2012 College Football TV Schedule Week 1: TV Listings for the Upcoming Week

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2012 College Football TV Schedule Week 1: TV Listings for the Upcoming Week
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It’s that time of year again. That time when college football fans can scurry away from the outdoors and back into their favorite rooms in their house or apartment or their favorite stool at their local watering hole. 

And why is that?

Because college football is finally back! 

It has been a long eight months since we have watched a college football game, and for some of you it has been even longer due to your favorite team not making a bowl game. But, the season is a time for new hope, new beginnings and a time when every team has a shot at playing for the BCS Championship in January. 

Now, for those of you new to the “Ultimate College Football Television Guide,” let me first say welcome. You’ll notice that at the bottom of the text there is a table where you can find every game that will be on a major network like ESPN (2, 3, U and GamePlan), Fox Sports, NBC Sports Network, CBS Sports Network, Longhorn Network, SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12, ACC and Big East Networks and FX.

So with that being, said let’s get into some Week 1 action. 

 

Player to watch in Week 1: Denard Robinson 

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Robinson is coming into his senior year at Michigan with a chance to help the Wolverines win their first outright Big Ten title since 2003. 

He proved last year that he can play well in big games. For example, his best passing game came in Week 2, which was the thriller against Notre Dame. Robinson threw for 338 yards, with four touchdowns and a passer rating of 194.1. 

When Michigan needed him to play at a high level down the stretch he was able to put up big games against Illinois (two rushing touchdowns), Nebraska (four combined touchdowns), Ohio State (five combined touchdowns) and Virginia Tech (two passing touchdowns). Those four games all ended in Michigan wins, and the last one was a victory in the Sugar Bowl. 

With a big game against Alabama, it will not only vault Michigan into the top five of the AP and Coaches polls, but it will also put him into early consideration as a Heisman Trophy finalist. 

 

Player with the most pressure in Week 1: David Ash 

For those of you who do not live in Austin, Texas, you may not have been aware of the quarterback controversy that has been going on at the 40 acres. 

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Coming into the season, Longhorns fans were split down the middle as to whom should be QB1 on the 2012 depth chart. 

Some fans thought Ash was the better quarterback and gave Texas the best chance to win this year. However, there were the supports of Case McCoy (younger brother of Colt McCoy), who thought his leadership skills would be enough to carry Texas. 

Ash won the quarterback battle in camp and opens Week 1 as the starter against Wyoming. 

However, a slow start for Ash could mean that he’s yanked from the game for McCoy. If that would happen, and McCoy flourishes against the Cowboys, then Ash could be listed as QB2 for the Longhorns' second game against New Mexico. 

 

Game you should avoid in Week 1: No. 1 USC vs. Hawaii 7:00PM Fox

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For starters, this game is from Los Angeles and not Hawaii so the cutaways of beautiful Honolulu will instead be cutaways of a half empty—or half full, depending on your outlook—Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. 

USC quarterback Matt Barkley will have a glorified preseason game in this one, where he plays into the third quarter or until he throws his fifth touchdown pass and eclipses the 330 passing yard mark. 

So if you have to miss a game this week, you can pass on this one. 

 

Game you should do everything you can to watch: No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 2 Alabama 8:00PM ABC

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This is a great way for the defending BCS National Champions to start their season. Alabama pretty much said, "Forget the opening soft game against a team like California (PA). Instead, we are going to take on the champions of the Sugar Bowl."

Last year, LSU went the same route and opened the season at Cowboys Stadium against the Oregon Ducks, who were the runners-up in the 2011 BCS Championship. This Alabama-Michigan game is eerily similar to that LSU-Oregon game. You have Alabama playing the roll as the SEC powerhouse going up against a Michigan team built on speed. 

Last year, LSU dominated Oregon, only allowing the Ducks to gain 95 rushing yards—well below their eventual season average of 299.2. 

Can Alabama do the same to a Michigan team that averaged 221.8 yards per game last year? 

 

Wrap up and game listing:

Okay that’s enough for this week. Below you’ll find all of the games from Week 1 that start on Thursday and finally end on Monday night. 

Thanks for reading and I’ll see everyone next week for Week 2.

www.tjmcaloon.com

 

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Channel

Thursday, Aug. 30

 

7:00 PM

No. 9 South Carolina at Vanderbilt

ESPN

UCF at Akron

ESPN-3

Eastern Michigan at Ball State

Southeast Missouri State at Central Michigan

Towson at Kent State

7:15 PM

Northern Colorado at Utah

Pac-12 Network

7:30 PM

UTSA at South Alabama 

ESPN-3

Massachusetts at Connecticut

UCLA at Rice

CBS Sports Network

Texas A&M at Louisiana Tech

ESPN-U

McNeese State at Middle Tennessee

ESPN-3

8:00 PM

Sacramento State at New Mexico State

Southern Utah at Utah State

9:00 PM

Eastern Washington at Idaho

10:15 PM

Washington State at BYU

ESPN

10:30 PM

Northern Arizona at Arizona State

Pac-12 Network

11:00 PM

Minnesota at UNLV

CBS Sports Network

Friday, 31

7:00 PM

Villanova at Temple

ESPN-3

7:30 PM

Tennessee vs. North Carolina State

ESPN-U

8:00 PM

No. 24 Boise State at No. 13 Michigan State

ESPN

Wagner at Florida Atlantic

ESPN-3

10:00 PM

San Jose State at No. 21 Stanford

Pac-12 Network

Saturday, Sept. 1

9:00 AM

Notre Dame vs. Navy

CBS

12:00 PM

Appalachian State at East Carolina

Fox Sports

Western Michigan at Illinois

ESPN-U

Miami (OH) at No. 18 Ohio State

Big Ten Network

Ohio at Penn State

ESPN

Northwestern at Syracuse

ESPN-2

Marshall at No. 11 West Virginia 

FX

12:21 PM

Buffalo at No. 6 Georgia 

SEC Network

12:30 PM

Elon at North Carolina

ACC Network

3:00 PM

Nevada at California

Pac-12 Network

William & Mary at Maryland

ESPN-3

Nicholls at Oregon State

Pac-12 Network

Richmond at Virginia 

ESPN-3

3:30 PM

Miami (FL) at Boston College 

ABC/ESPN-2

Bowling Green at No. 23 Florida 

ESPN

Tulsa at Iowa State

Fox Sports

Southern Miss at No. 17 Nebraska 

ABC/ESPN-2

Iowa at Northern Illinois 

ESPN-U

Eastern Kentucky at Purdue

Big Ten Network

Northern Iowa at No. 12 Wisconsin 

Big Ten Network

4;00 PM

Colorado State at Colorado

FX

6:00 PM

Murray State at No. 7 Florida State

ESPN-3

Youngstown State at Pittsburgh

ESPN-3

7:00 PM

Jacksonville State at No. 10 Arkansas 

ESPN-3

No. 14 Clemson at Auburn

ESPN

FIU at Duke

ESPN-3

North Texas at No. 3 LSU

ESPN-U

Lamar at Louisiana-Lafayette

ESPN-3

Central Arkansas at Ole Miss

Fox Sports

Southeastern at Missouri

ESPN-3

Chattanooga at South Florida

ESPN-3

Austin Peay at Western Kentucky

ESPN-3

7:10 PM

Missouri State at No. 22 Kansas State

Kansas State HD

7:30 PM

Hawaii at No. 1 USC

FOX

8:00 PM

No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 2 Alabama 

ABC

Indiana State at Indiana

Big Ten Network

Wyoming at No. 15 Texas

Longhorn Network

Rutgers at Tulane

CBS Sports Network

10:30 PM

Toledo at Arizona

ESPN-U

Arkansas State at No. 5 Oregon

ESPN

No. 4 Oklahoma at UTEP

Fox Sports

San Diego State at Washington

Pac-12 Network

Sunday, Sept. 2

3:30 PM

Kentucky at No. 25 Louisville

ESPN

6:30 PM

Southern Methodist at Baylor

Fox Sports

Monday, Sept. 3

8:00 PM

Georgia Tech at No. 16 Virginia Tech

ESPN


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