ESPN Networks’ Thanksgiving Weekend CFB Schedule Announced

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ESPN is giving football fans plenty of ways to pass the time safely at home this Thanksgiving weekend.

Approximately 16 of college football’s Top 25 ranked teams are scheduled to face off this weekend in an extensive broadcast schedule across the ESPN networks. This weekend’s schedule is set to launch at noon Friday on ABC, with No. 20 Texas hosting No. 15 Iowa State.

Over on ESPN3, Liberty, which has surprised many fans and other teams this season, will host UMass, also at noon.

Following the conclusion of the Iowa State – Texas game, No. 25 North Carolina will host No. 2 Notre Dame at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. South Florida will host in-state rival UCF in an American Athletic Conference matchup, also at 3:30 p.m., on ESPN.

No. 9 Oregon will visit in-state rival Oregon State at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN to round out the day’s college football broadcast schedule.

The action continues at noon Saturday with 10 games set to take place across the ESPN networks. Michigan will host winless Penn State on ABC, while No. 6 Florida will play host to Kentucky on ESPN2. No. 12 Indiana will host Maryland at noon on ESPN2.

The ACC Network will feature a conference matchup between N.C. State and Syracuse. Meanwhile on the SEC Network, Missouri will host Vanderbilt.

ESPN3 will offer two options at noon: Georgia Southern at Georgia State, and Ball State at Toleo.

East Carolina, which won its second game of the season last week, will host Southern Methodist University (SMU) as one of three games featured at noon Saturday on ESPN+. The other two games slated to stream in the noon time slot on ESPN+ are: Bowling Green at Ohio, and Northern Illinois At Western Michigan.

The gridiron action will continue well past noon into the evening, with the #7 ranked University of Cincinnati on the road against Temple at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNU. #4 Clemson is scheduled to host Pittsburgh at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

No. 14 Oklahoma and West Virginia will headline the weekend’s schedule on ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital One. Coverage is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET.

This weekend’s full college football broadcast schedule is noted below.

DateTime (ET)Game/TalentNetwork
Fri, Nov 27NoonNo. 15 Iowa State at No. 20 Texas
Matt Barrie, Mike Golic Jr., Kris Budden
ABC
 UMass at LibertyESPN3
3:30 p.m.No. 2 Notre Dame at No. 25 North Carolina
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Katie George
ABC
 UCF at South Florida
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer
ESPN
7 p.m.No. 9 Oregon at Oregon State
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Shelley Smith
ESPN
Sat, Nov 28NoonPenn State at Michigan
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic Sr., Paul Carcaterra
ABC
 Kentucky at No. 6 Florida
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
 Maryland at No. 12 Indiana
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Jerry Punch
ESPN2
 NC State at Syracuse
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones
ACC Network
 Vanderbilt at Missouri
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Taylor Davis
SEC Network
 Georgia Southern at Georgia StateESPN3
 Ball State at Toledo
Michael Reghi, Devin Gardner
ESPN3
 SMU at East Carolina
Lincoln Rose, LaDarrin McLane
ESPN+
 Bowling Green at Ohio
David Wilson, Ryan Cavanaugh
ESPN+
 Northern Illinois at Western Michigan
Dan Gutowsky, Marcus Ray
ESPN+
1 p.m.Miami (Ohio) at Akron
Anthony Lima, Jerod Cherry
ESPN3
 UTEP at RiceESPN3
3 p.m.South Alabama at Arkansas StateESPN3
 No. 23 Louisiana at Louisiana-MonroeESPN3
 No. 16 Coastal Carolina at Texas StateESPN+
3:30 p.m.Colorado at No. 19 USC
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Allison Williams
ABC
 Pittsburgh at No. 4 Clemson
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Molly McGrath
ESPN
 No. 11 Northwestern at Michigan State
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Taylor McGregor
ESPN2
4 p.m.No. 7 Cincinnati at Temple
John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia
ESPNU
 Louisville at Boston College
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Eric Wood
ACC Network
 Mississippi State at Ole Miss
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
7 p.m.LSU at No. 5 Texas A&M
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Kris Budden
ESPN
 Kansas State at Baylor
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN2
 Duke at Georgia TechESPN3
7:30 p.m.No. 14 Oklahoma at West Virginia
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
ABC
 No. 13 Georgia at South Carolina
TV: Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
SEC Network/ESPN Radio
8 p.m.Troy at Appalachian State
Bill Roth, Dustin Fox
ESPNU
 Virginia at Florida State
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
10:30 p.m.TBD at Washington
Beth Mowins, Kurt Morrison, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN

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ESPN Announces CFB Conference Championship Broadcast Schedule

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ESPN will broadcast five college football conference championships this season.

Network officials announced the broadcast schedule for the conference championships Tuesday. Opening this year’s coverage is the MAC Championship. The conference title game is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 18 on ESPN. The game is scheduled to take place at Ford Field in Detroit, MI.

The other four title games are scheduled to take place the following day, Dec. 19. Opening the day-long schedule is the Dr. Pepper Big 12 Championship. Coverage is scheduled to start at noon on ABC. It will simulcast on ESPN Radio.

The start time for the day’s next game — the Sun Belt Championship — is under consideration. Conference officials are determining whether to play the game at noon or 3:30 p.m. ET. Additionally, the game site is under consideration along with network (ESPN/ESPN2).

The ACC Championship continues the day’s action at 4 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN Radio. Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC is the scheduled site for the game.

The American Athletic Conference Championship rounds out the weekend’s Championship coverage for the 2020-21 college football season. Coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The game site is under consideration.

The full weekend schedule for the conference championship coverage is noted below.

College Football Conference Championship Games on ESPN and ABC:

DateTime (ET)Matchup/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, Dec 187:30 p.m.MAC Championship Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.ESPN
Sat, Dec 19NoonDr Pepper Big 12 Championship AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TexasABC ESPN Radio
Noon or 3:30 p.m.Sun Belt Championship campus site TBDESPN or ESPN2
4 p.m.ACC Championship Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.ABC ESPN Radio
8 p.m.American Athletic Championship campus site TBDABC

* The Pac 12 Championship on Dec. 18 will also be available on ESPN Radio

In other college football news, ESPN officials have released a statement in regards to the game site for the upcoming New Mexico Bowl. It notes that COVID-19 restrictions in New Mexico have forced the game’s site to move out of state.

“Due to current state guidelines in New Mexico regarding intercollegiate athletics and travel, the 2020 New Mexico Bowl will be staged in Frisco, Texas, at Toyota Stadium, on Thursday, Dec. 24, at 3:30 p.m. ET,” the statement reads.

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ESPN Networks’ Week 11 College Football Broadcast Schedule Announced; ‘CGD’ To Air Live From Augusta

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A dozen of the NCAA’s Top 25 college football teams are on the ESPN networks’ broadcast schedule this week.

The networks’ Week 11 broadcast schedule was announced Monday. This week’s schedule gets off to an early start tonight with a matchup between Kent State and Bowling Green on ESPN2. Coverage is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET. Miami (OH) and Buffalo continue the MAC action tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The networks’ schedule continues Wednesday with two more games at 8 p.m. ET. The first of the night’s games — Toledo at Western Michigan — will air on ESPN. The other — Central Michigan at Northern Illinois — will air on ESPNU.

No. 7 Cincinnati (which fell from No. 6 to No. 7 in the AP standings over the weekend despite a dominating win over Houston and despite being the AAC’s only undefeated team at 6-0, 4-0) will host East Carolina University at 7:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN2.

Big 10 foes No. 13 Wisconsin and Maryland will headline this week’s schedule at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday night on ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital One.

