Sydney Sherwood’s New EP Will Put Listeners In A Positive Headspace

Courtesy: Keep It Simple Records

Independent singer-songwriter and American Idol contestant Sydney Sherwood officially returns this weekend with her first new studio recording in almost three years.  Sherwood is scheduled to release her sophomore EP Headspace Saturday through Keep It Simple Records.  The six-song record is Sherwood’s sophomore EP and is an interesting new presentation from the up-and-coming singer-songwriter that is worth hearing at least once.  That is thanks to the record’s musical and lyrical content, as is evidenced in part through the record’s lead single, ‘Creep.’  This song will be addressed shortly.  ‘Let Me Down,’ its second single, is another example of how the EP’s overall content makes it successful.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘All The Aces,’ which closes out the record, is yet another of its most notable additions.  It will also be examined later.  When it is considered along with the EP’s other three songs, the whole of the EP proves itself a positive new offering from Sherwood.

Sydney Sherwood’s forthcoming EP, Headspace is a positive new offering from the up-and-coming singer-songwriter that gives some hope for the future of her career in the music industry.  The 24-minute record’s musical and lyrical content serve well to support that statement.  Its lead single, ‘Creep’ is just one way in which the EP’s collective content makes the record engaging and entertaining.  Its musical arrangement is immediately infectious with its bluesy groove and smoky vocals.  The bass and solid time keeping work with the guitar and vocals to fully immerse listeners in the composition.  The whole of the arrangement is infectious, but it also plays its own important part to the song.  That relaxed almost…sensual vibe exuded in the arrangement actually does well to help illustrate the song’s lyrical theme, that being the relatable topic of mental health.

Sherwood openly talked about the noted topic during a recent interview.  She said of the matter, “Being someone that has struggled with anxiety, when it came to writing ‘Creep,’ I really wanted to give an inside look on what anxiety feels like, the emotions you experience while in a panic attack, and the idea that the same mind that thinks of the beauty of life is also the one that thinks negative thoughts which can really drag you down.”… My main goal with this song was to illustrate the war that goes on in your head when you have anxiety as well as how you can either choose to let fear overcome you or you can overcome that fear.”

Her statements are illustrated in the song’s lyrics, which state in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “We’ve all  got our demons/And we’ve all got our reasons for dealing/With this heavy baggage/The  way we do/It takes a hold of you/Oh no/Here it comes again/Feels like  I’m trapped inside a room/No blinds/No way to see it through/Locked down/I never knew/A beautiful mind/Could be so cruel/I’m blind/Down on the upside/Hide behind a smile/But I can’t lie/ Locked down/I never knew/A beautiful mind/Could be so cruel/Just inhale/Exhale/Count to ten/Before the thoughts creep back in.”  That last line is where the   song’s title comes from.  The overall statement here clearly achieves Sherwood’s goal of translating what the noted figures go through in battling anxiety, feeling it literally creeping into one’s mind.  The continued statements in the song’s second verse, of “living with ghosts” but having “figured you out” shows perhaps a hint of managing to overcome the noted negative thoughts and emotions.  Again, the song’s musical arrangement works with these lyrics to sort of hint at how those thoughts and emotions tend to so coolly slide into a person’s mind.  At the same time, the musical approach also echoes the ease in one’s mind in recognizing and overcoming the situation at hand.  It makes the song a good example of why Sherwood’s new EP succeeds. 

‘Creep’ is a good example of why ‘Headspace’ works as well as it does, and is just one example of why the EP is worth hearing.  ‘Let Me Down,’ the EP’s second single, is another example of what makes the record worth hearing.  The song’s musical arrangement is its own interesting presentation.  It is an up-tempo work whose subtle keyboards work with Sherwood’s vocals and the other instruments to give the song a sort of country-pop sensibility.  At the same time, those noted keyboards also give the song the most subtle of an 80s infusion.  That overall approach and sound is certain to engage and entertain listeners in its own right.  It is just one part of why the song is notable.  The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement adds to the song’s appeal.

