How to Watch the Auburn Tigers in Auburn, AL

College football isn’t a pastime in Alabama, it’s a way of life. So when you’re trying to figure out what cable TV package in Auburn, AL to get, you want to be sure that you’ll get all the Auburn Tigers football games, whether they’re on CBS, ESPN, ESPNU, or the SEC Network. You’ll also want all the supplemental programming that comes along with it on other sports channels, like countdown shows, rankings announcements and more. When you’re looking for a cable TV package that contains the most sports channel options but without the NFL Sunday Ticket—because every day should be Saturday—you’ll want to go with Spectrum cable TV in Auburn.

Though the exact TV listings aren’t out yet, with Spectrum’s package available in Auburn you’ll see War Eagle just about every weekend between September 1 and November 24 when they play the hated rival Alabama Crimson Tide in the Iron Bowl. Other games to watch for include September 15 against the LSU Tigers, October 13 against Tennessee, and November 3 against Texas A&M. Here is the full schedule:

  • 1 — Washington (at Atlanta)
  • 8 — Alabama State
  • 15 — LSU
  • 22 — Arkansas
  • 29 — Southern Miss
  • 6 — at Mississippi State
  • 13 — Tennessee
  • 20 — at Ole Miss
  • 27 — Bye
  • 3 — Texas A&M
  • 10 — at Georgia
  • 17 — Liberty
  • 24 — at Alabama

Check back often at the TV, Internet, and Phone Blog for TV schedules and listings, package recommendations, and a whole lot more for Auburn and across the country.

College Football Bowl Game and Playoff Cable TV Schedule

The college football regular season and conference championships have finally run their course, with the playoff teams and bowl games now set. This year, the college football playoff first round will occur on January 1 in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, with Oklahoma and Georgia facing off in the 2-3 matchup in Pasadena and the 1-4 matchup, a rematch between Alabama and Clemson from the past two title games, will occur at the Sugar Bowl. The winners of those two games will meet a week later to determine the national champion for this year.

That’s the deal on the games that “matter,” at least in terms of the national conversation, but the rest of the games matter to the teams playing them and their collegiate fan bases. The following is the complete bowl schedule for broadcast and cable TV, via Bleacher Report, all times EST, with the betting favorite in the final column.

Celebration Dec 16 noon Grambling State vs. North Carolina A&T ABC NC A&T
New Orleans Dec 16 1 p.m. North Texas vs. Troy ESPN North Texas
Cure Dec 16 2:30 p.m. Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State CBSSN Western Kentucky
Las Vegas Dec 16 3:30 p.m. Boise State vs. Oregon ABC Oregon
New Mexico Dec 16 4:30 p.m. Marshall vs. Colorado State ESPN Colorado State
Camellia Dec 16 8 p.m. Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State ESPN Arkansas State
Boca Raton Dec 19 7 p.m. Akron vs. Florida Atlantic ESPN Florida Atlantic
Frisco Dec 20 8 p.m. SMU vs. Louisiana Tech ESPN SMU
Gasparilla Dec 21 8 p.m. Temple vs. Florida International ESPN Florida International
Bahamas Dec 22 12:30 p.m. UAB vs. Ohio ESPN UAB
Potato Dec 22 4 p.m. Central Michigan vs. Wyoming ESPN Wyoming
Birmingham Dec 23 noon South Florida vs. Texas Tech ESPN South Florida
Armed Forces Dec 23 3:30 p.m. Army vs. San Diego State ESPN San Diego State
Dollar General Dec 23 7 p.m. Toledo vs. Appalachian State ESPN Toledo
Hawaii Dec 24 8:30 p.m. Houston vs. Fresno State ESPN Fresno State
Heart of Dallas Dec 26 1:30 p.m. Utah vs. West Virginia ESPN West Virginia
Quick Lane Dec 26 5:15 p.m. Northern Illinois vs. Duke ESPN Northern Illinois
Cactus Dec 26 9 p.m. Kansas State vs. UCLA ESPN UCLA
Independence Dec 27 1:30 p.m. Florida State vs. Southern Mississippi ESPN Florida State
Pinstripe Dec 27 5:15 p.m. Boston College vs. Iowa ESPN Boston College
Foster Farms Dec 27 8:30 p.m. Purdue vs. Arizona Fox Arizona
Texas Dec 27 9 p.m. Texas vs. Missouri ESPN Texas
Military Dec 28 1:30 p.m. Navy vs. Virginia ESPN Navy
Camping World Dec 28 5:15 p.m. Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma State ESPN Oklahoma State
Holiday Dec 28 9 p.m. Michigan State vs. Washington State FS1 Washington State
Alamo Dec 28 9 p.m. TCU vs. Stanford ESPN Stanford
Belk Dec 29 1 p.m. Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M ESPN Wake Forest
Sun Dec 29 3 p.m. North Carolina State vs. Arizona State CBS North Carolina State
Music City Dec 29 4:30 p.m. Northwestern vs. Kentucky ESPN Kentucky
Arizona Dec 29 5:30 p.m. Utah State vs. New Mexico State ESPN New Mexico State
Cotton Dec 29 8:30 p.m. Ohio State vs. USC ESPN USC
TaxSlayer Dec 30 noon Louisville vs. Mississippi State ESPN Louisville
Liberty Dec 30 12:30 p.m. Iowa State vs. Memphis ABC Memphis
Fiesta Dec 30 4p.m. Penn State vs. Washington ESPN Penn State
Orange Dec 30 8 p.m. Miami (Florida) vs. Wisconsin ESPN Miami (Florida)
Outback Jan 01 noon Michigan vs. South Carolina ESPN2 South Carolina
Peach Jan 01 12:30 p.m. Auburn vs. UCF ESPN Auburn
Citrus Jan 01 1 p.m. Notre Dame vs. LSU ABC LSU
Rose Jan 01 5 p.m. No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Georgia ESPN Oklahoma
Sugar Jan 01 8:45 p.m. No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Alabama ESPN Clemson

