Why Dallas DirecTV and U-Verse customers may miss college football and ‘The Bachelorette,’ and how to watch elsewhere

As channel blackouts for AT&T U-Verse and DirecTV subscribers continue, Dallasites may have to look to alternative sources for their weekly dose of college football and hit shows like The Bachelorette.

That’s because Tegna, owner of Dallas ABC-affiliate station WFAA, has yet to come to an agreement with AT&T-owned TV providers DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse.

It means subscribers could miss out on college football games carried by ABC this weekend, including Ohio State-Michigan State, Indiana-Wisconsin and Clemson-Virginia Tech. The following weekend, ABC will carry the Big 12 Championship game as well as the ACC Championship game.

“We are working on and remain committed to reaching fair deals with DirecTV and AT&T U-verse. Our track record proves it,” Tegna spokeswoman Anne Bentley said in a statement Thursday.

“Over the past few years, we reached hundreds of multiyear deals with cable and satellite companies all across the country,” Bentley said. “The reason we have successfully negotiated so many deals with so many partners is because we seek fair, market-based deals. It has been disappointing that DirecTV and AT&T U-verse, so far, have refused to reach an agreement.”

WFAA's studio in the newly renamed PNC Plaza in Dallas.

Dozens of Texas TV stations owned by media companies Tegna and Irving-based Nexstar could be inaccessible for satellite TV customers for the foreseeable future if the owners can’t agree with TV providers over what the companies are able to charge to carry the broadcast channels.

Nexstar also took its stations dark Wednesday evening after failing to reach a deal with Dish Network. The blackout affected 5.4 million Dish customers.

The longest recent blackout that kept channels dark for Texas TV subscribers was last year when AT&T and CBS failed to reach an agreement for 20 days. The stalemate was resolved just in time for the start of the NFL season.

If companies don’t come to agreement by the time you’re trying to tune into the big game or your favorite show, viewers still have options.

First, stations like WFAA in Dallas are free over the air if you have a working TV antenna that can pick up the station’s signal.

Locast is a not-for-profit live TV broadcast service available in major metro areas like Dallas and carries all the local TV affiliates, including Fox, NBC, ABC and CBS. The service is free to use and requires you to register an account online. It can be downloaded on various platforms, including Roku, Apple’s App Store and Apple TV, Google Play Store, TiVo, Amazon, DirecTV and U-Verse, according to its website.

AT&T was directing WFAA viewers to Locast in light of the channel blackout this week.

ABC offers a dedicated app to stream its shows, but it requires you to log in with your TV provider, meaning it may not be a viable option for DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse subscribers unless you’re willing to switch providers.

ESPN’s app will carry college football games this weekend, including ABC sports programming. Its app also requires logging in to your TV provider.

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Heisman Watch, upset picks, predictions and more

Week 14 of the college football season is here — the next-to-last weekend of the regular season.   

The finish line is in sight in a season that continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. This week’s schedule features two matchups between teams ranked in the AP Top 25.  

MORE: Week 14 picks against the spread for every top 25 game

No. 10 Indiana faces No. 18 Wisconsin in a battle of one-loss Big Ten teams. No. 14 Coastal Carolina faces No. 8 BYU in a battle of unbeatens. That is the best game of the week. SEC rivalries between No. 1 Alabama and LSU and No. 6 Florida and Tennessee will only make headlines if there’s an upset.   

Every week, Sporting News surveys the landscape looking for Heisman contenders, coaches on the spot, upset alerts and other trends. With that in mind, get ready for Week 14.   

Heisman watch  

LSU’s Joe Burrow used last year’s stage against Alabama in the No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown to clinch the Heisman Trophy.  

A Crimson Tide player could return the favor this year knowing that they are 30.5-point favorites in the rematch, but the only question is which one?  

Mac Jones is second in the FBS with a 208.0 passer rating, and that’s the best mark among Power 5 quarterbacks. Najee Harris leads the FBS with 17 rushing touchdowns, and DeVonta Smith leads all Power 5 receivers with 12 TDs.  

The LSU game is where Derrick Henry — Alabama’s last Heisman winner — upstaged Leonard Fournette with 210 yards and three TDs. This is a chance for one of those three players to grab the spotlight.  

There’s a good chance that all three finish in the top 10 in the final voting.  

Coach on the spot   

Tennessee entered the season with momentum. The Vols had a top 10 recruiting class in 2020, and Jeremy Pruitt appeared to have the program in the right direction.   

