Notes while perusing this week’s college football TV offerings (lots of midweek action this time around):
— If watching the election returns doesn’t interest you, there is always Interactive Tuesday! This week’s interactivity includes an underwhelming MAC game (Miami of Ohio-Buffalo) plus cult favorite Todd Harris on play-by-play, so there’s something for everyone. Or maybe not.
— There are two more MAC matchups on Wednesday. One of them, Northern Illinois-Ball State, is worth watching. Ball State is undefeated and has an outstanding quarterback, Nate Davis. Rece Davis, Lou Holtz, and Mark May will be calling that one. Perhaps they can get David Letterman to call in during the game. If not, Joyce DeWitt is probably available…
— There are two potentially excellent FBS games on Thursday, Maryland-Virginia Tech and (especially) TCU-Utah. The latter matchup is on CBS College Sports TV, and Dan Fouts will be the analyst.
— Princeton plays Penn at Franklin Field on Friday night, with the game televised by ESPNU. The analyst for this game will be none other than former Notre Dame/Michigan State quarterback Gus Ornstein, a name I had not seen or heard in some time.
— For reasons not immediately apparent, Michigan-Minnesota (this week’s Pam Ward Game) is on ESPN while at the same time Ohio State-Northwestern is on ESPN2. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?
— The Alabama-LSU game on CBS should dominate the ratings this week in the 3:30 ET slot, as the ABC regional offerings are of the “meh” variety, although that could change if Iowa can challenge Penn State (the game is in Iowa City). Brad Nessler and company will be in town for that game.
— Remember former CNN reporter Paul Crane? He’s the play-by-play man for Western Kentucky-Troy, on CSS.
— Todd Blackledge will undoubtedly be eating Boston cream pie while watching Notre Dame-Boston College. He’s there with Mike Patrick and Holly Rowe. I was a little surprised the Sean McDonough-Chris Spielman team didn’t get assigned that game, but those two and Rob Stone are in L.A. for Cal-Southern Cal.
— ESPN GameDay is in Baton Rouge this week, the first time this season the crew has been at a CBS game. Kirk Herbstreit will have to fly to Lubbock after the show for Oklahoma State-Texas Tech.
— Games involving BCS teams that are not being televised live this week: Arizona-Washington State, UT Martin-Auburn, and NC State-Duke (that one is on ESPN360, however). This week, every Big XII game is actually on TV, even Iowa State-Colorado (which is on Versus; it wouldn’t surprise me if last week’s Ivy League matchup on Versus winds up having higher ratings). Kansas-Nebraska is a PPV broadcast.
— Finally, The Mtn. announced that its November 22 games would both be televised in HD, a first for that network. The two games that day are Colorado State-Wyoming and BYU-Utah. The costs are going to be underwritten by the Mountain West Conference.
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