It begins! Those weekends when I stay up past 2 in the morning to watch college football on a Saturday. OK well I guess it’s technically Sunday morning by that point. It feels like it’s 4:30 in the morning when I finally collapse into bed. Don’t get me wrong, as long as I don’t have to get up in the morning I will do it and love it and not think twice about it…until the next morning when I kind of feel like crap. All worth it. Plus this only occurs for the next few months and then there’s seven-and-a-half non-college football months. So I will suck it up and deal with it. And some of you will too, don’t lie.
This is the week where having the college football package becomes a bit more important if you are a true college football fan (and if you’re reading this blog…I think I have gone over this point ad nauseum by now). From Thursday night through to Saturday night/Sunday morning there will be a combined 23 different games on the Super Sports Pack and U.S. College Sports Package. Let’s be honest, that’s a shitload of games. Are they all the best games? Of course not but that’s not the point. The point is to have choice. And once conference season begins it becomes even more important to have these games at your fingertips.
Alright let’s get started with the schedule. The new format seems to be working (as far as I can tell). An asterisk (*) denotes that the game is in SD only (or at least that’s what I can find from the information I can gather). Here we go!
|Houston at Cincinnati||7:30 PM||TSN4/TSN5||X||X||X|
|Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Alcorn State||7:30 PM||SP||X||X||X|
Two games tonight with one for you non-specialty pack people on TSNs 4 and 5. Consider this a roadblock game for Houston (uh oh, I hope ESPN doesn’t see this and call this weekend ROADBLOCK SATURDAY). A loss here against a pretty good Bearcats team ends Houston’s CFP chances.
|Baylor at Rice||8:00 PM||SP||X||X||X|
|Arkansas State at Utah State||9:00 PM||CBSSN||X||X|
|Arizona State at UTSA||9:30 PM||SP||X||X||X|
Three games tonight. Nothing special although it wouldn’t look so good if Arkansas State lost another Group of Five non-conference battle in the first three weeks of the season.
|Florida State at Louisville||12:00 PM||ABC/TSN2||X||X||X|
|Temple at Penn State||12:00 PM||BTN||X|
|Georgia State at Wisconsin||12:00 PM||SP||X|
|Akron at Marshall||12:00 PM||CBSSN||X||X|
|Miami at Appalachian State||12:00 PM||SP||X||X||X|
|North Dakota State at Iowa||12:00 PM||SP||X||X||X|
|Kansas at Memphis||12:00 PM||SP||X||X||X|
|South Carolina State at Clemson*||12:00 PM||SP||X||X||X|
|Ohio at Tennessee*||12:00 PM||SP||X||X|
|Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech*||12:30 PM||WSBK/SP||X||X||X|
|Virginia at UConn||1:30 PM||SP||X|
Here we go with the big games. It starts with FSU-Louisville. Lamar Jackson and the Papa John’s Experience might kill another of my CFP choices if they win here. I wouldn’t be surprised if they did. Some MAJOR potential upset games here as The U travels to Appalachian State (which took Tennessee to the limit in Week One) and Iowa hosting North Dakota State. This will be my (approximately) 77th time imploring the Mountain West Conference to just invite the Bison and get it over with. Also, I have noticed Rogers SSP subscribers get Virginia-UConn at 1:30. Odd time. It’s an ESPN3 game so that’s OK but I don’t think I have ever seen Rogers or Bell pick up a game at this time.
|Oregon at Nebraska||3:30 PM||ABC||X||X||X|
|FIU at UMass||3:30 PM||MyTV||X||X|
|Colorado at Michigan||3:30 PM||BTN||X|
|Alabama at Ole Miss||3:30 PM||CBS||X||X||X|
|San Diego State at Northern Illinois||3:30 PM||CBSSN||X||X|
|Pittsburgh at Oklahoma State||3:30 PM||SP||X||X||X|
|Boston College at Virginia Tech||3:30 PM||SP||X||X||X|
|James Madison at North Carolina*||3:30 PM||SP||X||X||X|
|New Mexico State at Kentucky*||4:00 PM||SP||X||X|
|East Carolina at South Carolina*||4:00 PM||SP||X||X|
Bama-Ole Miss is easily the game of the timeslot. Oregon-Nebraska, at one point, could have been considered in the same territory but until Mike Riley truly turns things around in Lincoln, we can’t consider that to be the case. Again, a lot of choice here which is great.
