Eight-four-six-oh-one. The zip code of Provo, Utaaar.
Nice play, again, by ESPN and ABC in not always promoting its top college game of the week.
Two weeks ago, it was pretty much a no-brainer. ESPN’s “College GameDay” crew had to be at Baton Rouge, La., before the Florida-LSU contest, which was to be carried on CBS.
This weekend, they’ll make the covered wagon trek to Provo, Utah, to see how the locals react to No. 16 BYU playing host to No. 8 Texas Christian in a game that’ll be seen later in the day on Versus (still not available on DirecTV). It beats having it again on The Mtn., or CBS College Sports, or ESPNU.
Remember, BYU opened the season with a 14-13 win over then No. 3 Oklahoma. Last week, they won at San Diego State by 10.
Yes, the BYUers are excited. On the official school athletic site, it’s the top story in the rotation.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for BYU to host ESPN College GameDay on our campus,” said BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe in a prepared statement so he could speak clearly. “The TCU game is sold out and the ESPN shows should add to the great college atmosphere we expect this Saturday.”
ESPN Radio, at least, will cover the contest, with Ryen Russillo, Trevor Matich and Brad Edwards.
Kirk Herbstreit can’t be all that excited. Afterward being unable to find any hard liquor to get him started in the entire state of Utah, he has to find some transportation that’ll take him to Columbia, Missouri, before No. 3 Texas faces the Tigers (a game that won’t be shown in L.A. because of regional USC-Oregon State coverage).
With BCS rankings listed for the first time this week (with all the numbers related to it linked here):
== 3:30 p.m., Prime Ticket: UCLA at No. 22 Arizona (with Steve Physioc and James Washington)
== 5 p.m., Channel 7: No. 7 USC vs. Oregon State, Coliseum (with Mike Patrick, Craig James and Heather Cox)
== 5 p.m., ESPN: Tulsa at UTEP (with Dave Neal and Andre Ware)
== 4:30 p.m., ESPNU: Prairie View A&M at Southern (with Charlie Neal and Jay Walker)
== 5 p.m., ESPN: Florida State at North Carolina (with Chris Fowler, Craig James, Jesse Palmer and Erin Andrews)
== 5 p.m., ESPN2: Rutgers at Army (with Joe Tessitore and Rod Gilmore) Wear these cool helmets, and we’re watching it instead of a potential Game 6 of the NLCS.
== 7-to-9 a.m. ESPN: “College GameDay” at Provo, Utah, before BYU faces TCU, with Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard.
== 9 a.m., ESPN: Minnesota at No. 19 Ohio State (with Dave Pasch, Chris Spielman and Bob Griese)
== 9 a.m., ESPN2: Illinois at Purdue (with Pam Ward and Ray Bentley)
== 9 a.m., ESPNU: Connecticut at No. 23 West Virginia (with Clay Matvick and David Diaz-Infante)
== 9 a.m., Big Ten Network: Indiana at Northwestern (with Ari Wolfe, Mark Campbell and Mike Hall)
== 9 a.m., Versus: No. 15 Oklahoma State at Baylor (with Ron Thulin, Kelly Stouffer and Lewis Johnson)
== 9:30 a.m., FSN West: Iowa State at Nebraska (with Joel Meyers, Dave Lapham and Jim Knox)
== 10:30 a.m., ESPN360.com: Maryland at Duke (with Dave Weekley and Jeff Genyk)
== 12:30 p.m., Channel 4: Boston College at Notre Dame (with Tom Hammond, Pat Haden and Alex Flanagan)
== 12:30 p.m., Channel 2: Tennessee at No. 2 Alabama (with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson)
== 12:30 p.m., ESPN: No. 13 Penn State at Michigan (with Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Holly Rowe)
== 12:30 p.m., Channel 7: No. 11 Oregon at Washington (with Terry Gannon and David Norrie)
== 12:30 p.m., ESPN PPV: Oklahoma at No. 25 Kansas (with Ron Franklin and Ed Cunningham)
== 12:30 p.m., ESPN PPV: Clemson at No. 10 Miami (with Bob Wischusen and Brian Griese)
== 12:30 p.m, ESPNU: Louisville at No. 5 Cincinnati (with Todd Harris and Charles Arbuckle)
== 12:30 p.m., CBS College Sports: Wake Forest at Navy (with Craig Bolerjack and Randy Cross)
== 1 p.m., Versus: Air Force at No. 18 Utah (with Ted Robinson, Anthony Herron and Lindsay Soto)
== 1 p.m., Mtn: San Diego State at Colorado State (with James Bates, Todd Christensen and Roger Bailey)
== 4 p.m., Big Ten Network: No. 6 Iowa at Michigan State (with Wayne Larrivee, Chris Martin and Lisa Byington)
== 4 p.m., ESPNU: Vanderbilt at No. 24 South Carolina (with Eric Collins and Brock Huard)
== 4:30 p.m., Versus: No. 6 TCU at No. 18 BYU (with Joe Beninati, Glenn Parker and Tim Neverett)
== 4:30 p.m., ESPN: No. 1 Florida at Mississippi State (with Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Erin Andrews)
== 4:30 p.m., ESPN2: Auburn at No. 9 LSU (with Mark Jones and Bob Davie)
== 4:30 p.m., CBS College Sports: SMU at No. 17 Houston (with Dave Ryan and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila)
== 5 p.m., Mtn.: UNLV at New Mexico (with Dan Gutowsky, Robert Griffith and Toby Christensen)
== 5 p.m., ESPN PPV: No. 3 Texas at Missouri (with Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Lisa Salters)
== 7:15 p.m., Prime Ticket: Arizona State at Stanford (with Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis and Michael Eaves)
== 7:15 p.m., ESPNU: Fresno State at New Mexico State (with Carter Blackburn and JC Pearson)