We have finally made it to the NFL Playoffs and the College Football National Championship. It’s almost over for another season, folks! I am shedding a tear just thinking about it.
First up, the College Football National Championship. It will air on TSN1, 3, 4, and 5. On TSN5, the coverage starts mid-afternoon. College GameDay and a bunch of other shows will set you up for the game which starts at 8. On TSN3, the game will be joined in progress after the Winnipeg Jets game ends. That should be at about 10:30. So at least TSN is going all in for this game after a rough patch with the bowl games as a whole.
I guess I should include a pick here. I think Clemson will finally win their first championship in 35 years by beating Alabama in a close one. Going with a 31-27 score in this one. If this does happen I can see a LOT being made of the choice to send Lane Kiffin packing early and going with Steve Sarkisian for the final game of the season.
Then we have the NFL Wild Card Round. Here is the schedule for the upcoming weekend:
|4:30||Oakland at Houston||ABC/CTV|
|8:00||Detroit at Seattle||NBC/CTV|
|1:00||Miami at Pittsburgh||CBS/CTV|
|4:30||NY Giants at Green Bay||FOX/TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5|
The Saturday game between Oakland and Houston will bring a loss of approximately $75 million to ESPN/ABC. $75 MILLION! The other three networks have their Wild Card games as part of their entire NFL package but that isn’t what happens for ESPN. To be honest, they should consider dropping Monday Night Football. I know they won’t but good lord MNF is not what it used to be and ESPN is paying a premium for it. It’s a lose-lose all around.
I think the two NFC games will be light years better than the AFC games this time around. Unless it’s close, the Raiders-Texans matchup will be one of the worst in recent playoff history. It’s too bad because the Raiders with Derek Carr was a VERY dangerous team. Connor Cook better come up with the month of his life because they will need it.
Finally, the FCS Championship between Youngstown State and James Madison will appear on TSN5 on Saturday at Noon along with the U.S. Army High School All-American Bowl on NBC. I find it interesting that during every one of North Dakota State’s five championship runs, not one of the championship games was on a TSN channel. Yet now we get it this year when NDSU is eliminated in the semi-finals. I don’t get it either but hey, I won’t complain.
Enjoy the games everyone!