American Athletic Conference Announces Early Season 2013 Football TV Schedule

By Kevin Kelley -

The American Athletic Conference has announced their early season 2013 football TV schedule, which includes games on the ESPN family of networks and CBS Sports Network.

The schedule kicks off with three non-conference games on Thursday, Aug. 29. UCF hosts Akron (7 p.m., ESPN3), UConn hosts Towson (7:30 p.m., ESPN3), and Rutgers travels to Fresno State (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU).

Overall, 22 games were announced for television broadcasts today.

Listed below is the complete schedule of American Athletic Conference games scheduled for TV as of June 21:

The American – 2013, Week 1
Date Game Time (ET) Network
Thu., Aug. 29 Akron at UCF 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Thu., Aug. 29 Towson at UConn 7:30 p.m. ESPN3
Thu., Aug. 29 Rugers at Fresno State 10:30 p.m. ESPNU
Fri., Aug. 30 Texas Tech at SMU 8:00 p.m. ESPN
Fri., Aug. 30 Southern at Houston 8:30 p.m. ESPN3
Sat., Aug. 31 Purdue at Cincinnati 12:00 p.m. ESPNU
Sat., Aug. 31 Temple at Notre Dame 3:30 p.m. NBC
Sat., Aug. 31 McNeese State at USF 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Sun., Sep. 1 Ohio at Louisville 3:30 p.m. ESPN
The American – 2013, Week 2
Fri., Sep. 6 UCF at FIU 8:00 p.m. CBS Sports Network
Sat., Sep. 7 Cincinnati at Illinois 12:00 p.m. ESPN2 or ESPNU
Sat., Sep. 7 Houston at Temple 12:00 p.m. ESPN Regional
Sat., Sep. 7 Eastern Kentucky at Louisville 12:00 p.m. ESPN3
Sat., Sep. 7 Norfolk State at Rutgers 12:00 p.m. CBS Sports Network
Sat., Sep. 7 USF at Michigan State 12:00 p.m. ESPN2 or ESPNU
Sat., Sep. 7 Duke at Memphis 4:30 p.m. ESPN3
Sat., Sep. 7 Montana State at SMU 8:00 p.m. ESPN3
The American – 2013, Week 3
Sat., Sep. 14 Fordham at Temple 1:00 p.m. ESPN3
Sat., Sep. 14 Eastern Michigan at Rutgers 1:00 p.m. ESPN3
Sat., Sep. 14 UCF at Penn State 6:00 p.m. Big Ten Network
Sat., Sep. 14 Florida Atlantic at USF 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Sat., Sep. 14 Northwestern State at Cincinnati 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Sat., Sep. 14 Maryland at UConn 7:30 p.m. ESPN3
Sat., Sep. 14 Memphis at Middle Tennessee TBA CSS
The American – 2013, Other Games
Sat., Sep. 21 Houston at UTSA TBA Fox Sports
Thu., Oct. 10 Rutgers at Louisville 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Fri., Oct. 11 Temple at Cincinnati TBA ESPN or ESPN2
Fri., Oct. 18 UCF at Louisville 8:00 p.m. ESPN
Wed., Oct. 30 Cincinnati at Memphis 8:00 p.m. ESPN2
Thu., Oct. 31 USF at Houston 7:00 p.m. ESPN
Sat., Nov. 2 Temple at Rutgers 12:00 p.m. ESPN Regional
Fri., Nov. 8 Louisville at UConn 8:00 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2
Thu., Nov. 21 Rutgers at UCF 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Fri., Nov. 29 SMU at Houston TBA ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Fri., Nov. 29 USF at UCF TBA ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Thu., Dec. 5 Louisville at Cincinnati 7:30 p.m. ESPN

Comments (15)

Could be as many as 10 American Conference games on ESPN or ABC. Louisville is in half of them. What happens in 2014 when Louisville is gone?

Also, a lot of weeknight games in there. The only American games on a national TV stage on a Saturday include:

Cincinnati AT ILLINOIS (ESPN2)

Here’s to hoping the American Conference experiment works. They need one of the Florida or Texas teams to win some games and make some noise in the rankings.

Looks like Boise State and SDSU made the smart choice by staying in MWC. S far just one game is on ESPN3. A lot of games on actually TV with ESPN and CBS Sports Network

What channel is “ESPN Regional”? I thought ESPN Regional was a production division, not a channel or network. Does this mean it will be on ESPN3 or OTA sybdication?

It’s on regular ESPN but only in the region of the home team.(maybe also away team)The temple at Rutgers game will be on in Philadelphia and New jersey markets. It might be regulated to ESPN3 if you don’t live in the markets.

This is the last year of the Old Big East Game of the Week games…. Of course called the AAC GOW now. Those were regional broadcasts mixed between local stations and regional channels like SNY and MASN. Starting in ’14 those will be gone.

I Predict The American will be a lot better then anyone really expected? Obviously Louisville, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Houston, and Temple will all be good again, USF, UCF, SMU, and UConn will all improve to 5-6 wins, and become Bowl Eligible, while Memphis will take three years to become a Conference Power, and so will Tulsa and Tulane in a few years after they join, and then there’s Navy who is already a tough team, they will be an instant AAC Powerhouse competing for the Conference Title with established Powerhouses Cincinnati, Houston, Temple, and UCF!? …I foresee higher Bowl Percentage wins then the Power 5 Conferences overall within a 5 year period? …”Let it Be Written, Let it Be Done”!? ;)

Do not forget ECU!They will be expanding their stadium to 60000 in the next 2years and are on the Rise again!!

Probably so since the American’s top bowl game after this year is the Beef O Brady Bowl. They will several of those horrendous bowls they will be in. Easy to get a big winning bowl percentage when not playing in any of the bigger bowls.

I agree in that AAC will be a very good conference with some big upsets. Look for UCF to be a dominate player in this conference. Huge growth there and recruiting has been very good. UCF may not last long and could jump to ACC in a few years.

With the recruiting that Willie Taggert did in Tampa, USF will also be good once again. This teams in this conference will shock and surprise a lot of teams and be just as good as many of the other teams in the so-called Big 5 conferences. Remember UH went undefeated in 2011 and UCF went 10-4 in 2012, so I look for immediate impact from these two schools along with USF, Temple, Cincy, (Louisville and Rutgers in their last year) and UCONN.

There will be an American Athletic Conference team in the BCS Championship game and a Heisman Winner from that team as well.