MAC Football Broadcast Schedule Launches Next Month

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The Mid Atlantic Conference (MAC) returns to play next month.

In celebration of the conference’s return to the gridiron, ESPN officials announced Monday, its broadcast schedule for the conference.

The conference’s schedule opens with five games Nov. 4 across ESPN’s television and digital outlets, beginning with a matchup of Western Michigan and Akron at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN3. Central Michigan will host Ohio at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN while Northern Illinois will host Buffalo on ESPN2. Bowling Green and Kentucky will round out the evening’s coverage at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

The ESPN networks’ coverage of the MAC continues at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU as Bowling Green hosts Kent State. Buffalo and Miami (Ohio) follows at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

MAC fans will have even more to enjoy Nov. 11 with another double header. Western Michigan will host Toledo at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 while over on ESPNU, Northern Illinois will host Central Michigan.

The ESPN networks’ coverage of the MAC closes out Dec. 18 with the MAC Championship Game in Detroit, MI. Officials are determining whether the game will air on ESPN or ESPN2.

The ESPN networks’ MAC broadcast schedule is noted below.

2020 Mid-American Conference Games on ESPN Platforms:

DateTime (ET)Game/TalentNetwork
Wed, Nov 46 p.m.Western Michigan at AkronESPN3
Eastern Michigan at Kent StateESPN+
7 p.m.Ohio at Central MichiganESPN
Buffalo at Northern IllinoisESPN2
8 p.m.Bowling Green at ToledoESPNU
Tues, Nov 107 p.m.Kent State at Bowling GreenESPNU
8 p.m.Miami (Ohio) at BuffaloESPN
Wed, Nov 118 p.m.Toledo at Western MichiganESPN2
Central Michigan at Northern IllinoisESPNU
Fri, Dec 18TBDMAC Championship Game (Detroit, Mich.)ESPN or ESPN2

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Big 10 To Headline ESPN Networks’ Broadcast Schedule This Week

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The Big 10 will headline this week’s college football broadcast schedule on the ESPN networks.

No. 18 Michigan and No. 21 Minnesota will represent the conference on ABC’s Saturday Night Football presented by Capital One. The game is the official return for the Big 10 after the conference’s play was delayed as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, and Maria Taylor will have the call for the game, which is just one of many games to feature Top 25 teams throughout the day Saturday. No. 1 Clemson will host Syracuse at noon on the ACC Network, while American Athletic Conference foes No. 9 Cincinnati and No. 16 SMU are scheduled to play at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Independent No. 12 BYU and Texas State are scheduled to close out the day’s schedule with a 10:15 p.m. ET game on ESPN.

The weekend’s schedule is set to open at 7:30 p.m. tonight on ESPN as Sun Belt Conference foes Arkansas State and Appalachian State face off in Boone, NC.

This week’s full college football broadcast schedule across the ESPN networks is noted below.

DateTime (ET)Game/TalentNetwork
Thu, Oct 227:30 p.m.Arkansas State at Appalachian State
Matt Barrie, Mike Golic Jr., Marty Smith
ESPN
Fri, Oct 237 p.m.Jacksonville State at FIUESPN3
7:30 p.m.Tulsa at South Florida
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN
Sat, Oct 24NoonOklahoma at TCU
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
ABC
No. 23 NC State at No. 14 North Carolina
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic Sr., Marty Smith
ESPN
Georgia Southern at No. 25 Coastal Carolina
Courtney Lyle, Rene Ingoglia
ESPNU
Syracuse at No. 1 Clemson
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Lericia Harris
ACC Network
Auburn at Ole Miss
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
Florida State at LouisvilleESPN3
Temple at Memphis
Lincoln Rose, Keith Moreland
ESPN+
1 p.m.Southern Mississippi at LibertyESPN3
2 p.m.Tulane at UCF
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Eric Wood
ESPN2
3:30 p.m.No. 3 Notre Dame at Pittsburgh
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Molly McGrath
ABC
Baylor at Texas
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Allison Williams
ESPN
No. 19 Virginia Tech at Wake ForestESPN3
Middle Tennessee at RiceESPN3
UTEP at CharlotteESPN+
4 p.m.Georgia State at Troy
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
ESPNU
Georgia Tech at Boston College
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Kelsey Riggs
ACC Network
Kentucky at Missouri
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
Chattanooga at Western KentuckyESPN3
5:30 p.m.West Virginia at Texas Tech
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN2
7 p.m.South Carolina at LSU
TV: Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Quint Kessenich
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN
Louisiana-Monroe at South AlabamaESPN+
7:30 p.m.No. 18 Michigan at No. 21 Minnesota
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
ABC
8 p.m.Louisiana Tech at UTSA
Mike Couzens, Jay Walker
ESPNU
Virginia at No. 11 Miami
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
9 p.m.No. 9 Cincinnati at No. 16 SMU
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Kris Budden
ESPN2
10:15 p.m.Texas State at No. 12 BYU
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Stormy Buonantony

