….just to forewarn you…I am doing this on very little sleep and during my lunch break at work. So if it’s sloppy then too bad. I’m sure you will figure it out.
Before we begin, this picture above is all you need to know why the SEC Network fucking sucks so far. Fournette doing the Heisman pose…against Sam Houston State? Just last season, a mere ten months ago, this game would have struggled to get a chance to be on ESPNEWS. Now it’s on a pretty major network. Anyway, enough of that rant. The SEC Network is on my shit list only because of Rogers and Bell’s treatment of the games they have.
Last week I just went day-by-day. Let’s do it slightly different this week. Going retro with this one (meaning last year) by listing the cable schedule first (or what I believe the schedule to be):
|Louisiana Tech at North Texas (Thurs)||8:00 PM||CBSSN|
|Houston at BYU (Thurs)||9:00 PM||TSN1/3/4/5|
|Toledo at Cincinnati (Fri)||7:00 PM||TSN2|
|West Virginia at Maryland||12:00 PM||BTN|
|Ohio at Marshall||12:00 PM||CBSSN|
|Kent State at Ohio State||12:00 PM||TSN4/ABC|
|Boise State at Connecticut||12:00 PM||TSN1|
|East Carolina at Virginia Tech||12:00 PM||TSN2|
|Louisville at Virginia||12:30 PM||WSBK|
|Arkansas vs. Texas Tech||3:30 PM||ABC|
|Lehigh at New Hampshire||3:30 PM||WNYO|
|Miami-OH at Michigan||3:30 PM||BTN|
|Georgia at South Carolina||3:30 PM||CBS|
|NC State at USF||3:30 PM||CBSSN|
|Iowa at Iowa State||3:30 PM||TSN3|
|Illinois at Washington||4:00 PM||FOX|
|Wake Forest at Utah State||7:00 PM||CBSSN|
|Purdue at Notre Dame (in Indianapolis)||7:30 PM||NBC|
|Tennessee at Oklahoma||8:00 PM||ABC|
|New Mexico State at UTEP||8:00 PM||WNYO|
|Penn State at Rutgers||8:00 PM||BTN|
|Texas vs. UCLA (in Arlington)||8:00 PM||FOX|
|Nebraska at Fresno State||10:30 PM||CBSSN|
Now, there is already confusion about this schedule because the guys who do the scheduling at Rogers and Bell must have their heads up their collective asses. Here’s a list of the issues:
- I have no listing for noon for ABC. Just says TBA. At first I thought it would be East Carolina-Virginia Tech but that’s on the specialty pack. A few have said KSU-tOSU is appearing there, even though TSN3 is showing it. And it begins.
- Bell Fibe and Bell Satellite have UCF-Missouri, an SEC NETWORK GAME, on TSN4. Not so with Rogers. And it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if it ended up, unannounced, on the specialty pack with no mention in the guide.
- 3:30 has another TBA for ABC. What the fuck? I didn’t list anything but it would make sense for Arkansas-Texas Tech to appear there. But it’s already on the specialty pack. I’m getting a bit ticked at this point.
- 8:00 and lo and behold…TBA again. USC-BC and Tenn-Okla are on the specialty pack already. I would say it’s an automatic we get the Vols-Sooners game but I’m not so sure. We here have been stuck with shitty east coast matches before (Michigan-UConn anyone?)
OK so now that I have that bullshit out of the way, let’s look at the specialty packs:
|Baylor at Buffalo (Fri)||8:00 PM|
|Indiana at Bowling Green||12:00 PM|
|Georgia Southern at Georgia Tech||12:00 PM|
|Louisville at Virginia||12:00 PM|
|UCF at Missouri||12:00 PM|
|Arkansas State at Miami||3:30 PM|
|Kansas at Duke||3:30 PM|
|Louisiana-Lafayette at Ole Miss||4:00 PM|
|Southern Miss at Alabama||6:00 PM|
|ULM at LSU||7:00 PM|
|Kentucky at Florida||7:30 PM|
|USC at Boston College||8:00 PM|
|Rice at Texas A&M||9:00 PM|
|Arizona State at Colorado||10:00 PM|
And I can’t even be sure these are totally correct. I am 96.7% sure that the three main SEC Network games will be here or, in the case of UCF-Mizzou, on one of the TSNs. Especially with the fact there aren’t many games to begin with on there. This is a nightmare and it’s only week three!
