chance of bowl: 13.6%
The ESPN coverage maps have been released. Here is the link to show them.
I know this may be a little too early for the networks to decide but I am really hoping for a 3:30 ABC kick. I was wondering what you all thought after looking over the schedule. There are many attractive games that weekend for the networks.
This is the only reasonable conclusion I can draw based on the games ABC has featured the last two weeks.
This past weekend, those of us in the Big 10 footprint were treated to a classic matchup of Ohio State vs. Eastern Michigan for the 3:30 game on ABC. This week, while most of the country will be watching Top 10 teams Stanford and Oregon slug it out for the early lead in the Pac 10, we will be treated to the sure-to-be-compelling matchup of Notre Dame vs. Boston College at 8:00 on ABC.
Is there such thing as an Angry Big Ten Footprint Football Watching Fan Hating God?
There have already been a few questions about this today, so to try and alleviate confusion about the TV situation early, I thought I'd throw the TV schedule as listed on mgoblue.com and talk a little about the ABC/ESPN contract.
Bowling Green TBD
Penn State ABC/ESPN
The number of to be determined isn't odd. Every game without a network also doesn't have a kickoff time yet, and the networks will work with the Big 10 to maximize exposure for the good games. All the Michigan games in recent memory have been on TV, it's just a matter of whether or not you get the right channels.
The Big 10 and Disney have an awesome deal, which basically guarantees that any Big 10 game shown on one channel (ie ABC) will be broadcast nationally on some ESPN channel. UMass, the game least likely to be on TV, is already on BTN, and there will be at least one conference game on the network as well. Expect 2-3 BTN games and 9-10 ABC/ESPN games.
What this means for UConn is that anyone with ABC/ESPN2 is going to get the Michigan game on one of them.
Edit: I must have written 2011 instead of 2010 in the thread title. Mea culpa and thanks to the mods for editing the title.
Will be forced to miss the Iowa game. Ideally would like to watch a replay somewhere without knowing the score first (one can dream). Any knowledge on how ABC is about internet feeds? I realize they own ESPN, but there is no "scheduled to be shown" listing of the game on ESPN 360.
Any ideas? Am I S.O.L. ?