Yes, Tuesday and Wednesday night football is back. Well, for some of us it is back. For others it is steady as she goes or more like SOS (same old shit). It’s tough to gauge how Tuesday and Wednesday night football has helped the MAC. I am sure it hasn’t hindered it and every so often you see a game that’s huge for the MAC in a stadium that is rammed with fans. Doesn’t happen often since most MAC teams don’t average 20,000 fans-plus a game. Makes me wonder why Eastern Michigan doesn’t have more of their games in the middle of the week since on a clear, sunny Saturday afternoon they can’t draw flies.
Cable schedule time!
|Clemson at Wake Forest (Thu)||7:30 PM||TSN1|
|Fordham at Bucknell (Fri)||6:30 PM||CBSSN|
|Louisiana Tech at UAB||12:00 PM||WNYO|
|Penn State at Indiana||12:00 PM||BTN|
|SMU at Tulsa||12:00 PM||CBSSN|
|Georgia at Kentucky||12:00 PM||TSN3|
|Iowa at Minnesota||12:00 PM||TSN4|
|Presbyterian at Ole Miss||12:00 PM||TSN1|
|Georgia Tech at NC State||12:30 PM||WSBK|
|Notre Dame at Arizona State||3:30 PM||ABC|
|FIU at Old Dominion||3:30 PM||WNYO|
|Texas A&M at Auburn||3:30 PM||CBS|
|Army vs. Connecticut (in Yankee Stadium)||3:30 PM||CBSSN|
|Towson at Villanova||7:00 PM||WNYO|
|Boise State at New Mexico||7:00 PM||CBSSN|
|Kansas State at TCU||7:30 PM||FOX|
|Ohio State at Michigan State||8:00 PM||ABC|
|Alabama at LSU||8:00 PM||CBS|
|San Jose State at Fresno State||10:30 PM||CBSSN|
For once, people without the Super Sports Pack or U.S. College Sports Package get some good-to-great Saturday night college football. For the better part of this season, the schedule has been average to downright dreadful once the sky starts getting dark. Also, it’s two big tilts that could shape each conference’s chances at putting a team in the College Football Playoff. If K-State and tOSU win their games respectively, both conferences fall into a bit of chaos in terms of having a deserving team be in the final four. I think this is what the SEC is hoping for to be honest. Then again, if LSU somehow pulls it out against Alabama, then that conference could be in a state of flux.
And now the specialty pack schedule:
|Northern Illinois at Ball State (Wed) (Rogers – SD only)||8:00 PM|
|Buffalo at Ohio (Wed) (Rogers – SD only)||8:00 PM|
|Bethune-Cookman at Norfolk State (Thu)||7:30 PM|
|Memphis at Temple (Fri)||7:30 PM|
|Utah State at Wyoming (Fri)||8:00 PM|
|Georgia Tech at NC State (SD only)||12:30 PM|
|Duke at Syracuse (SD only)||12:30 PM|
|Michigan at Northwestern||3:30 PM|
|Tulane at Houston (Bell – SD only)||3:30 PM|
|UT-Martin at Mississippi State||4:00 PM|
|Virginia at Florida State||6:30 PM|
|Hawaii at Colorado State (Bell – SD only)||7:00 PM|
|Louisville at Boston College||7:15 PM|
|Florida at Vanderbilt||7:30 PM|
|Oregon at Utah||10:00 PM|
A good cross-section of games. For once, the cable schedule outshines the specialty pack schedule. Don’t get me wrong, I love the U.S. College Sports Package and the ability to see those ESPN network games I wouldn’t normally receive. Saying that, I still believe that the cable schedule should always be on par with the specialty pack schedule, if not better than it. Unfortunately, in our neck of the woods, this puts the onus squarely on TSN since they are the only ones that have the ability (for the most part) to change what games they put on the air. There are other factors at play, like the CFL, so it’s not exactly cut-and-dry in TSN-land either. Something they may need to think about starting next season, if possible. Update: Wisconsin-Purdue will not be shown for some reason. It may still be on the Rogers schedule, but Bell customers won’t get it. Also, it looks like Bell has moved SEC Network games to HD and the afternoon and primetime ESPNU games to SD only.
Update #2: Wisconsin-Purdue has shown up despite not being on the guide. I hate when they do that.
One thing that irks me a tiny bit with this week’s schedule is not being able to get the Marshall-Southern Miss game in this area. Because ASN has contracts with both Conference USA and the Colonial conference from FCS, they split their games nationally at all three game times (noon, 3:30, 7:00) most of the time. This Saturday night may be our last chance to actually see, live, Marshall try not to screw up their chances at getting into the New Year’s Six. What do we get instead? Towson-Villanova. Don’t get me wrong. Normally I’d be fine with this as for an FCS game at least it has two of the better teams playing. But, come on. Unless you are an alumnus of one of these schools, will you even consider turning the channel with the quality of games on in primetime? At least with showing Marshall-So. Miss you will have people going over (even briefly) to get updated on the goings-on. Not impressed. This could have been re-arranged better I’m sure.
For the most part, at this point, the Rogers and Bell schedules are complete (for once). My guess is that with MACTION! this week they have had to up their games and get things out earlier than they normally would. Thank you Mid-American Conference for helping with that. Greatly appreciated. Just wish they did this every week….Rogers and Bell that is. Either way, if there are any updates, I will keep you notified of them up until game time on Saturday. I will be live-tweeting throughout the day on Saturday and probably gorging myself on not-so-healthy food so hopefully this weekend turns out to be a good one in the college football world. Just a reminder I will have the NFL schedule up tomorrow.