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Hurricane Delta Causes Schedule Changes In ESPN Networks’ Weekly CFB Broadcast Schedule

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Mother nature is causing a change in the ESPN networks’ college football coverage this weekend.

Hurricane Delta’s expected impact along the Gulf Coast has caused the networks to make some programming shifts, including moving one of its two headline games — No. 2 Alabama and Ole Miss — to a later time. Instead of 6 p.m., coverage is now scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will still air on ESPN.

Saturday’s other headliner, No. 7 Miami and No. 1 Clemson remains scheduled to air at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. The game is the network’s weekly Saturday Night Football presented by Capital One game.

Other games that are moving due to Hurricane Delta are: Missouri and No. 17 LSU; Louisiana-Monroe at Liberty; Coastal Carolina at No. 23 Louisiana; Arkansas at No. 13 Auburn, and No. 4 Florida at No. 21 Texas A&M.

No. 2 Alabama at Ole Miss

Originally scheduled to air at 6 p.m. on ESPN, the game will now play at 7:30 p.m. ET. It will still air on ESPN and remain part of the ESPN networks’ weekly double header alongside No. 7 Miami at No. 1 Clemson, which will itself air on ABC at 7 p.m.

LSU vs. No. 17 LSU

Missouri at LSU was originally scheduled to air at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN, but has now moved up to noon ET. It will run on the SEC Network Alternate and the ESPN App instead of ESPN.

The game site will also move. It will move from Baton Rouge, LA to Columbia, MO. Even with the move, LSU is still considered the home team for the game. This game will re-air at 4 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.

LOUISIANA-MONROE AT LIBERTY

Louisiana-Monroe at Liberty was originally scheduled to take place at noon Saturday on ESPNU. Now due to Hurricane Delta, it has shifted to ESPN2 instead of ESPNU and will remain in its noon ET time slot.

COASTAL CAROLINA AT NO. 23 LOUISIANA

The Chanticleers and Ragin’ Cajuns were originally scheduled to square off at noon on ESPN2. That game is now shifted to 7:30 p.m. ET on Oct. 14. It will air on ESPN.

ARKANSAS AT No. 13 AUBURN

The Razorbacks and Tigers were originally scheduled to run at 4 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. The game’s time slot will stay the same, but the game will get an even wider audience as it moves to ESPN.

No. 4 FLORIDA AT No. 21 TEXAS A&M

The network for the Gators/Aggies game was originally a toss-up between ESPN and ESPNU. Now with the mother nature causing so many shifts, the game is now confirmed for noon on ESPN.

Saturday’s full new broadcast schedule is noted below.