|Maryland at UCF||7:00 PM||CBSSN||X||X|
|Mississippi State at LSU||7:00 PM||SP||X||X||X|
|Texas A&M at Auburn||7:00 PM||SP||X||X||X|
|Troy at Southern Miss||7:30 PM||beIn Sports||X||X||X|
|North Texas at Florida||7:30 PM||SP||X||X||X|
|Ohio State at Oklahoma||7:30 PM||FOX||X||X||X|
|Michigan State at Notre Dame||7:30 PM||NBC||X||X||X|
|Texas State at Arkansas*||7:30 PM||SP||X||X|
|Georgia at Missouri*||7:30 PM||SP||X||X|
|USC at Stanford||8:00 PM||ABC||X||X||X|
|Duke at Northwestern||8:00 PM||BTN||X|
Three MASSIVE games in this timeslot. I’m very glad I get to watch these games live this weekend. Last week’s Shitshow Saturday was pretty bad from a scheduling standpoint. Also, I am getting tired of games lasting more than four hours. Twice on Saturday I made sure I added time to get four hours on the PVR and it wasn’t enough. Putting even more time on is completely unfeasible. I hope college football gets their act together since there is no reason, unless it goes to more than two overtimes or the score is 60-59 or higher, that a game should last more than four hours, period.
Saturday Late Night
|UCLA at BYU||10:15 PM||SP||X||X||X|
|Utah at San Jose State||10:30 PM||CBSSN||X||X|
|Texas at California||10:30 PM||SP||X||X||X|
There is even three games on late night. As of right now, UCLA-BYU is not showing up on the Rogers guide as being on the specialty pack. That should change since it is with Bell and the game is not appearing on TSN.
UPDATE: I forgot to look on this but thanks to reader Gordo’s reminder, UCLA-BYU finally appears on the Rogers SSP.
Games of the Week
Yeah might as well bring back this feature as well. I will watch at least parts of every game listed (for Bell Fibe) from Thursday on. However, some games will hold my interest longer and are much more important to college football fans and, you know, the teams that are playing.
Florida State at Louisville – Thanks to Lamar Jackson this has become the game of the week. FSU better be very careful here. This is the first in the trio of ACC Atlantic Division title games. Loser here essentially has no chance of getting to the ACC Championship.
Alabama at Ole Miss – Threepeat? It could happen. Ole Miss is a dangerous team but I am sure Evil Saban is a little more prepared than he had been the last two occasions. I think this will be a close one and if history (for the last two years) shows us anything, one of the games of the year.
Ohio State at Oklahoma – Amazing that this is the third-best game of the week (on this list). Still a huge game but if the Sooners lose, then oh boy will they never hear the end of it. Chances of being in the CFP if that happens? Gonzo.
Michigan State at Notre Dame – Somehow this will be overshadowed by tOSU-OU (and USC-Stanford perhaps). Should be a great game and may end up being a bit of a CFP elimination game. An Irish loss means it’s New Year’s Six at best. No CFP for you!
Houston at Cincinnati – Said it before and I will say it again: this is a trap game! The Coogs better be up for this one since the Bearcats will give them no quarter, especially since this is a conference game.
Colorado at Michigan – This is put-up-or-shut-up time for the Buffaloes. They’ve looked good so far against weaker competition. This is a massive step up for them. They could show a lot even by keeping close in this one.
Mah Picks Yo!
My unscientific picks this week could rankle a few people…or make people believe I have brain damage. Either one. These picks are in no particular order:
LSU over Mississippi State
Auburn over Texas A&M
Ole Miss over Alabama (somewhat of an upset)
Oklahoma over Ohio State (another somewhat upset)
Oklahoma State over Pittsburgh
California over Texas (crazy upset of the week!)
Oregon over Nebraska
Stanford over USC
Florida State over Louisville
Houston over Cincinnati
Notre Dame over Michigan State
Michigan over Colorado
See what I mean?
OK the NFL schedule will be up on Friday at the latest. Check into this page for any potential updates to the college football schedule. Not much should change but you never know (especially if you have read this blog before this season). Enjoy the games everyone! I will be on the Twitter machine as usual (@LikeABauce1978) and eating some ungodly concoction of food and drink. I have some ciders to drink up so that should be fun.