First of all, how hilarious is it that the United States, in a big upset, did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia? I find it super funny. I do feel for FOX though (as much as I can feel bad for a network worth billions of dollars). This is the first World Cup and they were putting a lot of money into the production values and with the U.S. going they knew they would at least have three big games with big ratings. Now, who knows? There is almost no way this World Cup approaches the ratings of the last one. Oh well. It just means a lot less Americans wearing the stars and stripes despite the fact they know very little about the game of soccer except ‘MURICA IS PLAYIN’ AND I GOTS TA CHEER FOR ‘MURICA! Good riddance. Now they can cheer for Mexico or something like that. It’ll be like Cinco de Mayo every day!
Enough of that crap. Now soccer fans can go back to watching early-season Premier League games and perhaps an MLS playoff game or two. Us? We will watch college football GOD DAMMIT!
|Texas State at UL-Lafayette||7:30 PM|
One game. It’s a Sun Belt game. In October. I’ll watch but unless it’s close I probably won’t make it to the end.
|#2 Clemson at Syracuse||7:00 PM|
|#8 Washington State at California||10:30 PM|
Two trap games? Perhaps. These should be blowouts but it’s interesting how these weekday night games can cause havoc for even the highest ranked of teams……………………………………I’m just kidding. This will be two blowouts (watch me be wrong now and look like an idiot).
Hey three TSN games early. That’s good. They are keeping that up. There is a bit of an issue with the TTU-WVU and FSU-Duke games. Texas Tech-West Virginia shows up on both specialty pack guides and on the TSN schedule whereas Florida State-Duke doesn’t appear anywhere. I am under the assumption that shortly this will change and the games will show up on the guide properly…if ESPN lets them, am I right?
UPDATE #1: Might as well start numbering them now. Florida State-Duke now appearing on the specialty pack schedule.
UPDATE #5: A little late but NC State-Pittsburgh is showing on the specialty pack as well in this timeslot.
As of right now, the Red River Shootout isn’t showing up anywhere. It will be on the specialty pack. Whether ESPN lets Bell/Rogers/Shaw/Eastlink, etc. to show this on their guide is a mystery. It may just appear. Like magic.
Anyway, a few good games here. Auburn-LSU and a big G-5 showdown with Navy going to Memphis. A lot of choice. And I see CBSSN is going double dipping with the MAC this week (kind of). And people got on my case for talking about C-USA and the lack of television coverage. Do you see them anywhere on TV almost ever? That would be a big nope.
UPDATE #2: Looks like TSN2 is going with the all day college football. Nice touch. It’s the Red River Shootout that goes to TSN2 in this timeslot.
UPDATE #6: Virginia-North Carolina added to the specialty pack at 3:30. Looks like a couple of RSN games from FOX Sports Net showing up today.
UPDATE #8: Akron-Western Michigan was postponed until Sunday because WMU’s stadium was basically flooded.
Again, we have a game not showing up on the guide as of now that will soon enough (I think). TAMU-UF is nowhere to be found but I am sure will find a home. And because Bell Fibe seems to have a hard-on for the SEC Network in HD, it wouldn’t surprise me if this one shows up in good old standard definition only. No huge games this week (third week in a row really) but Utah-USC could be very intriguing.
UPDATE #3: TAMU-UF now showing up on the specialty pack.
Saturday Late Night
|Nevada at Colorado State||10:15 PM|
|Boise State at #19 San Diego State||10:30 PM|
|#5 Washington at Arizona State||10:45 PM|
Hey look at that. Washington ended up in late night again. Chris Petersen needs to learn when to shut his mouth. Not saying he is fully wrong with his assertion that the Pac-12 gets way too many late night games. They really should only get one on any of the ESPNs or FS1. But, him stating that he’s upset with it drew the ire of Kirk Herbstreit and a few others saying Washington should be thankful they are even shown on ESPN. Ouch. Anyway, Washington is being shown on ESPN at about the latest starting time they can do. So maybe make those comments during the off-season Chris.
UPDATE #4: To finish the first TSN quadrupleheader of the season, Washington-Arizona State moves to TSN2. Good stuff for people that don’t have the specialty pack.
UPDATE #7: UW-ASU has somehow shown up on both TSN2 and the specialty packs. Bizarre. That was supposed to never happen. I don’t know what to believe anymore.