DateTime (ET)Game/TalentNetwork
Thu, Oct 87:30 p.m.Tulane at Houston
Bob Wischusen, Mike Golic, Jr., Kris Budden
ESPN
Fri, Oct 97 p.m.Louisville at Georgia Tech
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Eric Wood
ESPN
Sat, Oct 10NoonNo. 19 Virginia Tech at No. 8 North Carolina
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Jerry Punch
ABC
No. 4 Florida at No. 21 Texas A&M
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
ESPN/ESPNU
Louisiana-Monroe at Liberty
Mike Couzens, Jay Walker, Taylor Davis
ESPN2
South Carolina at Vanderbilt
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
Missouri vs. No. 17 LSU (Columbia, Mo.)
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
SEC Network Alternate
NC State at Virginia
Wes Durham, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
12:30 p.m.Duke at SyracuseESPN3
3:30 p.m.Texas Tech at No. 24 Iowa State
Mark Jones, Roddy Jones, Paul Carcaterra
ABC
UTSA at No. 15 BYU
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Taylor McGregor
ESPN2
Central Arkansas at Arkansas StateESPN3
Texas State at TroyESPN3
4 p.m.Arkansas at No. 13 Auburn
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Lauren Sisler
ESPN
Middle Tennessee at Florida International
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
ESPNU
Pittsburgh at Boston College
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Kelsey Riggs
ACC Network
Missouri vs. No. 17 LSU (Columbia, Mo.)
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
SEC Network
(re-air)
7 p.m.East Carolina at South Florida
Lincoln Rose, Stan Routt
ESPN+
7:30 p.m.No. 7 Miami at No. 1 Clemson
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Allison Williams
ABC
No. 2 Alabama at Ole Miss
TV: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Molly McGrath
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN
UTEP at Louisiana Tech
Dave O’Brien, Mike Golic, Sr., Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN2
Mississippi State at Kentucky
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
8 p.m.Charlotte at North Texas
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer
ESPNU
Wed, Oct 147:30 p.m.Coastal Carolina at No. 23 LouisianaESPN

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ESPN’s ‘CGD’ Broadcast To Air Today from University Of Georgia Campus

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The Big 12 will headline this week’s edition of Saturday Night Football presented by Capital One, but today’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot broadcast will focus on another matchup.

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will air from 9 a.m. to noon ET on ESPN from Sanford Stadium at the University of Georgia. The broadcast team of anchor Rece Davis and analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, Chris “The Bear” Fallica, and Lee Corso will preview tonight’s showdown between No. 4 Georgia and No. 7 Auburn.

Coverage of the Southeastern Conference showdown is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN’s weekly College Football Primetime showcase.

GEORGIA WEEK 1

The Bulldogs and Tigers are each 1-0 coming into tonight’s game. Georgia comes into tonight’s game on the momentum of last week’s 37-10 win over another of its SEC foes, the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Bulldogs struggled in the first half in terms of its O-line, scoring only 5 points versus the Razorbacks’ sole touchdown in the first quarter.

Things turned around in the second half as Georgia’s defense held Arkansas to only a field goal. Meanwhile Georgia’s offensive line racked up 32 points over the course of the third and fourth quarters.

Even with its first-half struggle, Georgia still outperformed Arkansas through most of the game, putting up 266 passing yards, 121 rushing yards and 359 total yards. Arkansas by comparison had 203 passing yards, 77 rushing yards and 267 total yards.

Georgia QB Stetson was 20-29 and had two tochdowns in the process. Arkansas’ Feleipe Franks meanwhile was 19-36. He had one touchdown and threw two interceptions.

Penalties abounded for both teams throughout the game. Georgia racked up 12 penalties for a total of 108 yards while Arkansas incurred 10 for 53 yards. Even despite its penalty load and play in the first half, the Bulldogs still managed to get things togeher in the second half and pull off the win.

AUBURN WEEK 1

The Auburn Tigers come in to tonight’s game on the heels of a 29-13 win over Kentucky in week 1. The teams were evenly matched throughout the game in terms of points per quarter although Kentucky dominated the game on both sides of the ball.

Kentucky racked up 145 net rushing yards versus Auburn’s 91 and pulled in 3.6 yards per rush while Auburn had 3.0 per yard. Kentucky totaled 239 net passing yards to Auburn’s 233. This is one of the rare areas in which Auburn came out on top, totaling 8.6 yards per pass versus 6.3.