Enjoy the games!

Top Four Cable TV Overnight Ratings were ESPN College Football Broadcasts

ESPN and ABC, both owned by Disney, owned the Saturday ratings on the first weekend of college football, with the complementary networks garnering the top four overnight ratings, with the USC-Alabama primetime game and the LSU-Wisconsin late afternoon game grabbing 4.9 ratings. The Houston-Oklahoma game came in just below with a 4.0 rating and Clemson-Auburn, on ESPN in primetime, earning a 2.8 rating.

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The first Saturday of the college football season, combined with US Open coverage, resulted in one of the largest days ever for ESPN streaming audiences with 249.1 million minutes viewed and 2.7 million unique users. This is good for third and fifth, respectively, for the product in any single day.

Overall, four games had streaming audiences surpass 500,000 unique viewers and 100,000 average minute audience, with the Georgia-North Carolina game at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN (529,000 unique viewers and 102,000 average minute audience)  joining the previously mentioned LSU-Wisconsin, Oklahoma-Houston and USC-Alabama games.

With both a broadcast/cable TV ratings and streaming audience victory, ESPN proves again that sports are what people will sit down and watch live.

ESPN airs on channel 206 on DIRECTV.

Networks and Cable Channels Bid for Big Ten Conference Rights

Current contracts to air Big Ten sports end after the 2016-17 season, with the conference now taking bids for either new contracts from new network and cable TV channels or extensions to the current contracts, which currently belong to ESPN and Fox. ESPN has been airing football and basketball games, with Fox airing the Big Ten Football Championship and running the Big Ten Network.

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But as Sports Business Journal reports, both ESPN and Fox have been undergoing cost cuts due to cord cutting and increased sports rights fees so their bids may not be as high as the Big Ten would like.

CBS has a basketball contract that includes the semifinals and finals of the Big Ten Tournament and would like to retain that portion and possibly a smaller package of rights. The same goes for Turner Sports which would like to have some basketball games that would compliment its NCAA Tournament rights.

NBC which has been mostly shut out of college sports except for the CAA, Ivy League and Notre Dame plans to explore a potential bid, but it’s not known how serious it will be.

The Big Ten bidding will be watched closely and with a conference footprint that goes from the Midwest all the way to the East Coast, the league expects that it will see increased rights and a financial windfall that will carry it well into the next decade and possibly beyond.

Could this be the tide turning on live sports rights, which up to this point have been the last vestige of moneymaking unaffected by cord cutting? We’ll see.