Another key matchup in this week’s schedule is a showdown between Notre Dame and Boston College. Game coverage is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

The ESPN networks’ full broadcast schedule for Week 11 of the 2020 college football season is noted below.

DateTime (ET)Game/TalentNetwork
Tue, Nov 107:30 p.m.Kent State at Bowling Green
Mike Couzens, Cole Cubelic
ESPN2
8 p.m.Miami (OH) at Buffalo
Matt Barrie, Mike Golic Jr., Paul Carcaterra
ESPN
Wed, Nov 118 p.m.Toledo at Western Michigan
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Eric Wood
ESPN
 Central Michigan at Northern Illinois
Mike Corey, Rocky Boiman
ESPNU
Fri, Nov 137:30 p.m.East Carolina at No. 7 Cincinnati
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Rocky Boiman
ESPN2
Sat, Nov 14NoonNo. 10 Indiana at Michigan State
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
ABC
 No. 12 Georgia at Missouri
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
  No. 9 Miami at Virginia Tech
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Eric Wood
ESPN2
  No. 15 Coastal Carolina at Troy
John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia
ESPNU
  Wake Forest at North Carolina
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
  Vanderbilt at Kentucky
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
  Coast Guard at Merchant Marine
Dave Leno, Ken Dunek
ESPN3
  Western Carolina at No. 22 LibertyESPN3
  Army at Tulane
Joel Meyers, Brian Kinchen
ESPN+
 2 p.m.South Alabama at No. 25 LouisianaESPN+
 2:30 p.m.Georgia State at Appalachian StateESPN+
 3 p.m.South Florida at Houston
David Saltzman, Stan Routt
ESPN+
  UTEP at UTSAESPN+
  Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas StateESPN3
 3:30 p.m.No. 2 Notre Dame at Boston College
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Molly McGrath
ABC
  No. 5 Texas A&M at Tennessee
Kevin Brown, Mike Golic Sr., Marty Smith
ESPN/ESPN Radio
  Colorado at Stanford
Beth Mowins, Rod Gilmore, Shelley Smith
ESPN2
  Memphis at Navy
Clay Matvick, Jay Walker
ESPNU
  Louisville at Virginia
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Jerry Punch
ACC Network
  Rice at Louisiana TechESPN3
  Texas State at Georgia SouthernESPN3
 7 p.m.Arkansas at No. 6 Florida
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison Williams
ESPN
  No. 19 SMU at Tulsa
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN2
  Pittsburgh at Georgia TechESPN3
 7:30 p.m.No. 13 Wisconsin at Michigan
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
ABC
  Temple at UCF
Mike Corey, Hutson Mason
ESPNU
  Florida State at NC State
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Lericia Harris
ACC Network
  South Carolina at Ole Miss
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
 10:30 p.m.California at Arizona State
Dave Flemming, Kirk Morrison, Kris Budden
ESPN2
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In related news, College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will air live Saturday from Augusta, GA, the home of the Masters.

The special edition of ESPN’s CGD will air live from Augusta National Golf Club. The broadcast will preview The PGA’s Masters Golf Tournament and will come specifically from the Par 3 course, the site of the Masters Par 3 Contest. The Masters Gold Tournament was postponed from its normal date in April to Saturday, Nov. 14 as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, ESPN and Sports Content, commented on this weekend’s broadcast in a prepared statement.

“Anytime College GameDay travels to a new destination it’s special, and the opportunity to be on the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club during the Masters is extraordinary,” said Pitaro.  “As this iconic event coincides with the college football season for the first time, we look forward to getting fans ready for a football Saturday, while also showcasing the Masters and the greatest golfers in the world.”

A “virtual pit’ will allow fans to take part in the broadcast from the safety of their own homes. Fans who want to take part in the ‘virtual pit’ can register for a chance for inclusion in the event here.

