I think it’s about time I do the schedule for the first week. I will be honest, hasn’t been easy with the new SEC Network throwing a wrinkle into a lot of things. Plus, my friends at Bell are not making things easy whatsoever. So let’s look at this day-by-day as it probably makes it easier. Just for your reference, SP means specialty pack (either the Super Sports Pack for Rogers or the U.S. College Sports Package for Bell).
|Abilene Christian at Georgia State||7:00 PM||SP|
A waiver was needed to get this game on the Wednesday. Scheduling issues makes this the first game of the season for an FBS team.
|Eastern Illinois at Minnesota||7:00 PM||BTN*|
|Wake Forest at ULM||7:00 PM||TSN2|
|Tulane at Tulsa||8:00 PM||CBSSN*|
|Boise State vs. Ole Miss (in Atlanta)||8:00 PM||TSN3|
Hey did you notice something missing? No Texas A&M-South Carolina. No Temple-Vanderbilt. No SEC Network games. As of this time (Tuesday night), there is no sight of these two SEC Network games on either the TSN family of networks or on the specialty packs. Then again, Bell has nothing other than the Wednesday nighter on their specialty pack. I sense this could be another frustrating year (at times) to get this information from Bell. I am using the info from Rogers as they have their first weekend info up. My guess is that the EIU-Minny game could end up on the specialty pack for Bell since we don’t get the Big Ten Network. On top of that, Bell subscribers also don’t get the CBS Sports Network. I was told it was to make room for other channels. This is possibly a bullshit reason since the channel it was on is nowhere near the channels the new TSN channels took over.
|BYU at Connecticut||7:00 PM||SP|
|Jacksonville State at Michigan State||7:30 PM||BTN*|
|Bowling Green at Western Kentucky||8:00 PM||CBSSN*|
|UTSA at Houston||9:00 PM||SP|
|UNLV at Arizona||10:30 PM||SP|
We get all the major (if you can call them that) games for this night. Again, taking the Rogers schedule as what will be seen on Bell (it is about 95% similar save for the BTN overflow games, and even some of the regular BTN games).
|Penn State vs. UCF (in Dublin)||8:30 AM||SP|
|Northern Iowa at Iowa||12:00 PM||BTN*|
|Navy vs. Ohio State (in Baltimore)||12:00 PM||CBSSN*|
|UCLA at Virginia||12:00 PM||TSN3|
|Appalachian State at Michigan||12:00 PM||TSN2|
|Western Michigan at Purdue||12:00 PM||SP|
|Georgia Southern at NC State||12:30 PM||WSBK|
|Rice at Notre Dame||3:00 PM||NBC|
|Alabama vs. West Virginia (in Atlanta)||3:30 PM||ABC/TSN3|
|Florida Atlantic at Nebraska||3:30 PM||BTN*|
|California at Northwestern||3:30 PM||TSN2|
|South Dakota State at Missouri||3:30 PM||SP|
|Clemson at Georgia||5:30 PM||SP|
|Northern Arizona at San Diego State||7:00 PM||CBSSN*|
|Idaho at Florida||7:00 PM||SP|
|Fresno State at USC||7:30 PM||FOX|
|Florida State vs. Oklahoma State (in Arlington)||8:00 PM||ABC/TSN3|
|LSU vs. Wisconsin (in Houston)||9:00 PM||SP|
|Washington at Hawaii||10:30 PM||CBSSN*|
I thought this day would never come. The first Saturday of the new season and holy shit do we college football fans get some good games (mixed with some shit but I digress). And, if that damn volcano in Iceland stops acting like a dick, it could start at 8:30 in the morning! It’s like college football heaven. Normally I hate simsubs as to me it seems like lazy programming. I will give TSN a break this week since they debuted their new channels about 36 hours ago. After this week, no excuses though (unless they have no other games to pick from). Saying that, there really is no other choice for TSN for the primetime game. The mid-afternoon game, they could have gone with Arkansas-Auburn for some SEC Network flavour (which we are getting none of on opening weekend).
|Alabama A&M vs. North Carolina A&T (in Orlando)||11:45 AM||SP|
One FCS game starting before noon. That’s it, that’s all but hey, it’s college football on Sunday. Let’s embrace it this one time.
|Miami at Louisville||8:00 PM||TSN3|
And speaking of embracing…college football on Monday night! This is now a tradition and seems to go to the ACC. Not a bad choice this season as they get Louisville’s first ACC conference matchup and it will be a test.
Games of the Week
OK so these are the games we can see. So no Texas A&M-South Carolina although I would have put it on here.
Clemson at Georgia – Arguably the biggest game of the opening weekend. This game could potentially eliminate a contender from the CFP-alooza Bowl-A-Thon on the first night.
Wisconsin vs. LSU (in Houston) – Interesting host site for this but it should be close to a sellout, a little skewed in favour of Tiger fans. Again, potentially an early elimination game. Also, a check on some amazing running games. Melvin Gordon and Leonard Fournette can start their Heisman campaigns here.
Florida State vs. Oklahoma State (in Arlington) – Neutral site games in Week 1 are all the rage (7 FBS, 1 FCS). And they usually get some amazing matchups. Let’s see if there is some championship hangover for Jameis Heisman and his Noles. And will the Pokes start their step back here or does Gundy’s boys (BOYS…Gundy is the man) put a scare in Jimbo?
Someone asked if I was doing picks. Hey, might as well, this can’t get much worse. So here we go with a few of my picks from games we will see:
- ULM over Wake Forest
- Ole Miss over Boise State
- Penn State over UCF (if they end up playing at all)
- Alabama over West Virginia (big win here)
- LSU over Wisconsin in a close one
- Louisville over Miami in Fun Bobby’s return
If there are any changes to the schedule, I will make them on the main part of the document (meaning I won’t put them in the updates after the article). Keep checking, get your PVRs fired up or, if you’re lucky, just sit down these next five days and watch some college football. The season is here…finally.
Update: This is a big one. I guess they tried to sneak it past me. That’s what I get for being too busy at work to notice. Texas A&M-South Carolina has appeared on the sports pack (along with Temple-Vanderbilt). I haven’t seen any mention of the Saturday SEC Network games or the Sunday Utah State-Tennessee game yet. Hopefully we will see them appear in the next 12 hours.