Unbeatens, Top 25 Teams Highlight Weekend’s CFB Coverage On ESPN Family Of Networks

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This weekend is going to be another busy one for college football fans.  ESPN’s college football coverage this weekend includes matchups between nine undefeated teams and thirteen of the nation’s Top Twenty-Five ranked teams.  It’s all capped off with an ESPN doubleheader this Saturday, October 12th.  The first game on the network’s doubleheader schedule will see unbeaten #18 Michigan taking on Big Ten rival Penn State.  That game is scheduled for 5pm ET.  The second game of the night will see #9 Texas A&M hitting the road to take on Ole Miss at 8:30pm ET.  Texas A&M has only one loss so far on the season.

Saturday’s extensive college football schedule kicks off on ABC at high noon with the annual Red River Rivalry between the Longhorns of Texas and the Sooners of #12 Oklahoma.  Brent Musburger will have the call on the game.  He will be joined by Todd Blackledge and Heather Cox.  Over on ESPN, the Bulldogs of #7 Georgia will host the undefeated #25 University of Missouri Tigers.  Dave Pasch will have the call on the game.  He will be joined by Brian Griese and Tom Luginbill.  Georgia’s only loss so far on the season has come at the hands of the Clemson Tigers.

ESPN and ABC’s coverage is just part of what the ESPN family of networks has to offer this weekend.  Thursday night, unbeaten #8 Louisville will take on Rutgers, which has only one loss on the season so far in an American Athletic Conference match.  The game is scheduled to air on ESPN Thursday night, October 10th at 7:30pm.

ABC will air two games in a reverse-mirror with ESPN2 at 3:30pm, the first pitting undefeated #3 Clemson against the Eagles of Boston College.  #19 Northwestern will take on the Wisconsin Badgers in the second of ABC’s games.

If Saturday’s main college football coverage isn’t enough for fans, then Saturday night’s doubleheader on ESPN2 is sure to keep fans happy.  #1 Alabama is scheduled to take on Kentucky at 7pm with #11 UCLA following at 10:30pm ET against California.

Over on ESPNU on Saturday, Pitt will be on the road against #24 Virginia Tech in an ACC Coastal Division matchup.  Both teams have only one loss.  That game is scheduled for a 12pm ET start time.

Fans with ESPN3 will get to see undefeated #23 Northern Illinois taking on Akron at 5pm ET.  And on ESPNEWS, unbeaten Houston will face off against Memphis in a battle of the big cats.  A complete schedule of this week’s college football coverage across the ESPN family of networks is available below.

ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNEWS, Longhorn Network and ESPN Radio Schedule

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentator Network
Thu, Oct 10 7:30 p.m. Rutgers at No. 8 Louisville

Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Ponder

ESPN
South Carolina State at North Carolina Central

Mark Neely & Jay Walker

ESPNU
Valdosta State at West Alabama ESPN3
10:30 p.m. Arizona at USC

Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad

ESPN Radio
Fri, Oct 11 8:30 p.m. Temple at Cincinnati

Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams

ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 12 Noon No. 12 Oklahoma vs. Texas (from Dallas)

Brent Musburger, Todd Blackledge & Heather Cox

ABC
No. 25 Missouri at No. 7 Georgia

Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Tom Luginbill

ESPN
Indiana at Michigan State

Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Paul Carcaterra

ESPN2
Pitt at No. 24 Virginia Tech

Tom Hart & John Congemi

ESPNU
Memphis at Houston (from BBVA Compass Stadium)

Paul Loeffler & John Bunting

ESPNEWS
South Florida at Connecticut

Eamon McAnaney, Anthony Becht & Brooke Weisbrod

ESPN3 * & RSN
12:21 p.m. No. 14 South Carolina at Arkansas

Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano

ESPN3 * & SEC TV
12:30 p.m. Navy at Duke ESPN3 * & RSN
2 p.m. Buffalo at Western Michigan

Dan Gutowsky & Rocky Boiman

ESPN3
Western Carolina at Auburn ESPN3 *
Central Michigan at Ohio ESPN3 *
Missouri State at North Dakota State ESPN3 *
3 p.m. Kent State at Ball State

