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)
IN THE PAC 12
* 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)
BEST OF THE REST
(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” »