College Football Week 11 in the L.A. TV market: The Buffering Game for USC, UCLA … again

We interrupt CFB Week 11 with an update on CFB Week 12:
Blame the TV gods, Larry Scott and the Sooner Schooner — all equally — for not allowing you the common courtesy of revealing a kickoff time for the annual USC-UCLA game at the Coliseum that will allow you to plan your day accordingly.
The only thing we know for sure is that it’ll happen on Nov. 18, with about a seven-hour variance of kickoff times.
Because ESPN and Fox need to see how everything else falls apart in Week 11, there’s only so much that can be determined before Week 12.
ESPN/ABC has the first pick, and is supposed to do so by Monday.
The pecking order goes:
= 12:30 p.m. on ABC/ESPN or 5 p.m. on ABC,
= 5 p.m.on Fox KTTV Channel 11 or 1 p.m. on FS1,
= 7:30 p.m. or 7:45 p.m. on ESPN,
And if all else fails:
= 4 p.m. on Pac-12 Network
The only saving grace is they won’t consider anything before noon, or after 8 p.m.
And we haven’t even factored in the Fox Business Network, which apparently now comes into play.
The other Pac-12 games that day for ESPN/Fox consideration: Arizona-Oregon, Utah-Washington and Cal-Stanford (with Arizona State-Oregon State already relegated to the Pac-12 Net at noon).
The other games of national importance are puzzle pieces: Oklahoma-Kansas, Illinois-Ohio State, Nebraska-Penn State, TCU-Texas Tech, Michigan-Wisconsin, Kansas State-Oklahoma State, Iowa State-Baylor, Mississippi State-Arkansas, Iowa-Purdue, Maryland-Michigan State, LSU-Tennessee, Texas A&M-Mississippi and a few others involving unranked teams with national branding.
Notre Dame is home that day and locked into NBC. CBS’ SEC options likely focus on Georgia (hosting Kentucky), Mississippi State (hosting Arkansas) or LSU (at Tennessee)
We’ve done this limbo dance before and we find ourselves less and less flexible as the years roll on.
In fact, it happened to USC, for that matter, on its Nov. 4 Homecoming game against Arizona last Saturday, with the notice of the 7:45 p.m. kickoff not coming until Sunday morning, Oct. 29.
We’re not even going take a calculated guess as to what will happen here, but only point out there is no real marquee, must-see game that Saturday begging to be put into the ABC prime-time slot.
What’s fair? Not stringing the fans along. What’s the reality? Fans get strung along, whimpering every so slightly, but trying to show they understand the process.
The more right-fee holders grabbing games out of a bag, the more complicated this remains.

Now, to finish off Week 11 with updated College Football Playoff committee rankings:

* No. 11 USC (8-2, 6-1) at Colorado (5-5, 2-5), Saturday at 1 p.m., Channel 11 (Tim
Brando, Spencer Tillman, Holly Sonders)
* UCLA (4-5, 2-4) vs. Arizona State (5-4, 4-2) at the Rose Bowl, 6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Net (Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth, Jill Savage)

* Washington (8-1, 5-1) at Stanford (6-3, 5-2), Friday at 7:30 p.m., FS1 (Justin Kutcher, Mark Helfrich and Petros Papadakis)
* No. 9 Washington State (8-2, 5-2) at Utah (5-4, 2-4), Saturday at 2:30 p.m., Pac-12 Net (JB Long, Anthony Herron, Lewis Johnson)
* Oregon State (1-8, 0-6) at Arizona (6-3, 4-2), Saturday at 7 p.m., ESPN2 (Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich)
Bye: Cal (5-5, 2-5) and Oregon (5-5, 2-5)

(ESPN College GameDay will be in Miami prior to the Notre Dame-Miami game Saturday. There are also more replays this week of the ESPN documentary “Catholics vs. Convicts” from 2016, including Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Friday at 1 p.m. on ESPNU and Saturday at 3 a.m. on ESPN2) Continue reading “College Football Week 11 in the L.A. TV market: The Buffering Game for USC, UCLA … again” »

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Sunday media:, and how the annoyed anonymous editor got sucked in again

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassistFlea wears a rally towel on his head in the 8th inning of Game 7 of the Dodgers-Astros World Series at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

A clock continues ticking on the top right corner of’s home page, marking “the time since the last meaningful Dodger moment.”
That would be Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series Game 1 walk-off homer that sparked the team to a championship. Thus, the digital numbers read T-plus 29 years … wait, the days and hours seem …
“I know, somehow it’s off by about 20 days now,” Josh Segal admitted, dipping another tortilla chip in the hot sauce at a Sherman Oaks Mexican restaurant over lunch. “I don’t know what happened or how to fix it.”
That’s a minor glitch.
More at this link …

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NFL Week 9 in the L.A. TV market: If the Rams can make it in New York maybe they can make it anywhere

Ripped (or, gently torn) from the headlines:

== Intriguing read of the week came early — posting at 6 a.m. on Monday:
“It’s not outlandish to entertain a previously unthinkable prospect: Might ESPN elect to go without rights to NFL games?” That was just the subhead on a James Andrew Miller guest column for the Hollywood Reporter about why the World Wide Leader could “abandon” the NFL sooner rather than later.
Or, could it be a ploy by ESPN

== Ratings from last Sunday for those curious:
= Fox’s 1:25 p.m. Dallas-Washington game (9.7 rating/24 share, average of 774,000 viewers) still did better than the Chargers’ game of interest in New England (7.0/19, 515,000 average viewership) in the CBS 10 a.m. window. The dribbling who went to the Pittsburgh-Detroit game on NBC that night (4.6/7, 366,000 average viewers) must still consist of former Dodgers fans who refuse to follow the team during the epic Game 5 (32.8 rating/52 share, average 3.275 million viewers).
Also: Chicago-New Orleans went up against the Chargers on Channel 11 at 10 a.m. and pulled a 3.7/10 with 280,000 viewers.