The lyrical content featured in ‘Let Me Down’ centers on the all-too-familiar topic of a broken relationship.  Sherwood talked about that during a recent interview, noting, ““I wrote ‘Let Me Down’ with one of my favorite songwriters a few years ago after getting over someone I had feelings for for some time.   I like to see the good in people and deep down I knew this person had good in them, but I looked at what that person could’ve been instead of the person that was standing right before me. I gave this person every chance to prove themselves and time and time again I was let down. I was so blinded by this false sense of reality that when this person let me down it felt shocking. I think a lot of people can relate to the fact that when you care for someone, you tend to overlook the negative things they do because you’re consumed with feelings, but now I realize it’s important to have one foot in reality at all times. Writing this song was one of my biggest moments of clarity to see that I deserved more. While the song is definitely not in favor of the guy, his actions opened my eyes to see what I don’t want and what I won’t tolerate. Had I never gone through this experience, I would’ve never known to look for those red flags in the future and I guess I have him to thank for this killer song.”

These comments are illustrated right from the song’s outset as Sherwood sings in the song’s lead verse, “These days are not feeling right/How could I be so blind/The only thing you did/Was so inconsiderate/You pulled the wool over my eyes/Now I’m just confused/Because of you/I gave you every chance/You threw my heart around…”  The last couple of lines are slightly difficult to decipher without lyrics to reference, but more than enough of the content is understandable that it is easy to see that Sherwood has done well to translate her comments in this case.  The song follows in quite similar fashion in the second verse, opening with Sherwoood telling that other person, “I wish you could see/How selfish you could be/And how it makes me feel/I wish the person that you were in my mind/Lined up with who you are for real/But now you’ll never say/I’m afraid you’ll stay the same.”  Again, there is a lot here to which listeners can relate.  Going back to the song’s musical arrangement, the energy in that element makes one believe that these are words that Sherwood is saying to that person in her mind, not quite to that person’s face.  It would explain that energy, as it reflects perhaps, her racing thoughts at that moment.  There is a certain sadness that goes along with those racing thoughts, adding even more to the interest of the song in whole.  Keeping all of this in mind here, no question is left as to why the song was chosen as one of the EP’s singles.   It does that much by itself to show why the EP is worth hearing.  It is just one more of the songs featured in the EP that shows the record’s strength.  ‘All The Aces,’ which closes out the record, is yet another way in which Headspace proves itself worth its own attention.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘All The Aces’ is a catchy, southern-tinged style work whose gritty guitar sound and vocals immediately lend themselves to certain works from the likes of Carrie Underwood.  It is a song that is certain to become a fan favorite especially for live shows (whenever live shows return).  The sense of confidence exhibited in the song’s musical arrangement pairs well with the song’s equally seemingly positive lyrical theme.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘All The Aces’ comes across as someone who is just trying to put the past behind —  perhaps from a bad relationship — and move forward in life.  This is inferred in the mention that, “No more/I’ll tell you the truth/Those days are gone/Gotta get back on and soldier on…go on and try me again/I wouldn’t recommend it/Can’t wait to see the look on your face…”   There are points here that are difficult to decipher sans lyrics to reference.  That aside, just enough is understandable here that this song is a (seemingly) direct contrast to ‘Let Me Down.’  It shows someone who has worked through the emotions of whatever happened with whomever in the past and decided to let it all go.  It is a song that promotes self-empowerment, again making itself easy for listeners to relate.  That accessibility, together with the entertainment and engagement ensured by the song’s musical arrangement, leaves no doubt as to the EP’s appeal.  When it is considered alongside ‘Creep,’ ‘Let Me Down’ and the EP’s remaining trio of songs, the whole makes the EP a presentation that is deserving of its own share of attention.

Sydney Sherwood’s forthcoming EP Headspace is a positive new effort from the up-and-coming singer-songwriter.  That is proven throughout the course of the record through the EP’s collective musical and lyrical content.  Each of the songs examined here support the noted statements.  When they are considered along with the record’s remaining works, the EP in whole proves to be a presentation that will put any listener in a positive mindset.  Headspace is scheduled for release Saturday through Keep It Simple Records.

