Although to be honest he can only use it at certain times like, say, now. Also, he has some stiff competition from Sepp Blatter. I don’t know if Bud Selig or Gary Bettman are jealous of these three shitbags or glad that no matter what they do they can point at them and say at least I’m not doing that. That bald bastard Adam Silver looks like god damn royalty at this point.
Anyway, welcome to what is arguably the worst week in college football this season. At least in terms of quality games this one takes the shit cake. There’s Oregon-Michigan State and, um, well….hmmmm. Yeah. Not a whole lot else. Knowing that we will probably see some amazing finishes that we will talk about for ages (like BYU-Nebraska from last week).
Alright let’s start with the cable schedule:
|Oregon State at Michigan||12:00 PM||ABC||X||X||X|
|Presbyterian at Charlotte||12:00 PM||MyTV||X||X||X|
|Bowling Green at Maryland||12:00 PM||BTN||X|
|Army at Connecticut||12:00 PM||CBSSN||X||X|
|Wake Forest at Syracuse||12:30 PM||WSBK||X||X||X|
|Notre Dame at Virginia||3:30 PM||ABC||X||X||X|
|Hawaii at Ohio State||3:30 PM||BTN||X|
|Georgia at Vanderbilt||3:30 PM||CBS||X||X||X|
|Minnesota at Colorado State||3:30 PM||CBSSN||X||X|
|Iowa at Iowa State||4:30 PM||FOX||X||X||X|
|Arizona at Nevada||7:00 PM||CBSSN||X||X||X|
|Oregon at Michigan State||8:00 PM||ABC||X||X||X|
|South Alabama at Nebraska||8:00 PM||BTN||X|
|UCLA at UNLV||10:30 PM||CBSSN||X||X|
I have included a third column now since there is a slight difference between Fibe and Satellite schedules, that being that Fibe customers can receive CBS Sports Network whereas it is not available to Satellite customers (which really makes no sense to be honest). As you can see, the schedule is highlighted by Team Wardrobe Change and Team Big Ten Bridesmaid. Other than that there are some OK games (Oregon State-Michigan should be interesting) and some filler. This has become a good weekend to have the kids so my PVR will get its first workout of the season. Pray for it.
Now the specialty pack schedule for you smart (albeit possibly somewhat fiscally irresponsible) fans:
|Southern at Mississippi Valley State (Thurs)||7:30 PM||X||X||X|
|Utah State at Utah (Fri)||9:00 PM||X||X||X|
|USF at Florida State||11:30 AM||X||X||X|
|Western Illinois at Illinois||12:00 PM||X|
|Buffalo at Penn State||12:00 PM||X||X||X|
|Miami-OH at Wisconsin||12:00 PM||X||X||X|
|Houston at Louisville||12:00 PM||X|
|Jacksonville State at Auburn||12:00 PM||X||X|
|Wake Forest at Syracuse||12:30 PM||X||X||X|
|Washington State at Rutgers||3:30 PM||X||X||X|
|Fresno State at Ole Miss||3:30 PM||X||X||X|
|Middle Tennessee at Alabama||4:00 PM||X||X|
|Oklahoma at Tennessee||6:00 PM||X||X||X|
|East Carolina at Florida||7:00 PM||X||X||X|
|North Texas at SMU||7:00 PM||X|
|Ball State at Texas A&M||7:00 PM||X||X||X|
|Kentucky at South Carolina||7:30 PM||X||X|
|FIU at Indiana||8:00 PM||X|
|LSU at Mississippi State||9:15 PM||X||X||X|
|Boise State at BYU||10:15 PM||X||X||X|
|San Jose State at Air Force||10:15 PM||X||X||X|
There are a few oddities on this schedule (at this point) that I would like to point out. First, Rogers is again showing the BTN alternate game on the Super Sports Pack. They did this last year and really, it’s only an issue in September during the majority of non-conference season. Once conference games start in October, there are times BTN will only have two games all of Saturday. Second, Rogers also has an FOX Sports Network ACC telecast (Houston-Louisville) early Saturday. I don’t remember Rogers having these last year and I am too lazy to check. I know Bell customers received these telecasts about half-a-dozen times. It is allowed because they are usually also broadcast on ESPN3 (which Bell and Rogers can technically rebroadcast on their specialty packs). Finally, the North Texas-SMU game has appeared on the Rogers SSP schedule for some odd reason. It’s an ESPN3 game and has no importance to it. I can see this being removed by Saturday but then again, who knows. It’s still a bit of a crapshoot.
