NCAA Bowl Game TV Schedule

December 19

  • 12pm | Celebration Bowl (Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T) ABC
  • 2pm | New Mexico Bowl (Arizona vs. New Mexico) TSN2
  • 3:30pm | Las Vegas Bowl (BYU vs. Utah) ABC
  • 5:30pm | Camellia Bowl (Appalachian State vs. Ohio) TSN2
  • 7pm | Cure Bowl (Georgia State vs. San Jose State) CBSSN
  • 9pm | New Orleans Bowl (Arkansas State vs. Louisiana Tech) TSN2

December 22

  • 3:30pm | Idaho Potato Bowl (Akron vs. Utah State) TSN2
  • 7pm | Boca Raton Bowl (Temple vs. Toledo) TSN2

December 23

  • 4:30pm | Poinsettia Bowl (Boise State vs. Northern Illinois) TSN2
  • 8pm | GoDaddy Bowl (Bowling Green vs. Georgia Southern) TSN2

December 24

  • 12pm | Bahamas Bowl (Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan) TSN4/5

December 26

  • 2pm | Sun Bowl (Miami vs. Washington State) CBS
  • 3:30pm | Pinstripe Bowl (Duke vs. Indiana) ABC
  • 5:30pm | Independence Bowl (Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech) TSN2
  • 9pm | Foster Farms Bowl (Nebraska vs. UCLA) TSN2

December 29

  • 5:30pm | Russell Athletic Bowl (Baylor vs. North Carolina) TSN2
  • 7:30pm | Arizona Bowl (Colorado State vs. Nevada) MyTV Buffalo
  • 9pm | Texas Bowl (LSU vs. Texas Tech) TSN2

December 30

  • 3:30pm | Belk Bowl (Mississippi State vs. NC State) TSN3
  • 10:30pm | Holiday Bowl (USC vs. Wisconsin) TSN1/3

December 31

  • 4pm | Semifinal: Orange Bowl (Clemson vs. Oklahoma) TSN
  • 8pm | Semifinal: Cotton Bowl (Alabama vs. Michigan State) TSN1/4/5

January 01

  • 12pm | Outback Bowl (Northwestern vs. Tennessee) TSN4/5
  • 1pm | Citrus Bowl (Florida vs. Michigan) ABC/TSN2
  • 1pm | Fiesta Bowl (Notre Dame vs. Ohio State) TSN1/3
  • 5pm | Rose Bowl (Iowa vs. Stanford) TSN1/3
  • 8:30pm | Sugar Bowl (Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss) TSN2

January 02

  • 3pm | Liberty Bowl (Arkansas vs. Kansas State) TSN2
  • 7pm | Alamo Bowl (Oregon vs. TCU) TSN1/4/5
  • 10:30pm | Cactus Bowl (Arizona State vs. West Virginia) TSN1/4/5

January 11

  • 8pm | College Football Playoff National Championship TSN

Games possibly on NCAA specialty channels

  • Dec 21, 2:30pm | Miami Beach Bowl (USF vs. Western Kentucky)
  • Dec 24, 8pm | Hawaii Bowl (Cincinnati vs. San Diego State)
  • Dec 26, 11am | St. Petersburg Bowl (Connecticut vs. Marshall)
  • Dec 26, 2:20pm | Heart of Dallas Bowl (Southern Miss vs. Washington)
  • Dec 28, 2:30pm | Military Bowl (Navy vs. Pittsburgh)
  • Dec 28, 5pm | Quick Lane Bowl (Central Michigan vs. Minnesota)
  • Dec 29, 2pm | Armed Forces Bowl (Air Force vs. California)
  • Dec 30, 12pm | Birmingham Bowl (Auburn vs. Memphis)
  • Dec 30, 7pm | Music City Bowl (Louisville vs. Texas A&M)
  • Dec 31, 12pm | Peach Bowl (Florida State vs. Houston)
  • Jan 2, 12pm | TaxSlayer Bowl (Georgia vs. Penn State)

2014 NCAA Bowl Games Canadian TV Schedule

The 2014 bowl season is upon us. And while it starts out with the usual bore of mid-level teams playing in front of half empty stadiums in places like Boise (brrr) and St. Petersburg, this season actually features the best bowl matchups in recent memory. The top ranked teams are all playing top ranked teams. Now that the American (former Big East) no longer gets an auto-bid to the biggest games, combined with the ACC having two very good teams, the New Year’s Six can all claim an exciting matchup with ranked teams. On top of that, all of the other teams in the AP Top 25 have difficult and interesting matchups, usually against other ranked teams. Top matchups outside of the New Year’s Six include the Holiday Bowl (Nebraska vs. USC), Russell Athletic Bowl (Oklahoma vs. Clemson), Music City Bowl (Notre Dame vs. LSU), Belk Bowl (Georgia vs. Louisville), Outback Bowl (Auburn vs. Wisconsin) and Alamo Bowl (Kansas State vs. UCLA). If teams from the “Group of 5” is your think, check out the Boca Raton Bowl on December 23 between MAC champions Northern Illinois and C-USA champions Marshall.

Unfortunately, as is often the case here in Canada, all of these matchups are not available. Even with 5 feeds TSN is not showing every game, often due to conflicts with hockey.

