NBC Chicago Nonstop Digital 5.2 and CSN to carry live coverage of IHSA Football Championships

NBC Chicago Nonstop Digital 5.2 and CSN to carry live coverage of IHSA Football Championships

NBC CHICAGO NONSTOP DIGITAL 5.2 AND COMCAST SPORTSNET TO CARRY LIVE COVERAGE OF IHSA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Networks to jointly televise this weekends Class 1A-8A IHSA Football Championships LIVE in the Chicago market only; Games will also be televised everywhere on DIRECTV & DISH Network

Viewers outside the Chicago market are encouraged to visit IHSA.com for exact broadcast networkchannel location information in their area

CSNChicago.com to air highlight packages of all games throughout the weekend;

IHSA.tv to live stream every game
Chicago, IL (November 21, 2011) -- NBC Chicago Nonstop Digital 5.2 (NBC5s 247 local news and entertainment channel) and Comcast SportsNet (the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox) have jointly announced the two networks will be airing LIVE coverage of the 2011 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Football Championships on Friday, November 25 & Saturday, November 26 from Memorial Stadium in Champaign, IL. Chicago preps fans can look forward to every action-packed championship battle starting with the Class 1A contest on Friday morning at 10:00 AM, leading up Class 8As highly-anticipated match-up between Bolingbrook and Loyola Academy on Saturday night at 7:00 PM. The 2011 IHSA Football Championships will be produced by the IHSA & When We Were Young Productions.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Both NBC Chicago Nonstop Digital 5.2 and Comcast SportsNets televised coverage of all eight IHSA Football Championship games can only be seen in the Chicago market. Please note the following providerchannel location for both stations in the Chicago area:

NBC CHICAGO NONSTOP DIGITAL 5.2 COMCAST SPORTSNET

Digital Channel 5.2 Comcast Cable37 & 200

Comcast Cable341 AT&T U-verse741 & 1741

RCN50 RCN370 & 1685

Wide Open West130 Wide Open West38, 65 & 220

In addition, all eight IHSA championship match-ups will also be televised everywhere on DIRECTV channel 665 & DISH Network channel 429. Viewers outside the Chicago are urged to consult their on-screen channel guide to verify the channel broadcasting the game in their area or to simply visit IHSA.org for complete broadcast stationchannel location information throughout the state.

IHSA.tv will also be providing a live stream of every game and CSNChicago.com will be featuring highlight packages from all games throughout the weekend. Plus Comcast SportsNet viewers can look forward to special IHSA Championship editions of High School Lites on both Friday, Nov. 25 & Saturday, Nov. 26 live at 10:30 PM for a complete rundown of all games, including expanded highlights and playercoaches interviews.

The following schedule details NBC Chicago Nonstop Digital 5.2 and Comcast SportsNets coverage of the 2011 IHSA Football Championships airing this Thanksgiving weekend (play-by-playcolor analyst announce teams are included below):

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

10:00 AM Class 1A: TUSCOLA vs. DAKOTA (Lee HallJack McInerney)

1:00 PM Class 2A: CASEY-WESTFIELD (Casey) vs. MORRISON (Lee HallJack McInerney)

4:00 PM Class 3A: MT. CARMEL (Chicago) vs. AURORA CHRISTIAN (Dave BernhardDanan Hughes)

7:00 PM Class 4A: ROCHESTER vs. RICHMOND-BURTON (Richmond) (Dave BernhardDanan Hughes)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26

10:00 AM Class 5A: JOLIET CATHOLIC vs. MONTINI (Lombard) (Lee HallDanan Hughes)

1:00 PM Class 6A: RICHWOODS (Peoria) vs. PRAIRIE RIDGE (Crystal Lake) (Lee HallDanan Hughes)

4:00 PM Class 7A: WHEATON-WARRENVILLE SOUTH (Wheaton) vs. BOYLAN CATHOLIC (Rockford) (Dave BernhardJack McInerney)

7:00 PM Class 8A: BOLINGBROOK vs. LOYOLA ACADEMY (Wilmette) (Dave BernhardJack McInerney)

Buckeyes going back to College Football Playoff, will face Clemson in Fiesta Bowl

Buckeyes going back to College Football Playoff, will face Clemson in Fiesta Bowl

The College Football Playoff field is set, and for the second time in three years, the Ohio State Buckeyes will compete for a national championship.

