ESPN To Carry World Series Coverage, Analysis On Radio, Television

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ESPN Radio will carry full coverage of the World Series as the championship battle begins tonight.

Coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET. Along with airing on the radio, it will also stream online through ESPNRadio.com, the ESPN App, and Sirius XM’s Channel 80.

ESPN’s Dan Shulman will anchor the coverage for the 10th consecutive year. Jessica Mendoza will make history as she becomes the first woman to serve as an analyst during ESPN Radio’s coverage. Chris Singleton rounds out the network’s broadcast team for the coverage.

ESPN Senior MLB Insider Buster Olney will provide all of the game’s latest headlines. His reports will come remotely.

ESPN Radio’s coverage of the 2020 MLB World Series will come from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, CT as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Pre-game coverage is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET with Mark Kestecher anchoring and various analysts joining him.

This year marks the 23rd consecutive season that ESPN Radio has carried coverage of the World Series.

ESPN Radio’s broadcast schedule for the 2020 MLB World Series is noted below.

2020 World Series schedule

DateGame
Tue, Oct. 20World Series Game 1
Wed, Oct. 21World Series Game 2
Fri, Oct. 23World Series Game 3
Sat, Oct. 24World Series Game 4
Sun, Oct. 25World Series Game 5* if necessary
Tue, Oct. 27World Series Game 6* if necessary
Wed, Oct. 28World Series Game 7* if necessary

Over on the television side, Baseball Tonight will preview each game of the World Series at 7 p.m. ET. The program’s broadcast schedule is noted below.

Baseball Tonight schedule

DateTime (ET)Platform
Tue, Oct. 207 p.m.ESPN, ESPN App
Wed, Oct. 217 p.m.ESPN, ESPN App
Fri, Oct. 237 p.m.ESPN2, ESPN App
Sun, Oct. 25*6 p.m.ESPN, ESPN App
Tue, Oct. 27*7 p.m.ESPN2, ESPN App
Wed, Oct. 28*7 p.m.ESPN, ESPN App

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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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9 Story Media Group Comes Up Short Of Expectations Again With ‘Garfield & Friends: Season 3’ Set

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If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.  Everybody knows that timeless adage.  Even knowing the hugely important mantra, some out there refuse to acknowledge that famed words of wisdom.  9 Story Media Group is among that mass.  The company has proven that already with the release of the first two seasons of the classic animated series Garfield & Friends on DVD.  Now with the forthcoming release of the series’ third season later this month, the company has once again ignored the noted recommendation.  That is evidenced through the most notable of the set’s negatives, its general presentation.  This will be discussed a little later.  While the general presentation detracts quite a bit from the forthcoming set to a point, it does not make the set a complete loss.  There are at least a couple of positives, the most important being the featured shorts.  This will be addressed shortly.  The set’s packaging couples with its episodes to make the collection at least a limited success.

9 Story Entertainment Group’s forthcoming release of Garfield & Friends: Season 3 is a moderately positive new release from the company, at best.  As with the series’ previous DVD sets released by the company, it is a collection that even with its positives, still leaves audiences wanting for more.  The set’s featured shorts are collectively one of the collection’s rare positives.  The shorts are just as entertaining in this season as in any of the show’s other four seasons.  One of the most memorable and enjoyable of the season’s shorts comes late in the season’s run in the form of the U.S. Acres short “Barn of Fear II.”  This short’s story once takes audiences back to the farm’s haunted old barn.  Orson and company’s ancestors save the day again after Orson’s brothers plot to tie up Orson and his friends and steal their harvest.  Wade’s reaction at seeing the ghosts of the group’s ancestors is classic to say the very least.  The tricks that the ghosts use to save the day, and the reaction of Orson’s brothers at being stopped are just as great. That the writers managed to avoid a certain sense of redundancy with this “sequel” to “Barn of Fear” puts the finishing touch to the short.  All things considered, the short stands out as one of the season’s best moments.

The Garfield short “How The West Was Lost” is another of the season’s most memorable moments.  This episode features returning character Cactus Jake, who was voiced throughout the series by Pat Buttram (Robin HoodThe AristocatsThe Fox and the Hound), out of a job after his ranch is automated.  Jake tries a variety of fields, but to no success.  It shows you can take the cowboy out of the west, but you can’t take the west out of the cowboy.  Thanks to Garfield, Jake ends up getting his job back after Garfield sabotages some of the ranch’s robots to prove mechanization is not the answer to the workplace.  That very adult topic is another example of what made this series so far ahead of it’s time, along with the likes of “TV of Tomorrow” and other shorts.  It is a matter that grown-ups are sure to love.  The comic aspects of the short will appeal to audiences of all ages, meanwhile.  It’s yet another way in which the season’s shorts prove so important to its presentation.  The U.S. Acres short “Secrets of the Animated Cartoon” is yet another unforgettable moment from this season.


