Your 2009 ESPN/ABC/ESPN2/ESPNU/ESPNETC. college football schedule


Now that the Disney family is done deciding which Pac-10 games to take for this fall’s lineup — and the USC-UCLA game ain’t there — FSN will have its choice of where the conference falls in with its weekly package, leaving the rest of the games to sort themselves out elsewhere.

There’s no way in heck we’ll print the entire ESPN/ABC/ESPN2/Etc. schedule here. It’s far too meandering, with many TBAs. There are in excess of 400 games picked and tossed around (including ESPN Classic, their mobile phone service, their pay-per-view serive, the online streaming … somewhere else on SkyLab …)

If we’re giving you a brief list of highlights, here it is:

== The BCS title game on ABC at 5 p.m. on Jan. 7 from the Rose Bowl.

== A mess of stuff on Saturday, Dec., 5, including the ACC title game (in prime time on ESPN), the Big 12 championship (in prime time on ABC), the Conference USA championship game (replacing a USC-UCLA contest, on ESPN), and three Big East games.


== Among the 30 bowls, they’ve added the Texas Bowl, taking it from the NFL Network and cramming it onto ESPN on Dec. 31 (12:30 p.m.).

== The Jan. 1 Rose Bowl stays on ABC (one more year). Starting in 2011, ESPN does all five BCS games, including the national championship. It will do the Fiesta, Orange and Sugar Bowls each season and the BCS National Championship Game in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

== Saturday night games on ABC at 5 p.m. (except Sept. 12 and Oct. 17). First: Alabama vs. Virginia Tech in Atlanta on Sept. 5.

== Saturday afternoon games on ABC: 12:30 p.m. from the Pac-10 (most often here), but also Big 12, ACC, Big Ten and Big East (some also start at 9 a.m.)

== Aside from Saturday, and the usual Thursday nights, there are some games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday on ESPN and ESPN2.

== The Thursday night slate includes Oregon vs. Oregon State on Dec. 3. The season opens with a doubleheader on Sept. 3: South Carolina at North Carolina State and Oregon at Boise State (7:15 p.m.). It will include Texas at Texas A&M on Thanksgiving for the second straight year on Nov. 26.


== ABC, Saturday, Sept. 5, 12:30 p.m.: Notre Dame at Michigan

== ESPN, Saturday, Sept. 5, 1 p.m.: UCLA at Tennessee

== ESPN, Saturday, Sept. 5, 4 p.m.: Oklahoma vs. BYU at the new Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.

== ESPN, Monday, Sept. 7, 5 p.m.: Miami at Florida State

== ESPN, Saturday, Sept. 12, 5 p.m.: USC at Ohio State

== ABC, Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m.: Oklahoma vs. Texas at Dallas.

== ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, Saturday, Oct. 24, 5 p.m.: Oregon State at USC

If you didn’t see your team’s name called, check your local websites.

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  • Slippery Pete

    Pretty sure that the UCLA v. Tenn. game is on Sept. 12. The Bruins play SDSU on the 5th.