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Owls Football Left Off ESPN's Sun Belt Package for 2011

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Owls Football Left Off ESPN's Sun Belt Package for 2011

For now at least…of course our beloved southern rival is featured almost every week…we need to kick that arse again this year!

At least we aren't the only ones…ULL was left off too.

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NEW ORLEANS – The Sun Belt Conference announced today that six football games for the upcoming season will be broadcast on ESPN3.

All six games are Sun Belt Conference home games – two games each will be at North Texas and FIU.  While Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee will also have one game each broadcasted.

The September 10 broadcast between Houston and North Texas will mark the grand opening of North Texas’ new state-of-the-art football facility.

ESPN3 is a broadband network for live sports programming that harnesses the quality ESPN has built through its TV networks and delivers online sports programming to fans through a rich, interactive, and easy-to-use experience.

ESPN3 broadcasts thousands of live games and events online each year. A majority of the events are exclusive to ESPN3, while others are broadband-enhanced versions of games from one of ESPN's TV networks.

The Sun Belt Conference previously released a slate of games for the ESPN family of networks: North Texas at FIU (September 1 - ESPN3), Kentucky at Western Kentucky (at LP Field - September 1 - ESPNU), Troy at Clemson (September 3 - ESPN3), Louisiana-Monroe at Florida State (September 3 - ESPNU), FIU at Louisville (September 9 - ESPN), Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee (October 6 - ESPNU), FIU at Arkansas State (October 18 - ESPN2) and Troy at FIU (October 25 - ESPN2).

Additional games could be added to the ESPN family of networks as well as other networks.  The Sun Belt Conference will release its Sun Belt Network Television package on July 18.

Source: Sunbelt Media Relations
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But alas, just as soon as I hit the send button, another release hits…looks like we made the BIG 10's ESPN plan, per FAU:

Florida Atlantic University’s football team will face Michigan State University on Saturday, September 10 at noon in East Lansing, Michigan. The game will air on either ESPN or ESPN2, as announced by the Big Ten Conference. The on-air coverage will conclude the contracted three-game series.

This will mark the third time the Owls will play against the Spartans and the second visit to MSU, a series that began in 2008 in East Lansing. FAU challenged the Spartans in a rain-soaked game that saw MSU and its running game pull away with a 17-0 victory in 2008. The game also was instrumental in FAU securing a bid to the 2008 Motor City Bowl, the Owls second bowl game appearance in as many years. MSU was scheduled to play in South Florida in 2010; however, FAU opted to play host to the Spartans at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan that year. Once again the Owls challenged late, but MSU took the game with a score of 30-17.

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Another MSU FAU game?  I think my ulcer's starting to act up already.  ;D.  The good news is I will get to watch FAU 3 weeks in a row.  The bad news is they are our body bag games.

UF - will be there
MSU - on TV
Auburn - should be there, my first owl road trip.

FAU - We got Bowls!
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Well at least your update was good news. Glad the Owl's will be on tv.

I am biased but broadcasting games from FIU's stadium should REALLY help improve the Belts reputation - HA!

Nice that North Texas got their stadium opener on (albeit vs. a good Houston team, should be like 50-21 final - or worse), I personally think ours should have been too.

Anyhow, needs to give the teams and coaches even more to prove - earn that respect back guys! Go Owls!
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