”Secrets of the Animated Cartoon” is educational and entertaining.  The very fact that it is meant to be presented as an educational style presentation is itself so funny.  That audiences learn about topics, such as the various types of takes (spit, delayed, double ) the classic falling gag, the running gag, and even the famed breaking down of the fourth wall, is just as great.  It’s such a simple approach to story telling, yet is just so entertaining.  It forms a foundation that will help audiences appreciate any cartoon.  To that end, it just makes for so many laughs.  This is one of the season’s (and series’) best moments overall.  When it is considered along with other memorable moments, such as those in “Count Lasagna,” “Quack to the Future” and “DJ Jon” among so many others, the shorts in whole prove to be the most important aspect of Garfield & Friends’ third season.  They form a strong foundation for the set.  Sadly though, the folks at 9 Story Media Group did not build too well on that foundation in looking at the set’s general presentation.

The general presentation is composed of a variety of aspects, including by relation to the episodes, the actual listing of the episodes.  It should be noted here, that the episodes are listed only on the discs.  They are not featured anywhere in the collection’s packaging.  This is a concern in itself.  Sure, the set is composed of only two discs, but it certainly would have been nice to have had an episode guide in the packaging so as to determine which disc one wants to play.  On a related note, the episode listings that are available on the discs completely omit the U.S. Acres shorts.  Why this course of action was taken is anyone’s guess, but it is misleading.  It’s like someone at 9 Story Media Group thought the Garfield shorts were more important than the U.S. Acres shorts.  That is troubling, since the latter are just as important as the prior.  As the old adage states, “you can’t have one without the other.”

The episode listings that are and are not featured in Garfield & Friends: Season 3 are collectively just one of the important aspects of the collection’s general presentation.  Another equally important aspect to address is the re-mastering of the episodes themselves.  As with the series’ first two seasons, 9 Story Media Group letterboxed this season’s episodes.  That means that yes, there was once again content loss.  Heads and get were cut off, as were other aspects of specific scenes.  Interestingly enough, the company avoided the use of the black bars on the top and bottom of the screen once more in an attempt to try and recreate the series’ original full-screen presentation.  Even with that approach taken, audiences who own 20th Century Fox’s original Garfield & Friends collections will be able to easily catch the content loss.  Case in point is the short “Close Encounters of the Garfield Kind.”  The scene in which the alien is looking into the house allows viewers to see what the alien was seeing through its viewing device.  The shot was much more zoomed in (for lack of better wording), leading much of the picture to be cut off all the way around.  Other shorts feature loss in other ways.  Between that moment and others featured throughout the set, the overall content loss featured in this collection is enough to hurt the collection that much more.  It still is not the last of the concerns raised through the general presentation.  That the show’s opening and closing sequences have been altered, too, detracts from the general presentation even more.

Noting 20th Century Fox’s Garfield & Friends sets again, everything featured in those sets stays true to the original animated series, including even the opening and closing sequences.  This set has completely re-worked both.  Season Three’s closing sequence features Garfield and all of his friends at the bottom of the screen, with Garfield in the center, flanked by all of the series’ other characters fanning outwards.  The show’s credits play above the static picture over a black background that also boasts a spotlight type effect just above the characters.  The show’s theme song plays over the whole of the imagery.  By comparison, the new closing sequence changes this a lot.  Garfield, Jon, Liz, Nermal, and Odie are on one side of the screen while the U.S. Acres gang is on the other side of the screen.  The credits play in the middle of the screen.  Making things even worse is the spit shined look that it all has.  It just looks too perfect.  That original closing sequence does more for viewers’ sense of nostalgia than this re-worked closing sequence.

The opening sequence completely does away with any elements of the original opening from the time – the three Garfields, Orson falling in the mud, the famous cheerleading scene from the short “Basket Brawl,” etc.) and replaces all of that with a whole new opening sequence.  It begs that noted adage again, if it’s not broke don’t fix it.  Why those behind this set’s creation would go to this length is just a headscratcher.  There was no reason to replace the original opening sequence just like there was no reason to replace the closing credits sequence.  To that end, this aspect of the general presentation detracts even more from the set’s presentation.  When the changes to the opening and closing sequences are considered along with the content loss in the actual presentation of the shorts and the concerns in the episode listings, it becomes clear that the general presentation of Garfield & Friends: Season 3 completely fails.  It collectively detracts greatly from this set’s presentation overall.  Thankfully for all of the damage that the general presentation does to the set, it does have at least one other positive to try and make up for all of the negatives.  That one other positive is the packaging.