Now, Tennesse is 2-5 and up against another rival in Florida. Pruitt is 15-17 the past three years, and an 0-8 record against Georgia, Alabama and Florida has not changed. It’s not just the losses. It’s the average margin of victory against those rivals.   

TEAM AVG MARGIN
Alabama 30
Florida 27
Georgia 26

Florida beat Tennessee 34-3 last season. If Saturday’s matchup is somehow worse, that could be big trouble for Pruitt. South Carolina and Vanderbilt have already fired their coaches. Would Tennessee be next in line?   

Upset alert   

A total of 13 unbeaten teams are left in the FBS. Here is a closer look at that list:  

UNBEATEN TEAMS AFTER WEEK 13
No. 1 Alabama (8-0)
No. 2 Notre Dame (9-0)
No. 3 Ohio State (4-0)
No. 7 Cincinnati (8-0)
No. 8 BYU (9-0)
No. 14 Coastal Carolina (9-0)
No. 15 Marshall (7-0)
No. 17 USC (3-0)
No. 23 Washington (3-0)
Colorado (3-0)
San Jose State (4-0)
Buffalo (4-0)
Western Michigan (4-0)

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WATCH: Trace McSorley delivers first TD pass of career late vs. Steelers

Fresh off the bench (and the reserve/COVID-19 list) to replace the struggling Robert Griffin III in the fourth quarter against the undefeated Steelers, Trace McSorley threw his first career touchdown pass to Marquise Brown to give the Ravens a glimmer of hope. 

That hope was short-lived, as the defense failed to get off the field and Pittsburgh ran out the remaining time on the clock. Still, that doesn’t take away from what was a beautifully executed pass-and-catch for six points in Baltimore’s favor. 

RELATED: A look at the strange stardom of Trace McSorley on TikTok

McSorley found a streaking “Hollywood” Brown on the right side of the field, and after a series of stutter steps and 84 yards later, the lead was shrunk to six points before Justin Tucker kicked home the extra-point attempt. 

McSorley and Griffin played in place of Lamar Jackson, who was among the many Ravens placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list in the days proceeding the game. Jackson took to Twitter to recognize the long TD.

McSorley, a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Nov. 20 before getting cleared for Wednesday’s game. Though the end result was unfavorable for the Ravens, it’s certainly a marquee achievement in McSorley’s football career. 

 

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College football games on CBS Sports Network — Watch Louisiana Tech vs. North Texas live stream, TV channel

Buffalo jumped into the driver’s seat in the MAC’s East division with a 70-41 win over Kent State last week and will look to stay there on Saturday when the Bulls play at Ohio in one of six games on CBS Sports Network this weekend. But the 2-1 Bobcats should have a pretty good idea of how to slow Buffalo down, because it’s a recipe that has worked for them the past two seasons. It’s all about stopping Jaret Patterson.

A junior running back coming off a 1,799-yard season, Patterson made his name known around the country last week when he tied an FBS record with eight rushing touchdowns against Kent State. In all, he finished with 409 yards on the ground, falling just short of another FBS record. But in two career games against Ohio, Patterson has run for just 75 yards on 21 carries.

The Bobcats will be looking to replicate that success against Patterson and get back into contention for the league title. With a 2-1 record, Ohio is just a three-point loss to Central Michigan away from being 3-0, and beating a Buffalo team that is enjoying the national spotlight would make quite a statement. That matchup is just one of the storylines that will be at play on CBS Sports Network during week 14 of the college football season.

North Texas vs. Louisiana Tech

Date: Thursday, Dec. 3 | Time: 6 p.m. ET
Location: Apogee Stadium — Denton, Texas
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder] 
Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App

Storylines: After playing seven straight weeks to open the season, Louisiana Tech (4-3) has been off since Oct. 31. The hiatus has cost them two key playmakers, as leading receiver Adrian Hardy and veteran Justen Henderson have opted out of the season’s final stretch. The Mean Green (3-4) dealt with a three-week break of their own and are 1-1 since.

Air Force vs. Utah State

Date: Thursday, Dec. 3 | Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
Location: Maverik Stadium — Logan, Utah
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder] 
Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App

Storylines: Both teams beat New Mexico in their most recent game, so they should be able to use film from those games to get a reasonable gauge of what to expect. For Utah State, it was the first win in a season that’s already featured a coaching change. Co-defensive coordinator Frank Maile is two games into his stint as interim coach following Gary Andersen’s departure. Things have been a bit more stable at Air Force, where the Falcons are 2-2, including a huge 40-7 win over rival Navy in the opener.

UNLV vs. Boise State

Date: Friday, Dec. 4 | Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
Location: Allegiant Stadium — Las Vegas, Nevada
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder] 
Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App

Storylines: The Broncos are 4-1 with their only loss coming to BYU when they were without their top two quarterbacks. So, in essence,

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Watch the Moon Landing of China’s Chang’e-5 Spacecraft

China released video footage on Wednesday showing the arrival of its Chang’e-5 robotic spacecraft on the moon’s surface. Racing across a landscape sprinkled with craters on Tuesday, the camera pauses momentarily before a breathtaking fall begins. An instant later, a splash of moon dust and a shadow of the lander signaled that the probe’s touchdown was a success.

“Very precise and exciting landing, right in the middle of the most important geologic unit in the broader Chang’e 5 candidate landing region,” James W. Head III, a geological science professor at Brown University, said in an email. Dr. Head collaborated with Chinese scientists on where the mission should go to gather rocks and soil to bring back to Earth.

The lander set down, as planned, in a region of the moon known as Mons Rümker, at 10:11 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday. The spacecraft is in the middle of a basalt lava plain that is about two billion years younger than the parts of the moon explored more than four decades ago by NASA’s Apollo astronauts and the Soviet Union’s robotic Luna landers.

Within hours of arriving on the moon, Chang’e-5 set about drilling and scooping its lunar samples.

Images from Chang’e-5 show a desolate landscape with gentle rolling hills. A dearth of nearby craters points to the area’s youth.

Scientists are curious how this region remained molten far longer than the rest of the moon. Examination of these rocks in laboratories on Earth will also pin down their exact age, and that will calibrate a method that planetary scientists use to determine the ages of the surfaces of planets, moons and other bodies throughout the solar system.

The lander has already completed its drilling and stored the sample. It continues scooping up some soil around the spacecraft. Once that is complete, the top of half of the lander will blast back off into space as soon as Thursday. That will be the start of a complex sequence to return the rocks to Earth.

After it arrived in lunar orbit over the weekend, Chang’e-5 split into two. While the lander headed for the surface, the other half remained in orbit.

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Watch China spacecraft land on the moon in this amazing video

A spectacular video from China’s Chang’e 5 lander spacecraft revealsits successful touchdown on the moon as it  softly set down to collect the first lunar samples in 44 years.



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The 49-second, sped-up video was captured by a camera underneath the Chang’e 5 lander as it passed over the vast Oceanus Procellarum (“Ocean of Storms”) while aiming for a safe landing site on Tuesday  (Dec. 1). The black-and-white footage shows peaks on the horizon before the spacecraft moves into a vertical position to begin its powered descent onto the surface. Another video, released by China’s CCTV news network, shows Chang’e 5’s sample-collection arm drilling into the lunar surface as it collected samples. (We combined them into one in the video above.)

In pictures: China on the moon! A history of Chinese lunar missions 

In the descent video, craters of all sizes appear and disappear as the lander slows its fall. With all of this taking place around 236,000 miles (380,000 kilometers) away and signals taking two seconds to travel from the Earth and back, the process needed to be automated. 

Chang’e 5 used a gamma ray altimeter to gauge the distance to the surface and optical and laser systems to detect potential hazards. The lander appears to hover as it selects its landing site and makes it final descent.

Related: The latest news about China’s space program 

The spacecraft launched on Nov. 23 and finally touched down safely Tuesday at 10:11 a.m. EST (1511GMT, 11:11 p.m. Beijing Time) near Mons Rümker, a volcanic peak. However the landing is only one part of a very challenging mission which aims to deliver the first fresh lunar samples to Earth since the 1970s.

The spacecraft began collecting samples within a couple of hours of landing, both scooping from the surface and drilling into the lunar regolith to obtain scientifically precious material.

 An ascent vehicle will launch the valuable cargo back into lunar orbit on Thursday in preparation to dock with the waiting Chang’e 5 orbiter. The orbiter will then carry the samples back towards Earth, releasing a reentry capsule that will enter the atmosphere and land around Dec.16.  

 If all goes well scientists will have the first new lunar samples in decades which potentially could be billions of years younger than those collected previously by Apollo and Soviet Luna missions.

The samples could help scientists understand why this area of the moon may have been geologically active long after volcanism in most other parts of the moon had ended.

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College Football Playoff rankings release time, channel to watch second 2020 CFP selection show

Decisions aren’t getting easier anytime soon for the College Football Playoff selection committee.

As its second set of 2020 rankings are unveiled Tuesday night, the landscape of Playoff contenders remains complicated by COVID-19 cancelations and vastly different strengths of schedule. Ohio State, one of the teams named in the initial top four last week, couldn’t suit up against Illinois because of a coronavirus outbreak. USC, the last remaining Pac 12 squad with any hope of a Playoff appearance, might struggle to complete six games this year as the West Coast buckles down for a surge of hospitalizations and subsequent shutdowns.

Cincinnati and BYU, meanwhile, might not get a crack at the Playoff even if they go unbeaten through nine-plus contests.

MORE: SN’s Playoff predictions after Week 13

For now, the expected pecking order includes Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Clemson in some order. But if one of those teams loses before the end of the season, the field would plunge into complete chaos.

That’s why the weekly CFP rankings are interesting beyond the top four. With each update, the committee lays out a roadmap for what it intends to do if one of the best teams falters. It telegraphs which programs it will likely believe in come the Dec. 20 final selections and which ones it might snub.

With that in mind, here’s what to know about the second CFP rankings release of 2020:

What time are the College Football Playoff rankings released?

  • Date: Tuesday, Dec. 1
  • Start time: 7 p.m. ET

The College Football Playoff will unveil its second set of rankings at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 1. According to the official Playoff site, that will be the case for each of the ensuing rankings until Dec. 20, when the rankings will be released at noon.

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CFP rankings schedule 2020

The CFP rankings will be released on four consecutive Tuesdays from Nov. 24 to Dec. 15. The final rankings will be unveiled Dec. 20, the weekend all Power 5 conference championship games are played.

Here’s a look at the remaining schedule:

Date Time (ET)
Tuesday, Dec. 1 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 8 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 15 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 20 (Selection Sunday) Noon

MORE: AP Top 25, Coaches Poll rankings

How to watch CFP selection show

Each of the Playoff rankings will take place on ESPN and can be live streamed on WatchESPN. All rankings leading into the College Football Playoff selection show on Sunday, Dec. 20, will be broadcast at 7 p.m. ET. The final show will take place at noon.

Each set of rankings can also be streamed on ESPN via fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.

Projected CFP rankings: Who are the top four teams in college football?

1. Alabama (8-0)

2. Notre Dame (9-0)

3. Ohio

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Watch Now: OSU vs. Texas Tech notebook: Dezmon Jackson has career day; Boone Pickens statue unveiled | OSU Sports Extra

“He changed how we felt about our university,” athletic director Mike Holder said during the ceremony. “He changed giving to an unprecedented level. In essence, he changed our university forever. And for those reasons he was and he will always be the greatest Cowboy of them all.”

The statue is located on the west side of Boone Pickens Stadium and it was announced Saturday that a Barry Sanders statue is also expected to arrive on campus soon.

First kickoff return TD in six years

Oklahoma State had 12 kickoffs returned for a touchdown in Gundy’s first eight seasons, from 2005-2013. But the Cowboys hadn’t returned a kick for a score since Tyreek Hill in 2014. Jason Taylor ended the drought with a 48-yard kickoff return on an onside kick attempt in the third quarter.

Safety Tre Sterling returned an interception for 65 yards to give OSU two non-offensive touchdowns. It was the first time OSU has had two non-offensive TDs since Madre Harper and Ramon Richards returned fumbles against Southeastern Louisiana in 2016.

Wallace with another 100-yard game

Tylan Wallace continues to show why he is considered one of the best wide receivers in the country. He finished with seven catches for 129 yards and a touchdown. It was Wallace’s 14th career 100-yard receiving game, which is the fifth-most in OSU history.

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No. 13 Georgia-South Carolina live stream (11/28): How to watch college football online, TV, time

Georgia coach Kirby Smart has gone from matching up at South Carolina with one close friend in Will Muschamp to another in Mike Bobo on Saturday, Nov. 28. The game will be live streamed on fuboTV.

The three men were teammates at Georgia in the 1990s and have remained close throughout their college coaching careers.

