After what felt like an eternity, college football is back on the air. If you were lucky enough (and enjoyed parting with your hard-earned money easily) you saw a fantastic game during the FCS Kickoff this past Saturday. Future Mountain West Conference member North Dakota State lost a close one to other potential Future Mountain West Conference member Montana. These two teams would assuredly be at least in the middle of the standings in the MWC if not near the top.
So we start with some good news. Our friends (and I use that term very loosely) at Rogers and Bell have already come out with their schedules for week one……………………………..ok now that you have woke up from fainting I can continue. Believe me, I was shocked as well. Last year there were times it was Thursday morning and neither had schedules up for that night’s games. In terms of scheduling their respective specialty packs, Rogers usually does a better job than Bell. So, in conclusion, I am impressed…so far. Let’s hope they keep it up.
First off I will start with the almighty cable schedule:
|FIU at UCF (Thurs)||6:00 PM||CBSSN||X|
|Duke at Tulane (Thurs)||9:30 PM||CBSSN||X|
|Colorado at Hawaii (Fri morning)||1:00 AM||CBSSN||X|
|Fordham at Army (Fri)||7:00 PM||CBSSN||X|
|Kent State at Illinois (Fri)||9:00 PM||BTN||X|
|Illinois State at Iowa||12:00 PM||BTN||X|
|Colgate at Navy||12:00 PM||CBSSN||X|
|Wofford at Clemson||12:30 PM||WSBK||X||X|
|BYU at Nebraska||3:30 PM||ABC||X||X|
|Wagner at Rice||3:30 PM||MyTV||X||X|
|Auburn vs. Louisville (in Atlanta)||3:30 PM||CBS||X||X|
|Florida Atlantic at Tulsa||3:30 PM||CBSSN||X|
|Virginia at UCLA||3:30 PM||FOX||X||X|
|UNLV at Northern Illinois||7:30 PM||CBSSN||X|
|Texas at Notre Dame||7:30 PM||NBC||X||X|
|Alabama vs. Wisconsin (in Dallas)||8:00 PM||ABC||X||X|
|Ohio State at Virginia Tech (Mon)||8:00 PM||TSN3||X||X|
This is Rogers’ bread and butter so to speak. Every possible game on cable this season will be shown for Rogers customers. They get CBS Sports Network and the Big Ten Network while Bell customers do not. Anyway, looking at the games, a pretty good spread over three days. Of course the neutral site games stand out since that’s what week one of any college football season now seems to be about. Plus we get a Monday night treat before the NFL season begins with tOSU and Virginia Tech squaring off. Not bad. And then of course the surprise CBS game during week one. Some good stuff all around.
Update: If you see this on time it looks like due to a weather delay, the Wagner-Rice game was switched to Old Dominion-Eastern Michigan.
Now let’s take a wee gander at the specialty packs:
|South Carolina vs. North Carolina (in Charlotte) (Thurs)||6:00 PM||SP||X||X|
|Oklahoma State at Central Michigan (Thurs)||7:00 PM||SP||X||X|
|Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt (Thurs)||8:00 PM||SP||X|
|TCU at Minnesota (Thurs)||9:00 PM||SP||X||X|
|Charlotte at Georgia State (Fri)||3:30 PM||SP||X||X|
|Baylor at SMU (Fri)||7:00 PM||SP||X||X|
|Michigan State at Western Michigan (Fri)||7:00 PM||SP||X||X|
|Washington at Boise State (Fri)||10:15 PM||SP||X||X|
|Stanford at Northwestern||12:00 PM||SP||X||X|
|Richmond at Maryland||12:00 PM||SP||X||X|
|ULM at Georgia||12:00 PM||SP||X|
|Penn State at Temple||3:30 PM||SP||X||X|
|UTEP at Arkansas||3:30 PM||SP||X||X|
|Bowling Green at Tennessee||4:00 PM||SP||X|
|Arizona State vs. Texas A&M (in Houston)||7:00 PM||SP||X||X|
|UL-Lafayette at Kentucky||7:00 PM||SP||X||X|
|New Mexico State at Florida||7:30 PM||SP||X|
|South Carolina State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (in Orlando) (Sun)||3:30 PM||SP||X||X|
And now we see Bell’s strength. Bell customers (like myself) will get ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and SEC Network games (and the odd FOX Sports Network ACC game). Rogers customers do not get SEC Network games which, on some weeks is fine and on others really sucks. TSN ended up showing a couple of noon SEC Network games last season so not all hope is lost. A boatload of Thursday and Friday action along with a healthy dose of Saturday games here. Highlight is probably the ASU-TAMU game in Houston which I see being a great one. Surprisingly, no late games really anywhere that we can see. Latest game will be Bama-Wisky on ABC for everyone. That changes starting next week I’m sure.