Jim Barbar & Mark Herrmann

ESPN3
Miami (Ohio) at Massachusetts

Bob Picozzi & KC Keeler

ESPN3
3:30 p.m. No. 19 Northwestern at Wisconsin

TV: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Shannon Spake

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad

ABC & ESPN2 ** & ESPN Radio
Boston College at No. 3 Clemson

Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore & Quint Kessenich

ABC & ESPN2 **
Virginia at Maryland

Anish Shroff & Kelly Stouffer

ESPNU
Syracuse at NC State ESPN3 * & RSN
Troy at Georgia State ESPN3 * & RSN
4 p.m. South Dakota State at Western Illinois ESPN3 *
Northwestern State at Nicholls State ESPN3 *
5 p.m. No. 18 Michigan at Penn State

Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Maria Taylor

ESPN
Akron at No. 23 Northern Illinois

Shawn Kenney & Bob Chmeil

ESPN3
6 p.m. Gardner-Webb at Coastal Carolina ESPN3 *
Furman at Tennessee-Chattanooga ESPN3 *
7 p.m. No. 1 Alabama at Kentucky

Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Lewis Johnson

ESPN2
Georgia Tech at BYU

Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb & Dawn Davenport

ESPNU
Louisiana-Monroe at Texas State

Andrew Monaco & Kevin O’Connell

Longhorn Network
Idaho at Arkansas State

Brock Bowling & Warrick Dunn

ESPN3
Bowling Green at Mississippi State ESPN3 * & RSN
Illinois State at Youngstown State ESPN3 *
8 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at Southeastern Louisiana ESPN3 *
8:30 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at Ole Miss

Brad Nessler, Kirk Herbstreit & Holly Rowe

ESPN
10:30 p.m. California at No. 11 UCLA

Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards

ESPN2
Oregon State at Washington State

Joe Davis & Jay Walker

ESPNU
Tue, Oct 15 8 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette at Western Kentucky ESPN2

 

* Local blackout may apply

** Reverse mirror in which ESPN2 will regionalize two games on ABC to markets not receiving the telecast

 

All of the games scheduled for this weekend can be viewed both on TV and online at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app on all mobile internet outlets.  Xbox owners can access all games through ESPN as long as they have Gold membership.  And Apple TV subscribers can get video through affiliated subscription services.

ESPN Goal Line network will have unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from a number of the weekend’s top college football games beginning Saturday at noon.  ESPN Goal Line is available to customers of Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Cox, Cablevision, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, and Midcontinent Communications.

More information on this weekend’s college football coverage across the ESPN family of networks is available online at http://www.facebook.com/CFBonESPN and http://espn.go.com/ncf/index.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN Family Of Networks Get Big Wins Thanks To Football Coverage

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ESPN heads have lots of reason to be happy today.  The “Worldwide Leader in Sports” lived up to its name once again as it took all key male demos and adult demos Monday night.  The win is thanks to ESPN’s weekly Monday Night Football broadcast.  Monday night’s broadcast of the Saints’ 38-17 victory over the Dolphins helped ESPN take the night in its key demos across both cable and standard broadcast networks.  The broadcast ranked a strong second overall for the night across networks and programs in total viewers.

Monday night’s MNF broadcast pulled in an 8.6 US rating.  That number represents an average of 9,945,000 households and 13,717,000 viewers according to Nielsen.  ESPN pulled its highest numbers in a fifteen minute window between 9:30pm ET and 9:45pm ET with a 10.4 rating.  In the Dolphins’ home turf of Miami, the game pulled a 13.1 rating on ESPN and a 4.0 on WSFL-CW.  The numbers combine for a total rating in the Miami market of 17.1.  On the other side of the ball, viewers in New Orleans helped the broadcast pull in a rating of 21.7 on ESPN and a 39.3 on the Saints’ home station, WDSU-NBC.  The ratings combined for a total 61.0 rating in that market.  This is a huge number for the New Orleans market as both numbers by themselves and together beat out the top 10 metered markets and the markets of competing teams.

Through the fourth week of the NFL’s regular season, ESPN’s MNF broadcasts now average an 8.8 rating, which is equivalent to 10,201,000 households and 13,985,000 viewers.  This ties the network’s numbers in the same period during the 2012 NFL season.

Next week on ESPN’s weekly broadcast, Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons face off against Geno Smith and the New York Jets.  The game is scheduled to start at 8:30pm.

