I can’t wait any longer. Well I guess I could but the bowl games start in three days. What is TSN waiting for? They have the entire World Junior Hockey Championship schedule (for the most part) but can’t figure out a few bowl games to slot in between? Give me a break.
So here’s the bowl schedule as of right now. If you see an asterisk (*) it means the broadcast information isn’t set in stone. So almost everything post-Christmas is up in the air (somewhat). I did my best knowing what TSN already has going for them from Christmas past New Year’s with the WJHC. I am guessing I am pretty close with this but don’t be surprised if a game or two moves to the specialty pack or vice versa.
UPDATE #2: The schedule is fully updated.
Here’s the sked:
|December 17||Celebration Bowl (Grambling vs. NC Central)||12:00 PM||ABC||ABC|
|December 17||New Mexico Bowl (New Mexico vs. UTSA)||2:00 PM||ESPN||TSN1/TSN3|
|December 17||Las Vegas Bowl (Houston vs. San Diego State)||3:30 PM||ABC||ABC|
|December 17||Cure Bowl (Arkansas State vs. UCF)||5:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSN|
|December 17||Camellia Bowl (Appalachian State vs. Toledo)||5:30 PM||ESPN||TSN2|
|December 17||New Orleans Bowl (Southern Miss vs. UL-Lafayette)||9:00 PM||ESPN||TSN2|
|December 19||Miami Beach Bowl (Central Michigan vs. Tulsa)||2:30 PM||ESPN||SP|
|December 20||Boca Raton Bowl (Memphis vs. Western Kentucky)||7:00 PM||ESPN||TSN1/TSN4|
|December 21||Poinsettia Bowl (BYU vs. Wyoming)||9:00 PM||ESPN||SP|
|December 22||Idaho Potato Bowl (Colorado State vs. Idaho)||7:00 PM||ESPN||SP|
|December 23||Bahamas Bowl (Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion)||1:00 PM||ESPN||SP|
|December 23||Armed Forces Bowl (Louisiana Tech vs. #25 Navy)||4:30 PM||ESPN||TSN1|
|December 23||Dollar General Bowl (Ohio vs. Troy)||8:00 PM||ESPN||SP|
|December 24||Hawaii Bowl (Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee)||8:00 PM||ESPN||SP|
|December 26||St. Petersburg Bowl (Miami-OH vs. Mississippi State)||11:00 AM||ESPN||SP|
|December 26||Quick Lane Bowl (Boston College vs. Maryland)||2:30 PM||ESPN2||TSN2|
|December 26||Independence Bowl (NC State vs. Vanderbilt)||5:00 PM||ESPN||SP|
|December 27||Heart of Dallas Bowl (Army vs. North Texas)||12:00 PM||ESPN||SP|
|December 27||Military Bowl (#24 Temple vs. Wake Forest)||3:30 PM||ESPN||TSN2|
|December 27||Holiday Bowl (Minnesota vs. Washington State)||7:00 PM||ESPN||SP|
|December 27||Cactus Bowl (Baylor vs. Boise State)||10:15 PM||ESPN||SP|
|December 28||Pinstripe Bowl (Northwestern vs. #23 Pittsburgh)||2:00 PM||ESPN||SP|
|December 28||Russell Athletic Bowl (Miami vs. #16 West Virginia)||5:30 PM||ESPN||SP|
|December 28||Foster Farms Bowl (Indiana vs. #19 Utah)||8:30 PM||FOX||FOX|
|December 28||Texas Bowl (Kansas State vs. Texas A&M)||9:00 PM||ESPN||SP|
|December 29||Birmingham Bowl (South Carolina vs. USF)||2:00 PM||ESPN||SP|
|December 29||Belk Bowl (Arkansas vs. #22 Virginia Tech)||5:30 PM||ESPN||SP|
|December 29||Alamo Bowl (#10 Colorado vs. #12 Oklahoma State)||9:00 PM||ESPN||SP|
|December 30||Liberty Bowl (Georgia vs. TCU)||12:00 PM||ESPN||SP|
|December 30||Sun Bowl (North Carolina vs. #18 Stanford)||2:00 PM||CBS||CBS|
|December 30||Music City Bowl (Nebraska vs. #21 Tennessee)||3:30 PM||ESPN||SP|
|December 30||Arizona Bowl (Air Force vs. South Alabama)||5:30 PM||ASN||MyTV|
|December 30||Orange Bowl (#6 Michigan vs. #11 Florida State)||8:00 PM||ESPN||TSN2|
|December 31||Citrus Bowl (#13 Louisville vs. #20 LSU)||11:00 AM||ABC||ABC/TSN2|
|December 31||TaxSlayer Bowl (Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky)||11:00 AM||ESPN||SP|
|December 31||Peach Bowl (#1 Alabama vs. #4 Washington)||3:00 PM||ESPN||TSN2|