More information on Sydney Sherwood’s new single, video, and EP is available along with all of her latest news at:

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Sydney Sherwood Debuts ‘Let Me Down’ Acoustic Take, Companion Video

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Independent singer-songwriter and American Idol contestant Sydney Sherwood debuted the video for her latest single over the weekend.

Sherwood debuted the video for the acoustic take of her song ‘Let Me Down‘ Friday. ‘Let Me Down’ is the second single from Sherwood’s forthcoming EP Headspace, which is scheduled for release Feb. 27. Sherwood debuted the EP’s lead single, ‘Creep‘ last month.

Headspace is Sherwood’s second EP. She released her debut EP, Beauty from Ashes March 3, 2019. Her new EP was produced and co-written by Daughtry guitarist Brian Craddock. The EP was recorded at The Cat Room Recording Studio, which Craddock owns.

The acoustic take of ‘Let Me Down’ is a stark contrast from ‘Creep.’ It is a more vulnerable work that that song and even the full version of the song featured in her new EP. At the same time though, it still does well to evoke the emotion that Sherwood meant to generate through the composition.

Sherwood talked about that emotion and the story behind the song during a recent interview.

“I wrote ‘Let Me Down’ with one of my favorite songwriters a few years ago after getting over someone I had feelings for for some time,” she said. “I like to see the good in people and deep down I knew this person had good in them, but I looked at what that person could’ve been instead of the person that was standing right before me. I gave this person every chance to prove themselves and time and time again I was let down. I was so blinded by this false sense of reality that when this person let me down it felt shocking. I think a lot of people can relate to the fact that when you care for someone, you tend to overlook the negative things they do because you’re consumed with feelings, but now I realize it’s important to have one foot in reality at all times. Writing this song was one of my biggest moments of clarity to see that I deserved more. While the song is definitely not in favor of the guy, his actions opened my eyes to see what I don’t want and what I won’t tolerate. Had I never gone through this experience, I would’ve never known to look for those red flags in the future and I guess I have him to thank for this killer song.”

‘Let Me Down’ is available to stream and download through Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon.

The Headspace track listing is noted below.

Track List:
1. Wolves
2. Let Me Down
3. Creep
4. Born to Roll
5. Horizon’s Edge
6. All The Aces

More information on Sydney Sherwood’s new single, video, and EP is available along with all of her latest news at:

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Sydney Sherwood Announces New EP Release Date, Art, Track Listing; Debuts EP’s Lead Single, Companion Video

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Independent singer-songwriter and American Idol contestant Sydney Sherwood debuted the video for her latest single this week.

Sherwood debuted the lyric video for her single ‘Creep‘ Tuesday. The song and its video are the first from Sherwood’s forthcoming EP Headspace, which is scheduled for release Feb. 27. The EP, her second — her debut EP Beauty From Ashes was released March 3, 2019 — was produced and co-written by Daughtry guitarist Brian Craddock. The EP was recorded at The Cat Room Recording Studio, which Craddock owns.

The Headspace track listing is noted below.

Track List:
1. Wolves
2. Let Me Down
3. Creep
4. Born to Roll
5. Horizon’s Edge
6. All The Aces

The ‘Creep’ video features the song’s lyrics, which according to a statement from Sherwood focus on the topic of anxiety — a mental health concern — as the song’s bluesy groove plays over.

According to Sherwood, the song’s lyrical content comes from a personal vantage point.

“Being someone that has struggled with anxiety, when it came to writing ‘Creep,’ I really wanted to give an inside look on what anxiety feels like, the emotions you experience while in a panic attack, and the idea that the same mind that thinks of the beauty of life is also the one that thinks negative thoughts which can really drag you down,” she said. “I found in my experience that some people didn’t understand what it was like to have anxiety and would just tell me to “be positive” or “just don’t think about it” and I wished they understood or could feel what was going on inside. My main goal with this song was to illustrate the war that goes on in your head when you have anxiety as well as how you can either choose to let fear overcome you or you can overcome that fear.”

‘Creep’ is available to stream and download through Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon.

More information on Sydney Sherwood’s new single, video, and EP is available along with all of her latest news at:

Website: http://www.sydneysherwood.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sydney.sherwood.714

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ssherwoodmusic

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ESPN Announces ‘Capital One Bowl Mania’ Broadcast Schedule

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It is officially time to go bowling.

The 2020-21 college football season’s bowl schedule, dubbed Capital One Bowl Mania, opens at 2:30 p.m. ET today. The inaugural Myrtle Beach Bowl opens this season’s bowl schedule on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Appalachian State and North Texas will face off in this afternoon’s bowl, with the broadcast team of Eric Mac Lain, Ryan McGee, and Marty Smith on the call.

The month-long schedule culminates with the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T on Jan. 11. The College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T is scheduled to take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL.

While Capital One Bowl Mania will feature 27 bowl games, 13 bowl games had been cancelled as of Sunday. Among those games cancelled were bowls, such as the Cricket Celebration Bowl, Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl, and Holiday Bowl. The list of bowl games cancelled is noted below.

  1. Bahamas Bowl (C-USA vs. MAC)
  2. Celebration Bowl (MEAC vs. SWAC)
  3. Fenway Bowl (AAC vs. ACC)
  4. Hawaii Bowl (AAC vs. Mountain West)
  5. Holiday Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  6. Las Vegas Bowl (Pac-12 vs. SEC)
  7. Los Angeles Bowl (Pac-12 vs. Mountain West)
  8. Pinstripe Bowl (ACC vs. Big Ten)
  9. Quick Lane Bowl (ACC, Big Ten, MAC)
  10. Redbox Bowl (Big Ten vs. Pac-12)
  11. Sun Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  12. Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl (AAC vs. WAC)
  13. Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl (SEC vs. AAC)

This year’s Capital One Bowl Mania schedule is noted below.

ESPN’s 2020-21 Bowl Season Schedule (excluding NY6 Bowls)

DateTime (ET)Event/CommentatorsNetwork
Mon, Dec. 212:30 p.m.Myrtle Beach Bowl*
Appalachian State vs. North Texas
Brooks Stadium – Conway, S.C.
Courtney Lyle, Eric Mac Lain, Ryan McGee/Marty Smith
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Tue, Dec. 223:30 p.m.Famous Idaho Potato Bowl*
Tulane vs. Nevada
Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium – Boise, Idaho
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Taylor Davis
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
7 p.m.RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl*
UCF vs. BYU
Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium – Boca Raton, Fla.
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Lericia Harris
Radio: Chris Carlin, Craig Haubert
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Wed, Dec. 233 p.m.R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia Southern
Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, La.
Matt Barrie, Mike Golic Jr, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
7 p.m.Montgomery Bowl*
Memphis vs. Florida Atlantic
Cramton Bowl – Montgomery, Ala.
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Lauren Sisler
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Thu, Dec. 243:30 p.m.New Mexico Bowl*
Hawai‘i vs. Houston
Toyota Stadium – Frisco, Texas
John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia, Kris Budden
Radio: Kevin Winter, Craig Haubert
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Fri, Dec. 252:30 p.m.Camellia Bowl*
Marshall vs. Buffalo
Cramton Bowl – Montgomery, Ala.
Bill Roth, Dustin Fox, Lauren Sisler
ESPN
Sat, Dec. 26NoonUnion Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl*
South Carolina vs. UAB
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla.
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
ABC / ESPN Deportes
3:30 p.m.SERVPRO First Responder Bowl*
Louisiana vs. UTSA
Gerald J. Ford Stadium – Dallas, Texas
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Quint Kessenich
ABC / ESPN Deportes
 LendingTree Bowl
Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State
Ladd-Peebles Stadium – Mobile, Ala.
Mike Couzens, Jay Walker, Dawn Davenport
ESPN
7:30 p.m.FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl*
Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Alex Chappell
ESPN
Tue, Dec. 295:30 p.m.Cheez-It Bowl
Oklahoma State vs. Miami
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
9 p.m.Valero Alamo Bowl
Texas vs. Colorado
Alamodome – San Antonio, Texas
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic Sr., Kris Budden
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Trevor Matich
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Wed, Dec. 30NoonDuke’s Mayo Bowl
Wake Forest vs. Wisconsin
Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, N.C.
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Marty Smith
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
4 p.m.TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Iowa vs. Missouri
Nissan Stadium – Nashville, Tenn.
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Thu, Dec. 31NoonLockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl*
Tulsa vs. Mississippi State
Amon G. Carter Stadium – Fort Worth, Texas
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
4 p.m.AutoZone Liberty Bowl
West Virginia vs. Tennessee
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium – Memphis, Tenn.
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
Radio: Jay Alter, Brad Edwards
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
8 p.m.Mercari Texas Bowl*
Arkansas vs. TCU
NRG Stadium – Houston
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Ben Hartsock
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Fri, Jan. 11 p.m.Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Auburn vs. Northwestern
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Paul Carcaterra
ABC
Sat, Jan. 2NoonTaxSlayer Gator Bowl
N.C. State vs. Kentucky
TIAA Bank Field – Jacksonville, Fla.
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Lericia Harris
ESPN
12:30 p.m.Outback Bowl
Ole Miss vs. Indiana
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla.
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
ABC

* — ESPN owned and operated event

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Grown-Ups Got Plenty Of TV To Enjoy In 2020

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Families nationwide got a lot of worthwhile ways to spend time together during the COVID-19 pandemic this year, thanks to all of the new DVDs, Blu-rays and box sets.  Of course while families got plenty to watch together, grown-ups also needed something of their own to enjoy.  Thankfully this year produced just as much for grown-ups to enjoy as children.  That is why Phil’s Picks is taking a look at what were among the best of this year’s new DVD and Blu-ray box sets for grown-ups.  This year saw a bunch of new content from Warner Brothers and DC, some better than others (E.g. the new Swamp Thing reboot and new seasons of Black LightningBlack Lightning proved better this year than Swamp Thing, but the latter still proved worth watching at least once.  Itv and PBS presented a rather intriguing new season of itv’s crime drama Endeavour.  The season was okay but left something to be wanted.  The short-lived deep comedy The Good Place finally met its end this year and also received its only full-series release on Blu-ray thanks to the folks at Shout! Factory.  In an even more surprising move, ABC’s hit comedy Modern Family got a full series release this month exclusively through Target.  While not inexpensive, it is a presentation that devotees will appreciate.  It is just one more entry in Phil’s Picks 2020 Top 10 New DVD & Blu-ray Box Sets For Grown-ups category. 

As with every other list from Phil’s Picks, this list features the Top 10 titles in the category along with five honorable mentions for a total of 15 titles.  Without further ado, here is Phil’s Picks 2020 Top 10 new DVD & Blu-ray Box Sets for Grown-Ups.

PHIL’S PICKS 2020 TOP 10 NEW DVD & BLU-RAY BOX SETS FOR GROWN-UPS

  1. Endeavour: Season Seven
  2. The Good Place: The Complete Series
  3. Modern Family: The Complete Series
  4. Doctor Who: Season 12
  5. The Expanse: Season 4
  6. Black Lightning: The Complete Second Season
  7. Black Lightning: The Complete Third Season
  8. Stargirl: The Complete First Season
  9. Mission: Impossible: The Complete Series
  10. Gunsmoke: The Complete Series 65th Anniversary Set
  11. Gunsmoke: The Movies
  12. Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Season 1
  13. Swamp Thing: The Complete Series
  14. Star Trek Picard: Season 1
  15. The Twilight Zone: Season 1

One more list is up to finish up this year’s lists.  That list is the year’s top new re-issues.  Stay tuned for that.

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Early Details Announced For 2021 ESPN X Games Aspen

The 2021 ESPN X Games Aspen will go on.

COVID-19 will not stop the event from taking place as athletes and ESPN’s crews will return to Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort near Aspen, CO. The three-day event is scheduled to take place Jan. 29-31, with athletes competing in no less than 14 different disciplines. the full list of the upcoming games’ events is available here.

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While the games will go on, COVID-19 restrictions will prevent the public from taking in the event in person. Though audiences will get to watch all the events take place on television on ESPN, EPN2, and ABC, as well as online.