In relation, Auburn totaled 5.7 yards per play overall while Kentucky totaled 4.9 yards per play.

Penalties hurt the Tigers, too. The team was charged with seven penalties for a total of 55 yards lost while Kentucky had four for 40 yards lost.

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

While tonight’s College Football Primetime broadcast will be a big game, it is just one of the games that ESPN’s networks have on tap throughout the day. The day’s schedule is noted below.

DateTime (ET)Matchup/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, Oct 27 p.m.Campbell at Wake Forest
Mike Morgan, Eric Mac Lain, Lauren Sisler
ACC Network
9 p.m.Louisiana Tech at No. 22 BYU
Dave Flemming, Andre Ware, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN2
Sat, Oct 3NoonBaylor at West Virginia
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Rocky Boiman
ABC
South Carolina at No. 3 Florida
TV: Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Marty Smith
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN
Arkansas State at Coastal Carolina
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Taylor Davis
ESPN2
East Carolina at Georgia State
Mike Couzens, Dustin Fox
ESPNU
Missouri at No. 21 Tennessee
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
NC State at No. 24 Pittsburgh
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
ACC Network
1 p.m.North Alabama at LibertyESPN3
3 p.m.Houston Baptist at Eastern KentuckyESPN3
3:30 p.m.No. 12 North Carolina at Boston College
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Paul Carcaterra
ABC
No. 17 Oklahoma State at Kansas
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic, Sr., Quint Kessenich
ESPN
No. 25 Memphis at SMU
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Kris Budden
ESPN2
South Florida at No. 15 Cincinnati
David Saltzman, Keith Moreland
ESPN+
Central Arkansas at North Dakota StateESPN+
4 p.m.Charlotte at Florida Atlantic
Mike Corey, Jay Walker
ESPNU
Ole Miss at Kentucky
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Taylor McGregor
SEC Network
Virginia Tech at Duke
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Tiffany Blackmon
ACC Network
Jacksonville State at Florida StateESPN3
5 p.m.Western Kentucky at Middle TennesseeESPN3
7 p.m.Georgia Southern at Louisiana-MonroeESPN+
7:30 p.m.No. 18 Oklahoma at Iowa State
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Molly McGrath
ABC
No. 7 Auburn at No. 4 Georgia
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Allison Williams
ESPN
Tulsa at No. 11 UCF
Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Lericia Harris
ESPN2
No. 20 LSU at Vanderbilt
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
Arkansas at No. 16 Mississippi State
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Tera Talmadge
SEC Network Alternate
8 p.m.Virginia at No. 1 Clemson
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network

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Broadcast Schedule Announced For 2020 WNBA Finals

The stage is set for the 2020 WNBA Finals, and the ESPN family of networks will have full coverage.

Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET tonight on ESPN2 as the Seattle Storm and Las Vegas Aces vie for the league championship. Ryan Ruocco and Rebecca Lobo will have the call for tonight’s game. Holly Rowe will have the game’s latest headlines as she reports live from Bradenton, FLA, where the finals will take place.

LaChina Robinson will host ESPN’s halftime broadcast for each game. The halftime show is presented by State Farm. Swin Cash will provide additional commentary during Games one and two of the best-of-five series.

The ESPN networks’ broadcast schedule for the WNBA Finals is noted below.

2020 WNBA Finals Schedule

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Fri, Oct 27 p.m.Seattle at Las VegasESPN2
Sun, Oct 43 p.m.Seattle at Las VegasABC
Tue, Oct 67 p.m.Las Vegas at SeattleESPN
Thu, Oct 87 p.m.Las Vegas at Seattle*ESPN2
Sun, Oct 113 p.m.Seattle at Las Vegas*ABC

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Oklahoma, Iowa State To Headline ESPN Networks’ College Football Broadcast Schedule This Weekend

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The Big 12 will take center stage Saturday night on ABC.

