First off, the audio of MSNBC's Joe Scarborough at the beginning is crazy and he must not follow college football at all that well since Utah wiped the floor with Alabama back in 2008, and needs to stick to his political show where he wears an old man's jump suite. Besides that, Tim Brando went on Paul Finebaum's radio show to discuss how CBS College Sports desperately wanted to move this game to primetime, but for some reason the Mountain West declined the offer.
Seems odd, but the reason I think goes back to when the league created their own television network, and their goal was to play Saturday afternoon games. That is all fine, but when the best game of the college football season -- ranking wise-- is in your league you should do what you can to showcase the game.
The game is on CBS College Sports with a free preview (pumping this all week) with a 3:30 p.m. eastern kick-off. Here is a list of some intriguing games that TCU-Utah will be going up against in the afternoon:
- Hawaii @ #4 Boise State ESPNU
- Washington @ #1 Oregon ESPN/ABC (It's the number one team, people will watch)
- #6 Alabama @ #10 LSU CBS
Now here are the night games between a 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. eastern kick:
- #18 Arkansas @ #19 South Carolina ESPN 2
- #15 Arizona @ #13 Stanford ABC Regional
- #12 Missouri @ Texas Tech ABC Regional
So, instead of going up against the latter three which are not any powerhouse games. TCU vs. Utah will not only going up against a time of the day with the most games; they will be going up against the top team in the country as well as the only other top 10 matchup.
Way to go in hurting your league again Craig Thompson.