Rece Davis will anchor the broadcast. Five-time Emmy Award-winning analyst Kirk Herbstreit, Heisman Trophy winner and NFL MVP Desmond Howard, College Football Hall of Fame inductee and former Georgia All-American Georgia undergrad and MBA alum Maria Taylor, and Tom Rinaldi will join Davis for the broadcast. Additionally, Lee Corso will contribute remotely from his home.

Other contributors expected to appear on Saturday’s edition of College GameDay Built by The Home Depot are: Jen Lada, Pat McAfee, and Gene Wojciechowski. Along with appearing on Saturday’s broadcast, Rinaldi will also repot on The Masters for his 13th consecutive year.

This year is the first that ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot has aired from Augusta. However, the program has previously welcomed some well-known college golf athletes. PGA golfer Ricky Fowler (former Oklahoma State golfer), and fellow PGA star Justin Thomas (former Alabama golfer) have appeared on the program.

ESPN will air the first and second rounds of The Masters tournament from 1 – 5:30 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 12-13. ESPN will offer expanded PGA coverage this year from Nov. 9-15 on ESPN+, including exclusive practice round coverage on Nov. 10-11, and coverage of Holes 4,5, and 6 on all four days of the tournament. Additionally, SportsCenter will have special coverage from The Masters throughout the week of the tournament.

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URGENT UPDATE: Stanford-Oregon Game Schedule Change

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Due to President-Elect Biden’s planned speech tonight, the day’s headliner between Stanford and Oregon will start on ABC, but switch over to ESPNEWS once Biden’s speech starts.

In other words, coverage for the game will start at 7 p.m. on ABC, but switch over the ESPNEWS around 8 p.m. ET. The game will simulcast on the ESPN App. Once Biden’s speech ends, the game will return to ABC.

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MAC, PAC-12 Return To Play This Weekend On ESPN’s Networks

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The Mid-American Conference and Pac-12 will make their official return to play this weekend.

The ESPN networks will have full coverage of the conferences’ return to mark the occasion. It all starts at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday with five games from the MAC spread across the ESPN networks. Western Michigan will face Akron on ESPN3 while Eastern Michigan will be on the road against Kent State on ESPN+.

Ohio will face Central Michigan at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Over on ESPN2, Buffalo will visit Northern Illinois, also at 7 p.m. ET.

Rounding out the evening’s MAC coverage is a matchup of Toledo and Bowling Green at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

PAC-12 RETURN

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The Pac-12’s return will come in the form of a matchup between Stanford and No. 12 Oregon. The matchup will headline this weekend’s college football schedule. The teams will play live on ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital One.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

The ACC will open this weekend’s college football schedule as North Carolina State University will host ACC foe No. 11 Miami at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday on ESPN.

Saturday’s day-long schedule launches at noon with nine games at noon across ESPN’s networks. No. 22 Texas will host West Virginia on ABC. The game will simulcast on ABC Radio.

Another key noon matchup is #25 Liberty visiting Virginia Tech on the ACC Network. No. 18 SMU will visit Temple on ESPN+.

No. 16 Marshall will host UMass at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN+.

Even more Top 25 matchups follow at 3:30 p.m. ET. No. 10 Wisconsin will host Purdue on ABC while No. 6 Cincinnati will host Houston on ESPN. No. 19 Oklahoma will host Kansas on ESPN2.

Later in the evening, No. 7 Texas A&M will visit South Carolina on ESPN. That game will simulcast on ESPN Radio.

