It’s a huge game. I don’t think there’s this much hype for the Super Bowl. There certainly isn’t as much for the Grey Cup. Don’t get me started on the Vanier Cup.
So other than BAYLOR-OKLAHOMA STATE!!!?!?!!?!?! there are plenty of other games on the sked scattered across the cable and specialty packages. This is bascially the hors d’oeuvres to next week’s main course. American Thanksgiving weekend is shaping up to be an absolutely awesome weekend of college football. First off, the cable schedule:
|Thursday||Rutgers at UCF||7:30 PM||ESPN|
|Saturday||Michigan at Iowa||12:00 PM||BTN|
|Saturday||Mississippi State at Arkansas||12:00 PM||ABC/Peachtree|
|Saturday||Pittsburgh at Syracuse||12:30 PM||WSBK|
|Saturday||Texas A&M at LSU||3:30 PM||CBS|
|Saturday||Nebraska at Penn State||3:30 PM||BTN|
|Saturday||Indiana at Ohio State||3:30 PM||ABC/TSN|
|Saturday||BYU at Notre Dame||3:30 PM||NBC|
|Saturday||Colorado State at Utah State||3:30 PM||CBSSN|
|Saturday||Tulsa at Louisiana Tech||7:00 PM||CBSSN|
|Saturday||Arizona State at UCLA||7:00 PM||FOX|
|Saturday||Baylor at Oklahoma State||8:00 PM||ABC|
|Saturday||Boise State at San Diego State||10:30 PM||CBSSN|
Can someone tell me why we have ABC other than for BAYLOR AND OKLAHOMA STATE IN STILLWATER? Two of the three games are shown on other channels. And why would TSN do that? There’s another game that west coast viewers get on the ABC network which would be much more exciting for viewers and that’s Oregon-Arizona. Why couldn’t TSN have shown that game? And again, Sportsnet’s “robust” NCAA football coverage comes into play. Can anyone outside of Rogers tell me why the Vanier Cup is on all four regional Sportsnet channels AND 360? What is the point? Show it on one or the other, not both. What a waste. I’m pretty sure it’s so viewers won’t switch from the Vanier Cup to something else on what is basically the same network. Hey, if the Vanier Cup is a blowout, then why shouldn’t they change the channel?
Specialty package time!
|Thursday||Rutgers at UCF||7:30 PM|
|Thursday||UNLV at Air Force||9:30 PM|
|Friday||Navy at San Jose State||9:30 PM|
|Saturday||Michigan State at Northwestern||12:00 PM|
|Saturday||Duke at Wake Forest||12:00 PM|
|Saturday||Virginia at Miami||12:00 PM|
|Saturday||Mississippi State at Arkansas||12:00 PM|
|Saturday||Idaho at Florida State||3:30 PM|
|Saturday||Wisconsin at Minnesota||3:30 PM|
|Saturday||Oregon at Arizona||3:30 PM|
|Saturday||Kentucky at Georgia||7:00 PM|
|Saturday||Vanderbilt at Tennessee||7:00 PM|
|Saturday||Missouri at Ole Miss||7:45 PM|
|Saturday||Washington at Oregon State||10:30 PM|
Again, another good selection. It seems like a long time ago when we were only getting 7 or 8 choices the entire Saturday. And for once, Bell has their schedule out before Rogers (although I assume the Rogers schedule should mimic the Bell one). At this point I don’t see the Friday night Middies-Spartans game on Bell but it should appear some time later today. This looks to be the full schedule as there are no other ESPN games (other than ESPNews and ESPN3 games) that have been left out. Again, games that in September would be considered mediocre games became uber-important. Games like Duke-WF, Missouri-Ole Miss, and MSU-Northwestern have become huge games when it comes to conference championship games. Speaking of CCGs…
Conference Championship Game Predictions
SEC: Alabama vs. South Carolina – I still think that Missouri will lose either this weekend against Ole Miss or next weekend against Texas A&M (or both). It’s going to be close but the Tide should win the Iron Bowl and get to Atlanta (although wouldn’t it cause chaos if Auburn did the unthinkable?).
Big Ten: Ohio State vs. Michigan State – Both teams have basically clinched their divisions barring any kind of collapse.
Pac-12: UCLA at Oregon – I can foresee a three-way tie for the Pac-12 South title. This would happen if UCLA beats Oregon State this week and then USC wins the Victory Bell over UCLA next week. I still think that somehow UCLA should come out of this as the division champ. Oregon is a lock after Stanford coughed it up against the Trojans.
ACC: Florida State vs. Duke – I can’t believe I just typed that. The Noles have clinched their spot already. The Blue Devils are wins over Wake Forest and North Carolina away from clinching their division as well. I don’t see Duke blowing either of those games.
Mountain West: Boise State at Fresno State – This could end up being the best conference championship game by a long shot. The thriller they had earlier in the season would be that much better with the stakes this high. A conference championship and, in the Bulldogs’ case, a BCS bowl bid is on the line.
Conference USA: North Texas at Marshall – The East Division comes down to next weekend’s ECU-Marshall matchup. I see Marshall pulling this one out to represent the East. I can’t see the Mean Green losing to either UTSA or Tulsa. They own the tiebreaker over Rice and it looks like their first season in Conference USA will be a successful one.
MAC: Northern Illinois vs. Bowling Green – The Huskies are in. They now await their opponent. The Falcons face Buffalo at the Ralph next weekend for the East Division crown. It should be close as the Bulls are better than a lot of people think but it will be Bowling Green who gets to go to Detroit in two weeks (normally that’s not a thing that would be celebrated since Detroit is, well, Detroit).
There is a possibility we could see one or two more bowl bids handed out early on next week but I think you will see quite a few after the Thanksgiving shakedown happens. I, for one, am looking forward to it.