It’s something we give to all who have fought for our country. It’s also something Florida State fans think they aren’t getting. They were dropped to #3 behind Oregon in the latest poll brought out by The Committee on Tuesday night. Really though it doesn’t matter. As I said in the post where I put my predictions, it’s what it looks like at the end of the season. And to be honest I can’t see the Noles falling any farther than #3 in the poll before the end of the regular season and they have a decent chance to climb back to the #1 spot, depending on what Mississippi State and Oregon do in their final games.
OK the CFL is now in the playoffs. This means they move to Sundays only. This frees TSN up on Saturday. And we will get our first look at what this means this weekend. Yes, they are simsubbing a couple of ABC games, but even with that, to see that TSN is showing 8 games on Saturday (after showing five in the days preceding it) is awesome. No other way to say it. 13 college football games in one week. Last year there were times where they went six weeks and didn’t put 13 games on. I don’t even think Sportsnet did 13 games all last year. Damn impressive. Here is the cable schedule (at this point):
|Ball State at Massachusetts (Wed)||8:00 PM||TSN4/TSN5|
|East Carolina at Cincinnati (Thu)||7:00 PM||TSN4|
|Southern Miss at UTSA (Thu)||8:00 PM||CBSSN|
|California at USC (Thu)||9:00 PM||TSN1|
|Tulsa at UCF (Fri)||8:00 PM||TSN1|
|Ohio State at Minnesota||12:00 PM||ABC/TSN4|
|Wesley at Charlotte||12:00 PM||WNYO|
|Iowa at Illinois||12:00 PM||BTN|
|Army at Western Kentucky||12:00 PM||CBSSN|
|Clemson at Georgia Tech||12:00 PM||TSN2/TSN3|
|Temple at Penn State||12:00 PM||TSN1|
|Pittsburgh at North Carolina||12:30 PM||WSBK|
|Nebraska at Wisconsin||3:30 PM||ABC/TSN2|
|Middle Tennessee at FIU||3:30 PM||WNYO|
|Indiana at Rutgers||3:30 PM||BTN|
|Mississippi State at Alabama||3:30 PM||CBS|
|Georgia Southern at Navy||3:30 PM||CBSSN|
|Oklahoma at Texas Tech||3:30 PM||TSN3|
|Washington at Arizona||3:30 PM||FOX|
|Northwestern at Notre Dame||3:30 PM||NBC|
|Albany at Villanova||7:00 PM||WNYO|
|Auburn at Georgia||7:00 PM||TSN3|
|Texas at Oklahoma State||7:30 PM||FOX|
|Florida State at Miami||8:00 PM||ABC|
|Michigan State at Maryland||8:00 PM||BTN|
|USF at SMU||8:00 PM||CBSSN|
|LSU at Arkansas||8:00 PM||TSN1/TSN5|
A HUGE amount of games on cable, highlighted by the big Mississippi State-Alabama game on CBS. TSN3 has an unprecedented (for TSN at least) tripleheader. It’s a sign of the changing of the times…or the fact TSN has no hockey to show. Either way…
Update: All of a sudden I notice that East Carolina-Cincinnati is not on TSN4 tonight. Not pleased when TSN does that.
Update #2: TSN2 has decided to show VaTech-Duke instead of doubling up on GT-Clemson. Good call.
On to the specialty pack schedule:
|Kent State at Bowling Green (Wed)||8:00 PM||SP|
|Bethune-Cookman at Hampton (Thu)||7:30 PM||SP|
|Virginia Tech at Duke||12:00 PM||SP|
|South Carolina at Florida*||12:00 PM||SP|
|Pittsburgh at North Carolina||12:30 PM||SP|
|Wake Forest at NC State (SD only on Bell)||3:00 PM||SP|
|Memphis at Tulane||3:30 PM||SP|
|Kentucky at Tennessee*||4:00 PM||SP|
|UNLV at BYU||7:00 PM||SP|
|Missouri at Texas A&M*||7:30 PM||SP|
|LSU at Arkansas||8:00 PM||SP|
|San Diego State at Boise State||10:15 PM||SP|
|Arizona State at Oregon State||10:30 PM||SP|
Wow, much less on the specialty pack this weekend. Good for everyone who doesn’t have it though. A few games aren’t set yet but probably will be. The three asterisked games are SEC Network tilts that will only appear on Bell (poor Rogers customers). Thankfully for Rogers customers, the SEC Network’s schedule has been largely disappointing so at least you have that to hold on to. I have noticed on my guide (Bell Fibe) that there are a few slots opened on the specialty pack channels with no information. However, there are no more games that can conceivably go on there. So we may expect some games on TSN and the specialty pack. I’ll keep updating this as I find out any information.