New Orleans Bowl (Superdome in New Orleans, LA)
Saturday December 20, 11:00am
UL-Lafayette (8-4) vs. Nevada (7-5)

New Mexico Bowl (University Stadium in Albuquerque, NM)
Saturday December 20, 2:20pm
Utah State (9-4) vs. Texas-El Paso (7-5)

Las Vegas Bowl (Sam Boyd Stadium in Whitney, NV)
Saturday December 20, 3:30pm
Utah (8-4) vs. Colorado State (10-2)

Idaho Potato Bowl (Albertsons Stadium in Boise, ID)
Saturday December 20, 5:45pm
Air Force (9-3) vs. Western Michigan (8-4)

Camellia Bowl (Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, AL)
Saturday December 20, 9:15pm
Bowling Green (7-6) vs. South Alabama (6-6)

Miami Beach Bowl (Marlins Park in Miami, FL)
Monday December 22, 2:00pm
Memphis (9-3) vs. Brigham Young (8-4)
TV: TSN1/4

Poinsettia Bowl (Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA)
Tuesday December 23, 9:30pm
Navy (7-5) vs. San Diego State (7-5)

Bahamas Bowl (Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau)
Wednesday December 24, 12:00pm
Central Michigan (7-5) vs. Western Kentucky (7-5)
TV: TSN1/4

Hawaii Bowl (Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI)
Wednesday December 24, 8:00pm
Rice (7-5) vs. Fresno State (6-6)

St. Petersburg Bowl (Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL)
Friday December 26, 8:00pm
NC State (7-5) vs. Central Florida (9-3)

Sun Bowl (Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, TX)
Saturday December 27, 2:00pm
Arizona State (9-3) vs. Duke (9-3)

Independence Bowl (Independence Stadium in Shreveport, LA)
Saturday December 27, 3:30pm
Miami (6-6) vs. South Carolina (6-6)

Holiday Bowl (Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA)
Saturday December 27, 8:00pm
Nebraska (9-3) vs. Southern California (8-4)

Music City Bowl (LP Field in Nashville, TN)
Tuesday December 30, 3:00pm
Louisiana State (8-4) vs. Notre Dame (7-5)

Belk Bowl (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC)
Tuesday December 30, 6:30pm
Georgia (9-3) vs. Louisville (9-3)

Foster Farms Bowl (Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA)
Tuesday December 30, 10:00pm
Maryland (7-5) vs. Stanford (7-5)

Peach Bowl (Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA)
Wednesday December 31, 12:30pm
TCU (11-1) vs. Ole Miss (9-3)

Orange Bowl (Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL)
Wednesday December 31, 8:00pm
Mississippi State (10-2) vs. Georgia Tech (10-3)
TV: TSN3/5

Cotton Bowl Classic (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX)
Thursday January 1, 12:30pm
Baylor (11-1) vs. Michigan State (10-2)

Citrus Bowl (Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, FL)
Thursday January 1, 1:00pm
Missouri (10-3) vs. Minnesota (8-4)

Semifinal #1: Rose Bowl Game (Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA)
Thursday January 1, 5:00pm
Oregon (12-1) vs. Florida State (13-0)

Semifinal #2: Sugar Bowl (Superdome in New Orleans, LA)
Thursday January 1, 8:30pm
Alabama (12-1) vs. Ohio State (12-1)

Alamo Bowl (Alamodome in San Antonio, TX)
Friday January 2, 6:45pm
Kansas State (9-3) vs. UCLA (9-3)

Cactus Bowl (Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ)
Friday January 2, 10:15pm
Washington (8-5) vs. Oklahoma State (6-6)

Birmingham Bowl (Legion Field in Birmingham, AL)
Saturday January 3, 1:00pm
East Carolina (8-4) vs. Florida (6-5)

GoDaddy Bowl (Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL)
Sunday January 4, 9:00pm
Toledo (8-4) vs. Arkansas State (7-5)

College Football Championship Game (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX)
Monday January 12, 8:30pm

(No doubt they will be available on the specialty channels)

December 23, 6pm – Boca Raton Bowl: Marshall vs. Northern Illinois
December 26, 1pm – Heart of Dallas Bowl: Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech
December 26, 4:30pm – Quick Lane Bowl: North Carolina vs. Rutgers
December 27, 1pm – Military Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati
December 27, 4:30pm – Pinstripe Bowl: Boston College vs. Penn State
December 29, 2pm – Liberty Bowl: Texas A&M vs. West Virginia
December 29, 5:30pm – Russell Athletic Bowl: Clemson vs. Oklahoma
December 29, 9pm – Texas Bowl: Arkansas vs. Texas
December 31, 4pm – Fiesta Bowl: Arizona vs. Boise State
January 1, 1pm – Outback Bowl: Auburn vs. Wisconsin
January 2, 12pm – Armed Forces Bowl: Pittsburgh vs. Houston
January 2, 3:20pm – TaxSlayer Bowl: Iowa vs. Tennessee

2013-14 NCAA Bowl Games on Canadian TV

College football’s bowl season begins this Saturday with four games. This is the final year of the BCS, with the College Football Playoff beginning next season. The breakdown of games is 2 on ABC, 1 on CBS, 1 on FOX, 1 on TSN, 12 on TSN2 and 12 on Sportsnet 360. There are six games which will only be available on Bell’s NCAA package and the Super Sports Pak.

