Three need-to-knows for your Week Three viewing interests …
1. ESPN and ABC and FOX, oh-my!
Thanks to a slew of enticing intersectional duels, the Pac-12 will receive as much TV exposure this weekend as it has, ever.
Of the 12 games Friday and Saturday, six will be broadcast on full-reach networks for college football: ESPN, ABC and FOX.
ESPN: Washington State at Houston (Friday)
ABC: USC at BYU
FOX: ASU at Michigan State
FOX: Oklahoma at UCLA
ESPN: Texas Tech at Arizona
That struck the Hotline as an unusually large number of major exposures, so we reached out to the conference for context.
Dave Hirsch, vice president for communications, dug into the files — back to 2011, the first year of the Pac-12 — and determined the conference hasn’t experienced a weekend (Friday night and Saturday) with more than six games on the major networks.
(He defined those as ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, FOX, FS1, FSN, FX, CBS and NBC, but we’ll exclude CBSSN, ESPNU, and ESPNews.)
On two previous occasions, the Pac-12 has six full-reach exposure weekends, and both were last year: Sept. 1 and Sept. 8.
Granted, four of the six major network broadcasts in Week 3 are Pac-12 road games and therefore owned by the host school’s conference and its TV partners.
But that matters not a lick.
Premium TV exposure is premium TV exposure … if you take advantage of the opportunity.
2. High mileage weekend.
Three teams are on serious road trips.
WSU: 1,700 air miles (approx) to play Houston
Stanford: 2,500 air miles to face UCF
ASU: 1,700 air miles to slug it out with Michigan State
What’s more, the Cougars are making the long trip on a short week, and the Cardinal is making the longer trip into the humidity after a road game last weekend.
ASU has the best logistics — first road game of the season, Saturday kickoff — but faces the toughest opponent.
One more on miles …
According to the conference, eight Pac-12 teams are among the 10 most-traveled this season within the Power Five:
1. Arizona: 11,784 miles
2. West Virginia: 11,131 miles
3. Oregon State: 10,436 miles
4. USC: 9,739
5. Stanford: 9,729
6. Minnesota: 8,914
7. Washington State: 8,724
8. Arizona State: 8,237 miles
9. UCLA: 8,193 miles
10. Oregon: 7,993 miles
3. Pac-12 Networks overstocked once again.
There are 11 games Saturday, eight of them owned by the Pac-12 (i.e., home games).
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Source:: The Denver Post