As for games of the week, I would select these ones:
Georgia at South Carolina – This is the obvious one. Outside of WILL MUSCHAMP! and the Gators making a run of it, this is the de facto SEC East championship game. And despite the fact Carolina has looked mediocre to terrible the first two weeks, the Head Ball Coach should have them ready, especially at home.
Tennessee at Oklahoma – Geez, that went downhill fast. In some weeks, this wouldn’t be a top ten matchup. So, let’s see if the hype can be proven. Does Butch Jones have the Vols ready for primetime or are they looking at another near-.500 season?
UCLA vs. Texas – One of seemingly 184 games this year at Jerry World. The people there must work 12 hours a day, seven days a week for all the things that happen at that stadium. Going into the season, this looked like a huge matchup. But now UCLA looked average and Texas got BYU’d again. Loser has absolutely no chance at the College Football Playoff me thinks.
UCF at Missouri – We might see it, we might not. But this is a statement game for both programs. If I had a fanbase they would have shit all over my pick of Missouri going back into the middle-of-the-SEC pack. They’ve looked strong. UCF looked so-so. I don’t know which team needs this more to be honest with you.
And since I marginally enjoy gambling here are my picks for the week (and just so you know, I went 8-7 in Pools on ProLine for week one of the NFL season…so yeah, don’t take this very seriously):
Baylor over Buffalo (start with an easy pick)
South Carolina over Georgia (I’m sticking with Carolina being the team to beat this season in the SEC East)
Iowa to win Cy-Hawk over Iowa State (and again, future Mountain West Conference member North Dakota State will not be impressed whatsoever)
Notre Dame to destroy Purdue
Oklahoma over Tennessee (although this should be rather close)
Fresno State over Nebraska (late-night upset pick!)
NFL schedules should be up tomorrow some time. It was nice to see NFL RedZone. I wish they had something like that for college football. From what I heard they kind of do and it’s not available in Canada, because, well, CRTC. That’s my best guess. I would never pay for RedZone since when I have my kids I won’t plop down in front of the TV for that many hours to watch. But when they’re not around….FOOTBALL!!!!
And finally one more little rant to end this. College GameDay. I see they are in Fargo again. Oh, how fun. Last year it was cool they went there. This year it feels like they aren’t trying at all. North Dakota State is playing Incarnate Word, a program that just moved up from D-II. So the game isn’t important at all. So why couldn’t they go somewhere else? Places like:
- Ole Miss. GameDay has NEVER done a show from The Grove. Sounds as ridiculous as it looks. They play Louisiana-Lafayette so it’s not like it will be a cakewalk.
- Colorado. They have not been there in 18 years. They play Arizona State tonight and I know the Buffs stink but at least it feels new.
- Iowa. It’s been 8 years since they were in Iowa City. And it’s Cy-Hawk, one of the most underrated trophy games in college football.
- Duke! They have never been to Duke. I know it’s the Jayhawks they are playing but why don’t they pay some homage to Coach C with a trip to the triangle?
Only ESPN network games were listed here. Would have been easy to go there. And, especially with the Ole Miss game, it will probably be a good game, even a trap game for the Rebs. Sorry, this screams of laziness. Gee, I wonder who Corso will pick, three-time reigning and defending FCS champs North Dakota State or lowly Incarnate Word? What a joke.
Update: Some fairly major changes to the schedule above so watch for the changes. Finally once ABC had confirmed games, the specialty packs changed drastically.