As the OSU fanbase prepares for Saturdays Savannah State massacree, a question looms over our second game of the season against Arizona. Will the network (the PAC-12 Network)showing the game be available on your cable or satellight package? The answer eleven days before OSU football's first true test is maybe not.
The PAC-12 Network was launched on August 15th, and is available on cable providers in PAC-12 states, but no satellite companies have yet picked up the seven channel network for the rest of the country. A national network could be airing on your satellite provider in time for the game, but there is still the chance that you will have to pay extra for that right.
Forget that! Who around these parts wants to watch PAC-12 games anyway? Who wants to watch Colorado again? Not even Colorado fans want the PAC-12 network. So, downer alert, we're screwed. The first test of the season will most likely have to be described to you over the magic of radio. This weekend, when you are watching OSU thump Savannah State by 45 points, you could go by here and try and guilt your cable or satellite provider into carrying the network, but why support this other conferences network if you don't really even want it except for one game? As we saw last year with the great Longhorn Network panic of 2011, this stuff has a way of working itself out, but eleven days until gametime is too close to the wire. Here's hoping that the game that really starts the 2012 Cowboy season will be available to watch somewhere closer than Tucson.