Games o’ the Week
Alright I did this in an earlier post so my choices haven’t changed. All I will do is list them here in order of importance:
- Alabama vs. Wisconsin (in Dallas)
- Ohio State at Virginia Tech
- Arizona State vs. Texas A&M (in Houston)
- Texas at Notre Dame
- Auburn vs. Louisville (in Atlanta)
- TCU at Minnesota
- Michigan at Utah
- South Carolina vs. North Carolina (in Charlotte)
- Washington at Boise State
- BYU at Nebraska
All in all, Rogers customers will receive 31 games from Thursday through Monday and Bell customers receive 27. That’s about on par with what we can expect each and every week (if you have one of the specialty packs). I’ve said it before but at least for Bell customers, the specialty pack is worth it. $100 for the year and you get all these extra games. I am waiting for them to jack the price and who knows what will happen once pick n’ pay is implemented but for now….WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! Rogers is a little different since (as far as I know) they group all sports together in one huge premium package, which is ridiculous. Obvious money grab since I know very few people who will watch all sports. And by very few I mean none.
One last note. When I don’t have my kids (which works out to a little over half the weekends), I can be seen on the Twitter machine doing that live-tweeting thing. I spend all day watching college football and usually eat really shitty (health-wise) but tasty food. Good times. I pay for it Sunday but many people have that as a recovery day for various reasons. Anyway, where was I…oh yeah. My twitter handle is @LikeABauce1978. I know Twitter isn’t everyone’s thing. Some like Facebook. Some like that Instagram thing. Some just prefer browsing websites. I don’t think there is anyone (at least under 50) that doesn’t do one of these four. And if you say you are then how come you are on this site right now? OK this is getting way to philosophical (I think). Just enjoy the games this weekend and for the next four months. I’m looking forward to it.
Update #2: Well I knew it wouldn’t last. Checked my guide (Bell Fibe) this morning and the tOSU-VT game tonight is not on TSN, replaced with Canada playing in the FIBA Americas tournament on multiple channels. As of right now, it looks like it is still on TSN3 for Bell Satellite customers. Rogers also looks like it has been replaced with the basketball game. I’m not quite sure what to make of this because it also is not appearing on the specialty packages. If this is the case I will have to talk to customer service because it is supposed to be on either one. That’s the deal I (along with anyone else who has signed up for a specialty pack) signed up for. Not impressed. I will keep you posted as the day goes on.
Update #3: Ok now I am pissed off. Talk to a CSR from Bell. She says that it’s the NCAA that is saying this game can’t be shown in this area. I asked her why it was taken off TSN in the first place and she said the NCAA has the right to remove the game from a specific viewing area. I called bullshit on that and said that makes no sense. One of the biggest games of the year and the NCAA (of all organizations) takes it off Canadian television (at least for Fibe customers from what I can tell). She goes on to say the NCAA has control of the specialty pack. Seriously? Do you think I’m a fucking moron? Bell has no control over the contract they have with ESPN as to what they put on the specialty pack? If that’s the case, that’s like saying the NCAA has chosen not to allow FOX Sports One games in this area but allow ESPN games to air. So basically the NCAA is colluding with ESPN to keep FOX out of Canada. Uh, no. There is no fucking way that is the case. Basically this CSR is a dipshit (which most of them are due to complete lack of training) so I will try again later on this afternoon and hope things change. FUCK!
Update #4: Finally. FINALLY! Someone with a bit of brains (and possibly training) has somewhat answered my question. I finally decided to call in and ask what was going on. The CSR that answered told me she saw it in the guide for tonight and double-checked. Lo and behold it was there for her so it should be shown tonight. She said sometimes with updates (especially modem updates), they don’t come out quick enough to update everything on time and that includes the guides. So, from what she has told me, the Virginia Tech-Ohio State game SHOULD appear tonight. My guess is that it is the same for Rogers and Bell Satellite customers. Let’s hope that this is the case. Fingers crossed. Now unfortunately this does mean that it will definitely not appear on a TSN network tonight which sucks for anyone who doesn’t have a specialty pack.