Saturday December 21
2pm, New Mexico Bowl: Colorado State (7-6) vs. Washington State (7-5)
TSN2 (Mark Jones & Brock Huard)

3:30pm, Las Vegas Bowl: 20 Fresno State (11-1) vs. 25 Southern California (9-4)
ABC (Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer & David Pollack)

5:30pm, Idaho Bowl: Buffalo (8-4) vs. San Diego State (7-5)
TSN2 (Clay Matvick & Matt Stinchcomb)

9pm, New Orleans Bowl: LA-Lafayette (8-4) vs. Tulane (7-5)
TSN2 (Mike Patrick & Ed Cunningham)

Monday December 23
2pm, St. Petersburg Bowl: East Carolina (9-3) vs. Ohio (7-5)
TSN2 (Beth Mowins & Joey Galloway)

Tuesday December 24
8pm, Hawaii Bowl: Boise State (8-4) vs. Oregon State (6-6)
TSN2 (Steve Levy, Lou Holtz & Mark May)

Thursday December 26
6pm, Little Caesar’s Bowl: Bowling Green (10-3) vs. Pittsburgh (6-6)
SN360 (Dave Lamont & Ray Bentley)

9:30pm, Poinsettia Bowl: 23 Northern Illinois (12-1) vs. Utah State (8-5)
SN360 (Joe Davis & Mike Bellotti)

Friday December 27
2:30pm, Military Bowl: Marshall (9-4) vs. Maryland (7-5)
TSN2 (Mike Patrick & Ed Cunningham)

Saturday December 28
12pm, Pinstripe Bowl: Notre Dame (8-4) vs. Rutgers (6-6)
SN360 (Chris Fowler & Jesse Palmer)

3:20pm, Belk Bowl: Cincinnati (9-3) vs. North Carolina (6-6)
SN360 (Carter Blackburn & Danny Kanell)

10:15pm, Wild Wings Bowl: Michigan (7-5) vs. Kansas State (7-5)
SN360 (Sean McDonough & Chris Spielman)

Monday December 30
11:45am, Armed Forces Bowl: Middle Tennessee (8-4) vs. Navy (8-4)
SN360 (Beth Mowins & Joey Galloway)

3:15pm, Music City Bowl: Georgia Tech (7-5) vs. Ole Miss (7-5)
SN360 (Mark Jones & Brock Huard)

Tuesday December 31
12:30pm, Independence Bowl: Arizona (7-5) vs. Boston College (7-5)
SN360 (Tom Hart & John Congemi)

2pm, Sun Bowl: 17 UCLA (9-3) vs. Virginia Tech (8-4)
CBS (Verne Lundquist & Gary Danielson)

4pm, Liberty Bowl: Mississippi State (6-6) vs. Rice (10-3)
SN360 (Bob Wischusen & Rod Gilmore)

8pm, Peach Bowl: 24 Duke vs. 21 Texas A&M
SN360 (Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer & David Pollack)

Wednesday January 1
12pm, Gator Bowl: 22 Georgia vs. Nebraska
SN360 (Mike Patrick & Ed Cunningham)

1pm, Citrus Bowl: 9 South Carolina vs. 19 Wisconsin
ABC (Dave Pasch & Brian Griese)

1pm, Outback Bowl: Iowa vs. 16 Louisiana State
TSN2 (Mike Tirico & Jon Gruden)

5pm, Rose Bowl: 4 Michigan State vs. 5 Stanford
TSN2 (Brent Musburger & Kirk Herbstreit)

8:30pm, Fiesta Bowl: 6 Baylor vs. 15 Central Florida
TSN2 (Sean McDonough & Chris Spielman)

Thursday January 2
8:30pm, Sugar Bowl: 3 Alabama vs. 11 Oklahoma
TSN2 (Brad Nessler & Todd Blackledge)

Friday January 3
7:30pm, Cotton Bowl: 8 Missouri vs. 13 Oklahoma State
FOX/SN1 (Gus Johnson & Charles Davis)

8:30pm, Orange Bowl: 7 Oho State vs. 12 Clemson
TSN2 (Joe Tessitore & Matt Millen)

Saturday January 4
1pm, Birmingham Bowl: Houston (8-4) vs. Vanderbilt (8-4)
TSN2 (Dave Neal & Andre Ware)

Sunday January 5
9pm, GoDaddy Bowl: Arkansas State (7-5) vs. Ball State (10-2)
SN360 (Carter Blackburn & Danny Kanell)

Monday January 6
8:30pm, BCS Championship: 1 Florida State (13-0) vs. 2 Auburn (12-1)
TSN (Brent Musburger & Kirk Herbstreit)

Post-Long Weekend News and Notes

EDIT!! I forgot to include one news item. This is why you shouldn’t blog at six in the morning. See point below.

• It is becoming more and more common to see bloggers slowly moving their way up in the digital world, from no-names living in their parents’ basement to B-list television stars. The biggest Canadian names to make this transition happened last week when The Basketball Jones finally broke their summer silence and announced they have joined NBA TV in Atlanta under the new name of The Starters. I became a fan way back when J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas were filming daily podcasts in their apartment (even before that, it was audio only). Along with producers JD and Matt Osten, they joined The Score in 2010 where their daily videos were professionally filmed/produced and they co-hosted Court Surfing each week. Along the way, Trey Kirby joined them from Yahoo Sports and Score employee Leigh Ellis made up the sixth member. With Rogers buying The Score, their future seemed up in the air and hence the move to greener pastures occurred. Here’s the video announcement from the NBA on TNT crew:

• If you’re a Buffalo Sabres fan and happen to live within 50 miles of the city, Bell TV has some good news for you as they will show 50 games during the regular season on a free specialty “Sabres TV” channel on both Bell Fibe and Bell Satellite. The 50-mile radius is from Fort Erie and Niagara to Stoney Creek just south of Hamilton. I’m sure all the folks in Windsor would love to see a similar deal made with the Detroit Red Wings, which has a much larger fan base on this side of the border than Buffalo.