No. 15 Coastal Carolina will host South Alabama at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

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

DateTime (ET)Game/TalentNetwork
Wed, Nov 46 p.m.Western Michigan at Akron
Michael Reghi, Dustin Fox
ESPN3
  Eastern Michigan at Kent State
David Wilson, John Gregory
ESPN+
 7 p.m.Ohio at Central Michigan
Kevin Brown, Mike Golic Jr., Quint Kessenich
ESPN
 Buffalo at Northern Illinois
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Taylor McGregor
ESPN2
8 p.m.Bowling Green at Toledo
Mike Couzens, Rocky Boiman
ESPNU
Fri, Nov 67:30 p.m.No. 11 Miami at NC State
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Marty Smith
ESPN
Sat, Nov 7NoonWest Virginia at No. 22 Texas
TV: Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Ben Hartsock
ABC/ESPN Radio
 Michigan State at Iowa
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN
 North Carolina at Duke
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Alex Chappell
ESPN2
 Arkansas State at Louisiana
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley
ESPNU
 No. 25 Liberty at Virginia Tech
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Taylor Davis
ACC Network
 Louisiana-Monroe at Georgia StateESPN3
 Tulane at East Carolina
Evan Lepler, Jay Sonnhalter
ESPN+
 South Florida at Memphis
Lincoln Rose, LaDarrin McLane
ESPN+
 No. 18 SMU at Temple
Dave Leno, Ken Dunek
ESPN+
1 p.m.Troy at Georgia SouthernESPN3
2 p.m.Boston College at SyracuseESPN3
2:30 p.m.UMass at No. 16 MarshallESPN+
3 p.m.North Alabama at Southern MississippiESPN3
 Appalachian State at Texas StateESPN+
3:30 p.m.Purdue at No. 10 Wisconsin
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic Sr., Jerry Punch
ABC
 Houston at No. 6 Cincinnati
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Molly McGrath
ESPN
 Kansas at No. 19 Oklahoma
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Kris Budden
ESPN2
 Vanderbilt at Mississippi State
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
 UTSA at RiceESPN3
 Charlotte at Middle TennesseeESPN+
4 p.m.Arizona at Utah
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
ESPNU
 Pittsburgh at Florida State
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Lericia Harris
ACC Network
 Florida International at UTEPESPN3
7 p.m.No. 7 Texas A&M at South Carolina
TV: Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN/ESPN Radio
 UCLA at Colorado
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, John Schriffen
ESPN2
7:30 p.m.Stanford at No. 12 Oregon
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
ABC
 Tennessee at Arkansas
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
8 p.m.South Alabama at No. 15 Coastal Carolina
Courtney Lyle, Rene Ingoglia
ESPNU
 Louisville at Virginia
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
10:30 p.m.Washington at California
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Allison Williams
ESPN

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ESPN Networks’ 2020-2021 Bowl Game Schedule Announced

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It’s almost time to go bowling!

Officials at ESPN have announced the schedule for this year’s slate of college football bowl games. According to information released by ESPN, this year’s 35-game schedule is set to launch Dec. 19 and to run through Jan. 11. The games will air on each of the ESPN networks.

Opening this year’s schedule is the Topical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl on Dec. 19 in Frisco, TX. The game is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Next up is the Myrtle Beach Bowl in Conway, SC at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 21 on ESPN.

Dec. 22 will feature a double header schedule starting at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN with the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on ESPN. The Boca Raton Bowl follows at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. It will take place at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, FL.

Another double header is scheduled to take place Dec. 23, starting with the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. The game will take place at the Mercedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA.

The second game on the day is the Montgomery Bowl at 7 p.m. ET. Officials are determining whether it will broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2. The game is set to take place at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, AL.

One game is scheduled for Dec. 24 and 25 respectively. The Christmas Eve game is the New Mexico Bowl, set to air at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Camellia Bowl is scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m. ET on Christmas Day from the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, AL on ESPN.

Dec. 26 will see the busiest schedule of the bowl season, with six bowl games set. Coverage starts at noon ET on ABC with the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl. The day winds down with the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, set to air at 10:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Other bowl games set for Dec. 26 are: Cure Bowl, SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, Lending Tree Bowl, and Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl.

The action continues Dec. 28 after a day off, with the Military Bowl presented by Perspecta. Coverage of the game, which is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, will come from the Navy-Marin Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD.

