More follow up of today’s media column, moving ahead with college and prep football:
==Without No. 1 USC or new media darling UCLA on the tube, the best call to set up your Saturday viewing (starting with ESPN’s College GameDay in Gainesville, Fla., for the Miami-Florida contest) includes scouting out the Trojans’ next opponent (Ohio State), the Bruins’ next opponent (BYU) and the future of the Notre Dame program (against a San Diego State team that couldn’t be Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in its opener):
=Ohio at Ohio State (ESPN, 9 a.m.) with Pam Ward and Ray Bentley
=Miami (Ohio) at Michigan (ESPN2, 9 a.m.) with Dave Pasch and Andre Ware
=BYU at Washington (FSN West, noon) with Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis and John Jackson
=San Diego State at Notre Dame (Channel 4, 12:30 p.m.) with Tom Hammond, Pat Haden and Alex Flanagan (game also heard locally on radio with KLAA-AM 830 as the affiliate)
=Oregon State at Penn State (Channel 7, 12:30 p.m.) with Brad Nessler, Bob Griese, Paul Maguire and Stacey Dales
=Louisiana Tech at Kansas (FSN West, 4 p.m.) with Bill Land, Gary Reasons and Emily Jones
=Miami at Florida (ESPN, 5 p.m.) with Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, Lisa Salters and Erin Andrews
=Stanford at Arizona State (FSN West, 7 p.m.) with FSN Arizona team Trey Bender, Juan Roque and Jody Jackson
=Texas at UTEP (ESPN2, 7:15 p.m.) with Mark Jones and Bob Davie
==We’d be satisified if the ABC crew of Nessler, Griese and Maquire didn’t do a phoner with the retired Keith Jackson during Saturday’s telecast. It may have sounded like a cool idea to give the voice of college football a call during the USC-Virginia game last Saturday, but all it did was make for some awkward fawning, just moments after the Trojans took a 31-7 lead over the Cavaliers with 12 minutes left in the third quarter.
Jackson, from his home in Sherman Oaks, told the crew that “outside of fighting parking lot attendants, I don’t miss much of anything” about doing the games any longer. He also remarked that the USC-Texas national championship game of 2006 — his last — wasn’t one of the best games he’d ever attended (as Nessler asked), because of a “dreadful” call by the official by not calling Longhorns QB Vince Young down and by some mistakes that the Trojans made at the end. From there, it was like that “Saturday Night Live” skit when Chris Farley was “interviewing” Paul McCartney … “remember when we did that ’98 Rose Bowl…” said Griese. … And “how many times did you really say, ‘Whoa Nellie!'” during a broadcast.
Finally, Nessler said: “We’ll let you get back to the ballgame instead of gabbing with us.” Best call Nessler made the whole game.
==More info on the new two-hour prep football show on KSPN-AM (710) is at this link.
==FSN Prime Ticket’s high school slate of 10 broadcasts doesn’t begin until Sept. 12, but its “High School Spotlight” starts tonight (10:30 p.m.) with a preview of the upcoming season anchored by Lindsay Soto.
The schedule for this season with Chris McGee, John Jackson, Jackie Pickering and Dain Blanton:
=Sept. 12: Birmingham at Crespi, 7:30 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket
=Sept. 19: Mater Dei at Corona Centennial, 8:30 p.m. (delayed), FSN West
=Sept. 26: Edison at Servite, 10:30 p.m. (delayed), FSN Prime Ticket
=Oct. 3: Saugus at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket
=Oct.10: Diamond Ranch at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket
=Oct. 17: Mission Viejo at Tesoro, 7:30 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket
=Oct. 24: Upland at Los Osos, 7:30 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket
=Oct. 31: Chaparral at Temescal Canyon, 7:30 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket
=Nov. 7: Santa Clara at Oaks Christian, 7:30 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket
=Nov. 13 (Thurs.): Orange Lutheran at Mater Dei, 7:30 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket
==In addition to games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, NFL Network and Versus, the CBS College Sports Network has partnered with MaxPreps to deliver eight prime-time high school football games starting tonight (Robert E. Lee of Montgomery, Ala., vs. Prattville, Ala.). No California teams are on the schedule (good luck trying to find it on their website, linked here).