Airdates Announced for Ranger Cup University Challenge Won By Nationally-Ranked Bass Fishing

Jack Hippe (left) and Nick Czajka led the No. 2-ranked Adrian Bulldogs to a big win in the Ranger Cup University fish-off over rival Bethel in January. (Action photo by Association of Collegiate Anglers)
Jack Hippe (left) and Nick Czajka led the No. 2-ranked Adrian Bulldogs to a big win in the Ranger Cup University fish-off over rival Bethel in January. (Action photo by Association of Collegiate Anglers)

ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College bass fishing team's head-to-head Ranger Cup University Challenge victory over archival Bethel University (Tenn.) in a battle of two of the nation's top-ranked programs will be chronicled on national television by Pursuit Channel, according to CarecoTV. At the time of their meeting, Adrian was ranked No. 1 in the Association of Collegiate Anglers poll while Bethel was listed fifth.

No stranger to national TV, Bulldogs Bass Fishing also has appeared on NBC Sports and the Discovery Channel during its history. Besides Pursuit Channel, the Challenge will be shown regionally on NBC Chicago and Fox Sports Midwest.

Adrian defeated Bethel in a dual last month, 87.30 pounds (31 fish) to 66.09 (25 fish), with no limit on fish within the time allowed to catch. The Jan. 8-9 event was held on Fayette County Lake in central Texas. The competitors were Jack Hippe and Nick Czajka of Adrian and  Cole Floyd and Carter McNeil representing Bethel. Czajka and Hippe led after each of the five weigh-ins en route to the whopping 21 pound victory, battling varying conditions that included wind, calm and air temperature fluctuations of 20 degrees. 

Adrian and Bethel earned well-deserved qualifying as the highest Ranger Cup finishers at both the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops and FLW college series championship earlier in 2018.

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The airdates follow on the following networks. Consult your cable or satellite provider for local listings:

Pursuit Channel
Mon-Feb 25 @ 6:30pm EST
Wed-Feb 27 @ 4:00pm EST
Sun-Mar 3 @ 6:30am EST
Sun-Mar 3 @ 12:00pm EST

NBC Chicago
Mon- Feb 25 @ 12pm

Fox Midwest
Sat-Mar 2 @ 6:00am CST

If those channels are unavailable in a viewer's area, the 2019 Ranger Cup University Challenge can also be seen on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=x7Talu1EaCU.

After its first event--Texas Lunker Challenge in Sam Rayburn, Texas, on Jan. 9--was canceled due to flooding, the Bulldogs will officially open their fifth season of competition on Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 21-23, at the B.A.S.S College Tour Event#1 in Davidson, N.C., on Lake Norman. Adrian is ranked second nationally in the Cabela's School of the Year standings presented by Abu Garcia heading into 2019.

(Editor's note: All photos in this story courtesy of the Association of Collegiate Anglers).

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