ABC to Televise the 105th Civil War on Championship Saturday
Jan. 18, 2001
Corvallis, Ore. - On the heels of the highly rated Bowl Championship Series, ABC Sports announced Thursday its broadcast schedule for 'Championship Saturday' on Dec. 1, 2001 - the final regular season Saturday of the college football season.
The network's national broadcasts on 'Championship Saturday' will feature a blockbuster tripleheader, highlighted by prime time coverage (8:00 p.m., EST/5:00 P.M. PST) of the Dr. Pepper Big 12 Championship. The game will be played at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas.
Earlier in the day, ABC Sports will present two crucial regular season games: At 10:00 a.m. PST the past two champions of the Big East Conference - defending Nokia Sugar Bowl Champion Miami and Gator Bowl Champion Virginia Tech - will collide in Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, VA. At 1:30 p.m. PST Heisman hopeful running back Ken Simonton will lead Oregon State against Holiday Bowl Champion Oregon in the 105th Civil War battle, presented by your Northwest Dodge Dealers, for Pac-10 Conference supremacy. The game will be played at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. Last season the Beavers beat the Ducks to advance to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, where they punctuated a Cinderella season with an impressive victory over Notre Dame.
'We are extremely happy with our Championship Saturday lineup,' said Loren Matthews, senior vice president of programming, ABC Sports. 'Miami vs. Virginia Tech and the Civil War are two of the most intense rivalries in college football.'
In addition to the exposure assured to both Oregon State and Oregon, the national television appearance is expected to generate $600,000 for each program. The payout compares to the $270,000 the schools would receive for a regional ABC appearance.