The Iowa State Cyclones will host the No. 18. Oklahoma Sooners on this week’s edition of Saturday Night Football presented by Capital One.  Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, and Molly McGrath will have the call for the Samsung QLED 4K game of the week.

Each team comes into Saturday night’s Big 12 showdown with a 1-1 record overall.  By Comparison, Iowa State comes into the conference matchup with a 1-0 record while the Sooners are 0-1 in conference play.  That means Oklahoma will look to avoid dropping to 0-2 in conference play while the Cyclones will look to get above .500.

 

OKLAHOMA WEEK TWO

The visiting Sooners will come in to Saturday’s showdown on the heels of a 38-35 loss to Kansas State last Saturday.  The teams were relatively evenly matched over the course of the game.  Oklahoma outperformed Kansas St. in net rushing and passing yards, totaling 517 yards against Kansas State’s total of 400.

While the Sooners had more total yardage, Kansas St. averaged more yards per play than Oklahoma at 7.8 yards per play to Oklahoma’s 6.8 per play.  Kansas was better on fourth down efficiency at 2-2 while Oklahoma was better with third down conversions at 7-12 versus Kansas State’s total of 2-11.

Penalties were a problem for Kansas State.  The team racked up 13 penalties for a total of 108 yards while Oklahoma totaled 75 yards from 10 penalties.

Oklahoma additionally recorded three interceptions, versus none for Kansas St., certainly helping Kansas State in its win.

 

IOWA STATE WEEK TWO

Iowa State comes into Saturday’s game on the heels of a 37-34 victory over another of its Big 12 opponents, the TCU Horned Frogs in the second game of its season.  The Cyclones dominated on the ground with 212 rushing yards to TCU’s 99 while the Horned Frogs controlled the passing game, throwing for a net passing total of 400 versus 211 for Iowa State.

On a related note, Iowa State averaged a net gain of 8.3 yards per play throughout the game while TCU netted an average gain of 5.9 yards per play.  All things noted, TCU totaled more yardage throughout the game, with 499 yards while Iowa State had a total of 423, not much less than TCU.

TCU was 8-16 in third down conversion efficiency and 0-1 in fourth down conversion.  On the other side of the ball, Iowa Sate was 3-11 on third down conversion efficiency and 0-0 on fourth down conversions.

 

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

While the Big 12 will headline the ESPN networks’ Saturday’s day-long college football broadcast schedule, it is just one of the many games tapped for the networks’ weekend-long schedule.  Wake Forest will host Campbell in the weekend’s opener at 7 p.m. ET Friday on the ACC Network.  Louisiana Tech and No. 22 BYU follow at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Saturday’s schedule launches at noon ET on ABC as No. 22 BYU hosts Louisiana Tech.  That broadcast will start following ESPN’s weekly college football program College GameDay Built by The Home Depot, which will air from 9 a.m. to noon ET on ESPN.  The traveling program’s broadcast site is under consideration.

South Florida and Cincinnati are scheduled to play at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+ in a AAC conference matchup while Virginia Tech and Duke will hit the field at 4 p.m .ET on the ACC Network.

No. 1 Clemson hosts Virginia in the day’s final game.  Coverage of that game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on the ACC Network.

The ESPN networks’ full college football broadcast schedule for this weekend is noted below.

 

