As a public service announcement – this week’s blog is being written a week early because I’m on holiday. Keep your eyes on http://www.gameviewingguide.com for the latest US listings. A week out, it looks like BT Sport are making up for last week’s dearth of games. Here’s the week 8 UK TV listings:
You know what I said last week about the MLB not reducing the number of games on TV this year? I take it back. This week, over five BT Sport channels the 8.30 slot has “Cage Warriors”, a European Cup rugby union game, a Serie A soccer game, the MLB playoffs, and an advert (on Showcase).
Sorry, BT Sport viewers, you only get two games this week. If you’ve not had your free week of ESPN Player yet, this might be the week to do it. Also, get yourself a VPN to watch the Bama @ Tennessee game. Here’s this week’s full listings:
Football in Week 6 actually began last night (Wednesday) with the Sun Belt’s midweek in-conference slate starting. If you have ESPN Player, you can go back and watch it if you really want to. I’ve not checked the box score, so it may end like this:
In other news, the Pac-12 Network on Eversport has now gone behind a paywall of $14.95 a month. If you think the 2nd best game in the 4th best conference is worth that, then you must be a Washington fan.
Normally, week six is when we start losing out on coverage to baseball games, but with BT Sport having more channels now the MLB Playoffs are exclusively on a channel untouched by college football. That, coupled with some other sports ending for the winter, means BT viewers actually get more games this week:
Holy moly, what a week we have in store. So far, we’ve not had a bad week of games for excitement, but in terms of pre-game hype the odd-numbered weeks have definitely had the edge over the evens. Of course, we probably won’t get a finish like this again:
This week we get, not one, not two, but THREE all-top-10 matchups, plus another ranked vs ranked game (though how the hell Georgia are still ranked is a mystery). LSU’s first game without Les Miles, however, is an unranked in-conference clash. The full listings for this week:
I can’t really put another Louisville clip here after using the hurdle play last week, so here’s something else instead. Hopefully we get through this week without any frickin’ lasers:
There’s just three all-ranked games this week, two of which are on the BT family with the third free on Eversport, and five ranked teams have a bye this week. Here’s this week’s full listings:
For all the threat of damp squib, last week’s games still provided a thrill or two for those prepared to game-hop a little, not least Clemson struggling to put Troy away and Georgia’s hanging on against FCS Nicholls State.
This week, we get 2016’s first all-top-10 encounter (well, not including the playoffs back in January). Following on from their #4 vs #11 game against Ole Miss in week one, Florida State are possibly surprised to find themselves ranked #2, and even more surprised to find Louisville ranked #10. Let’s face it, Lamar Jackson is ranked #10:
And with your appetites whetted, here’s the rest of this week’s slate, including seven games on the BT Sport family of channels, and three of the four all-ranked games:
What a breathless week 1 of action that was! With most teams setting their marquee games for the season opener, they’ve all decided to take it easy into week 2, leading to a less-than-impressive slate of games for us.
Much more impressive is the work of Eversport, who have negotiated free access to all Big Ten Network and FCS Big Sky games this season, as well as two weeks free of the Pac-12 Network (and there may be more if viewing figures are high enough).
But enough of that, on with the listings. What you’ll find below is every game on the BT Sport family of channels, as well as where to find all of the top 25’s games:
Although we’re still a week out from Labor Day weekend, college football actually starts THIS SATURDAY! Every week (where possible) I’ll bring you the listings for all the games on BT Sport, plus the marquee games on the online streaming services – ESPN Player, Eversport, CBS Online and NBC. Where a game involving a top ten team isn’t available in the UK, I’ll list what channel it is on, but struck through. So here we go…
Saturday 27 August
3am – California vs Hawaii in Sydney (BTS ESPN, ESPN Player)
12.30am Sun – Charleston Southern @ North Dakota State (BTS3, ESPN Player)
Thursday 1 September
12.30am Fri – Appalacian State @ #9 Tennessee (ESPN Player)
1am Fri – South Carolina @ Vanderbilt (BTS ESPN, ESPN Player)
The ways to watch college football are essentially unchanged from 2015 for UK fans going into the 2016-17 season. ThorpesSportingThoughts will do it’s best to keep you abreast of all the action this year, but there may be weeks where life gets in the way. Keep your eyes on the NFLUK Forum, where some others step in if I can’t do it for a week.
But without further ado, here’s how to get your college fix this autumn. Essentially there’s a selection of options for watching college football on UK TV, and they’re related to who’s showing what in the US. First, if you look at http://www.espn.com/college-football/schedule you can see what channel games are on in the USA, then see how that translates to one of the following options:
Firstly, massive apologies for the lateness of this post. On December 1st, work introduced a massive clampdown on net usage where you have to justify to ICT why you need access to a website before they’ll add it to a “safe” list, and I figured asking them to release nfluk.com might not be the best career move. Then I was sick from Thursday to Sunday, and could barely bring myself to watch this weekend’s games let alone go on the laptop at home, so…
Without further ado, here is the Week 13 ranking: