With Spring football out of the way, we’re about to head into the “lull of the summer” mostly for college football. However, there is still some news occasionally, including Thursdays partial release by the American Conference and CBS Sports Network of some of their upcoming games involving UCF and USF.
As we have written before, ESPN has a big say’-so in game times and even sometimes moving the dates of games to a weeknight or stand alone National Television situation on another day.
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UCF will open its defense of the American Conference Championship on Thursday night August 29th against Florida A&M at Spectrum Stadium with the game at 7:30 on CBSSN. The Knights currently have a 23 game regular season winning streak headed into this opener.
There had been some speculation that with the Gators and Miami having originally been slated to play on Saturday night in Orlando at Camping World Stadium, but then, moving the game back a week due to ESPN wanting it to be one of those aforementioned Standalone games, that UCF might opt to leverage playing Saturday night on the 31st, instead.
However they, the American and CBS obviously felt it was in the best interest of all involved to keep the game on Thursday, when there’s much less competition and football shown on the tube or online. Also, important, the NFL isn’t playing it’s regular season Thursday night game that week, yet, either.
The next known important broadcast will be UCF, again in prime time, playing against Lane Kiffin’s FAU Owls in Boca Raton on Saturday night September 7th also on CBS Sports Network. The Knights routed FAU a year ago in Orlando, as part of their perfect regular season.
The next announcement from the partial release by CBS and the AAC on Thursday is that the USF Bulls will travel to Navy on Saturday October 19th and that game will now be a 3:30 Eastern Time start on CBSSN.
The Bulls faltered badly losing their final six games of the season, including their bowl game a year ago under Charlie Strong.
They are looking to bounce back in a big way coming in 2019 but it will not be easy for USF, as they open with national Big Ten power Wisconsin at home and then, play at ACC foe, Georgia Tech in week two of the season.
Again, the AAC will have more specifics soon and also, later this summer on game times. However, this is your first of many reminders, that ESPN will still move them around or change them, as the fall unfolds.
Yes, the “World Wide Leader in Sports” has been and continues to be, that powerful of a dictating force in college football
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