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Fri, Oct 2 7 p.m. Campbell at Wake Forest
Mike Morgan, Eric Mac Lain, Lauren Sisler
ACC Network
9 p.m. Louisiana Tech at No. 22 BYU
Dave Flemming, Andre Ware, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN2
Sat, Oct 3 Noon Baylor at West Virginia
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Rocky Boiman
ABC
  South Carolina at No. 3 Florida
TV: Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Marty Smith
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN
  Arkansas State at Coastal Carolina
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Taylor Davis
ESPN2
  East Carolina at Georgia State
Mike Couzens, Dustin Fox
ESPNU
  Missouri at No. 21 Tennessee
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
  NC State at No. 24 Pittsburgh
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
ACC Network
  1 p.m. North Alabama at Liberty ESPN3
  3 p.m. Houston Baptist at Eastern Kentucky ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. No. 12 North Carolina at Boston College
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Paul Carcaterra
ABC
  No. 17 Oklahoma State at Kansas
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic, Sr., Quint Kessenich
ESPN
  No. 25 Memphis at SMU
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Kris Budden
ESPN2
  South Florida at No. 15 Cincinnati
David Saltzman, Keith Moreland
ESPN+
  Central Arkansas at North Dakota State ESPN+
  4 p.m. Charlotte at Florida Atlantic
Mike Corey, Jay Walker
ESPNU
  Ole Miss at Kentucky
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Taylor McGregor
SEC Network
  Virginia Tech at Duke
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Tiffany Blackmon
ACC Network
  Jacksonville State at Florida State ESPN3
  5 p.m. Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee ESPN3
  7 p.m. Georgia Southern at Louisiana-Monroe ESPN+
  7:30 p.m. No. 18 Oklahoma at Iowa State
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Molly McGrath
ABC
No. 7 Auburn at No. 4 Georgia
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Allison Williams
ESPN
Tulsa at No. 11 UCF
Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Lericia Harris
ESPN2
No. 20 LSU at Vanderbilt
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
Arkansas at No. 16 Mississippi State
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Tera Talmadge
SEC Network Alternate
8 p.m. Virginia at No. 1 Clemson
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network

 

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ESPN To Carry Extensive Coverage Of 2020 MLB Postseason

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ESPN’s family of networks will cover more than 20 games in Major League Baseball’s 2020 postseason schedule.

The announcement was made Monday afternoon.  The networks’ schedule will start with the 2020 Wild Card Series presented by Hankook Tire.  That series is scheduled to start Tuesday and run through Friday.  Its games will air on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2.

Among the series that the networks will cover are those of the Astros and Twins, Reds and Braves, and Cubs and Marlins.  ABC’s Sept. 29 game will mark the first time in 25 years that the network will carry a postseason MLB game.

The Twins and Astros will play in the noted game, which Karl Ravech will anchor.  Eduardo Perez and Tim Kurkjian will provide additional commentary.

The Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox will air live at 3 p.m. ET Sept. 29 on ESPN.  Dave Fleming will have the call, while Jessica Mendoza and Rick Sutcliffe will provide additional commentary.

The New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians will round out Tuesday’s broadcast schedule at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.  The Sunday Night Baseball team of Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez and Buster Olney will cover the game.

ESPN’s weekly MLB pre-game broadcast of Baseball Tonight will air twice Tuesday.  The first broadcast will air at 2 p.m. ET and the second at 6 p.m.  Kevin Connors will anchor with additional commentary from Mark Teixeira.

The full schedule for the ESPN networks’ 2020 MLB postseason is noted below.  Games will be called from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, CT due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Analysts will appear remotely.

