ESPNU to televise Broncos-Vandals on Nov. 14; H-Bowl wants Idaho

ESPNU will televise Boise State’s annual rivalry game with Idaho on Nov. 14 from Bronco Stadium, the Broncos announced Wednesday morning.

Kickoff has been moved to 1:30 p.m. It was originally slated to kickoff at 1 p.m. and be televised by KTVB.

UPDATE: No, the game will not be shown on KTVB. ESPN has an option in its television contract with the WAC that allows it to select additional games for its family of networks. ESPN exercised that option for this game.

ESPNU is on channel 301 on CableOne, channel 614 on Direct TV and channel 148 on Dish Network.

It is the first time Boise State will be shown on ESPNU.

The Broncos now have seven nationally televised games this season, matching a record for the program (2004, 2006). Boise State’s games with Oregon, Fresno State and Tulsa were on ESPN.

Beginning with the Nov. 6 game against Louisiana Tech (ESPN), four consecutive games will be nationally televised — Idaho on Nov. 14 (ESPNU), Utah State on Nov. 20 (ESPN2) and Nevada on Nov. 27 (ESPN2).

What could it mean?

It is another indication that ESPN is seriously considering hosting its weekly College GameDay broadcast from Bronco Stadium on Nov. 14.

Though not a rule, the network likes to be able to promote a game on one of its networks — ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU — during the Saturday morning show.

Boise State (7-0) is ranked No. 7 in the latest BCS rankings and quarterback Kellen Moore is getting attention in the Heisman Trophy race. Idaho (6-2) is enjoying its best season in a decade and coach Robb Akey has gotten recognition as a potential national coach of the year candidate.

College GameDay has never appeared at a WAC venue, commissioner Karl Benson said.

ESPN is not likely to announce its decision until Monday, Nov. 9 as the network wants to see what happens with other games around the nation, particularly Iowa vs. Ohio State.

Other prospects for that weekend include: Florida-South Carolina, Notre Dame-Pittsburgh and Utah-TCU.

H-Bowl wants Vandals

While the Humanitarian Bowl searches for a conference partner for 2010 and beyond — click here
to see my story in Wednesday’s editions of the Idaho Statesman that discusses the H-Bowl’s pursuit of an agreement with the Mid-American Conference — officials are trying to land Idaho for the 2009 game.

“For a lot of reasons, we like Idaho,” H-Bowl executive director Kevin McDonald said. “You have a fan base who haven’t had a lot to cheer about. It’s exciting to have a team in your bowl who is excited to be at a bowl and play here in Boise, where a lot of their fans are.”

Idaho (6-2) has not appeared in a bowl game since the 1998 Humanitarian Bowl.

The Vandals are bowl eligible, but not yet guaranteed a spot in the postseason. The WAC has three bowl tie-ins (Humanitarian, New Mexico and Hawaii) and, potentially, four bowl eligible teams — Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada and Idaho.

Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State each have three wins and could reach six victories, though each face a difficult stretch. Louisiana Tech plays Idaho, Boise State, LSU and Fresno State among its final five games. New Mexico State plays Ohio State, Nevada and Boise State among its final five games.

If Boise State does not make it to the BCS (or if the league does not find an opening in another bowl, such as the Poinsettia), then one of the four teams could stay home.

“Boise State is the biggest home run we can hit, financially. Idaho would be the second,” McDonald said.

But the game will have to sweat out the rest of the regular season before landing the Vandals.

The Mountain West is scheduled to provide the opponent. But if TCU were to make the BCS, it's possible the league would not have enough bowl eligible teams to satisfy the H-Bowl, which has the fifth pick from the league.

Akey, Petersen among top candidates for coach of the year

Idaho coach Robb Akey and Boise State coach Chris Petersen are among 20 coaches on the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award watch list.

The award is the only college football coach award voted on after all bowl games are played.

• Fox Sports is also touting Petersen as one of 10 candidates for coach of the year. Click here to see their list.

From the Twitter feed:

From @KTVB: You won't see the BSU/UI on free TV anymore... instead you'll have to find a TV with ESPNU to watch it.

From @murphsturph: Boo Hoo. #givemeabreak

From @murphsturph: Are #BSUFootball fans whining about Idaho game being on ESPNU the same ones complaining about what a poor job @KTVB does? #canthaveitall

You can follow Murph's Turf on Twitter.

Brian Murphy is co-author of "Blue Magic: Boise State's Unlikely Journey to a Fiesta Bowl Win." You can click here to purchase the book.

I refuse to care anymore if I can't see them on broadcast TV.

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Really?

They are not coming here. This is so obvious. Theres a 1 percent chance if Idaho beats Fresno at home. Could happen. Really? Fresno? Mark Hairy slchereth is pushing for this.

This game was originally

This game was originally slated to be shown on KTVB. Will it still be broadcast there too?