• Bell has also made a deal with the NBA that will allow Bell customers to watch new weekly NBA content on their phones and tablets, featuring player profiles, rookie features and courtside content; and Bell Mobile TV will have daily NBA highlights during the regular season and playoffs. Sadly, there is no mention of NBA League Pass finally being available to Bell customers, which I’m sure NBA fans would rather have than the new lame options listed.

• Fox Sports in the US have acquired the rights to the German Bundesliga and DFL-Cup competitions beginning in the 2015-16 season. GolTV in the US and Canada are both the current rights holders, so this change down south could also see a change of rights holders in Canada (hopefully going to Sportsnet and not beIN Sport), and will turn GolTV Canada into an even sadder and more pathetic channel than it currently is.

• In a sign of how bad the Canadian men’s soccer team currently is, their international friendly against Australia (in England) at 3pm ET today (Tuesday) will be streamed live on and replayed on Sportsnet 360 at Midnight ET. France/Finland, Spain/Georgia, and England/Poland are showing on the Sportsnet family of channels, and I don’t doubt that all three could garner better ratings than the CMNT match.

• For those missing watching former Sportscentre anchor Jay Onrait on their screens every night (though it appears Fox Sports Live is doing a pretty good job of posting highlights of Jay and Dan most nights), Onrait has a new book coming out next month which should tide you over. Anchorboy: True Tales From The World of Sportscasting is currently available for pre-order from HarperCollins Canada and will no doubt be a hilarious read… presuming you’re a fan of that type of humour.

• And finally, Sportsnet continues to piss off two fan bases. Firstly, college football fans by showing duplicate programming on Sportsnet One and SN 360 on Thursday nights instead of the NCAA game of the night, as well as removing Saturday night games from their schedule at the last minute. SN spouted about their extensive NCAA coverage after picking up ESPN’s College Game Day, but have failed miserably so far. TSN on the other hand, after getting off to a slow start, showed more games this past weekend than SN has all season.

SN also is making viewers’ eyes and ears bleed for another MLB post-season as they subject us to the awful MLB International feed for the NLCS series instead of TBS as we endure the ramblings of the always-terrible Rick Sutcliffe. Combined with the graphics and production values of an early 90s high school broadcast, it’s almost enough to make you want to find an illegal stream online. SN even knows how bad it is as they use the TBS feed when showing highlights during the game.

Incredible Deadspin Reporting on Manti Te’o

College football fans, or even more particular, Notre Dame Fighting Irish fans, like myself, are probably familiar with the Manti Te’o story. In a matter of days he lost his Grandmother and girlfriend in September. Then he put the team on his back and beat Michigan State and Michigan. Only problem, the girlfriend never existed. The Deadspin story on this is simply incredible. Despite its length, it is worth reading every word.

Deadspin becoming more and more respected for its investigative reporting. The Sarah Phillips (fraud sports better) story last year was interesting enough. This takes it, as well as Notre Dame legend and lore, to a whole new level. Te’o is a household name in the US. He’s gained many fans because of what he has (or hasn’t) been through. He’s projected to go in the first round of the NFL Draft in June. Some analysts put him as high as the top ten. I’m very interested to see where this story goes. Honestly I prefer reading Deadspin over traditional long form sports writing, like Sports Illustrated or ESPN Magazine, now.

2012-13 NCAA Football Bowl Canadian TV Guide

The 2012-13 NCAA football bowl season begins this Saturday with a doubleheader. The schedule kicks into high gear the week of New Year’s Day with the six biggest games outside of the BCS Championship Game taking the primetime spotlight between December 31 and January 4. Three of the other biggest games will take place on New Year’s Day in the afternoon. There are 35 bowl games, all except two will air on Canadian television.  Here is the complete bowl broadcast schedule, including AP poll rankings and commentators for each game.

200px-New_Mexico_Bowl_logo_starting_2011New Mexico Bowl (University Stadium in Albuquerque, NM)
Saturday December 15, 1:00pm ET
Nevada (7-5) vs. Arizona (7-5)
TV: TSN2 (Bob Wischusen & Danny Kanell)

200px-Famous_Idaho_Potato_Bowl_logoFamous Idaho Potato Bowl (Bronco Stadium in Boise, ID)
Saturday December 15, 4:30pm ET
Toledo (9-3) vs. 18 Utah State (10-2)
TV: TSN2 (Tom Hart & Mike Bellotti)

200px-PoinsettiaBowlPoinsettia Bowl (Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA)
Thursday December 20, 8:00pm ET
Brigham Young (7-5) vs. San Diego State (9-3)
TV: theScore (Carter Blackburn & Rod Gilmore)

200px-BeefOBradysBowlSt. Petersburg Bowl (Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL)
Friday December 21, 7:30pm ET
Ball State (9-3) vs. Central Florida (9-4)
TV: TSN2 (Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Desmond Howard)

150px-NewOrleansBowlNew Orleans Bowl (Superdome in New Orleans, LA)
Saturday December 22, 12:00pm ET
East Carolina (8-4) vs. UL-Lafayette (8-4)
TV: TSN2 (Beth Mowins & Joey Galloway)

