Saturday’s college football TV schedule

September 21, 2012
TODAY’S TV GAMES
NOON
Noon West Virginia vs. MarylandFX
Noon TCU vs. Virginia ESPN
Noon Virginia Tech vs. Bowling Green ESPNU
Noon Wisconsin vs. Texas El-Paso ESPN2
Noon Old Dominion vs. New Hampshire Comcast SportsNet
Noon Ohio State vs. UAB Big Ten Network*
Noon Iowa vs. Central Michigan Big Ten Network*
Noon Miami (Ohio) vs. Massachusetts pay-per-view
12:20 Florida vs. Kentucky pay-per-view
12:30 Wake Forest vs. Army WDCA-20, WJZ-13
1 Cornell vs. Yale NBC Sports Network

The area’s ACC teams — Maryland at West Virginia, Virginia Tech vs. Bowling Green, Virginia at TCU — go head to head to head at the noon hour, leaving non-ACC enthusiasts with . . . very little, actually.

Former Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien will likely start the game on the bench when Wisconsin hosts Texas-El Paso. O’Brien has completed only 15 of 48 passes in his past two games, a loss to Oregon State and a narrow win over Utah State in which he was replaced by redshirt freshman Joel Stave. It isn’t helping matters that Wisconsin’s offensive line is a bit of a mess (offensive line coach Mike Markuson was fired after the Oregon State loss). Running back Montee Ball also only has two touchdowns after scoring 39 last season.

afterNOON
3 Georgia Tech vs. MiamiComcast SportsNet
3:30 Navy vs. VMI CBS Sports Network
3:30 South Carolina vs. Missouri WUSA-9, WJZ-13
3:30 Penn State vs. Temple WJLA-7, WMAR-2
3:30 UCLA vs. Oregon State ESPN2
3:30 Michigan State vs. Eastern Michigan Big Ten Network*
3:30 Nebraska vs. Idaho State Big Ten Network*
3:30 Northwestern vs. South Dakota Big Ten Network*
3:30 North Carolina vs. East Carolina ESPNU
3:30 Rice vs. Marshall Comcast SportsNet Plus
4 Washington State vs. Colorado FX
4:30 Ball State vs. South Florida MASN
4:30 Brown vs. Harvard NBC Sports Network
5 Alabama vs. Florida Atlantic pay-per-view

Never underestimate the public’s thirst for mindless pap such as Michigan State-Eastern Michigan, Nebraska-Idaho State and Northwestern-South Dakota. In 2011, the Big Ten Network generated $242 million in revenue and had a profit of $79.2 million.

Missouri’s first SEC game was actually two weeks ago against Georgia, but really, can they be considered an SEC team until they get the full-on Verne Lundquist CBS treatment? No, they cannot. The Tigers travel to South Carolina, and both teams feature quarterbacks with varying degrees of shoulder pain, James Franklin for Missouri and Connor Shaw for South Carolina.

Night
7 Auburn vs. LSUESPN
7 Arkansas vs. Rutgers ESPNU
7 William & Mary vs. Delaware Comcast SportsNet
7 Mississippi State vs. South Alabama pay-per-view
7 Texas A&M vs. South Carolina State pay-per-view
7:30 Notre Dame vs. Michigan WRC-4, WBAL-11
7:30 Tennessee vs. Akron Comcast SportsNet Plus
7:30 Liberty vs. Lehigh MASN (joined in progress)
7:45 Georgia vs. Vanderbilt ESPN2
7:50 Oklahoma vs. Kansas State WTTG-5, WBFF-45
8 Florida State vs. Clemson WJLA-7, WMAR-2
8 Minnesota vs. Syracuse Big Ten Network*
8 Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech Big Ten Network*
8 Tulsa vs. Fresno State CBS Sports Network
10:30 Oregon vs. Arizona ESPN
10:30 Hawaii vs. Nevada NBC Sports Network

Three of the four major networks — NBC (Notre Dame-Michigan), Fox (Oklahoma-Kansas State) and ABC (Florida State-Clemson) — will have college football in prime time. Step up your game, CBS! Everyone’s seen that “CSI” episode already.

— Matt Bonesteel

*Check with your cable or satellite provider; the Big Ten Network televises multiple games in the same time slot, but not all cable and satellite providers air them.

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