The ESPN family of networks will round out Saturday’s college football broadcast schedule with a double headliner slate of games.
The first game on Saturday’s special double headliner schedule is a matchup of Southeastern Conference foes No. 2 Alabama and unranked Missouri. Coverage for the weekly broadcast is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. The game is ESPN’s College Football Primetime Samsung QLED 4K Game of the Week.
Sean McDonough will have the call for Saturday night’s SEC showdown. Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, and Allison Williams will provide additional commentary and reports.
With this week being the SEC’s official return to play, each team comes into Saturday’s game looking to start the season with a win.
The second of the day’s headlining games is an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup between the No. 12 Miami Hurricanes and unranked Florida State Seminoles. Coverage of the Saturday Night Football presented by Capital One game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
Chris Fowler will have the call for the game. Analyst Kirk Herbstreit will provide additional commentary. Reporter Molly McGrath will have all of the game’s key headlines.
Miami come into Saturday night’s matchup on the heels of a 13-point win (47-34) over Louisville on Sept. 19 and a 17-point win (31-14) over the University of Alabama at Birmingham Sept. 10 in its first game of the season.
The Hurricanes outperformed the Blazers in almost every category in the teams’ Sept. 10 meeting, from first downs to average gain per play, to total yardage. On the other hand, the Blazers recorded 205 passing yards in the game versus Miami’s total of 155 passing yards.
Louisville gave Miami a harder fight than UAB, performing almost as well as the Hurricanes from the first quarter to the last. The Cardinals outdid the Hurricanes in Net Rushing Yards, 209-160, but Miami’s Net Passing Yards total of 325 just barely beat Louisville’s total of 307.
In the battle of the QBs, Louisville went 16-36 in completions, outdoing Miami there, too, 18-30. The Hurricanes also saw more impact in the penalties category than Louisville, racking up 11 penalties for a total of 89 yards. Louisville, on the other hand, had seven penalties for a total of 70 yards.
Miami’s Third-Down efficiency rate of 6-13 outdid Louisville’s 4-14. At the same time, Louisville was 3-4 in Fourth-Down efficiency. Louisville also outdid Miami in total yardage, 516-485.
Florida State comes into Saturday night’s game hoping to rebound from a Week 1 loss to Georgia Tech. The Seminoles lost the game 16-13.
Florida State struck early in the game, putting up 10 points in the first quarter, but the Yellow Jackets kept the Seminoles scoreless in the second and to only a field goal in the third quarter. Georgia State meanwhile put up 16 points between the third and fourth quarters.
Georgia State outplayed Florida State through most of the team’s Sept. 12 game. The Yellowjackets racked up a total of 438 yards versus Florida State’s 307 yards. Georgia State totaled more passing yards than Florida State (277-198) and more rushing yards (161-109). Even the two interceptions thrown by GT quarterback Jeff Simms weren’t enough to stop the Yellowjackets.
On the positive side for Florida State, Georgia State incurred more penalties and lost more yardage than Florida State throughout the game. The Seminoles were charged with eight penalties for 55 yards while the Yellowjackets had a total of 10 penalties for a loss of 80 yards.
While Saturday night’s college football schedule will be busy, the two games on tap for the evening are not the only games scheduled to air on the ESPN networks. Saturday’s schedule kicks off at noon ET on ABC — following ESPN’s weekly College GameDay Built by The Home Depot broadcast (9 a.m. to noon ET) — with East Carolina University hosting No. 13 UCF in an AAC matchup.
The previously scheduled game between No. 7 Notre Dame and Wake Forest, which was scheduled to air at noon on ABC, was postponed Tuesday due to concerns about COVID-19.
The full schedule for Saturday’s games is noted below.
|Thu, Sep 24||7:30 p.m.||UAB at South Alabama
Matt Barrie, Mike Golic, Jr., Lauren Sisler
|Sat, Sep 26||Noon||No. 7 Notre Dame at Wake Forest
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic, Sr., Paul Carcaterra
|No. 5 Florida at Ole Miss
TV: Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Marty Smith
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
|Georgia Southern at No. 19 Louisiana
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Dawn Davenport
|Georgia State at Charlotte
Mike Couzens, Jay Walker
|No. 23 Kentucky at No. 8 Auburn
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
|No. 24 Louisville at No. 21 Pittsburgh
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Kelsey Riggs
|Georgia Tech at Syracuse||ESPN3|
|No. 13 UCF at East Carolina
Lincoln Rose, Keith Moreland
|Campbell at Appalachian State||ESPN+|
|1 p.m.||Florida International at Liberty||ESPN3|
|3:30 p.m.||West Virginia at No. 15 Oklahoma State
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Kris Budden
|No. 22 Army at No. 14 Cincinnati
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
|Tulsa at Arkansas State
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Lericia Harris
|UTEP at Louisiana-Monroe
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
|4 p.m.||No. 4 Georgia at Arkansas
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Tera Talmadge
|Duke at Virginia
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Eric Wood
|6 p.m.||Texas State at Boston College||ESPN3|
|7 p.m.||No. 2 Alabama at Missouri
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Allison Williams
|Houston Baptist at Louisiana Tech||ESPN3|
|North Texas at Houston
Tyler Denning, Stan Routt
|Stephen F. Austin at SMU
David Saltzman, LaDarrin McLane
|7:30 p.m.||Florida State at No. 12 Miami
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Molly McGrath
|No. 16 Tennessee at South Carolina
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
|Vanderbilt at No. 10 Texas A&M
Mike Morgan, Andre Ware, Taylor Davis
|SEC Network Alternate|
|Kansas at Baylor
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer
|8 p.m.||NC State at No. 20 Virginia Tech
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
|10:15 p.m.||Troy at No. 18 BYU
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Stormy Buonantony
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