ESPN Cable TV Ratings for National Title Game Drop 15%

Even though last night’s game was a hard-fought battle that remained in the balance until well into the fourth quarter, the ratings for cable TV powerhouse ESPN dropped 15% for the College Football Playoff National Championship Game this year. The game garnered a 15.8 overnight rating on television with a combined rating of 16.0 with television viewers and those streaming online added together.

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The ratings drop wasn’t nearly as precipitous as ESPN’s for the College Football Playoff semifinal games held on New Year’s Eve. The overnight ratings for those broadcasts were down more than 36% from the prior year.

ESPN reported record-high numbers for a non-World Cup contest on its WatchESPNapp. The network reported more than 1.9 million unique viewers via the app, 500,000 more unique viewers compared to last year’s title game between Oregon and Ohio State.

ESPN and sponsors are pushing the College Football Playoff to abandon New Year’s Eve semifinal games. Currently, the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., and the Peach Bowl in Atlanta are scheduled for Dec. 31.

Another factor that could possibly have worked against the title game was that it occurred a full 12 days after the semifinal, right after an exciting NFL Wild Card Weekend that may have stolen some of the thunder of the ultimate college football event. With highly-rated NFL games on Saturday and Sunday, viewers may have just been overdosed on football, and no longer pumped about the potential of an epic title game after such a long wait.

On the other hand, the streaming numbers can be seen as a win for that aspect of the business. If it continues to grow, ESPN and its family of networks may not need to worry as much about the television ratings in the future.

College Football Playoff Cable TV Ratings Plummet Due to New Year’s Eve Scheduling

New Year’s Eve is a time to party, and New Year’s Day is a time to watch college football. The NCAA tried to change that paradigm this year, scheduling both College Football Playoff Semifinals for New Year’s Eve, and as a result, the cable TV ratings dropped 38.5% from last year for one game and 44.5% for the other, a catastrophic result for a group of people trying to “redefine” what people do on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

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The dramatic matchups and results of last year’s first College Football Playoff semifinals led to record-breaking cable audiences for ESPN.

Those games included a face-off between Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacksMarcus Mariota and Jameis Winston in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State and Alabama, two of the most popular programs in college football, played a game that went down to the final play. Ohio State upset the Crimson Tide 42-35.

Those games represented the biggest cable TV audiences ever, until the first playoff championship game with Oregon-Ohio State topped it with 33 million viewers.

The matchups of this year’s games weren’t as attractive and both turned out to be lopsided. Clemson beat Oklahoma 37-17, pulling away in the second half. Alabama routed Michigan State 38-0 in a game that was pretty much over midway through the third quarter.

But the biggest difference was the day the games were played.

As of right now, next season’s playoff games are also set to be played on New Year’s Eve, but maybe the NCAA will learn from their mistake for once and actually listen to the fans who want to have it both ways—New Year’s Eve to party, and New Year’s Day to recover in front of the TV watching the best college football has to offer.

College Football Ratings Up This Labor Day: 144% Better than Last Year

This Labor Day, the number one college football team in the nation, the Ohio State Buckeyes, took on the Virginia Tech Hokies to close out the first weekend of college football for this year’s regular season. This matchup came in at 144% over last year’s Labor Day matchup, and gave ESPN the highest overnight rating for an opening weekend college football game since 2010 across all networks, even though ESPN is a cable TV channel and many games are on broadcast networks like CBS.

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Additionally, the much anticipated matchup is the most-streamed college football regular-season game on WatchESPN of all time. Across all devices, the Ohio State victory had an average minute audience of 194,000 users and a total of 708,000 unique viewers on WatchESPN, accumulating 41,900,000 million minutes viewed throughout the game. Each category is an increase from the November, 29, 2014 Iron Bowl featuring Auburn at Alabama — which held the previous best in each category —  by 63%, (119,000 users) 49%, (475,000 unique viewers) and 43% (29,300,000 live minutes), respectively.

Many have discussed a lessening of ESPN’s power in the cable TV universe, but as long as the channels has marquee sporting events carried live, there will always be a place for it. That they had a record number of people streaming the game also shows that they are willing to adapt, and that live rights for sporting events are still a big deal.