|December 31||Fiesta Bowl (#2 Clemson vs. #3 Ohio State)||7:00 PM||ESPN||TSN2|
|January 02||Outback Bowl (#17 Florida vs. Iowa)||1:00 PM||ABC||ABC|
|January 02||Cotton Bowl (#8 Wisconsin vs. #15 Western Michigan)||1:00 PM||ESPN||TSN2|
|January 02||Rose Bowl (#5 Penn State vs. #9 USC)||5:00 PM||ESPN||TSN2|
|January 02||Sugar Bowl (#7 Oklahoma vs. #14 Auburn)||8:30 PM||ESPN||TSN2|
|January 09||National Championship Game||8:30 PM||ESPN||TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5|
UPDATE #5: As of right now (4:00 EST on Dec. 28th), the Texas Bowl isn’t showing anywhere in Canada. It was removed from TSN’s bowl schedule recently (I was notified of this on Twitter yesterday). I had checked on Christmas Eve and hadn’t seen it so it couldn’t have happened before that night. After talking with a Bell rep, I realized it was pointless to talk to a Bell rep about this. So it MAY show up on the specialty pack but there is no guarantee. If it doesn’t, it would be the first bowl game in a few years that has not been shown on Canadian television. I would not be happy since this feels like we are going backwards again with college football coverage in this country.
UPDATE #6: At least on Bell Fibe, the Texas Bowl is appearing on the specialty pack but only in SD.
UPDATE #7: OK was watching the Texas Bowl and it just went off the air. I don’t get it. Why stop broadcasting a game half an hour in?
OK maybe I should have put asterisks beside the games that were already set instead. Geez.
Alright, as of right now the breakdown looks like this on the American side:
- 33 games on ESPN (including the National Championship)
- 1 game on ESPN2
- 4 games on ABC (including the Celebration Bowl)
- 1 game on CBS
- 1 game on FOX
- 1 game on ASN/Campus Insiders
- 1 game on CBS Sports Network
UPDATE: A few games have been switched between TSN and the specialty packs.
UPDATE #3: The list below is updated and non-specialty pack people will not be pleased.
So for us Canadians it will look like this:
- 4 games on ABC (one shared with TSN)
- 1 game on CBS
- 1 game on FOX
- 1 game on MyTV
- 1 game on CBS Sports Network
- 16 games on TSN (one shared with ABC)
- 19 games on the specialty pack
More games than ever on the specialty pack (a third of them). UPDATE #4: Nope. Wrong. Almost half of the games on the specialty pack. Yikes. Regular subscribers will not be happy for sure. And of the games already set pre-Christmas, only 5 of 14 are on a TSN channel. This is when the schedule is pretty open without a ton of hockey on it. So it doesn’t look good right now but hopefully it all works out for non-specialty pack people.
I will keep updating this schedule as more information becomes available. Not impressed to say the least but nothing I can do at this point.
Also, there are a few lower-division games this coming Friday and Saturday if you’re into that type of thing.
|December 16||FCS Semifinal #1 (James Madison at North Dakota State)||7:00 PM||ESPN2||SP|
|December 16||Division III Championship (Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. UW-Oshkosh)||7:00 PM||ESPNU||SP|
|December 17||Division II Championship (North Alabama vs. NW Missouri State)||4:00 PM||ESPN2||SP|
|December 17||FCS Semifinal #2 (Youngstown State at Eastern Washington)||6:30 PM||ESPNU||SP|
One note on this: the Fighting Pelinis of Youngstown State head to Eastern Washington Saturday night and it is expected to be ball-freezing cold. FOOTBAW WEATHER!!!!!!!!!!!
Tomorrow I should have the NFL schedule up and then on Friday the bowl rankings and predictions. Or vice versa. I don’t know yet. You’ll find out when I do.