Monday Night’s ratings win is just one more reason for ESPN staffers to be happy.  That’s because ESPN also took the night Saturday night, too.  ABC’s Saturday Night Football presented by Windows pulled in an average of 6,751,000 viewers and a 4.0 household rating.  The night’s broadcast saw the Ohio State Buckeyes defeat the Wisconsin Badgers 31-24.  The broadcast put ABC in the night’s top spot in all key male and adult demos (18-34, 18-49, and 25-54).

ESPN’s Saturday night doubleheader brought the network to a solid second place finish for the night across all key male and adult demos.  The University of Alabama blanked Ole Miss 25-0 in the first game of the night’s doubleheader schedule.  The match pulled in an average 4,022,000 viewers and a 2.3 household rating.  The second game of the night, Stanford’s 55-17 defeat of Washington State, finished with an average 1,851,000 viewers and a 1.2 household rating.

ESPN2’s broadcast of Texas A&M’s 45-33 win over Arkansas on September 28th averaged 2,761000 viewers and a 1.7 household rating.  That game, combined with those on ESPN and ABC , means that the networks together aired the four-most viewed college football games on Saturday night.

To put things into even more perspective for viewers, ABC’s Saturday Night Football presented by Windows is averaging 6,351,000 viewers so far this season with a 3.8 household rating.  That is an increase of seventeen percent and thirteen percent respectively over the network’s numbers for its broadcasts in 2012.  Overall, ESPN’s Saturday Night series is growing, too.  This season so far, it is averaging 3,899,000 viewers and a 2.3 household rating.  Those are increases of thirty-three percent and twenty-eight percent respectively.  And ESPNU’s Saturday night broadcasts are up thirty percent and thirty-three percent respectively in comparison to last year’s numbers at this time.  This year so far, ESPNU’s Saturday night broadcasts are averaging 651,000 viewers and a 0.4 household rating.

If these numbers aren’t enough reason to ESPN’s staffers and fans to celebrate, ESPN’s weekly Thursday night broadcast has seen significant growth over 2012, too.  It is averaging 2,681,000 viewers so far this season and a 1.8 household rating.  Those are increases of fifteen and thirteen percent respectively lover last year’s numbers at this time.  And its overall college football game coverage is averaging 3,104,000 viewers with a 2.0 household rating.  Those are increases of sixteen and twelve percent over 2012’s numbers respectively.

More information on ESPN’s latest ratings wins and more is available online at http://www.espn.com and http://www.facebook.com/ESPN.

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The Schwab Returns On ESPNU’s UNITE

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ESPNU’s first ever late-night entertainment show has a very special new addition to its lineup.  Sports trivia guru Howie Schwab will host a new game show segment on UNITE that will test the sports knowledge of participants from four different NCAA conferences each week beginning with Wednesday night’s new episode. Schwab will be joined by UNITE host, comedian Reese Waters.  Contestants will be posed questions from four different categories—college sports, professional sports, pop-culture, and social media.  The winner of each week’s round will advance through a tournament format until there is only one winner.  The inaugural segment will feature as contestants Evan Roberts (Auburn), Ryan Smith (Ole Miss), and Austin Vaughn (Georgia).  Next week’s segment will feature athletes from the ACC.

Before coming on-board with UNITE, Howie Schwab was the star of ESPNU’s Stump The Schwab.  He started working for ESPN in 1987 in research and is currently a coordinating producer in studio production.

UNITE first debuted on ESPNU August 27th, 2012.  It is the first show of its kind for the network.  It mixes sports, humor and social buzz and is hosted by the trio of college football analyst Danny Kanell, comedian Reese Waters, and social media host Marianela Pereyra.  DJ Rob Swift will provide the show’s music.  It airs five nights a week at 12am EST on ESPNU.

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ESPN Announces New Signing Day Details

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ESPNU has announced that it will now offer more than eleven hours of coverage this Wednesday for National Signing Day.  The coverage will include a record number of on-air commitments including that of the nation’s top recruit, Robert Nkemdiche.  The coverage begins at 7:30am on ESPNU.  It will include the announcement of seventeen total players from the ESPN 150 to the college of their choice.  The network will be embedded with thirteen of the nation’s best college football teams getting interviews with each team’s coaching staff and providing the most up-to-the-minute news on each incoming freshman class.  Along with the already extensive programming set to run Wednesday, ESPN’s RecruitingNation.com will have reporters set up at fourteen different high schools across the country providing all the latest news from those locations. 