Games of the Week
Mississippi State at Alabama (3:30, CBS) – Duh. This is EASILY the biggest game of the week. Alabama is in a must-win situation since I can’t see them being selected for the CFP with two losses. Mississippi State can afford a loss here as long as they win out from there. Huge stakes in the SEC so of course Verne and Gary will bumble and stumble through this one for us.
Auburn at Georgia (7:15, expected to be TSN3) – The other huge SEC game is the second biggest game of the week. Elimination game here for sure and not just from the CFP perhaps. Georgia needs this to keep up with Missouri while Auburn needs to win and hope for a slip-up from one of Mississippi State or Alabama this week and then for the other to lose later on. And again, no Todd Gurley so we shall see what Dawgs offense shows up this weekend.
Ohio State at Minnesota (12:00, ABC and TSN4) – I wouldn’t call Minnesota a surprising team but they have looked damn good most of the season. Dancin’ Jerry Kill has done a phenomenal job in the Twin Cities. This is the first of three massive tests in a row for the Gophers but maybe the least important of the three. tOSU on the other hand has the East on a platter and just has to win out but easier said than done (although they do have the Fighting Hokes to finish their regular season).
Nebraska at Wisconsin (3:30, ABC and TSN2) – It certainly looks like Nebraska won’t lose four games this season! What an accomplishment for Signore Pelini since that seemed to be one of the certainties in life: death, taxes, and Pelini’s Huskers losing four games. They are snaking their way up the poll and towards a possible shot at Ohio State in Indianapolis in three weeks. However, they have to take care of business. It’ll be the Ameer Abdullah Experience vs. the Melvin Gordon Good Time Express. There should be about 600-or-so yards of rushing between the two teams and the game should be done before dinner.
Clemson at Georgia Tech (12:00, TSN2) – Speaking of no respect, there’s these two teams. Clemson plays second fiddle to Florida State in the one division (Atlantic?) and Georgia Tech is starting to play second fiddle to Duke of all teams. The loser here has no shot at the Orange Bowl bid.
Florida State at Miami (8:00, ABC) – Probably the last chance that Florida State could lose before the ACC Championship and it comes against a somewhat rejuvenated Canes squad. Al Golden and Al Golden’s tie have this team playing well at the right time. Too bad this game wasn’t at the old Orange Bowl. Dolphins Stadium just lacks the big-game atmosphere that The U needs for true home-field advantage. Jameis Winston needs a huge game here to stay in the Heisman hunt.
Picks for the Week
Yeah last week I didn’t do any picks. Probably wouldn’t have made a difference. Here we go:
Alabama over Mississippi State
Ohio State over Minnesota
Clemson over Georgia Tech
Arizona State over Oregon State
Arizona over Washington
Duke over Virginia Tech
South Carolina over Florida
Tennessee over Kentucky
Man that was a tough post to type. Wasn’t any longer or more difficult than other posts but I sliced a piece of my fingertip off last night with a potato peeler and it’s amazing how tough it is to type with your index finger out of commission. Hoping to live-tweet again this weekend depending on how my finger is feeling (should be better by then but we shall see). Definitely not going with Chinese food since I felt like shit the next day. Hope it’s a good week of football and I am happy I have my kids next weekend. Not only because it will be the first weekend in a while that they’re with me but it looks like a kind of shitty schedule so it’s not like I am missing a ton (I call that a win-win!).