From there, the season’s bowl game schedule continues with three to four games daily right to January 1 and the College Football Championship. College football’s title game is scheduled to take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL, with coverage scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The ESPN networks’ full 2020-2021 Bowl Game Schedule is noted below.

ESPN’s 2020-21 Bowl Season Schedule

DateTime (ET)Bowl GameNetwork
Sat, Dec 197 p.m.Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl **
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
ESPN
Mon, Dec 21 2:30 p.m.Myrtle Beach Bowl **
Brooks Stadium, Conway, S.C.
ESPN
Tue, Dec 223:30 p.m.Famous Idaho Potato Bowl **
Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
ESPN
7 p.m.Boca Raton Bowl **
FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla.
ESPN
Wed, Dec 23 3:30 p.m.R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
ESPN
7 p.m.Montgomery Bowl **
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Ala.
ESPN or ESPN2
Thu, Dec 24 3:30 p.m.New Mexico Bowl **
TBD, Albuquerque, N.M.
ESPN
Fri, Dec 25 2:30 p.m.Camellia Bowl **
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Ala.
ESPN
Sat, Dec 26 NoonUnion Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl **
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
ABC
 Cure Bowl **
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
ESPN
3:30 p.m.SERVPRO First Responder Bowl **
Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas
ABC
3:30 p.m.LendingTree Bowl
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.
ESPN
7 p.m.Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, La.
ESPN
10:15 p.m.Guaranteed Rate Bowl
Chase Field, Phoenix
ESPN
Mon, Dec 28 2:30 p.m.Military Bowl Presented by Perspecta
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md.
ESPN
Tue, Dec 29 2 p.m.New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Yankee Stadium, New York
ESPN
5:30 p.m.Cheez-It Bowl
Camping World Stadium, Orlando
ESPN
9 p.m.Valero Alamo Bowl
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
ESPN
Wed, Dec 30NoonDuke’s Mayo Bowl
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
ESPN
3:30 p.m.TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.
ESPN
 7:15 p.m.Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
ESPN
10:45 p.m.LA Bowl
SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, Calif.
ESPN
Thu, Dec 31 NoonLockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl **
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
ESPN
4 p.m.AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis
ESPN
8 p.m.Texas Bowl **
NRG Stadium, Houston
ESPN
Fri, Jan 1 NoonTicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl **
Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala.
ESPN2
12:30 p.m.Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
ESPN
1 p.m.Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Camping World Stadium, Orlando
ABC
 5 p.m.College Football Playoff Semifinal at The Rose Bowl Game
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.
ESPN
 8:45 p.m.College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
ESPN
Sat, Jan 2NoonTaxSlayer Gator Bowl
TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville
ESPN
12:30 p.m.Outback Bowl
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
ABC
 4 p.m.PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
ESPN
 8 p.m.Capital One Orange Bowl
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.
ESPN
Mon, Jan 118 p.m.College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.
ESPN

All times Eastern. Subject to change.
** ESPN Events bowl games

Note: A decision regarding the Las Vegas Bowl will be announced in the near future

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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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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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Rankin-Bass’ Rudolph Really Was Not For Kids

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Rankin-Bass’ stop motion classic Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer was not for children.  That is the conclusion of this critic after much thought recently.

Much like Looney Tunes and The Flintstones, it has become increasingly clear that Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer was in fact created initially for adults.  That is because at its heart, it is really a rumination on how quickly and easily we as society toss aside those who are different from what we consider to be “normal.”

