CFB 2017, Week 13 UKTV Guide

We got here in a hell of a hurry… the final week of the college football regular season (sorry Sun Belt, you don’t count), AKA Rivalry Week. If the season so far hasn’t had enough chaos for you so far (you mad person), then Rivalry Week can usually be counted upon for one big shocker.

And it’s a football-heavy week for us watchers too, with the traditional thanksgiving NFL programme on Thursday acting as the appetiser for the real fun football that starts on Black Friday with eight live games in two days for BT subscribers (compared to seven in 2016 and ten in 2015).

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CFB 2017, Week 12 UKTV Guide

Sadly to say, Week 12 of the college football schedule has become something resembling an additional bye to most teams ahead of Week 13’s Rivalry Week and, if they’re lucky, Week 14’s Championship Week.

With Rivalry Week also being Thanksgiving, and a lot of teams playing Black Friday, teams are reticent to schedule a tough opponent ahead of a shorter week. As a result, after back-to-back weeks with seven all-ranked games, we have just the one to look forward to this week, and even that’s on Fox.

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CFB 2017, Week 11 UKTV Guide

We are lucky to be in incredibly rare times of college football, with back-to-back weeks with seven all-ranked (AP) games for us to enjoy. Not only that, after a couple of weeks where the week’s best games have been on Fox (and seriously, how awesome were those games), we get the week’s best games (bar one) available in the UK.

We get a live game every day of the week, all of GameDay from Miami, a double-header at both 5pm and 8.30pm on Saturday, a couple of top-10 match ups. Heck, even the midweek MAC games are intriguing this week, but the biggest game is almost a no-brainer:

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CFB 2017, full Week 10 UKTV Guide

ThorpesSportingThoughts is back in the UK, and we’re into November when the college football season clicks up yet another gear on the final straight of the regular season. We’ve had a couple of enormous games in the past few weeks, and those games keep on coming… on Fox.

Yeah, bummer. But on the plus side, baseball is over and BT subscribers get a definite uptick in coverage this week with nine total games live including four on Saturday with two in the primetime slot. And all-in-all there are seven all-ranked games on the slate this week.

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CFB 2017, Week 9 UKTV Guide

Take a deep breath, BT subscribers. This is the last week of suckiness that you have to endure before the joys of November (with its Tuesday Night MACtion and Saturday quadruple-headers) kick in.

It’s actually a double-whammy kick-in-the-teeth, as the week’s best game disappears off to Fox as part of their new contract with the Big Ten, leaving UK fans reliant on the always questionable “alternative methods” to catch the action. This is such a big one, though, that it’s still our Game Of The Week:

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