The selection committee revealed the four-team field for this season's Playoff, with Ohio State coming at No. 3. The Buckeyes will battle No. 2 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. The other Playoff semifinal pits No. 1 Alabama against No. 4 Washington in the Peach Bowl.

While Ohio State has been considered one of the best teams in the country throughout the season, the Buckeyes' inclusion in the Playoff field is not without controversy, as they are the first team to play in the Playoff without winning their conference championship. But Ohio State had a sterling resume with three wins over top-10 teams: Michigan, Wisconsin and Oklahoma. The Buckeyes' lone loss came against a top-10 Penn State team.

The 2014 national champion, Ohio State returns to the Playoff after missing out last season. Big Ten champion Michigan State represented the conference last year, getting crushed by Alabama in the Cotton Bowl. Two years ago, the Buckeyes beat the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl and then beat the Oregon Ducks in the national championship game.

Big Ten champion Penn State, which won the conference title game Saturday night with an instant-classic comeback victory over Wisconsin, ended up fifth and was left off the bracket. So too was sixth-ranked Michigan, which didn't compete for a conference championship but was ranked fifth in the final set of rankings prior to Sunday's bracket reveal. The Nittany Lions and Wolverines combined for five wins over top-10 teams this season.

There was plenty of conversation that red-hot Penn State could surge into the Playoff, just like Ohio State did two years ago. The Lions are riding a nine-game winning streak, defeated Ohio State earlier in the season and claimed the championship in what has been the hands-down best conference in college football this season. And boy did they impress Saturday night in their most recent showing, erasing a three-touchdown deficit to come back and beat Wisconsin.

Michigan, too, had a mighty compelling case to make. The Wolverines, owners of one of the best defenses in the country all season long, beat three top-10 teams during the regular season and took the No. 2 team in the country to double overtime just last weekend.

But in the end, we did not get the first Playoff field to feature two teams from the same conference. Penn State and Michigan will learn their bowl fates — likely going to New Year's Six bowl games — later Sunday.

Big Ten poll update: Penn State jumps Michigan in last pre-Playoff AP poll

Big Ten poll update: Penn State jumps Michigan in last pre-Playoff AP poll

The College Football Playoff selection committee will reveal the four-team Playoff field shortly, but in the AP poll, Big Ten champion Penn State did vault ahead of Michigan.

The Nittany Lions, fresh off their instant-classic comeback win in Saturday night's Big Ten title game, jumped up three spots, from No. 8 to No. 5, passing the Wolverines, who dropped from No. 5 to No. 6 with no game to play this weekend.

Who knows if that will be the thinking of the committee or if Penn State's performance Saturday was impressive enough to get it above Washington or Clemson and into the final four.

In the AP poll Sunday, Ohio State checked in at No. 2 behind No. 1 Alabama. The Buckeyes didn't play Saturday either, but those top two spots figure to be how the top two spots of the Playoff field will look. Clemson and Washington stayed the Nos. 3 and 4 teams in the poll, which seems to be a likely possibility in the Playoff, as well.

Wisconsin, defeated by Penn State on Saturday night, dropped just two spots from No. 6 to No. 8, jumped by Penn State and Oklahoma, which was victorious in its regular-season finale against Oklahoma State, claiming the Big 12 championship in the process.

Iowa moved up one spot from No. 22 to No. 21, while Nebraska dropped a spot from No. 23 to No. 24. Neither team played this weekend.