Call it an answered prayer for area Ohio State football fans.
Buckeye CableSystem will air Ohio State’s season opener Saturday against Navy after reaching an agreement Monday with CBS Sports Network. The 24-hour sports network launched as part of Buckeye’s Digital Basic lineup on channel 170 and 586 (HD).
The top CBS announcing team of Verne Lundquist, whose lineage of memorable calls includes Auburn’s “answered prayer” over Alabama last season, and Gary Danielson will broadcast the noon kickoff Saturday.
CBS Sports Network will also air Bowling Green’s opener Friday night at Western Kentucky.
The looming blackout of OSU, though, caused the most hand-wringing, if only because every Buckeyes game is traditionally widely available — either on ABC, ESPN, or the Big Ten Network. CBS Sports Network is seen in about 53 million of the country’s 115.6 million television homes and is not carried by some of Ohio’s largest cable providers, including WOW! Cable in Columbus.
— David Briggs