The day’s coverage will be hosted live by Rece Davis and Dari Nowkah at ESPN’s Charlotte, North Carolina studio.  ESPN’s national recruiting director Tom Luginbill and recruiting analyst Craig Haubert will also join the in-studio discussions alongside football analysts Mike Bellotti and Rod Gilmore.  As an added bonus for ESPNU viewers former Auburn coach Gene Chizik and former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley will also be on hand as special guests.  Audiences can get even more details on National signing day online through ESPN at http://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2013/01/espnu-expands-national-signing-day-presence-for-the-eighth-consecutive-year/.

Below is a list of the players on the ESPN 150 list set to announce their college decision Wednesday. Announcement times are all EST and are subject to change.

Time (ET)

Player

Final Schools

7:30 a.m. No. 1 Robert Nkemdiche (DE) Florida, LSU, Ole Miss
9 a.m. No. 6 Matthew Thomas (OLB) Alabama, FSU, Georgia, Miami, USC
  No. 144 Denver Kirkland (OT) Arkansas, FSU
  No. 5 Laremy Tunsil (OT) Alabama, FSU, Georgia, Ole Miss
  No. 13 Montravius Adams (DT) Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia
10 a.m. No. 50 Vonn Bell (Safety) Alabama, Ohio State, Tennessee
  No. 107 Jordan Cunningham (WR) Miami, Stanford, Vanderbilt
  No. 24 Antonio Conner (Safety) Alabama, Ole Miss
11 a.m. No. 47 Stacy Coley (WR) FSU, Miami, Ole Miss, South Florida
  No. 4 Mackensie Alexander (CB) Auburn, Clemson, Mississippi State, Texas A&M
Noon No. 26 Dee Liner (DT) Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU
  No. 99 Quinton Powell (OLB) Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, USC
  No. 143 Asiantii Woulard (QB-DT) Kentucky, NC State, UCLA, South Florida
1 p.m. No. 135 Keith Bryant FSU, Miami, South Carolina
2 p.m. No. 138 Jermaine Grace Louisville, Miami, Tennessee
3 p.m. No 32 Alvin Kamara (RB) Alabama, Georgia
4 p.m. No. 125 Tyrone Crowder (OG) Clemson, Georgia

 

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ESPN Winding Down Latest Group Of 30 For 30 Films

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ESPN is wrapping up its latest group of films in its 30 for 30 series.  The network will air the penultimate episode from this installment of the series tomorrow night, October 30thGhosts of Ole Miss will air tomorrow night at 8pm EST on ESPN/ESPN HD.  The film focuses on the racial tensions on the campus of Ole Miss as James Meredith was set to become the university’s first ever African American student in the fall of 1962.  The impact of Meredith’s acceptance into the university reverberated all the way to the nation’s capital and then president John F. Kennedy.

Along with becoming the university’s first African American student, Meredith also joined the university’s football team.  The team would go on to one of its best seasons in team history.  That success would play directly into the overall racial tensions at the university.  Meredith himself is interviewed for tomorrow night’s feature, along with a number of others.  The interviews culled for this feature put everything into perspective and lead Ghost of Ole Miss to really hit home. 

As with ESPN’s previous 30 for 30 features, this one will also be accompanied by a short in the 30 for 30 Shorts collection.  This time, the bonus short–presented by ESPN and grantland.com—focuses on author Alfred Slote’s book, JakeJake is a children’s book about a young African American boy with the dream of one day being a big league baseball star.  Slote himself is interviewed in the new 30 for 30 short.  A bonus article written by Bill Simmons joins the feature.  Simmons and friend Jonathan Hock worked together for the complete feature.  Audiences can check out that feature now online at http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8538119/jake

For all updates on ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, audiences can go online to espn.com/30for30, http://www.facebook.com/espn30for30, or http://twitter.com/30for30.  The final installment in this group of films in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series is titled, You Don’t Know Bo.  It will air on ESPN/ESPN HD on Saturday, December 8th at 9pm.

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