College football schedule: TV selections for Nov. 20, 2021

By Kevin Kelley -

College football schedule TV selections for the weekend of November 20, 2021 (Week 12) will be made today. Selections will be made by the five power conferences, while some Group of Five games will also be set.

Some games were held under the six-day option. Those game times and/or TV were finalized on Sunday, Nov. 14.

Week 12 TV Schedule Selections
All times Eastern

ACC
Louisville at Duke – 7:30pm, ESPN (Thu.)
Florida State at Boston College – 12pm, ACCN
Wake Forest at Clemson – 12pm, ESPN
Wofford at North Carolina – 12pm, RSN/ESPN3
Georgia Tech at Notre Dame – 2:30pm, NBC
Virginia at Pitt – 3:30pm, ESPN2
Syracuse at NC State – 4pm, ACCN
Virginia Tech at Miami FL – 7:30pm, ACCN

Off: None

American
Memphis at Houston – 9pm, ESPN2 (Fri.)
USF at Tulane – 12pm, ESPN+
East Carolina at Navy – 3:30pm, CBSSN
SMU at Cincinnati – 3:30pm, ESPN
UConn at UCF – 4pm, ESPN+
Temple at Tulsa – 4pm, ESPN+

Off: None

Big 12
Iowa State at Oklahoma – 12pm, FOX
Texas at West Virginia – 12pm, ESPN2
Kansas at TCU – 4pm, ESPN+
Baylor at Kansas State – 5:30pm, FS1
Oklahoma State at Texas Tech – 8pm, FOX

Off: None

Big Ten
Michigan State at Ohio State – 12pm, ABC
Purdue at Northwestern – 12pm, BTN
Rutgers at Penn State – 12pm, BTN
Illinois at Iowa – 2pm, FS1
Michigan at Maryland – 3:30pm, BTN
Minnesota at Indiana – 3:30pm, BTN
Nebraska at Wisconsin – 3:30pm, ABC

Off: None

ConferenceĀ USA
Southern Miss at LA Tech – 8pm, CBSSN (Fri.)
Florida Atlantic at WKU – 12pm, Stadium
Marshall at Charlotte – 3:30pm, Stadium
ODU at MTSU – 3:30pm, ESPN+
UAB at UTSA – 3:30pm, ESPN+
Rice at UTEP – 4pm, ESPN+
North Texas at FIU – 7pm, ESPN3

Off: None

Independents
New Mexico State at Kentucky – 12pm, SECN
UMass at Army – 12pm, CBSSN
Georgia Tech at Notre Dame – 2:30pm, NBC
BYU at Georgia Southern – 4pm, ESPN+
Louisiana at Liberty – 4pm, ESPNU
UConn at UCF – 4pm, ESPN+

Off: None

MAC

Tuesday, Nov. 16
Toledo at Ohio – 7pm, ESPN+
WMU at EMU – 7:30pm, ESPN2
BGSU at Miami OH – 8pm ESPNU

Wednesday, Nov. 17
CMU at Ball State – 7pm,ESPNU
NIU at Buffalo – 7pm, ESPN2

Saturday, Nov. 20
Kent State at Akron – 12pm, ESPN+

Off: None

Mountain West
Air Force at Nevada – 9pm, FS1 (Fri.)
San Diego St. at UNLV – 11:30pm, CBSSN (Fri.)
Wyoming at Utah State – 8pm, CBSSN
New Mexico at Boise St. – 9pm, FS1
Colorado St. at Hawaii – 11pm, Spectrum PPV

Off: Fresno State, San Jose State

Pac-12
Arizona at Washington St. – 9pm, P12N (Fri.)
Washington at Colorado – 3pm, P12N
UCLA at USC – 4pm, FOX
California at Stanford – 7pm, P12N
Oregon at Utah – 7:30pm, ABC
Arizona St. at Oregon St. – 10:30pm, ESPN

Off: None

SEC
CSU at Georgia – 12pm, SECN+/ESPN+
New Mexico State at Kentucky – 12pm, SECN
PVAMU at TAMU – 12pm, SECN+/ESPN+
Tenn. St. at Miss. St. – 12pm, SECN+/ESPN+
Arkansas at Alabama – 3:30pm, CBS
Florida at Missouri – 4pm, SECN
Auburn at South Carolina – 7pm, ESPN
S. Alabama at Tennessee – 7:30pm, ESPNU
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss – 7:30pm, SECN
ULM at LSU – 9pm, ESPN2

Off: None

Sun Belt
Texas State at CCU – 1pm, ESPN+
Arkansas St. at Georgia St. – 2pm, ESPN3
App State at Troy – 3:30pm, ESPN+
BYU at Georgia Southern – 4pm, ESPN+
Louisiana at Liberty – 4pm, ESPNU
S. Alabama at Tennessee – 7:30pm, ESPNU
ULM at LSU – 9pm, ESPN2

Off: None

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Comments (4)

The Big Ten’s refusal to stage night games in the last two weeks is hypocritical given the MAC which has a similar footprint does, and it should be a sticking point in the negotiations for the next TV contract.

As it is, Fox should be dumped because of Fox News, which a would be a much-needed message sent that you can lose broadcast rights to a sporting event for political reasons.

I expect CBS, which is losing the SEC, to replace Fox, while ABC/ESPN stay on, but they will want the Big Ten stage night games through all of November like the other power 5 leagues do. This could help get the UM-OSU game at night, which would air on CBS then ABC over alternating two-year periods, allowing both networks to televise a game from each stadium.

I also expect CBS/Paramount Movie Network, NBC/USA, and Turner Networks to start sharing the Big 12 rights. So CBS can finally air night CFB games all season long, and compete better with ABC and Fox. NBC would air all ND home games at night starting in 2025, when ND Is off or on the road a Big 12 game would air at night on NBC.

I feel like I’ve been talking about this issue for years:
The MAC has night weekday games because their athletic programs need the $$$. They will sacrifice daytime, good weather football, for television money.
Big Ten schools are fine, especially OSU & UM, they can play at any time, and their fanbase and the casual fans will watch. That game will always be sold out (unless there’s a blizzard or something), and will be one of the highest rated-games on tv that day. It’s important to keep the aspect of tradition alive, especially among storied programs, and daytime football is a tradition old as time.
And while FOX is under the same umbrella as FOX News, I don’t believe there is any cross-programming or cross-promotion between the 2 channels, so I don’t see that as an issue.

The Big Ten noon game this past weekend was the most watched college football game last week…..

Clearly noon isn’t a issue for ratings.

CBS wants to stay relevant in the CFB broadcasting world after they lose the SEC. There would be provisions in the new Big 12 media deals that would have ViacomCBS, NBCUniversal, and Warner Bros.-Discovery increase the amount of money they pay to the Big 12 if it expands beyond 12. After all, I think the Big 12 will get a more generous TV deal than other P5 conferences soon, which is needed for their survival, so CBS would be willing to pay anything to keep CFB on their airwaves.