Today Oregon announced that 5 more games will be nationally broadcast, meaning that as of right now, half of Oregon's 2010 games will be able to be seen across the country. Here's the list as it stands now:
- Sept. 11 at Tennessee, ESPN2, 4 p.m.
- Sept. 25 at Arizona State, FSN, 7:30 p.m.
- Oct. 2 vs. Stanford, ESPN, 8:15 p.m.
- Oct. 21 (Thursday) vs. UCLA, ESPN, 6 p.m.
- Oct. 30 at USC, ABC, 5 p.m.
- Nov. 26 (Friday) vs. Arizona, ESPN, 4 p.m.
The first thing that sticks out is the start times. For those not on the west coast, these games are gonna be starting quite late. The Stanford game won't start until 11:15pm Eastern Time, meaning that few outside of the West coast will watch it, as it will last until around 2:30am. However, if Oregon wants national exposure, it's going to have to take the later time slots. About the earliest Oregon can go with ESPN and still get a national broadcast is the 8pm EST time slot, which is what the USC game is slated for.
But really, getting three nationally televised Saturday games at this point in the offseason is a great thing. Also, we can be sure that more games will be added as some national slots have yet to be filled, while regional games won't be set for some time.
What are your thoughts on the schedule? Are you ready for some late games at Autzen?