Nevermind, my question was

Nevermind, my question was answered on Chad's blog. The answer is no, it will not air on KTVB.

what good

What good doe it do for the fans that now can't watch the game without shelling out for cable t.v.? Does this add anything to the program? I doubt that ESPN pays BSU for this, so what is the advantage other than bragging rights?

What good

It doesn't do much good for those fans. But it does help Boise State that the game will be seen nationally.

-- murph

OR...

if Boise State were to lose, their humiliation would be seen nationally (mocking may now commence)....

And it'll probably help fill

And it'll probably help fill the stands. Tho I guess that usually isn't a problem with these 2 particular teams playing each other.

Like hell it does. Who cares if it's on in Racine, Wisconsin?

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Basic gets burned, too

I have cable, but don't have those high-end channels, so I won't be able to watch it at home either.
I'd be very surprised if CGD shows up; it's unlikely with BSU firmly in second place as the BCS buster this year (again).
Unless ESPN has a bowl affiliation that BSU can get hooked up with for the post-season, they will probably head to the South Carolina game.
Hope they settle the date soon for the Va Tech game; I am headed to DC for that one.
Looking forward to seeing lots of blue and orange there.

I'm grateful they only

I'm grateful they only messed with kickoff by a half hour

ESPN

Although it can be a pain sometimes when ESPN picks up a game. It is very good for BSU. It is also good for all of the great fans we have all over the world. GO BSU!!!! It would also be great to have Idaho play here for a bowl game. Go Vandals!! (just not against BSU)

Thank Goodness

As a devout BSU fan stuck in another state, I'm tickled pink that there's another Broncos game I can watch on TV this year. My only option to see games that aren't on ESPN is the low quality Broncovision online.

If you were a REAL fan,

If you were a REAL fan, you'd be tickled blue. Or orange at the very least. ;-)

Didja say pink?!

da-lina-nah-nah!

??? Ik begreep wat niet u zei!

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At Least

we don't have to listen to Tom Scott's worthless diatribe about nothing to do with what is going on during the game. Mark, would you please tell Tom to just shut up already?? His pointless dribble is annoying! Oh, I know it should be "drivel", but dribble is more appropriate based on what comes out of his mouth from his brain...

Murph

I didn't notice you announce the pizza winner. Since I was the one who picked the exact score and emailed you to this affect I was just a little curious. It would be nice to have for the Saturday game.
Later on, JL

JL

I need to confirm that you were the winner, first and then, your pizza gift certificate will be in the mail. Thanks for being so patient.

-- murph

I mean blue

Good call, y'all. I'm tickled blue that out here in Wyoming I can watch the game on tv.

Good for you.

I'm glad you're happy about it... I have to watch it at my mother-in-law's house now that it's on cable. I'm willing to sacrifice to watch my Broncos.

Do you think ESPN smells an upset? Obviously Boise is better than Idaho.... But Idaho has often played much better than their best against the Broncos. This time, they may have what it takes. As much as I want the Broncos to ALWAYS beat the Vandals, I welcome a competetive rivalry, rather than the cake walk it has been the past decade.

No thank you..........

This may not go over well with PC people out there, but as a true long time Bronco fan............
I always want the vandals to lose to Boise State by more than fifty ! That being said, if the vandals go back to the Big Sky that would be great. I don't have memory loss, their condescending, arrogant attitudes are right around the corner. Seems as some of you have forgotten just who the vandals, and most of their fans are. Too bad former coach P. Allen isn't here to remind you.

Game day

If ESPN comes to Boise for Game day it will be all about BSU and not the Vandals. The Vandals could be 7-3 or 6-4 by the time they come to Boise. How do you justify any Game day attention to the Vandals if they give up 50 or more points to Fresno & the 70 ponts they gave up to Nevada?

Broncosport

You must not realize just how much Mark May and his buds at ESPN hate Boise State. Dr. Lou teases him all the time about his feelings for the Broncos. Truly, there are very few in that network that can muster anything positive to say. Even Cowherd has donated some Bronco trashing. I like Colin and it p..... me off when he starts on the Broncos. As for the network, for two whole weeks while the Broncos sat at #4 when ESPN did their normal top five report, analysis, whatever they managed to skip the Broncos. After Boise State fell, suddenly they all had time to talk about the leading quarterback Kellen Moore. They would love to see an upset. But I tell you this, they would not call it an upset. They would not give the Broncos an excuse, not like they give to Oregon. If they decide to come, it will not be to highlight Boise State, its because of the Vandals and a 1 in a million shot of dethroning Boise State on the Blue. They must be thinking surely Idaho is better than Cal Davis?

Is that all that bothers you, obsession?

OMFrigginGinoVannelli, get this man a brew, stat.

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joelnert

I too live out of state and you can pick up most games for free on espn360.com or pay for them on your TV if you have any cable service with espn Gameplan. You get to see all of the other games that may not be on a channel. I haven't missed a single game.