Here is just some of the evidence for that argument:  We already know that Rudolph was shunned by his fellow reindeer when his “secret” was revealed by chance.  Only one of the reindeer — Clarice, a young female — showed any concern for Rudolph.  Rudolph’s own father and Santa were even ashamed by his nose.  His own father even went so far as to try to hide it, which led to the coincidental revelation.  As a result of that occurrence, Rudolph ended up embarking on a journey that led to not only a coming-of-age tale, but even more evidence of the special’s noted bigger, overarching allegorical story.
During the course of his personal journey, Rudolph encounters the “misfit toys,” who themselves were toys created by Santa’s elves.  Those toys were “imperfect,” as each had some “defect” or “impurity.”  The cowboy rode an ostrich instead of a horse.  The water pistol shot grape jelly instead of water.  The boat couldn’t float and the train had square wheels.  The jack-in-the-box was tossed aside just because its name wasn’t Jack.  It was Charlie.  Keep in mind that the toys were created by elves, who themselves are “employed” by Santa, the authoritarian ruler to create “perfection” for “good” little boys and girls. This is a rumination by Rankin-Bass on the focus that we put on kids having the best new, shiny toys.  Why do imperfections make it impossible for toys to be appreciated and loved?  Again, this plays directly into the bigger observation of the message that Rankin-Bass was really trying to deliver through this allegory.

That discussion of which boys and girls are “good” leads to its own deeper discussion for another time about whether we should really continue to press that narrative to children.  Does telling children that they’ll only get toys if they’re “good” really benefit them?  What if families can’t afford the best new toys”?  What if a family loses its home to fire or some other circumstance?  We have got to eliminate that narrative that tis toys to behavior.

Getting back on the topic at hand, one must backtrack slightly to examine even more proof of how Rankin-Bass used Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer to deliver its commentary.  When Rudolph went off on his journey of self-discovery, he was joined by the shunned elf Hermie.

The sub-story about Hermie the Elf is in reality an allegory about capitalism and the importance of individualism, and the impact of authoritarian rule. Hermie’s fellow elves and the head elf all made fun of him for wanting to do and think for himself. It was all about making toys for them, but he wasn’t satisfied with that. He had other plans, and was shouted down and laughed at for thinking for celebrating his individualism.

Now, add in that during his early interaction with Rudolph, Hermie builds a snow effigy of the head elf and proceeds to punch it. Yeah, let’s let kids watch that. The very act of building an effigy and essentially destroying it is really an example of the working man standing up to those authoritarian forces that hold them down. Yet again, here we have grown-up themes that are not proper for kids.

When Rudolph and Hermie finally return to the North Pole and Santa’s “kingdom,” the only “celebration” that takes place is a musical number.  Santa and the elves show minimal remorse for having shunned the duo early on.  Yes, they do admit that they were wrong, but their acceptance is in reality, an example of how people do not want to take responsibility for their actions.  That in itself adds even more to the bigger story of how people act.

Add in that when Rudolph’s nose shines, Santa once again seems bothered by it until he “miraculously” realizes that Rudolph’s nose can actually save Christmas because it can help lead the sleigh so that little boys and girls can get their toys.  Santa did not act appreciative.  He acted on an opportunity, again, therein being the authoritarian rule.

The real happy ending comes as the misfit toys are “saved” from the island at which they had previously been exiled.  These are the same toys that were dumped there because the elves made them imperfect to begin with.  Why would elves, — who are supposed to create perfect toys for “good” boys and girls — create “imperfect” toys?  They got new homes, reminding audiences again that all toys (or maybe, people) have a place and deserve love.

As the credits roll, the bird that couldn’t fly is just tossed from Santa’s sleigh without an umbrella.  Watching the reaction of the elf who pulled the bird from Santa’s sack, one can’t help but think in considering what was noted here, maybe that subtle moment in itself was a commentary.  Maybe this was Rankin and Bass commenting on how sometimes we think what we are doing is helping, but in fact it is just being thoughtless and anything but helpful.

Noting again, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer is not the only time that Rankin-Bass used a children’s classic to address serious, adult topics.  Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town intentionally used that movie as a commentary about authoritarianism.  That was pointed out in bonus content that came with some of the Rankin-Bass box sets featuring its holiday specials.  To a lesser extent, Jack Frost, another Rankin-Bass special also took on the topic.  Keeping all of this in mind, it becomes even clearer that Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer clearly was not intended for children, but for adults.