ESPN television schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Commentators Platform
Tue, Sept. 29 2 p.m. Game 1: Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian ABC, ESPN App
3 p.m. Game 1: Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza, ESPN, ESPN App
7 p.m. Game 1: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Marly Rivera ESPN, ESPN App
7 p.m. Game 1: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians (Statcast) Jason Benetti, Kyle Peterson, Mike Petriello, Marly Rivera ESPN+
Wed, Sept. 30 12 p.m. Game 1: Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Kiley McDaniel ESPN, ESPN App
1 p.m. “Squeeze Play” whiparound coverage Jason Benetti, Kyle Peterson, Mike Petriello ESPN+
1 p.m. Game 2: Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian ESPN2, ESPN App
2 p.m. Game 1: Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs Jon Sciambi, Chipper Jones, Jesse Rogers ABC, ESPN App
3 p.m. Game 2: Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza ESPN, ESPN App
5 p.m. Game 1: St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres Tom Hart, Rick Sutcliffe, Pedro Gomez ESPN2, ESPN App
7 p.m. Game 2: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Marly Rivera ESPN, ESPN App
10 p.m. Game 1: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian, Alden Gonzalez ESPN, ESPN App
Thu, Oct. 1 TBD Game 2: Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Kiley McDaniel TBD
TBD “Squeeze Play” whiparound coverage Jason Benetti, Kyle Peterson, Mike Petriello TBD
TBD Game 3: Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins* if necessary Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian TBD
TBD Game 2: Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs Jon Sciambi, Chipper Jones, Jesse Rogers TBD
TBD Game 3: Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics* if necessary Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza TBD
TBD Game 2: St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres Tom Hart, Rick Sutcliffe, Pedro Gomez TBD
TBD Game 3: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians* if necessary Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Marly Rivera TBD
TBD Game 2: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian, Alden Gonzalez TBD
Fri, Oct. 2 TBD Game 3: Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs* if necessary Jon Sciambi, Chipper Jones, Jesse Rogers TBD
TBD Game 3: Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves* if necessary Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Kiley McDaniel TBD
TBD Game 3: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers* if necessary Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian, Alden Gonzalez TBD
TBD Game 3: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers* if necessary 

(Statcast)

Jason Benetti, Kyle Peterson, Mike Petriello, Alden Gonzalez TBD
TBD Game 3: St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres* if necessary Tom Hart, Rick Sutcliffe, Pedro Gomez TBD

 

ESPN Radio schedule and commentators (September 29-30):

Date Coverage Start Time (ET) Game Commentators
Tue, Sept. 29 1:45 p.m. Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins Kevin Brown, Chris Singleton
2:45 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Jon Sciambi and Jim Bowden
4:45 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays Dan Shulman, Chris Burke
6:45 p.m. New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians Dave O’Brien, Chris Singleton
Wed, Sept. 30 1:45 p.m. Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs Kevin Brown, Jim Bowden
3:45 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays Dan Shulman, Chris Burke
6:45 p.m. New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians Dave O’Brien, Chris Singleton
9:45 p.m. Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers Dan Shulman, Jim Bowden

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ESPN Networks To Carry Exclusive Coverage Of 2020 NBA Finals

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The stage is set for the 2020 NBA Finals, and ESPN’s networks will have full coverage of the run to the championship.

ESPN will carry the championship series for the 18th consecutive season, with game one set to tip off at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday on ESPN.  The Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat will vie for the league’s top prize this year.

The NBA Finals are presented this year by YouTube TV.  The games will air across the ESPN networks (ABC, ESPN, ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes) domestically and internationally.  Ernesto Jerez and analyst Coach Carlos Morales will cover the finals for ESPN Deportes.

The teams will play the best-of-seven series live at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL.  Mike Breen will anchor coverage of this year’s finals, making this year his 15th consecutive year anchoring the NBA Finals.  Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, and Rachel Nichols will provide additional commentary and all of the series’ latest headlines.

NBA Countdown presented by Door Dash will precede each game.  The weeknight broadcasts will air at 8:30 p.m. ET and run for half an hour.  The weeknight broadcasts of NBA Countdown presented by Door Dash will air at 7 p.m. ET.

Audiences will also get a digital pre-game broadcast in the form of Hoop Streams half an hour prior to each game.  Th program will stream live through ESPN’s Twitter page, YouTube, and Facebook sites.

The schedule for the 2020 NBA Finals is noted below.

Date Time (ET) Game
Wed, Sept. 30 9 p.m. Game 1
Fri, Oct. 2 9 p.m. Game 2
Sun, Oct. 4 7:30 p.m. Game 3
Tue, Oct. 6 9 p.m. Game 4
Fri, Oct. 9 9 p.m. Game 5* if necessary
Sun, Oct. 11 7:30 p.m. Game 6* if necessary
Tue, Oct. 13 9 p.m. Game 7 * if necessary

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TBS To Offer Extensive American League Postseason Coverage Starting Tuesday

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Major League Baseball’s postseason starts Tuesday, and TBS will carry full coverage of the American League Wild Card series as the “second season” starts.