ESPN360.com isn't a reliable option

It's not available everywhere. It's not available in Boise, for example, and we're on ESPN quite often. It goes through your internet service provider, and CableOne isn't on that list. For that matter, neither is Cox Cable in Southern California.

I get 360

I get 360 in Boise, but it's just because I work for the company that owns ESPN.

That's a Mickey Mouse deal!

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Then do everyone a favor

and tell ESPN to get their **** together and make 360 available everywhere!

Holy Shatner!

You can watch college football games live for free on espn360.com!? That's great news. I thought they charged you an arm and a leg for that. I know ESPN Gameplan through direct TV is pricey for a cheapskate like me.

I get all of ESPN's games on Dish

I pay an extra 5 or 6 bucks and I get a mountain of useless stations, but once in a while I do get something others do not at the right price. I pay that much for a Carl's burger and a drink and for a cheapskate like me; It doesn't get much better than that.

360.com

You can watch just about any sport around the world with it. It comes up fine on my computer anyway.

If it were free on a computer why would anyone get pay cable?

If I want to see it on a 12-13.8" screen I have a vintage Trinitron hooked to a DTV converter, don't I? That video works much better.

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You're in Comcast land, no doubt.

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Yay! KTVB Camera work sucks

Most everyone I know is happy about the game moving. KTVB has to have the worse camera crew in the universe. In addition to missing plays and randomly zooming in and out ... there is so much motion that it literally made one of my friends nauseous.

...or maybe we should just all watch it on a 27" tv that'll make it less noticeable...but seriously...KTVB...worst camera crew ever! I'm assuming they are still H.S./College students?

They have us where they want us........CR*P !

Maybe the economy has them paying high school kids minimum wage for that great camera work. Let's hope that's their excuse ! At least the commentary isn't that bad.........oh wait.......uh....never mind.

I'm glad the game is not on

I'm glad the game is not on ktvb their announcers suck...
they cant even get OUR player name right. the least u can do is apologize to the man of the game against Hawaii for calling him by the wrong name on 2 straight plays!!!

Oh ya

when the commentator kept calling Kaiserman by the name "McClellin"? That was pretty funny.

KTVB should be allowed to show the game

They offered to view it for free along with ESPNU but ESPNU said no to them. The WAC contract with ESPN stinks. I've watched the BSU-Vandal games for over three decades on non-pay TV.

WANT TO WATCH THE BSU VS. UI GAME FOR FREE?

Then just come on down to the stadium, pull up a spot in front of any one of a number of big screen TV's and have a great time tailgating with your fellow Bronco and Vandal fans.

If the game is a sell-out, I would expect that Taco Bell arena will once again be opened up for overflow attendance to be able to watch the game on the inflatable screen.

Either way, there is little reason why you should not be able to watch this game.

Of course you can stay home and watch the game via any number of free internet tv sites, just look 'em up.

I'm not riding a Schwinn 55 miles plus to have it stolen.

Neither would your so-called mayor.

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No, he wouldnt

He'd rather spend millions of dollars on a trolley system that only benefits a few blocks downtown. He'd ride that. But, after spending that much of taxpayer funds, he'd ought to be the driver!

He'd never get to the damn game though...major deal.

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Get a life

Hey foreignoregonian,

Here's a command.......GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FREAK!!!!!!!

You imply that I'm currently dead. Are you currently wasted?

I can guess who BDuck's alter ego might be.

Now go play in an unused street.

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FO's the MAN.. boisebronco

with nothing of importance to say unless he gets a message from the Outer Limits.. he's from Oregon you see... ducks 42 Stanford 51 quack quack

And who are YOU to argue with that, future Springer topic?

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Fuel for the fire...

I for one have always noted the arrogance of Vandal fans, witnessing this rivally growing up in the treasure valley. Their favorite team is the Vandals and whoever is playing the Broncos that week. You'd think that this last decade would've been a nice slice of humble pie for Vandal faithful, yet it has just made them more bitter and unpleasant to listen to. They will probably boast that ESPN is picking them up because of their amazing "dream season" that they're having. They probably have already put up a monument of Coach Akey in the place of Dennis Erickson's old shrine. The Vandals are in for a wake-up call. Coach Akey is a horrible coach. He luckily inherited some talent that Erickson recruited - Once that fizzles he'll have nothing. The thing that I hate most about him is that he is a smack talker... I hate smack talkers... especially when they have no chance of backing it up. Quit TALKING Akey!

I disagree...

with much of your post, but I will agree that the smack talk need to end, especially until you've done something to talk smack about. I hope the Vandals beat BSU this year AND THEN do some smacktalking. Unfortunately, in the past the Vandals have had a few good plays early and get all hyped up and in BSU's face, which just fuels BSU to turn it up a notch. Hopefully the Vandal coaches and players will just do their business, stay controlled, score more points than BSU and THEN dance around like idiots. Well, at least I can hope.