hope know your Saturday morning wasn’t planned around pulling up a saddle to view No. 1 Texas face No. 6 Oklahoma State.
Wasn’t gonna happen anyway, cowpoke.
UCLA’s game at Cal is locked into the Southern California market in the Saturday at 12:30 p.m. slot — it’s one of four regional games in that window — so the Longhorns and Cowboys get pushed aside. Unless you’re into buying the ESPN pay-per-view package. Or care to watch it free on the Internet at ESPN360.com.
Often, the game like that — a big-time regional on ABC that’s been kicked out of that slot for something more local interest — would be the “mirror” game flopped onto the ESPN networks. But in this case, they say that ESPN2 has to show Michigan-Michigan State instead, and ESPN has … the Breeders’ Cup from 12:30 p.m. through the rest of the afternoon.
There’s your City Slickers fix.
Meanwhile, the Trojans’ contest at Arizona stands alone on the national FSN telecast. Again. Since it’s at night, maybe USC quarterback Mark Sanchez won’t need to wear the eyeblack stickers that give someone a birthday shoutout.
We’ll use the new BCS rankings as our reference point now (since it combines the coaches’ farcical ranking, the even more ridiculous Harris voters choices and then the completely comical computer consensus):
==12:30 p.m., Channel 7: UCLA at Cal (with Terry Gannon and David Norrie)
==7:15 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket: No. 5 USC at Arizona (with Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis and Jim Watson). Trojans’ Live show at 10:45 p.m.; game replayed at 11:15 p.m.
==5 p.m., ESPN2: Ohio at Temple (with Todd Harris and Ray Bentley)
==4:30 p.m., ESPN: Auburn at West Virginia (with Rece Davis, Lou Holtz, Mark May and Erin Andrews) (Note: It’s not Chris Fowler, Craig James and Jesse Palmer).
==4:30 p.m., ESPNU: Jacksonville State at Tennessee Martin (with Charlie Neal and Jay Walker)
==5 p.m., CBS College Sports: New Mexico at Air Force (with Carter Blackburn and Aaron Taylor)
==6 p.m., ESPN2: No. 12 Boise State at San Jose State (with Dave Lamont and Rod Gilmore)
==7-to-9 a.m., ESPN: “College GameDay” gives Kirk Herbstreit a home-and-home situation. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, and he’ll drive right outside the Horseshoe to do the show with Fowler, Lee Corso and Desmond Howard, then stick around for the ABC telecast later in the day. And his kids can show up in their Buckeyes gear and live it up. Keep the ambulance ready for Paterno.
==9 a.m., ESPN: No. 8 Texas Tech at No. 23 Kansas (with Dave Pasch, Andre Ware and Rob Stone)
==9 a.m., ESPN2: Illinois at Wisconsin (with Pam Ward and Ray Bentley)
==9 a.m., ESPNU: Wake Forest at Miami (with Dave Armstrong and Larry Coker)
==9 a.m., ESPN Classic: No. 24 Minnesota at Purdue (with Bob Wischusen and Brock Huard)
==9 a.m., Big Ten Network: Northwestern at Indiana (with Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis and Charissa Thompson)
==9:30 a.m., FSN West: No. 4 Oklahoma at Kansas State (with Bill Land, Dave Lapham and Jim Knox)
==9:30 a.m., Versus: Baylor at Nebraska (with Ron Thulin, Kelly Stouffer and Lewis Johnson)
==10 a.m., ESPN360.com: Louisiana Tech at Army
==11 a.m., MTN: UNLV at No. 21 BYU (with James Bates and Todd Christensen)
==12:30 p.m., Channel 2: No. 7 Georgia at No. 13 Louisiana State (with Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson)
==12:30 p.m., ESPN2: Michigan State at Michigan (with Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Erin Andrews)
==12:30 p.m., ESPN PPV/ESPN360.com: No. 6 Oklahoma State at No. 1 Texas (with Brad Nessler, Bob Griese, Paul Maguire and Stacey Dales)
==12:30 p.m., ESPN PPV/ESPN360.com: Virginia Tech at No. 25 Florida State (with Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham and Jack Arute)
==12:30 p.m., ESPNU: Virginia at No. 18 Georgia Tech (with Doug Bell and Charles Arbuckle)
==12:30 p.m., ESPN360.com: N.C. State at Maryland
==12:30 p.m., CBS College Sports: SMU at Navy (with Tom Hart and Trev Alberts)
==1 p.m., Versus: Dartmouth at Columbia
==3 p.m., MTN: Wyoming at No. 14 TCU (with Rich Cellini and Jon Berger)
==3:30 p.m., FSN West: Colorado at No. 15 Missouri (with Joel Meyers, Gary Reasons and Emily Jones)
==4 p.m., ESPNU: Middle Tennessee at Mississippi State (with Clay Matvick, David Diaz-Infante and Melissa Knowles)
==4:45 p.m., ESPN: No. 2 Alabama at Tennessee (with Mike Patrick, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe)
==5 p.m., Channel 7: No. 3 Penn State at No. 9 Ohio State (with Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Lisa Salters)
==5 p.m., ESPN2: Notre Dame at Washington (with Mark Jones, Bob Davie and Todd Harris)
==5 p.m., Big Ten Network: Minnesota at Wisconsin
==5 p.m., CBS College Sports: Southern Miss at Memphis (with Carter Blackburn and Brian Jones)
==6:30 p.m., MTN: Colorado State at San Diego State (with Tim Neverett and Blaine Fowler)
==7:30 p.m., ESPNU (delayed): Alabama A&M at Alabama State (with Dwayne Ballen and Eddie Robinson, Jr.)
==5 p.m., ESPN: Central Florida at No. 19 Tulsa (with Eric Collins and Shaun King)