Maaco_Las_Vegas_Bowl_logoLas Vegas Bowl (Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV)
Saturday December 22, 3:30pm ET
20 Boise State (10-2) vs. Washington (7-5)
TV: TSN2 (Brent Musberger & Kirk Herbstreit)

200px-SheratonhawaiibowllogoHawaii Bowl (Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI)
Monday December 24, 8:00pm ET
Fresno State (9-3) vs. Southern Methodist (6-6)
TV: TSN2 (Carter Blackburn & Kelly Stouffer)

150px-Little_Caeasars_Pizza_BowlLittle Caesar’s Pizza Bowl (Ford Field in Detroit, MI)
Wednesday December 26, 7:30pm ET
Western Kentucky (7-5) vs. Central Michigan (6-6)
TV: theScore (Mark Neely & Ray Bentley)

150px-MilitaryBowlMilitary Bowl (RFK Stadium in Washington, DC)
Thursday December 27, 3:00pm ET
24 San Jose State (10-2) vs. Bowling Green (8-4)
TV: TSN2 (Bob Wischusen & Danny Kanell)

150px-Belk_Bowl_LogoBelk Bowl (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC)
Thursday December 27, 6:30pm ET
Cincinnati (9-3) vs. Duke (6-6)
TV: theScore (Mike Patrick & Ed Cunningham)

150px-BrigepointEducationHolidayBowlLogoHoliday Bowl (Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA)
Thursday December 27, 9:45pm ET
17 UCLA (9-4) vs. Baylor (7-5)
TV: theScore (Dave Pasch & Brian Griese)

200px-Advocare-Bowl-LogoIndependence Bowl (Independence Stadium in Shreveport, LA)
Friday December 28, 2:00pm ET
Ohio (8-4) vs. UL-Monroe (8-4)
TV: theScore (Dave Lamont & Kelly Stouffer)

200px-Russell_Athletic_BowlRussell Athletic Bowl (Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL)
Friday December 28, 5:30pm ET
Rutgers (9-3) vs. Virginia Tech (6-6)
TV: theScore (Joe Tessitore & Matt Millen)

150px-Meineke_Car_Care_Bowl_of_TexasTexas Bowl (Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX)
Friday December 28, 9:00pm ET
Texas Tech (7-5) vs. Minnesota (6-6)
TV: theScore (Mark Jones & Brock Huard)

ArmedForcesBowlXArmed Forces Bowl (Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, TX)
Saturday December 29, 11:45am ET
Air Force (6-6) vs. Rice (6-6)
TV: theScore (Beth Mowins & Joey Galloway)

150px-Pinstripe_Bowl_LogoPinstripe Bowl (Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY)
Saturday December 29, 3:15pm ET
Syracuse (7-5) vs. West Virginia (7-5)
TV: theScore (Chris Fowler & Jesse Palmer)

Alamo BowlAlamo Bowl (Alamodome in San Antonio, TX)
Saturday December 29, 6:45pm ET
15 Oregon State (9-3) vs. Texas (8-4)
TV: TSN2 (Sean McDonough & Chris Spielman)

Buffalo_Wild_Wings_Bowl_logoBuffalo Wild Wings Bowl (Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ)
Saturday December 29, 10:15pm ET
Texas Christian (7-5) vs. Michigan State (6-6)
TV: TSN2 (Brad Nessler & Todd Blackledge)

150px-FAMC_Music_City_Bowl_logoMusic City Bowl (LP Field in Nashville, TN)
Monday December 31, 12:00pm ET
Vanderbilt (8-4) vs. North Carolina State (7-5)
TV: TSN2 (Carter Blackburn & Rod Gilmore)

150px-Hyundai_sun_bowl_2010_logoSun Bowl (Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, TX)
Monday December 31, 2:00pm ET
Southern California (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (6-7)
TV: CBS (Verne Lundquist & Gary Danielson)

150px-AutoZoneLibertyBowlLogoLiberty Bowl (Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, TN)
Monday December 31, 3:30pm ET
Tulsa (10-3) vs. Iowa State (6-6)
TV: TSN2 (Mark Jones & Brock Huard)

PeachBowlChick-Fil-A Peach Bowl (Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA)
Monday December 31, 7:30pm ET
9 Louisiana State (10-2) vs. 14 Clemson (10-2)
TV: TSN2 (Mike Patrick & Ed Cunningham)

TaxSlayerGatorBowlGator Bowl (Everbank Field in Jacksonville, FL)
Tuesday January 1, 12:00pm ET
21 Northwestern (9-3) vs. Mississippi State (8-4)
TV: theScore (Bob Wischusen & Danny Kanell)

citrusCapital One Citrus Bowl (Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL)
Tuesday January 1, 1:00pm ET
6 Georgia (11-2) vs. 23 Nebraska (10-3)
TV: ABC (Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer & David Pollack)

150px-Outbackbowl2008logoOutback Bowl (Raymond James Stadium in Orlando, FL)
Tuesday January 1, 1:00pm ET
11 South Carolina (10-2) vs. 19 Michigan (8-4)
TV: TSN (Mike Tirico & Jon Gruden)

150px-Vizio_Rose_BowlRose Bowl (Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA)
Tuesday January 1, 5:00pm ET
8 Stanford (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (8-5)
TV: TSN (Brent Musberger & Kirk Herbstreit)

150px-2011_Orange_Bowl.svgOrange Bowl (Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL)
Tuesday January 1, 8:30pm ET
13 Florida State (11-2) vs. 16 Northern Illinois (12-1)
TV: TSN (Joe Tessitore & Matt Millen)