Game of the Week (plus some other pretty good ones)
We can start with the obvious and then move down the line from there:
Oregon at Michigan State (8:00, ABC) – Easily the game of the week and one of the games of the year. The first true test (at Oregon) for Vernon Adams, he of the weebles may wobble but they don’t fall down. Oregon’s D did not look that great against Eastern Washington while Sparty looked good but not great against Western Michigan. Loser here, more than likely, kills their College Football Playoff hopes (or at least damages it significantly).
Oklahoma at Tennessee (6:00, specialty pack) – This game goes here in the #2 slot by default since it’s the only other game this weekend between two ranked teams. I still have my doubts about the Vols being ranked in the top 25 (they are ranked #23) so this will be a put-up-or-shut-up type of game for them. The Sooners have to prove they aren’t ready to join Texas in the Big XII mid-table.
LSU at Mississippi State (9:15, specialty pack) – Wait. I was wrong. I forgot almost every SEC team wanted to be ranked this week so it almost happened (except Vandy…they laughed at Vandy). Anyway, this game could be considered the #2 game this week but who really cares. I am looking forward to this game more than the OU-UT game that precedes it. Let’s see if Mississippi State can get back to the level they were last year. With Dak Prescott, anything’s possible.
Boise State at BYU (10:15, specialty pack) – After the emotional Hail Joseph Smith win over Nebraska, BYU now has to prepare for arguably the best Group of Five team, but to do it without Taysom Hill. Boise State should be favoured but they sure looked average in the second half against Washington. A loss here by the Broncos opens up the door to a lot of Go5 teams for that one New Year’s Six spot.
I am only listing four games because none of the rest are can’t-miss or must-see. They aren’t even important (at this point of the season). Not that I won’t watch it since I totally will watch as much as I can). There always has to be that one week where you just look at the schedule and think to yourself “You know, I could totally do work around the house and not miss a whole lot.”
Straight Outta Reno
Not Vegas since my picks should not be replicated by anyone with even a semblance of a gambling background. I don’t actually use these picks since I don’t gamble on college football. I save that for the NFL and the real money.
Oregon over Michigan State (but it will be close)
Oklahoma over Tennessee
LSU over Mississippi State
Boise State over BYU
Notre Dame over Virginia
Georgia over Vanderbilt
Utah over Utah State
I can’t see many real upsets this week. This means there will totally be at least one good upset.
I will be doing the NFL Schedule either tomorrow or Friday. Either way, everyone should know by now that the Patriots are hosting the Steelers. Maybe now that football has actually started we can cut the rest of the NFL “news” out (for now). Yeah I don’t buy it either.
Update: I wish I didn’t have to do these updates because most of the time they are for bad reasons. And again, we have changes that make no sense. USF-Florida State is now off the specialty pack, at least for Fibe customers. It still looks like Satellite and Rogers customers have that game…for now. It has been replaced (in SD) with Wake Forest-Syracuse which is already on WSBK so I don’t understand why we would get it in two spots. Buffalo-Penn State has also been removed despite the fact the games after it on the same damn ESPN channel are still there. Who the hell makes these decisions and what is the rationale behind them? Oh, my guess is I would be told that the NCAA has control over it and they did it. Give me a break. At 4:00, the SEC Network alternate game of Toledo-Arkansas has been added for some reason. This is crazy. And remember when I asked why Rogers got North Texas-SMU? Well Fibe has it too now. Thank god I caught that before I let my PVR do its work.
Update #2: I’m an idiot. TSN all of a sudden picks up USF-Florida State and Buffalo-Penn State. Out of the blue. Crazy. Good for people without the specialty pack for sure. Also Notre Dame-Virginia was added to TSN4, despite the fact it is already on ABC. Oh well. At least TSN is showing some games now. This is so much easier when I am watching it all live.