New to the 2021 X Games Aspen is a virtual experience for fans. Audiences can create their own avatars, interact with sponsors, and even play games for chances to win prizes.

More information on the 2021 ESPN X Games Aspen is available along with the event’s latest news at:

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ESPN’s ‘CGD’ Broadcast To Come Live From Coastal Carolina Saturday

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ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot air live from South Carolina this weekend.

The network’s flagship college football program will air live from the campus of No. 18 Coastal Carolina University Saturday. It marks the first time that the program will have ever run from the university. It is ahead of the Chanticleers’ matchup with No. 13 BYU.

Rece Davis will anchor the broadcast. Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, Maria Taylor and Chris “The Bear” Fallica will join Davis for the broadcast. Lee Corso will join the broadcast remotely from his home while Jen Lada, Pat McAfee, Tom Rinaldi, and Gene Wojciechowski will also contribute.

The matchup between BYU and Coastal Carolina is just one of the games set for Saturday’s day-long college football schedule. No. 4 Ohio State will visit Michigan State, with coverage starting at noon on ABC. Over on ESPN, No. 5 Texas A&M will visit Auburn.

No. 17 UNC will host the Western Carolina Catamounts at noon on the ACC Network. ESPN2 will broadcast the matchup of No. 15 Oklahoma State and TCU, also at noon. that game will simulcast on ESPN Radio.

No. 12 Indiana will visit No. 16 Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN as the day continues. Virginia Tech will host No. 3 Clemson in the day’s headliner on ABC.

The full schedule for this weekend’s college football matchups is noted below.

Updated at noon ET on Thursday, Dec. 3. All rankings are CFP Rankings (Dec. 1).

DateTime (ET)Game/TalentNetwork
Fri, Dec 48:30 p.m.Louisiana at Appalachian State
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Taylor Davis
ESPN
Sat, Dec 5NoonNo. 4 Ohio State at Michigan State
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Quint Kessenich
ABC
No. 5 Texas A&M at Auburn
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Allison Williams
ESPN
No. 15 Oklahoma State at TCU
TV: Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Kris Budden
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Ben Hartsock
ESPN2/ESPN Radio
Western Carolina at No. 17 North Carolina
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Lericia Harris
ACC Network
Arkansas at Missouri
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
Toledo at Northern Illinois
Shawn Kenney, Bob Chmiel
ESPN3
Memphis at Tulane
David Saltzman, Keith Moreland
ESPN+
Rice at No. 21 MarshallESPN+
2 p.m.Ball State at Central Michigan
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
ESPNU
Bowling Green at Akron
Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry
ESPN3
Troy at South AlabamaESPN3
Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan
Dan Gutowsky, Devin Gardner
ESPN+
3 p.m.Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas StateESPN3
3:30 p.m.No. 12 Indiana at No. 16 Wisconsin
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
ABC
West Virginia at No. 9 Iowa State
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic Sr., Paul Carcaterra
ESPN
No. 24 Tulsa at Navy
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Alex Chappell
ESPN2
Boston College at VirginiaESPN3
4 p.m.Georgia Tech at NC State
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Eric Wood
ACC Network
Vanderbilt at No. 8 Georgia
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Lauren Sisler
SEC Network
5:30 p.m.No. 13 BYU at No. 18 Coastal Carolina
Bill Roth, Dustin Fox, Ryan McGee
ESPNU
6 p.m.Florida Atlantic at Georgia SouthernESPN+
7 p.m.No. 23 Oregon at California
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Taylor McGregor
ESPN
7:30 p.m.No. 3 Clemson at Virginia Tech
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
ABC
South Carolina at Kentucky
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
No. 1 Alabama at LSU
Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN Radio
8 p.m.No. 10 Miami at Duke
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
9 p.m.Houston at SMU
John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia
ESPNU
10:30 p.m.Oregon State at Utah
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN
Sun, Dec 6NoonWestern Kentucky at CharlotteESPN3

Note: Not all digital games are exclusive

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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
Courtesy: ESPN

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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