Smart had won three of four games against Muschamp as the Gamecocks coach over the past four seasons. Now, it will be Bobo on the South Carolina sidelines Saturday night — Muschamp was fired two weeks ago — when the 13th-ranked Bulldogs (5-2, No. 9 CFP) play the Gamecocks (2-6).

Bobo came to South Carolina after getting fired at Colorado State last season. Muschamp hired him as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Bobo has spent much of his first week, rallying players and building confidence through the team’s current four-game losing streak.

South Carolina players felt hope last time out, rallying in the second half of a 17-10 loss to Missouri after trailing 17-0. A big reason was true freshman quarterback Luke Doty, who replaced starter Collin Hill in the second half and accounted for 189 of South Carolina’s 283 yards of offense.

Georgia has a new quarterback that’s stirred excitement, too, in Southern Cal transfer JT Daniels. The redshirt sophomore threw for 401 yards and four touchdowns in the Bulldogs 31-24 win over Mississippi State last week.

The game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. ET) will be live streamed on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial. The SEC Network will televise the game.

Preview

DEPLETED SECONDARY: Georgia’s JT Daniels will present a huge challenge to South Carolina’s secondary, which is still making up for the loss of NFL-caliber defensive backs Jaycee Horn and Israel Mukuamu. Both players opted out after Muschamp was let go.

AIR GEORGIA: The Bulldogs used a strong passing attack to get by Mississippi State a week ago. JT Daniels’ 401 yards passing were the team’s first 400-plus yard game since Aaron Murray in 2013. It’s a good thing, too, for Georgia since the team’s typically relentless ground game was held to 8 yards on 23 carries last week.

GEORGIA ALUM: South Carolina interim coach Mike Bobo sounded a little like a Bulldogs alumnus (he is) when discussing his team’s game with Georgia this week. “There’s more excitement in the air,” Bobo said. “Lot of history, there’s a lot of people I’ve known on the other side of the ball.”

INJURED DAWGS: Georgia coach Kirby Smart said that injured defensive tackle Jordan Davis is hopeful about returning to play South Carolina. The word is not as good on defensive back Richard LeCounte, out since a motorcycle accident after the team’s win over Kentucky on Oct. 31. Davis hurt his elbow that game, too. Smart said “Jordan has a chance and that is promising.”

INJURED SMITH: One of South Carolina’s top playmakers in receiver Shi Smith is unlikely to play against the Bulldogs. Smith is third in the Southeastern

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Watch Sarah Fuller kick off for Vanderbilt and make college football history

At the start of the third quarter of the Vanderbilt-Missouri game Saturday, Sarah Fuller made college football history. By taking the field for the opening second-half kickoff for the Commodores, Fuller became the first woman to play in an SEC and Power 5 game.



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Winless Vanderbilt has struggled with kicking this season. Some of the team’s specialists were not available to play because of COVID-19 protocols, so it turned to Fuller, a 6-foot-2 Wylie, Texas native and senior goalkeeper on Vanderbilt’s soccer team, which finished its season last Sunday with its first SEC Tournament title since 1994. And not long after that, Fuller was with the football team practicing kicking through the uprights this week.

Related: 5 things to know about Sarah Fuller

And, as The Tennessean‘s Adam Sparks reported Saturday, Fuller was the only kicker to travel with Vanderbilt for the Missouri game, joining specialists punter/holder Harrison Smith and long snapper Wesley Schelling.

So when it was time for the second-half kickoff, Fuller stepped on the field for a 30-yard kick to Missouri’s 35-yard line.

Prior to Vanderbilt’s road game against Missouri, Commodores head coach Derek Mason said Fuller was an option this weekend because “she’s got a strong leg.” Mason also told ESPN 102.5 The Game this week:

“For us, talking to Sarah, she’s a champ, and no pun intended. Just coming off an SEC championship in soccer and then coming out and just looking at what we do and how we do it, and she’s a complete competitor. She’s an option for us, so right now, that’s where we sit.”

Vanderbilt struggled in the first half to get into Missouri territory — forget about field goal range — so Fuller didn’t have a chance to play. But after halftime with the Tigers leading the Commodores, 21-0, Mason turned to the goalkeeper turned football kicker.

Although Fuller is the first woman to play in a Power 5 game, she’s not the first to play in college football. Women are still given few opportunities to play, but several women helped pave the way for this moment, including Liz Heaston, the first woman to score in a college football game (Willamette, 1997), and Katie Hnida, the first woman to score at the FBS level (New Mexico, 2003).

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