The packaging used for the third season of Garfield & Friends is much more ergonomic than that of 20th Century Fox’s previously released sets.  Instead of the slim cases housed inside the bigger box approach that 20th Century Fox used, 9 Story Media Group instead used the now more commonly used packaging practice of placing each disc on its own spindle inside the case.  This serves to protect the discs from damaging one another while also saving space.  That reduced capacity can and does also help reduce the price for consumers.  It is an approach that the people at 9 Story Media Group has also used in the DVD presentations of the series’ first two seasons.  Now in defense of 20th Century Fox’s sets, the slim cases also protect the discs from one another in their own way.  At the same time, those slim cases also present episode listings on the casesSo even while 20th Century Fox’s sets take more space on viewers’ DVD/BD racks, they still prove just as good as that of this set if not better.  When all of this is taken into account along with the season’s shorts and all of its negatives, the end result is a presentation that once again falls short of expectations for Garfield & Friends fans.

9 Story Media Group’s forthcoming DVD release of Garfield & Friends: Season 3 is another interesting release from the company, which has also handled the release of the series’ first two seasons.  That the season features lots more entertainment in its featured shorts makes it somewhat enjoyable.  That cannot be credited to the people at 9 Story Media Group, though.  The set’s packaging can be credited to the company, too, though even it has its own concern.  That concern and those raised by the set’s general presentation detract so much from the collection’s overall presentation that the set in whole ends up coming up short of fans’ expectations once again.  The set is scheduled for release Oct. 27.  More information on this and more from 9 Story Media Group is available at:

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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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JLCO To Perform ‘Sesame Street’ Musical Special This Month

Courtesy: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis

The Jazz a Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will pay tribute to Sesame Street this month.

Jazz at Lincoln Center PresentsA Swingin’ Sesame Street Celebration is scheduled to broadcast at 9 p.m. ET on Oct. 30 on PBS stations nationwide.  The hour-long presentation was recorded in front of a sold-out audience at the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater.

The band performed a variety of classic Sesame Street songs, such as ‘Rubber Duckie,’ ‘I Don’t Want To Live on the Moon,’ and ‘People in your Neighborhood’ during the concert.  Famous Sesame Street residents, such as Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Elmo, and the duo of Bert & Ernie joined the band to perform the concert’s extensive set list.

The forthcoming concert broadcast will air in collaboration with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street.

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PBS Distribution Announces ‘Garfield & Friends: Season 3’ Release Date

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PBS Distribution will release the third season of Garfield & Friends to DVD next month.

The 18-episode collection is scheduled for release Oct. 27.  It will retail for MSRP of $14.99.  Season Three features a variety of great shorts both from Garfield and from his U.S. Acres pals.  “For Cats Only” is one of the many great shorts featuring Garfield.  This episode finds Garfield hosting a special program that tells the history of cats on Earth.  According to the story, cats came from another planet, and that they control humans, not the other way around.

In what is yet another of the season’s most memorable moments, the series shows once how far ahead of its time it was in “How The West Was Lost.”  This episode features returning character Cactus Jake, who was voiced throughout the series by Pat Buttram (Robin HoodThe AristocatsThe Fox and the Hound), out of a job after his ranch is automated.  Jake tries a variety of fields, but to no success.  Thanks to Garfield, Jake ends up getting his job back after Garfield sabotages some of the ranch’s robots to prove mechanization is not the answer to the workplace.

In yet another great moment, the series pokes fun at how mainstream commercial radio works in “D.J. Jon” after Jon becomes a disc jockey at his local radio station.  His new (and short-lived) stardom leads Jon to inadvertently neglect Odie and Garfield, so Garfield takes it on himself to  get out of the industry’s grip, to hilarious results.

U.S. ACRES

The U.S. Acres shorts featured in Season Three offer their own enjoyment.  One of the most notable of this season’s shorts comes in what is clearly a tribute of sorts to The Andy Griffith Show in “The Legal Eagle.”  This short finds Roy Rooster taking it on himself to enforce the farm’s laws.  There’s just one problem:  The laws that Roy is enforcing are out of date, but Roy doesn’t know, so everyone ends up getting locked up, including Roy himself.  There was an episode of The Andy Griffith Show in which Don Knotts’ character Barney Fife got into some trouble for doing much the same, locking up lots of Mayberry’s residents for the tiniest infraction.

Another memorable U.S. Acres short from Season Three comes in the form of “Quack to the Future.”  The short’s title is a take-off of the Back to the Future franchise title.  The short’s story finds Orson hurting Wade’s feelings after he shouted at Wade following an accident.  It is not until after the fact that Orson realizes he overreacted to what happened.  He wishes he could go back in time and undo what he did, leading to another important lesson from the series; that of friendship and being aware of the power of words.

In another of U.S. Acres’ lighter moments, audiences get an adaptation of the classic story Alice in Wonderland when Orson dreams he has gone to Wonderland.  Lanolin plays the part of the Queen of Hearts and is just as loudmouthed as ever.  The dream sequence happened when Orson took a nap after searching for a missing croquet ball.

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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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