150px-Sugar_Bowl_logo.svgSugar Bowl (Superdome in New Orleans, LA)
Wednesday January 2, 8:30pm ET
4 Florida (11-1) vs. 22 Louisville (10-2)
TV: TSN2 (Sean McDonough & Chris Spielman)

150px-Fiesta_Bowl_logo.svgFiesta Bowl (University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ)
Thursday January 3, 8:30pm ET
5 Oregon (11-1) vs. 7 Kansas State (11-1)
TV: TSN2 (Brad Nessler & Todd Blackledge)

150px-AT&T_Cotton_BowlCotton Bowl (Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX)
Friday January 4, 8:00pm ET
10 Texas A&M (10-2) vs. 12 Oklahoma (10-2)
TV: FOX (Gus Johnson & Charles Davis)

150px-2011CompassBowl.svgBBVA Compass Bowl (Legion Field in Birmingham, AL)
Saturday January 5, 1:00pm ET
Mississippi (6-6) vs. Pittsburgh (6-6)
TV: TSN2 (Eamon MaCananey & David Diaz-Infante) Bowl (Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL)
Sunday January 6, 9:00pm ET
25 Kent State (11-2) vs. Arkansas State (9-3)
TV: theScore (Mark Jones & Brock Huard)

150px-2013_BCS_National_Championship_Game_logoBCS National Championship (Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL)
Monday January 7, 8:30pm ET
1 Notre Dame (12-0) vs. 2 Alabama (12-1)
TV: TSN (Brent Musberger & Kirk Herbstreit)

NCAA Football Conference Championship Weekend

With a win over USC on Saturday night Notre Dame clinched a spot in the BCS Championship Game as the top ranked team in the country. #2 Alabama and #3 Georgia will play each other in the SEC Championship on Saturday for the right to play them. However, there are lots of other BCS bids up for grabs this weekend with games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The only BCS conference not on Canadian TV this weekend is the ACC, where Florida State are two touchdown favourites over Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship Game.

Here is the complete broadcast schedule. I’ll go on with the importance of each game following the schedule.

Thursday November 29
7:30pm, Louisville (9-2) @ Rutgers (9-2) – theScore

Friday November 30
8:00pm, 16 UCLA (9-3) @ 8 Stanford (10-2) – FOX

Saturday December 1
12:00pm, 11 Oklahoma (9-2) @ Texas Christian (7-4) – TSN2
12:00pm, 23 Oklahoma State (7-4) @ Baylor (6-5) – SN1
3:30pm, 20 Boise State (9-2) @ Nevada (7-4) – ABC
4:00pm, 2 Alabama (11-1) vs. 3 Georgia (11-1) – CBS
8:00pm, 18 Texas (8-3) @ 6 Kansas State (10-1) – ABC
8:15pm, 12 Nebraska (10-2) vs. Wisconsin (7-5) – FOX

The Big East title (and an automatic BCS at-large birth) will be decided Thursday night. With a win Rutgers will claim the outright Big East championship for the first time ever. A Louisville win would result in a three or even four way tie between Rutgers, Louisville, Syracuse and possibly Cincinnati. However, in this situation Louisville would hold the tiebreaker. So, the winner of Thursday’s game will get a BCS birth.

UCLA and Stanford meet for the second time in six days on Friday night. Stanford handled UCLA at the Rose Bowl on the weekend. Now they get to play at home. The winner will play in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.

The Pac-12’s opponent for the Rose Bowl will be decided on Saturday night. The Big Ten title game is also a rematch; Nebraska beat Wisconsin earlier this season. And if UCLA and Nebraska both win this weekend, it will set up another rematch. The two already played each other at the Rose Bowl back in September. UCLA won.

The Big 12 features three games on Canadian TV on Saturday. All three feature two teams headed to bowl games. TCU, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas are all playing for positioning in the bowl pecking order. The Cotton Bowl and Alamo Bowl are top prizes. Texas and Oklahoma are both headed to the BCS with wins. If Kansas State wins, they will go to the Fiesta Bowl as Big 12 champion. If they don’t, and Oklahoma wins, then Oklahoma will. If both lose, Kansas State controls the tiebreaker.

Boise State can clinch a share of the Mountain West title with a win over Nevada in a rare appearance on ABC. If UCLA, Florida State, Kent State and Texas all lose, then they could back their way into a BCS birth as well, unlikely as it is. Mountain West co-champs San Diego State have already accepted a bid to play Brigham Young in the Poinsettia Bowl, while Air Force are headed for the Armed Forces Bowl and Nevada to the New Mexico Bowl. That leaves the Las Vegas Bowl and Hawaii Bowl as the two landing spots for Boise State. If they win Saturday, chances are they are Vegas bound to play a Pac-12 team.

Nothing much needs to be said about Alabama vs. Georgia other than the winner will play for the BCS Championship. The loser will drop all the way out of the BCS as Florida will likely claim the SEC’s 2nd spot automatically just by not playing, and moving past Alabama or Georgia to #3. The Cotton Bowl or Citrus Bowl aren’t bad places to land; however, neither is Miami for the BCS Championship.

2012 Notre Dame Football TV Schedule

Once again in 2012 most Notre Dame football games will air on Canadian TV, usually through US over-the-air networks such as NBC, CBS and ABC. The preliminary schedule has 7 games for NBC, 1 for ABC and 1 for CBS. The games @ Oklahoma and @ USC will also likely air on ABC in primetime. In addition to those two, three other Irish games are confirmed for primetime. Here is the complete broadcast schedule.

