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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

May 2, 2007 at 10:38 AM

More on TV schedule

Thought it worth reviewing where UW’s football schedule stands right now in the wake of yesterday’s announcement about a few games being picked up for TV.
The games that are guaranteed to be televised are the opener on Aug. 31 at Syracuse, which will be on ESPN; the Ohio State game at Husky Stadium on Sept. 15, which will be on ESPN at 12:30 p.m.; the Sept. 29 home game against USC which will be on ESPN or ABC beginning at 5 p.m.; and the game at Hawaii on Dec. 1, which will be on either ESPN or ESPN2.
There is no time set for the Hawaii game as that will be determined later when the TV network is officially set.
The time for the UW-USC game is set, but the network likely won’t be decided until either six or 12 days ahead of time.
The TV situation and kickoff times for all other UW games remains unclear, though a few more are likely to be announced in coming weeks. I would imagine such games as Boise State, at UCLA, and Washington State would be determined fairly early as those all look like attractive matchchups on paper.
Worth nothing as well that with the move of the WSU game, that is now one of only three Pac-10 games being played that day, seeming to assure it pretty good exposure.
Same holds true for the Nov. 17 home game against Cal, which is now one of just two Pac-10 games being played that day, the other being Oregon State at Washington State, likely assuring TV coverage for both of those games.
The times and TV situations for some games, however, likely won’t be decided until deep into the season, as is common practice.
But the games already announced assures UW of its heaviest presence on ESPN ever, as far as I can tell. UW hasn’t been on that network at all since opening the 1999 season at Brigham Young and now is assured at least three games on either ESPN or ESPN2.
Again, the added ESPN presence is all part of the Pac-10’s expanded TV contract with that network.
I know some people think not being on ESPN has hurt the Pac-10, so we’ll begin to get a test of whether that really matters when it comes to recruiting.
UPDATE — Thanks to some research by the UW sports information department, I’ve been able to clarify how many times UW has been on ESPN.
Overall, UW has been on ESPN just seven times, and only three times for regular season games. Those appearances came in 1987 against Texas A&M, 1992 against Nebraska and 1999 against BYU.
Four UW bowl games were also televised on ESPN — the 1996, 1999 and 2001 Holidiay Bowls and the 1998 O’ahu Bowl.
So to clarify, the Syracuse game will be the first time UW will be televised on ESPN in any manner since the 2001 Texas game, and the first time for a regular season game since the 1999 BYU game.

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