CFB 2017, Bowl Week 1, UKTV Guide

And so this is Christmas… or something like that. No, not Crimbo day itself, but something like College Football’s equivalent thereof, as bowl season starts this week.  We have five bowl games on Saturday, as well as DII and DIII championship games and FCS semi-finals.

Bowl of the Week: Las Vegas Bowl – #25 Boise State vs Oregon
(8.30pm Saturday, BTS 2, ESPN Player)

Just one ranked team plays in the first two weeks of bowl action, and that’s the #25 Broncos. A couple of years ago, a game between these two would have been a New Year’s Six bowl, but Oregon are “stuck” in a bowl against a Group of 5 champion this year. In reality, both programmes are in a down year, and playing this early in bowl season will feel like a slight.

This matchup brings back memories of LeGarrette Blount punching Byron Hout after his Ducks lost 19-8 on the blue turf to start the 2009 season – a year where undefeated Boise played fellow BCS Busting TCU in the Fiesta Bowl, while Oregon won the Pac-10 and went to the Rose Bowl.

The Rest of the FBS Bowls

  • New Orleans Bowl: Troy vs North Texas – Sun Belt co-champion Troy (who beat #17 LSU) and CUSA runner-up North Texas kick off bowl season. Good game, even better coaches.
  • Cure Bowl: Western Kentucky vs Georgia St – The worst on-paper matchup of bowl season, AND it’s on CBS SN. We shouldn’t miss much (so it’ll probably be 79-77 or something).
  • New Mexico Bowl: Marshall vs Colorado St  – Always a really pretty bowl to have on your TV. Not the most promising game, but is good draft scouting!
  • Camellia Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs Arkansas State – I’m not sure I can tell you anything about these two teams, but mediocre vs mediocre can often produce a decent game.

Full Listings

Tuesday 12 December

7.30am – Army vs Navy (rep, BTS ESPN)
11.30am – College Football Live
7.00pm – College Football Live

Wednesday 13 December
12.30pm – College Football Live
2.00am – MAC Championship (rep, BTS ESPN)

Thursday 14 December
7.30am – MWC Championship (rep, BTS ESPN)
Noon – College Football Live
1.30pm – SEC Championship (rep, BTS ESPN)
5.00pm – College Football Live

Friday 15 December
11.30am – College Football Live
10.30pm – College Football Live
Midnight – DIII Championship: Mary Hardin-Baylor vs Mount Union (LIVE, BTS3, ESPN Player)
1.00am – FCS semi-final: #6 Sam Houston St @ #2 North Dakota St (LIVE, BTS ESPN, ESPN Player)

Saturday 16 December
2.00pm – Sam Houston St vs North Dakota St (rep, BTS ESPN)
5.00pm – Celebration Bowl: Grambling vs North Carolina A&T (ESPN Player)
6.00pm – New Orleans Bowl: Troy vs North Texas (LIVE, BTS ESPN, ESPN Player)
7.30pm – Cure Bowl: Western Kentucky vs Georgia St (CBSSN)
8.30pm – Las Vegas Bowl: #25 Boise State vs Oregon (LIVE, BTS 2, ESPN Player)
9.30pm – New Mexico Bowl: Marshall vs Colorado St (LIVE, BTS ESPN, ESPN Player)
9.30pm – FCS semi-final: #5 South Dakota St @ #1 James Madison (ESPN Player)
11.00pm – DII Championship: TAMU Commerce vs West Florida (LIVE, BTS ?, ESPN Player)
1.00am – Camellia Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs Arkansas State (LIVE, BTS ESPN, ESPN Player)

Sunday 17 December
6.00am – Celebration Bowl (rep, BTS ESPN)
9.00am – Las Vegas Bowl (rep, BTS ESPN)
1.00am – South Dakota St vs James Madison (rep, BTS ESPN)

Monday 18 December
7.30am – New Orleans Bowl (rep, BTS ESPN)
10.30am – New Mexico Bowl (rep, BTS ESPN)
1.30pm – Camellia Bowl (rep, BTS ESPN)
8.00pm – South Dakota St vs James Madison (rep, BTS ESPN)

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CFB 2017, Week 15 UKTV Guide

A quiet week for college football, with “just” the Army-Navy game in the FBS this week. Elsewhere, the playoffs continue in the lower divisions, with the FCS quarter-finals getting some airtime on BT Sport (and ESPN Player, obviously), and semi-final games in DII and DIII. TST’s full breakdown returns next Tuesday for Bowl Season.

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CFB 2017, Week 14 UKTV Guide

It’s Championship week in the world of the FBS, and ThorpesSportingThoughts’ TV listings blog is switching to its postseason pattern. There’s no more “Game of the Week”, no more “Best of the Rest”, and no more “What we Miss”. ALL of these games are big games, and you do what you can to watch (yes, even “alternative means”).

As a result, here are all of next week’s championship games, chronologically (sorry, Sun Belt):

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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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