All rankings are preseason rankings from the AP Poll. Notre Dame start just outside the Top 25, ranked 26th.

Saturday 9/1, 9:00am – vs. Navy (from Dublin) – CBS
Saturday 9/8, 3:30pm – vs. Purdue – NBC
Saturday 9/15, 8:00pm – @ 13 Michigan State – ABC
Saturday 9/22, 7:30pm – vs. 8 Michigan – NBC
Saturday 10/6, 7:30pm – vs. Miami (from Chicago) – NBC
Saturday 10/13, 3:30pm – vs. 21 Stanford – NBC
Saturday 10/20, 3:30pm – vs. BYU – NBC
Saturday 10/27, TBC – @ 4 Oklahoma
Saturday 11/3, 3:30pm – vs. Pittsburgh – NBC
Saturday 11/10, TBC – @ Boston College
Saturday 11/17, 3:30pm – vs. Wake Forest – NBC
Saturday 11/24, 8:00pm – @ 1 USC

2012 CFB TV Schedule: Week 1

Once again in 2012 I will post a weekly college football TV schedule for Canada. theScore and TSN are the main carriers of college football in Canada. Games are also available on American networks like CBS, ABC, FOX and NBC. Due to time constraints, I will not include US specialty channels (Big Ten Network and CBS Sports Network) or syndicated games (Peachtree TV and TV38). For more information on these broadcasts, visit Matt Sarz Sports.

Thursday August 31
7:00pm, 9 South Carolina @ Vanderbilt – theScore

Saturday September 1
9:00am, Notre Dame v. Navy (in Dublin) – CBS
12:00pm, Ohio @ Penn State – theScore
3:30pm, Miami (FL) @ Boston College – ABC
3:30pm, Southern Miss @ 17 Nebraska – ABC
4:00pm, Colorado State v. Colorado (in Denver) – theScore
7:30pm, 1 Southern  California @ Hawaii – FOX
8:00pm, 2 Alabama v. 8 Michigan (in Arlington) – ABC

Final 2011 College Football Rankings

At the end of the regular season I said I would put LSU as my #1 team at the end of the season regardless of the result of the BCS Championship Game. Alabama played well enough on Monday night to change my mind. They dominated LSU in every way, and outscored LSU 27-9 in the two games combined. Here are my complete final rankings.

1. Alabama (SEC) – 12-1
2. Louisiana State (SEC) – 13-1
3. Oklahoma State (Big 12) – 12-1
4. Oregon (Pac-12) – 12-2
5. Arkansas (SEC) – 11-2
6. Stanford (Pac-12) – 11-2
7. South Carolina (SEC) – 11-2
8. Boise State (MWC) – 11-1
9. Michigan (Big Ten) – 11-2
10. Wisconsin (Big Ten) – 11-3
11. Baylor (Big 12) – 10-3
12. Michigan State (Big Ten) – 11-3
13. West Virginia (Big East) – 10-3
14. Oklahoma (Big 12) – 10-3
15. Kansas State (Big 12) – 10-3
16. Texas Christian (MWC) – 11-2
17. Houston (C-USA) – 13-1
18. Southern Miss (C-USA) – 12-2
19. Georgia (SEC) – 10-4
20. Virginia Tech (ACC) – 11-3
21. Cincinnati (Big East) – 10-3
22. Florida State (ACC) – 9-4
23. Nebraska (Big Ten) – 9-4
24. Clemson (ACC) – 10-4
25. Brigham Young – 10-3

theScore Signs New NCAA Deal with Fox Sports

theScore has signed a new US college sports rights agreement with Fox Sports International to show FOX’s (including FSN, FX and FOX itself) broadcasts of college football, college basketball and college hockey beginning this winter. This package is similar to the package of college football and basketball games that Sportsnet showed last year. Here is the press release from theScore.

Score Media Inc. today announces that it has entered into a long-term programming agreement with FOX International Sports Channels that includes at least 250 hours per year of live collegiate content and other FOX Sports and FUEL TV programming. Featuring top college football, basketball and hockey games, the deal includes some of America’s top college conferences including the Big 12 Conference, Pac-12 Conference and Conference USA.

“We are thrilled to have concluded this deal with FOX,” says Benjie Levy, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Score Media Inc. “Score viewers are huge fans of college sports, and as part of this deal, they can now look forward to more coverage than ever before, including games featuring powerhouse schools like Oklahoma State, Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, USC, Stanford and Memphis.”

Given the Canadian sports fans’ love for quality ice hockey, the deal features live coverage of top-flight programs including the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, University of Denver and the University of North Dakota. These schools have produced NHL stars including Jonathan Toews, Phil Kessel, Zach Parise and Thomas Vanek, and feature numerous Canadian players on their current rosters.

“FOX Sports Media Group is home to some of the best collegiate sports action in the U.S., and we’re excited to make much of it available to Canadian fans through this agreement with Score Media,” said Sean Riley, Senior Vice President, Distribution, Fox Networks. “Whether its hockey, football or basketball, this package includes great matchups nearly every week of the academic year.”

More information to come…

2011-12 College Football Bowl Canadian TV Guide

The 2011-12 college football bowl season begins this Saturday with a tripleheader. In all, there are 35 bowl games this year. 31 of those are available on Canadian TV. Here is the complete bowl broadcast schedule, including AP poll rankings and commentators for each game.

