Introduction to CFB on UKTV, 2017

We’re almost there. The 2017 College Football Season is upon us, and our “friends” at the TV networks have been scurrying around working out exactly what to put where on their schedules.

In practice, your ways of watching is pretty much unchanged from 2015 and 2016 in that BT Sport are the sole provider of college football among the “traditional media” (i.e. watching a broadcast signal on your TV) and there are a selection of legitimate (and illegitimate) ways of watching the other games.

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CFB 2016 Week 13 UKTV Guide

There’s something awfully bittersweet about Rivalry Week in college football. Yes, we usually get a bunch of great games packed with bad blood and playoff implications, but it’s also the last week with a full slate of games this side of September.

But struggle on we must, with Thanksgiving Thursday and Black Friday giving us four straight days with a full evening’s football action (not forgetting MACtion on Tuesday). This week is, ultimately, all about the Horseshoe at 5pm on Saturday, with honourable mentions to a number of other games that we won’t actually get to see by legal methods.

The Apple Cup on Friday (at 8.30pm) will be on Fox, as will Utah @ Colorado (Midnight, Saturday).

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CFB 2016 Week 12 UKTV Guide

Well… Well… Where to begin? Let’s start with some fool saying that last week and this are just a “holding pattern” waiting for Thanksgiving weekend. So of course the #2, #3 and #4 lose all on the same day for the first time since 1985.

I’ll be making no such pronouncements about Week 12, kicking off with MACtion on Tuesday and Wednesday, though the biggest playoff implication this week may actually come on Thursday.

Lamar Jackson and Louisville got bumped all the way up to #3 by the AP this week (the CFP rankings aren’t out at time of writing), so must consider themselves as the non-champion best positioned to slip into the playoff. They have to overcome a Houston side that had playoff aspirations of their own in September, but are now on a slide.

Friday’s game sees a Boise State team who must be kicking themselves for their slip-up against Wyoming. They’ve been dominant in all their other games this season, so are playing for style points and hoping the other Broncos at Western Michigan slip up.

And speaking of Kalamazoo, it plays host to GameDay this week (2pm, BTS ESPN, ESPN Player) which should be a bunch of fun. Not Saturday’s best game – that honour belongs to Oklahoma @ West Virginia – but it’s great to see Group of Five teams getting the chance to host.

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CFB 2016 Week 11 UKTV Guide

The end of the regular season is scarily close now, and separation games are actually pretty few and far between. Alabama are clearly the class of the field and only have the Iron Bowl in Week 13 stopping them; Michigan and Ohio State are similarly tied together until Week 13; Washington, at least, have some tougher games but all are on Fox.

So, as you can tell, we’re pretty much in a holding pattern for the next two weeks. That doesn’t mean there won’t be a ton of exciting games out there this week, but playoff implications? Maybe look elsewhere.

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CFB 2016 Week 10 UKTV Guide

God, I love November. September is always a month of intrigue, as we get our first looks to see if teams are as good as we thought they were; October is a month of settling down, as conference play takes hold; but it’s November where the excitement really ratchets up a notch or two.

Oh, and did I mention that November means we get football seven nights a week? No sooner has the NFL Monday Night game finished, you start looking forward to the next week beginning with Tuesday Night MACtion, then Wednesday SunBelt games and off to the races all over again.

This week’s MACtion game even involves a ranked team! But it’s not the game of the week, which happens on Saturday night in Baton Rouge:

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CFB 2016 Week 7 UKTV Guide

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:

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