This coming from ESPN, its Big East Football schedule on its family of networks. Overall, 14 games spread over the Mothership, ESPN2 and ABC. Here’s the sked.
ESPN announced 14 of its BIG EAST Conference college football selections for the 2011 season, including three Thursday and four Friday night telecasts, two non-conference Saturday showdowns, two Championship Saturday matchups, two games on the Friday after Thanksgiving, and a Wednesday prime-time contest. Additional games will be announced in the coming months. Highlights:
- Every conference team will be featured in at least one of the 14 games, highlighted by five Pittsburgh appearances, four of West Virginia, and three each of defending BIG EAST champion Connecticut, Louisville and West Virginia.
- Two Saturday non-conference telecasts on ESPN, ABC or ESPN2 will feature BIG EAST teams against teams ranked in an ESPN.com early pre-season poll for 2011: West Virginia against No. 4 LSU from the SEC and Pittsburgh against No. 14 Notre Dame.
- ESPN’s popular Thursday night ESPN College Football Primetime series will include three telecasts involving BIG EAST teams, all at 8 p.m. ET, highlighted by South Florida twice: at Pittsburgh on Sept. 29 and against West Virginia on Dec. 1.
- ESPN will showcase Connecticut at Pittsburgh Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. Connecticut defeated Pittsburgh 30-28 last year.
- Two BIG EAST games will be featured the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25 including Pittsburgh at West Virginia in the 104th Backyard Brawl and Louisville at South Florida.
- ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise four Friday BIG EAST showdowns in prime time, including Connecticut against Big 12 conference member Iowa State (Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2) and South Florida at Syracuse (Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2).2011 BIG EAST Schedule as of Feb. 25 (additional selections will be announced):
Date Time (ET) Game Network Fri, Sep 9 7 p.m. Florida International at Louisville ESPN Fri, Sep 16 8 p.m. Iowa State at Connecticut ESPN or ESPN2 Thu, Sep 22 8 p.m. NC State at Cincinnati * ESPN Sat, Sep 24 TBA No. 14 Notre Dame at Pittsburgh ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 TBA No. 4 LSU at West Virginia ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 Thu, Sep 29 8 p.m. South Florida at Pittsburgh ESPN Fri, Oct 21 8 p.m. Rutgers at Louisville ESPN Wed, Oct 26 8 p.m. Connecticut at Pittsburgh ESPN Fri, Nov 11 8 p.m. South Florida at Syracuse ESPN2 Fri, Nov 25 TBD Pittsburgh at West Virginia ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 TBD Louisville at South Florida ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 Thu, Dec 1 8 p.m. West Virginia at South Florida ESPN Sat, Dec 3 TBD Connecticut at Cincinnati ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 TBD Syracuse at Pittsburgh ABC, ESPN or ESPN2* Previously announced