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CSU's deal with 9News means that 11 of the Rams' 12 games in 2012 will be broadcast on television.
The Colorado St. Rams and Air Force Falcons tilt on Sept. 29 has been picked up by Altitude and will be broadcast on the regional sports network at 12 p.m. MT. This news went under the radar, but was noticed by SB Nation's Mountain West blog, Mountain West Connection as they saw the scheduled event on the Altitude website when searching through their television schedule.
Neither school has announced that this game will be broadcast on Altitude, nor is it listed on the team's online schedule. Colorado State's athletic director Jack Graham announced back on July 20 that nine games would be broadcast locally on KTVD 20, and it was assumed that this would be one of those games.
There is also no word on whether KTVD 20 will simulcast this game in one way or another. Regardless, this is a step in the right direction for Air Force and Colorado State to get more games seen to a larger audience now that the Mtn. is no longer around.
The Colorado St. Rams have been able to land nine more of their football games on television. That means that all 12 of their games will be shown on television. However, the remaining nine games will be shown locally on KTVD 20.
With the Mtn. network shutting down it put a damper on the amount of Colorado St. Rams football games that would be televised. Currently, Colorado State has only three games that will be broadcast this season. Those three games are the Colorado game which is on FX, at San Jose State on ESPN3 and a home tilt against Boise State which will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network. When the Mtn. was around Colorado State could bank on having no less than 10 of their games on television.
Colorado State athletic director Jack Graham was on ESPN Radio 102.3 in Denver to discuss all of Colorado State athletics, but he also spent a few minutes talking about what the plan is to get more Colorado State football games on television.
Graham said that he has been working with ROOT Sports and Altitude to broadcast games on a regional basis, and said that not all but a number of games have already been picked up. However, Graham did not specify which of the home games have been selected.
Here is the complete interview, the television talks begins at the three minute mark:
On Thursday ESPN released approximately 70 more college football games that they decided to pick up and broadcast for the upcoming season. Both the Air Force Falcons and Colorado St. Rams each picked up a game to be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.
Air Force travels to play the Michigan Wolverines either on a reverse mirror on ABC and ESPN2, and the Colorado State game is a road matchup against San Jose State and will be on ESPN3.
In addition to Air Force and Colorado State picking up games, so did a handful of other Mountain West teams.
In total there are six games that will be shown via an ESPN channel (all times Eastern):
Air Force at Michigan, 3:30 p.m., ABC & ESPN2
Colorado State at San Jose State, 8 p.m., ESPN3
New Mexico at New Mexico State, 8 p.m., ESPN3
UNLV at Utah State, 8 p.m., ESPN3
Nevada at Texas State, time and TV: TBD
UNLV at Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m., ESPN3 and WAC Syndication
Most of these are online games, but it is still gives fans a way to watch their team play when they are on the road.
There were plenty of fans who disliked the Mtn. network for their lack of distribution, high definition and announcing crews. However, the one big plus was that basically every college football game would be shown on television. Now with the Mtn. gone one of the teams to take the biggest hit is the Colorado St. Rams who have only onaae game broadcast on a national basis.
The 2012 Mountain West schedule has been released and Air Force has seven national games while Colorado State has only one
On Thursday afternoon, the Mountain West Conference announced its football national television schedule (pdf). From the release:
The Mountain West moves into a new era and television structure in 2012, with a new agreement with CBS Sports Network, to increase national exposure for the conference’s football programs. CBS Sports Network, the Conference’s rights holder, will sub-license games to NBC Sports Network and ESPN.
CBS Sports Network is scheduled to air eight games from the MW package and the CBS Television Network will broadcast the Navy at Air Force game on Saturday, Oct. 6 beginning at 9:30 a.m. MT. NBC Sports Network will televise 10 contests. ESPN or ESPN2 will telecast four games.
This initial slate -- 25 games in total -- includes matchups like Boise State vs. Michigan State (Aug. 31, ESPN), South Florida vs. Nevada (Sept. 8, CBS Sports Network) and Navy vs. Air Force (Oct. 6, CBS). Colorado State is playing in one nationally televised game and Air Force will appear six times. Boise State is set to have eight games nationally televised.
Additional telecasts are expected to be announced "in the coming weeks," according to MWC commissioner.
The Air Force Falcons capped a 7-6 season in disappointing but exciting fashion with a 42-41 loss to Toledo in the Military Bowl last December. Today, the Mountain West conference announced team schedules, giving Falcons fans a chance to start focusing on the new season.
Here's a look at Air Force's full slate for 2012:
Sat., Sept. 1 Idaho State at Air Force Sat., Sept. 8 Air Force at Michigan Sat., Sept. 22 Air Force at UNLV * Sat., Sept. 29 Colorado State at Air Force * Sat., Oct. 6 Navy at Air Force Sat., Oct. 13 Air Force at Wyoming * Sat., Oct. 20 New Mexico at Air Force * Sat., Oct. 27 Nevada at Air Force * Sat., Nov. 3 Air Force at Army Sat., Nov. 10 Air Force at San Diego State * Sat., Nov. 17 Hawai'i at Air Force * Sat., Nov. 24 Air Force at Fresno State *
An asterisk next on the schedule means it's a Mountain West game.
It's never too early to start talking about the BCS National Championship aspirations of the Boise State Broncos, and today those discussions can begin in earnest. The Mountain West released its 2012 season schedule today, one that begins with a Week 1 nonconference game in East Lansing against the Michigan State Spartans.
Here's a look at the full schedule:
Fri., Aug. 31 Boise State at Michigan State Sat., Sept. 15 Miami-Ohio at Boise State Sat., Sept. 22 BYU at Boise State Sat., Sept. 29 Boise State at New Mexico * Sat., Oct. 6 Boise State at Southern Miss Sat., Oct. 13 Fresno State at Boise State * Sat., Oct. 20 UNLV at Boise State * Sat., Oct. 27 Boise State at Wyoming * Sat., Nov. 3 San Diego State at Boise State * Sat., Nov. 10 Boise State at Hawai'i * Sat., Nov. 17 Colorado State at Boise State * Sat., Nov. 24 Boise State at Nevada *
Asterisks denote conference games.
The Colorado St. Rams kick off their Mountain West schedule on Sept. 29 against the Air Force Falcons.