Saturday, September 02, 2006

Jim Williams: College football 2006: Games on
Jim Williams, The Examiner
Sep 2, 2006 5:00 AM (5 hrs ago)
Current rank: # 4 of 5,579 articles

WASHINGTON - You say you’re ready for some college football?

Between now and January there will be over 1,000 games for you to digest.

And you have come to the right place because in 2006 following your favorite team is possible no matter if it’s Maryland or North Texas. If you have a TV with a cable package and a computer, you’re set.

The ESPN family of networks will host all live ACC games and Navy games will be seen live on CSTV.

Starting today there will no longer be an ABC Sports — all games on ABC 7 will be under the ESPN on ABC umbrella. The graphics will say ESPN with a little bug on the screen showing the ABC logo.

Local fans of Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech will be able to see all games as well as their school’s respective coach’s show on CSN on tape delay.

The marquee games of the week for the Top 25 will all air on the ESPN family of networks (that now includes ABC 7), CBS 9, TBS, FSN, (which can be seen on CSN) and ESPN Regional TV (which can be seen on MASN).

Still can’t find your favorite team?

OK, let’s go to the Internet for ESPN 360, CSTV and of course, your favorite school’s Web site. In most cases what you will find is everything from live game coverage to streaming game audio to the simple game tracker which gives you a written play-by-play of the game. Some of these sites can require a sign up fee so check them out first and see what the best value is. CSTV and ESPN will offer subscription services that give you live game or live audio coverage.

Both Washington-based XM and SIRIUS have extensive college football packages that subscribers should check out. XM has the Big Ten, Pac-10, ACC and Big East. Meanwhile, SIRIUS has a number of the Top 25 schools signed plus a bunch of major and smaller colleges so check out their Web site to find your favorite team.

On the dial

Where to find local college football radio broadcasts.

School Station

Maryland 630 WMAL-AM

Virginia 570 WTNT-AM

Va. Tech 980 WTEM-AM

Navy 1050 WFED-AM (or 1500 WTWP- AM)

» Howard, Georgetown, Catholic University, Bowie State coverage can be found on the respective school’s Web site.

Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer.

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