College Football on USA refers to the USA Network's cable television coverage of the college football regular season. USA's coverage ran from 1980-1986.

History

During USA's first three seasons (1980-1982), they broadcast several games (they in essence, cherry picked games from regional and national syndicators like Raycom, Mizlou, and Katz) a week. These broadcasts were shown on a tape delayed basis as much as two days later. For USA's final four seasons (1983-1986), they narrowed their coverage to only one game a week. Initially, the games were selected from virtually every conference. However, in the later years, USA would frequently (but not exclusively) air games involving Pittsburgh, Penn State, Notre Dame, Boston College and Maryland. More to the point, by 1984, USA primarily aired games from the Big Eight Conference.

Schedules

1984

Date Start time (EST) Teams
September 8 2:30 Stanford-Oklahoma
September 15 12:00 West Virginia-Virginia Tech
September 22 12:00 San Diego State-Oklahoma State
September 29 12:00 Nebraska-Syracuse
October 6 12:30 Colorado-Missouri
October 13 12:30 Missouri-Nebraska
October 20 12:00 Pittsburgh-Miami Florida
October 27 12:00 Rutgers-Boston College
November 3 12:00 Missouri-Oklahoma
November 10 12:00 Maryland-Miami
November 17 12:00 Syracuse-Boston College
November 24 12:00 Texas-Baylor

Notable games

Simulcasts

Notre Dame football

Main article: Notre Dame Football on NBC

Since 2011, at least two games per-season are played in primetime often played at neutral venues for the purposes of recruiting and financial benefits for playing at those sites, a high-profile matchup involving a major opponent, or to schedule around conflicts with other NBC Sports or NBC News programming. On occasion, selected games may be shifted to an NBCUniversal-owned cable channel, such as NBCSN or USA Network.

Notre Dame's September 19, 2020, game against South Florida was shifted to USA Network due to conflicts with the 2020 U.S. Open on NBC. With NBC's usual production unit working the U.S. Open, the broadcast was produced using the university's in-house Notre Dame Studios and Fighting Irish Media unit (in combination with NBC talent, and staff working from NBC Sports' Stamford, Connecticut studios), marking the first time it had worked a regular season Fighting Irish football game.[5]

Notre Dame's double-overtime win against Clemson on November 7, 2020, was NBC's most-watched Notre Dame game since 2005, despite game coverage moving temporarily to USA Network (due to coverage of Joe Biden's acceptance speech after being declared consensus winner of the 2020 presidential election).[6]

Commentators

Play-by-play

Color commentary

Sideline reporters

References

  1. ^ 1984 TBS, ESPN and USA Network College Football TV Schedules
  2. ^ ESPN.com - ESPN 25 - 18: Cal's five-lateral kickoff return shocks Stanford
  3. ^ http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_7587992
  4. ^ http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_7588864
  5. ^ "NBC Sports Teams With Fighting Irish Media, Notre Dame Studios for Live Football Broadcast". Sports Video Group. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  6. ^ "Clemson-ND thriller hits high despite election". Sports Media Watch. November 9, 2020. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  7. ^ This Year, It's Chili On The Porch And Pass The Orange- .
  8. ^ Kyle's Pitch Done By Rote.