Lots of great games on tap today, but if you're going to the game today (like I am), you're going to miss almost all of them. That's because, other than Penn State @ Ohio State, pretty much every good game today is on at 12:30PM Pacific Time.
UCLA @ California, 12:30PM - ABC
#7 Georgia @ #13 LSU, 12:30PM - CBS
#3 Penn State @ #9 Ohio State, 5:00PM - ABC
If you're NOT going to the game today, but you live in Pac-10 country, you're in luck -- ABC will be carrying the game (if you're unsure, check the coverage map). However, ABC will be sending its HD cameras elsewhere (Oklahoma State @ Texas and Michigan State @ Michigan), so it's standard definition only. Disappointing, but not unexpected. If you're jonesin' for some high-definition football, I recommend flipping over to CBS, where Georgia @ LSU should be a doozy (unless LSU plays like it did at Florida a couple weeks ago, in which case it'll be over by halftime.
Then, everyone should find a TV this evening for what is basically the Big 10 Championship Game: Penn State @ Ohio State. I'm kinda rooting for one last hurrah for JoePa before he completely forgets where he is (BTW, who had Lute Olson retiring before Joe Paterno? Wow.), but I like the Buckeyes due to the home field thing.
#8 Texas Tech @ #23 Kansas, 9:00AM - ESPN
Illinois @ Wisconsin, 9:00AM - ESPN2
#4 Oklahoma @ Kansas State, 9:30AM - Comcast Sports Net Bay Area
Baylor @ Nebraska, 9:30AM - Versus
Michigan State @ Michigan, 12:30PM - ESPN2
Colorado @ #15 Missouri, 3:30PM - Comcast Sports Net Bay Area
#2 Alabama @ Tennessee, 4:45PM - ESPN
Notre Dame @ Washington, 5:00PM - ESPN2
#5 USC @ Arizona, 7:15PM - Comcast Sports Net Bay Area
Start your morning off right with Texas Tech @ Kansas. Which Big XII team is overrated? Probably at least one, possibly both. Tune in and find out! Michigan State @ Michigan also intrigues me, but I won't get to see any of it.
I will, however, be heading home after the game to catch Notre Dame put the finishing touches on Ty Willingham's career at UW. Realistically, Ty's been done for a few weeks now, but a butt-whupping from Notre Dame would leave no doubt. I'm rooting for Willingham here, and I think beating the Irish would be nice and poetic, but really, this game should be over in time for the start of USC @ Arizona.
#22 Northwestern @ Indiana, 9:00AM - Big Ten Network
#24 Minnesota @ Purdue, 9:00AM - ESPN Classic
UNLV @ #21 Brigham Young, 11:00AM - The Mtn.
Fresno State @ Utah State, 12:00PM - Comcast Sports California
#6 Oklahoma State @ #1 Texas, 12:30PM, ESPN360
Virginia Tech @ #25 Florida State, 12:30PM - ESPN360
Wyoming @ #14 TCU, 3:00PM, The Mtn.
Colorado State @ San Diego State, 6:30PM, The Mtn.
Lots of "meh" games here; there are good reasons most of these games aren't on basic cable. Northwestern-Indiana? Minnesota-Purdue? Yes, they 'technically' involve ranked teams, but the sound you're hearing is me struggling to care.
The real travesty, though, is that Oklahoma State @ Texas isn't even on TV on the West Coast. Normally, ABC will stick two of the better games out of the area on ESPN and ESPN2, but Michigan State @ Michigan gets ESPN2, and ESPN has some sort of Breeder's Cup horse race or something. Lame.
Pay-Per-View or No TV:
Eastern Michigan @ #20 Ball State, 9:00AM
Kentucky @ #10 Florida, 9:30AM
Virginia @ #18 Georgia Tech, 12:30PM
#16 South Florida @ Louisville, 12:30PM
North Carolina State @ Maryland, 12:30PM
Rutgers @ #17 Pittsburgh, 12:30PM
Oregon @ Arizona State, 7:00PM
The Ducks should be able to take the Sun Devils, but Pac-10 teams have had an especially difficult time winning on the road this year. Meanwhile, Maryland hosts NC State a week after knocking off their third ranked opponent of the year; it just screams let-down loss, don't it?
Anyway, this open thread should take us up to gametime and through the first quarter. Comment away!
How well do you think the Bears will do today?
Very well. (19 votes)
Moderately well. (28 votes)
Moderately poor. (3 votes)
Very poor. (1 vote)
51 total votes