New Mexico Bowl (University Stadium in Albuquerque, NM)
Saturday December 17, 2:00pm ET
Tempe (8-4) vs. Wyoming (8-4)
TV: TSN2 (Clay Matvick & Brian Griese)

Idaho Bowl (Bronco Stadium in Boise, ID)
Saturday December 17, 5:30pm ET
Ohio (9-4) vs. Utah State (7-5)
TV: TSN2 (Dave Flemming & Mike Bellotti)

New Orleans Bowl (Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, LA)
Saturday December 17, 9:00pm ET
San Diego State (8-4) vs. UL-Lafayette (8-4)
TV: TSN2 (Carter Blackburn & Brock Huard)

St. Petersburg Bowl (Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL)
Tuesday December 20, 8:00pm ET
Florida International (8-4) vs. Marshall (6-6)
TV: theScore (Mike Patrick & Craig James)

Poinsettia Bowl (Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA)
Wednesday December 21, 8:00pm ET
16 Texas Christian (10-2) vs. Louisiana Tech (8-4)
TV: theScore (Joe Tessitore, Lou Holtz & Mark May)

Las Vegas Bowl (Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV)
Thursday December 22, 8:00pm ET
8 Boise State (11-1) vs. Arizona State (6-6)
TV: theScore (Chris Fowler & Kirk Herbstreit)

Hawaii Bowl (Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI)
Saturday December 24, 8:00pm ET
22 Southern Mississippi (11-2) vs. Nevada (7-5)
TV: TSN2 (Mark Jones & Ed Cunningham)

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Confirmed NCAA Bowl Matchups 2011

Here are a list of confirmed NCAA bowl matchups for 2011. This page will be updated with new accepted bids throughout the evening, so check back often (or refresh). You can also follow me on Twitter for the latest updates.

BCS Championship: Louisiana State vs. Alabama
Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. West Virginia
Sugar Bowl: Michigan vs. Virginia Tech
Fiesta Bowl: Stanford vs. Oklahoma Sate
Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Wisconsin

New Mexico Bowl: Temple vs. Wyoming
Idaho Bowl: Ohio vs. Utah State
New Orleans Bowl: UL-Lafayette vs. San Diego State
St. Petersburg Bowl: Florida International vs. Marshall
Poinsettia Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Texas Christian
Las Vegas Bowl: Boise State vs. Arizona State
Hawaii Bowl: Southern Miss vs. Nevada
Independence Bowl: Missouri vs. North Carolina
Little Caesar’s Bowl: Western Michigan vs. Purdue
Belk Bowl: NC State vs. Louisville
Military Bowl: Air Force vs. Toledo
Holiday Bowl: California vs. Texas
Champs Sports Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Florida State
Alamo Bowl: Baylor vs. Washington
Armed Forces Bowl: Brigham Young vs. Tulsa
Pinstripe Bowl: Rutgers vs. Iowa State
Music City Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Wake Forest
Insight Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Iowa
Texas Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Northwestern
Sun Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. Utah
Liberty Bowl: Vanderbilt vs. Cincinnati
Kraft Bowl: Illinois vs. UCLA
Peach Bowl: Auburn vs. Virginia
TicketCity Bowl: Houston vs. Penn State
Citrus Bowl: South Carolina vs. Nebraska
Outback Bowl: Michigan State vs. Georgia
Gator Bowl: Ohio State vs. Florida
Cotton Bowl: Arkansas vs. Kansas State
BBVA Bowl: Southern Methodist vs. Pittsburgh
Go Daddy Bowl: Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois

Final College Football Bowl Projections

Note: See confirmations as they come in at this link.

Here are my final college football bowl projections. I will be updating a post with confirmed bids beginning at 8:15pm ET tonight. There is no TV coverage in Canada, so I invite everyone to visit the main page of the Canadian Sports Media Blog and refresh often.

BCS Championship: Louisiana State vs. Oklahoma State
Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. West Virginia
Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Michigan
Fiesta Bowl: Stanford vs. Boise State
Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Wisconsin

Continue after the break for my projections for other bowl games.

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College Football Rankings: December 4

Here are my final college football rankings for the season. Over the next 20 hours or so any and all news on college football bowl game selections will be posted on my blog, so check back often. It was quite a final day of the college football regular season.

1. Louisiana State (SEC) – 13-0
2. Oklahoma State (Big 12) – 11-1
3. Alabama (SEC) – 11-1
4. Stanford (Pac-12) – 11-1
5. Arkansas (SEC) – 10-2
6. Oregon (Pac-12) – 11-2
7. Wisconsin (Big Ten) – 11-2
8. Boise State (MWC) – 10-1
9. Virginia Tech (ACC) – 11-2
10. South Carolina (SEC) – 10-2
11. Kansas State (Big 12) – 10-2
12. Michigan (Big Ten) – 10-2
13. Clemson (ACC) – 10-3
14. Georgia (SEC) – 10-3
15. Michigan State (Big Ten) – 10-3
16. Houston (C-USA) – 12-1
17. Baylor (Big 12) – 9-3
18. Texas Christian (MWC) – 10-2
19. Southern Miss (C-USA) – 10-2
20. Oklahoma (Big 12) – 9-3
21. Nebraska (Big Ten) – 9-3
22. West Virginia (Big East) – 9-3
23. Penn State (Big Ten) – 9-3
24. Notre Dame – 8-4
25. Brigham Young – 9-3