Yes we have finally made it. Tomorrow night, Cal and Hawaii will play a game in Sydney, Australia. Only us, the ardent college football fans we are, would consider watching this. It is akin to watching Tennessee play Cleveland this year in the NFL. You’d have to be a huge Titans or Browns fan or be a lunatic NFL fan just to flip to whatever Sunday Ticket channel this game is on. But this is what happens when you wait months for any semblance of college football. And I think the NCAA knows this. Why put on two premier teams when you can ease into it with this, ahem, “showcase?” Also we have Thursday and Friday night games to watch before the real opening showcase happens on Labour Day Saturday.
Saying all that, you’d think we would see this game on the specialty pack listings. So far, nope. I checked this morning (around 7) and no sign of either this game or the FCS Kickoff on Saturday night. I am sincerely hoping this changes sometime tonight as we have played this game before and it’s not incredibly fun at all. I assume they are on since I was notified I was signed up for the U.S. College Sports Package again. I don’t think Bell would mail that out if they weren’t doing it. So I can safely assume those games will be on both the Bell and Rogers specialty packs (and any other specialty packs out there). So how about I switch to what the true Week One will look like. UPDATE: The game has shown up on the Bell Fibe and Satellite schedules. Haven’t seen anything for Rogers yet but I am sure it will show up soon. UPDATE #2: So I finally got a response from someone at Rogers and they said that they did not have the rights to air it on the Super Sports Pack at this time. I have no fucking what they mean but it smells like bullshit (as I mentioned to a reader). Ridiculous. I feel bad for Rogers Super Sports Pack subscribers.
A few specialty pack offerings with BTN and CBSSN showing a game each. Nothing too special although App State-Tennessee looks intriguing if the Mountaineers can keep it close going into the fourth.
Again, not a whole lot although we get our first TSN offering. Toledo-Arkansas State, a good Group of Five matchup, will appear on TSN2 and TSN3.
We start with BC-GT in Ireland for some MORNING FOOTBAW!!! I am surprised more teams haven’t figured this out. They don’t even have to be overseas games. Just start at like 10:30 in the morning and the whole damn country will have only one game to watch for the first half…yours.
The early afternoon offerings are relatively slim but highlighted by a MASSIVE game: Houston against Oklahoma. This game will make or break Houston and could break the Sooners if they don’t get the job done.
Saturday afternoon has some great games including LSU-Wisconsin, UCLA-Texas A&M, and Georgia-North Carolina. I’m salivating thinking of this. This is when it will truly start to feel like a special Saturday: when there are multiple options on at the same time and your remote control wants to tap out.
Primetime gets us the juiciest games. Bama-USC of course. But don’t forget Clemson-Auburn which could be sneaky good.
For the first time ever, ABC will have college football on primetime on the first Sunday of the season. Let’s hope Texas makes a game of it and doesn’t let Notre Dame walk all over them.
Let’s hope last year’s Labour Day game debacle doesn’t repeat itself this time around.
So there you go. Early next week I will put up the (hopefully) confirmed schedule. Waiting on all the specialty pack games at this point (and perhaps an ASN offering although it looks like we won’t be getting one week one in this area). We’ve arrived! We’re here! Enjoy the games!