The Toronto Blue Jays and No.1 seed Tampa Bay Rays will face off in the American League Wild Card Series presented by Hankook Tire starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday.  Rich Waltz and analyst Jimmy Rollins will have the call for the best-of-three series.  The team will play the series at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL.

In related news, TBS will also carry exclusive coverage of the American League Division Series presented by UTZ Snacks and the American League Championship Series presented by GEICO.  Major League Baseball Hall of Fame member Pedro Martinez, Rollins — who is a former National League MVP — and three-time All-Star Curtis Granderson will join anchor Ernie Johnson in the studio for coverage of the ALDS and ALCS in The Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by Rocket Mortgage and The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Hyundai.

All games covered by TBS will simulcast at https://www.tbs.com and the WatchTBS App.

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AFC Opponents Featured On This Week’s Edition Of ESPN’s ‘MNF’

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And then there were two…

That will be one of the headlines Tuesday after tonight’s edition of Monday Night Football on ESPN.  The Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens are both 2-0 and are two of only three undefeated teams left in the Conference.  After tonight’s game, that number will drop to two.

Coverage for tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET on NFL Live.  Live game coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.  The broadcast team of Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters, and John Parry will cover the game live from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

CHIEFS WEEK 2 HIGHLIGHTS

Kansas City comes into tonight’s game on the heels of a 23-20 win over the San Diego Chargers in Week 2.  Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was 27/47 in the game, and 302 yards and two touchdowns.  The Chargers did not go down without a fight, though, matching, almost matching, or even outdoing the Chiefs in almost every statistic.

San Diego had 479 total yards to Kansas City’s 414.  The Chargers also topped the Chiefs in passing yards, 296-289.  The teams were evenly matched in average yards per play at 6.1 (San Diego) – 5.9 (Kansas City) while San Diego well outperformed Kansas City on the ground, totaling 183 rushing yards to Kansas City’s 125.

San Diego even had noticeably more total possession time during the game (39:27) versus Kansas City (28:38).  Each team was at 46% in its 3rd down efficiency.  Kansas City racked up 11 penalties in the game while San Diego only incurred six.

The short and simple here is that while Kansas City won its week two matchup, the game was the team’s to lose.  Despite a strong performance, the Chargers came up just short.  The team’s woes continued Sunday as it fell 21-16 to the Carolina Panthers, who ended a 10-game losing streak with its victory.  Carolina improved to 1-2 with the win.

RAVENS WEEK 2 HIGHLIGHTS

Baltimore comes into tonight’s game on the momentum of its Week Two victory over the Houston Texans, defeating Houston 33-16.  Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson went 18/24 for a total of 204 yards and one touchdown.

While Houston came up short in the game, it held its own against Baltimore in some of the game’s stats.  Case in point is a comparison of the teams’ average yards per play figure.  Houston gained an average of 5.3 yards per play while Baltimore gained an average of 6.3 yards per play.

Baltimore out did Houston in the ground game, going for a total of 230 yards against Houston’s 51.  By comparison, Houston racked up at total of 253 passing yards to Baltimore’s 177.

Baltimore still outdid Houston in total yards 407-304.

Each team was balanced in its 3rd down efficiency.  Baltimore was at 35% and Houston at 33%.  Houston incurred four penalties versus three against Baltimore.

Looking at the numbers, again, Week 2’s matchup between the Ravens and Texas was hard fought on both sides of the ball, too.

WEEK 3

Tonight’s AFC inter-divisional matchup is certain to be a close game.  While Baltimore is playing host, both teams are 1-0 at home and on the road.  Each is also 2-0 in conference play.

The one category in which one team outshines the other is points.  Baltimore’s net points total is 49 while Kansas City has netted 17 points over two weeks.  Baltimore has scored 71 points and allowed 22 over just two games.  By comparison, Kansas City has scored 57 and allowed 40, a closer figure.

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