Games to set your eyeballs on
Utah at USC (8:00, ABC) – A few of these games could be considered the biggest game of the week. I am picking this one as the biggest, mostly because a Utah win here does a lot of things. It moves Utah into the driver’s seat in the Pac-12 South. It moves Washington into the undisputed top spot in the Pac-12 as a whole. It makes it so the Pac-12 would need either Washington or Wazzu (whoever wins the Apple Cup) to run the table to get to the College Football Playoff. And it would probably do the final bit of damage to Sam Darnold’s Heisman hopes unless he does amazing in a losing cause (not bloody likely since how he goes so goes the Trojans).
TCU at Kansas State (Noon, FOX Sports One) – OK this is getting crazy. I get that FOX isn’t airing football this Saturday due to the MLB playoffs. So games that may have ended up on the main network move to FS1. Hell, there’s games on FS2 this weekend. And thanks to the CRTC we don’t get FOX Sports One. Thanks to the telcos, we can’t get the games added to the specialty pack. It’s absurd. Man, I’m pissed today.
Auburn at LSU (3:30, CBS) – Auburn better win. That’s all I need to say. They lose, Bama clinches the division (basically) almost three weeks BEFORE Halloween. To be honest, the SEC is a mess right now. I honestly wonder what would happen if the SEC didn’t have a single undefeated or one-loss team at the end of the year. Would they be left out of the College Football Playoff? They’d almost have to be, right? The SEC homers would commit seppuku if that happened and probably want to boycott ESPN for some reason.
Georgia Tech at Miami (3:30, ABC) – This was supposed to be a Thursday night game. It was postponed to Saturday because the Canes’ game against Florida State ended up moving to last weekend. So I will blame them for any scheduling snafus that may have come up this weekend. Anyway, this is the kind of game The U has to win. I mean I think Georgia Tech is a good team but they would get slaughtered by Clemson in the ACC Championship so we really don’t want them to get there right? Actually, now that I think about it, it would be chaos. And chaos is good. So I welcome any potential upsets like this.
Boise State at San Diego State (10:30, CBS Sports Network) – This is where the Group of Five New Year’s Six spot could change on a dime. San Diego State and USF are neck-and-neck right now with UCF and Navy in their rear-view mirror. A Boise win in this game would come very close to eliminating the Mountain West completely and basically create a scenario where the AAC champ would be the automatic entry. A SDSU victory at least keeps things interesting for multiple conferences.
Honourable mention: Oklahoma vs. Texas (in Dallas) (3:30, specialty pack); Michigan at Indiana (Noon, ABC/TSN5); Navy at Memphis (3:45, specialty pack)
Some gambling fun and games
Well at least I can say that I was with everyone when I picked the Sooners to mop the floor with Iowa State. So I don’t feel so bad about that pick. Some of my other picks didn’t turn out so well. But let’s look to the future with these picks and not revisit the past! OK let’s go.
Miami over Georgia Tech
USC over Utah
Oklahoma over Texas (although we all know how the RRS never goes to plan)
Florida over Texas A&M
Michigan over Indiana
Boise State over San Diego State (calling for the upset)
Memphis over Navy (to end Navy’s NY6 chances)
TCU over Kansas State
LSU over Auburn (yes, another upset)
Mississippi State over BYU (the Cougars miserable season continues)
West Virginia over Texas Tech
A few omissions but everything should be good to go soon. Again, not as smooth as it should be but I guess that’s what we have to expect. I mean don’t get me wrong, I want the FS1 games and am willing to pay more for them. Saying that, I worry about the telcos incorporating them in properly since they struggle with pretty much an ESPN-only schedule at this point.
Thursday Night Football and another huge matchup. Is it just me or are they getting better games than even Sunday Night Football? Anyway, it’s Philadelphia and Carolina facing off in Charlotte with what amounts to first place in the NFC on the line. Crazy as I am sure nobody picked either of these two teams to do this well at any point of the season.
I’ll be kind of watching throughout the day so not doing the PVR thing but not doing the live-tweeting thing either. Kind of a weird hybrid that won’t turn out horribly wrong right? Don’t worry though; I will still be up at 2 in the morning watching Washington mow down another Pac-12 opponent during Pac-12 After Dark. Gotta keep some consistency right? Enjoy the games everyone!