How the TV weekend shapes up:
= Buffalo at N.Y. Jets, 5:25 p.m., NFL Network (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson and Jay Feely)
= Rams at N.Y. Giants, 10 a.m., Channel 11 (Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber).
It blocks out Fox’s other single games on Sunday consisting of Atlanta-Carolina (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman) and Tampa Bay-New Orleans in the AM and Washington-Seattle and Arizona-San Francisco in the afternoon
= Denver at Philadelphia, 10 a.m., Channel 2 (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts)
CBS comes up with some Rams competition, taking this instead of Baltimore-Tennessee, Indianapolis-Houston or Cincinnati-Jacksonville.

= Kansas City at Dallas, 1:25 p.m., Channel 2 (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo)
No other games on CBS in this window.
= Oakland at Miami, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth)
= Detroit at Green Bay, 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Bye week: Chargers, Chicago, Cleveland, Minnesota, New England, Pittsburgh

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CFB Week 10 in the L.A. TV market: Welcome to a national audience, Big Man Tate

Arizona’s Khalil Tate, the true sophomore quarterback out of Inglewood and Gardena’s Serra High, may be the most TV-friendly player this season in the Pac-12 not to get enough TV exposure.
Since taking over at QB for Brandon Dawkins in Week 5, Tate’s last four appearances have been all tucked away for safe keeping on the Pac-12 Network.
This, at a time when a headline in the Washington Post declared him “college football’s player of October.”
Over that time, Tate put up two of the six “best games” statistically in college football’s I-A division, with a “Total QBR” rating of a perfect 100.0 against Colorado in Week 6 – setting an FBS-quarterback rushing record of 327 yards and four touchdowns on only 14 rushes, good for a mind-numbing 23.4 yards per carry. He broke the previous mark of 321 set by Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch in 2013. Lynch needed 27 carries to reach that number though, nearly double that of Tate, who was named the Walter Camp National Player of the Week.
UCLA need not be reminded that Tate’s Total QBR rating was 98.7 against it in a Week 7, 47-30 win at Tucson. He ran for a pair of TDs, one of them for 71 yards in the third quarter to pretty much ice the game, and passed for another.
Last week in a win over nationally-ranked Washington State, Tate posted a 95.8 rating.
That changes as USC matches up with Arizona in a 7:45 p.m. ESPN contest.
All of this comes on the heels of Rick Neuheusel, the former UCLA coach fashioning himself as a college football analyst for CBS, admitting that since the Pac-12 doesn’t have a content-sharing agreement with the CBS Sports Net, the channel can’t show highlights of Pac 12 Net games on its “Inside College Football ” show without paying a fee.
“Tate is out,” Neuheisel said. “If you’re watching our show, you don’t know who Khalil Tate is.”
Follow that up with what ESPN’s Chris Fowler tweeted out Saturday night:

When pointed out that Pac-12 Net can be accessed through SlingTV or other smart TV apps, Fowler responded: “We want to gather around a TV. Not huddle around an iPad. Most hotels in places like this lack ‘smart TVs.'”’s also posted some tweets from former Arizona basketball star Damon Stoudamire complaining about the lack of Wildcats exposure. has already declared him a Heisman contender. Monday, Tate was added to the list of Maxwell Award semifinalists, with USC’s Sam Darnold and Stanford’s Bryce Love.
After last Saturday, Tate finally had enough reps in to put himself first in the nation in yards per carry (13.4, three better than Love), third in the nation in yards rushing per game (154.3, with 926 yards in six games over just 69 carries and eight TDs). That also puts him ninth nationally in all-purpose yards.
Since both USC and Arizona are alive in the Pac-12 South race, ESPN nabbed them for a late-night Coliseum kickoff. So of those who can stay awake long enough to see Tate, here’s the opportunity before Daylight Savings Time kicks in to give you an extra hour of sleep Sunday morning.
Using the new College Football Playoff rankings, here’s what we have to offer:

== UCLA at Utah, Friday at 6:30 p.m., FS1 (Chris Myers, Ben Leber)
Should be a treat hearing Myers, who usually does a very low-ranked NFL game, get on a college sport with a bunch of Polynesian names. At least Leber, a former Kansas State and NFL linebacker, does some prep work. It’s also a shame ESPN’s Brock Huard isn’t doing this game.
== No. 17 USC vs. No. 22 Arizona at the Coliseum, Saturday at 7:45 p.m., ESPN (Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich)
Surprisingly a game of this import drew such a short straw in the ESPN hierarchy of broadcasters

== No. 21 Stanford at No. 25 Washington State, Saturday at 12:30 p.m., Channel 11 (Justin Kutcher, Mark Helfrich, Petros Papadakis)
== Oregon State at Cal, Saturday at 2 p.m., Pac-12 Net (Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth)
== Colorado at Arizona State, Saturday at 6 p.m., Pac-12 Net (Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron)
== Oregon at No. 12 Washington, Saturday at 7:30 p.m., FS1 (Aaron Goldsmith, Danny Kannell, A.J. Hawk)

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