IRVING — Conference USA (C-USA) announced Tuesday that four UTSA football games, three at home and one away, will be televised this fall.
The Sept. 7 home opener against Oklahoma State will be broadcast nationally by FOX Sports (network TBA). Kickoff in the first meeting between the two schools is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Alamodome.
The Sept. 28 contest against Houston also will be seen on FOX Sports (network and time TBA). It will mark the beginning of a home-and-home non-conference series, as the two teams will open the 2014 campaign in the Bayou City. In fact, that matchup is slated to be the first-ever game played at the new Houston Football Stadium.
The fall will mark the third year of a minimum 20-game, multi-platform media rights agreement between C-USA and FOX Sports Media Group. FOX Sports 1, FOX’s new national sports cable network that is scheduled to launch in August, will broadcast a minimum of 10 regular-season C-USA contests. Additional games again will be carried nationally on FOX Sports Networks' owned-and-affiliated regional networks, which reach more than 85 million homes, as well as FOX College Sports.
Meanwhile, Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) will televise the inaugural meeting between the Roadrunners and defending C-USA Champion Tulsa, which will be played on Nov. 2 at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
The 2013 regular season finale scheduled for Nov. 30 against Louisiana Tech at the Alamodome also will be shown on CSS (time TBA). It will mark the second meeting between the two programs, as the then-No. 22 Bulldogs handed UTSA a 51-27 setback last year on Nov. 3.
As part of the conference's agreement with CBS Sports Network, 10 regular-season C-USA matchups have been sub-licensed for regional broadcast on CSS. This season will be the ninth year of the league's partnership with CBS Sports Network that includes significant national and regional exposure for football, men's and women's basketball and other C-USA sports. CBS Sports Network is the 24-hour home of CBS Sports and is available across the country via satellite and local cable, video and telco providers.
Additional television exposures remain a possibility, including games that are guaranteed to be broadcast as part of other league’s television packages, and kickoff times will be released as soon as they are finalized.
The Roadrunners, who officially will join C-USA on July 1, will kick off their third season of play on Aug. 31 at New Mexico. UTSA is coming off a 2012 campaign that saw it post an 8-4 overall record and 3-3 mark in its first and only season as a member of the Western Athletic Conference. That came on the heels of an inaugural 2011 campaign that saw the Birds go 4-6 as a Football Championship Subdivision independent.