Mercari Texas Bowl Cancelled

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Less than a week after getting a new title sponsor, the Texas Bowl is now a no-go

The Mercari Texas Bowl will not happen this year. ESPN made the announcement Tuesday through a press release. According to information provided by ESPN, the cancellation — now the 16th on the year — is due to “an increased number of positive COVID-19 tests and other circumstances within the TCU football team.”

This year’s Texas Bowl was scheduled to take place at 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 31 on ESPN from NRG stadium. It was going to feature a matchup of TCU and Arkansas.

Texas Bowl Executive Director David Fletcher addressed the cancellation in a prepared statement.

“While we are disappointed in canceling this year’s game, we look forward to hosting both the Texas Kickoff and Texas Bowl next season,” said Fletcher. “We appreciate everyone’s support, including our new title sponsor, Mercari.”

Refunds are available for all ticketholders through the outlets through which they purchased tickets.

Tuesday’s announcement is now the fifth this month as well as being the 16th this season. The Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl was cancelled Dec. 23.

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)
  14. Perspecta Military Bowl (AAC vs. ACC)
  15. Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl (SEC vs. C-USA)
  16. Mercari Texas Bowl (Big 12 vs. SEC)

The remaining schedule for Capital One Bowl Mania is noted below.

DateTime (ET)Event/CommentatorsNetwork
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
 1 p.m.Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Auburn vs. Northwestern
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Paul Carcaterra
Fri, Jan. 1NoonTaxSlayer Gator Bowl
N.C. State vs. Kentucky
TIAA Bank Field – Jacksonville, Fla.
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Lericia Harris
Sat, Jan. 212:30 p.m.Outback Bowl
Ole Miss vs. Indiana
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla.
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

* — ESPN owned and operated event

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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.



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 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.



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
Sat, Oct 3 Noon Baylor at West Virginia
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Rocky Boiman
  South Carolina at No. 3 Florida
TV: Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Marty Smith
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
  Arkansas State at Coastal Carolina
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Taylor Davis
  East Carolina at Georgia State
Mike Couzens, Dustin Fox
  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
  No. 17 Oklahoma State at Kansas
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic, Sr., Quint Kessenich
  No. 25 Memphis at SMU
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Kris Budden
  South Florida at No. 15 Cincinnati
David Saltzman, Keith Moreland
  Central Arkansas at North Dakota State ESPN+
  4 p.m. Charlotte at Florida Atlantic
Mike Corey, Jay Walker
  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
No. 7 Auburn at No. 4 Georgia
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Allison Williams
Tulsa at No. 11 UCF
Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Lericia Harris
No. 20 LSU at Vanderbilt
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
Arkansas at No. 16 Mississippi State
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Tera Talmadge
SEC Network Alternate
8 p.m. Virginia at No. 1 Clemson
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network


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ESPN Networks’ College Football Media Days Schedule Announced

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It’s almost that time again.  College football season is almost upon us once again.  In anticipation of its impending return ESPN has announced its plans for the sport’s annual Media Days.

ESPN and the ESPN networks will launch their coverage of college football’s conference media days beginning next Monday, July 11th.  In all 14 Conference Media Days will be covered across ESPN’s family of networks and will continue into August.  It all begins on College Football Live.  ESPN’s daily college football news and information show returns next Monday, July 11th.  It will continue daily throughout the season airing regularly from 1:30 – 2pm ET on ESPN.  Joe Tessitore will anchor the show’s broadcast in its first week back.  He will be joined by college football analysts Joey Galloway and Paul Finebaum.  Greg McElroy, Booger McFarland, and Marcus Spears will each make appearances from Hoover, Alabama, the site of the SEC Media Days.

ESPNU will have 30 hours of Media Days coverage.  That includes 10 three-hour College Football Media Days specials over 15 days beginning with the SEC (July 11th – 14th).  The Pac-12 is next on July 14th, followed by the Big 12 July 18th – 19th.  From July 21st – 22nd ESPNU will cover the ACC’s Media Days.  Coverage of the Big Ten conference’s Media Days rounds out ESPNU’s Media Days coverage from July 25th – 26th.  Brendan Fitzgerald, Matt Schick, and Anish Shroff will share time anchoring ESPNU’s Media Days broadcasts.  They will be joined primarily by analyst Tom Luginbill for additional commentary.  Kevin Carter (July 14th) and Charles Arbuckle (July 25th) will also make appearances during the network’s coverage of Media Days.  Anish Shroff will be live onsite in Charlotte, North Carolina for coverage of the ACC’s Media Days.  ESPNU’s coverage schedule is noted below.


Mon., July 11th 3pm SEC
Tue., July 12th 1pm SEC
Wed., July 13th 1pm SEC
Thu, July 14th 1pm SEC/Pac-12
Mon., July 18th 1pm Big 12
Tue., July 19th 1pm Big 12
Thu., July 21st 1pm ACC
Fri., July 22nd 1pm ACC
Mon., July 25th 1pm Big Ten
Tue., July 26th 1pm Big Ten


Anchor Matt Barrie and reporter Marty Smith, who will be on site in Alabama for the SEC’s Media Days, will carry coverage on ESPN’s SportsCenter.  ESPN3,, and the SEC Network will each carry their own additional Media Days coverage.  That information is provided below.



Monday, July 25th 2pm Sun Belt
Mon., July 25th
Tues., July 26th
Conference  USA


Tues., July 26th
Wed., July 27th
TBD Mountain West
Thu., July 28th 12pm Mid-American
Tue., Aug. 2nd 9am American


Along with its  major conference coverage, ESPN3 will also carry coverage of four FCS schools’ Media Days.

July 21st 11am NEC
July 26th 10am CAA
July 26th 1:30pm Big South
July 27th 8pm Southland will have reporters on site from a number of Media Days locations providing daily news, analysis and more.  The  reporters and their assigned sites are noted below.




  • Edward Aschoff


  • Greg Ostendorf


  • Alex Scarborough


  • Mark  Schlabach
Pac 12
  • Kyle Bonagura


  • Kevin Gemmell


  • Chantel Jennings


  • David Lombardi


  • Chris Low


  • Ted Miller
Big 12
  • Max Olson


  • Mitch Sherman


  • Jake  Trotter
  • Andrea Adelson


  • Matt Fortuna


  • David Hale


  • Jared Shanker
Big 10
  • Brian Bennett


  • Josh Moyer


  • Dan Murphy


  • Adam Rittenberg


  • Jesse Temple


  • Austin Ward
  • Ivan  Maisel


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ESPN Family Of Networks Kick Off The Countdown To College Football Season Monday, July 13th

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Courtesy: ESPN

The countdown is officially on to the beginning of football season once again. That is because ESPN’s College Football Live returns Monday, July 13th.

ESPN’s College Football Live returns Monday, July 13th with a jam packed show already on tap. It kicks off with a broadcast from the SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama. It will air each day live from SEC Days from July 13th – Thursday, July 16th at 2pm ET on ESPN. Thursday’s broadcast will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Joe Tessitore will anchor each broadcast. He will be joined at the desk by analysts Joey Gallaway and David Pollack for additional commentary and insight. After its kickoff week, College Football Live will broadcast a half-hour progam each day during the college football regular season at 2pm ET on ESPN or ESPN2. Beginning with Monday’s broadcast, those fans that miss the broadcast won’t have to worry as each broadcast will also be available after the fact as an ESPN podcast.

Along with the upcoming season premiere of College Football Live, officials with the ESPN family of networks have also announced the details for its networks’ college football coverage both on television and online. ESPNU will carry coverage of Media Days for the ACC, SEC, Big 12, Big 10, and Pac 12 from July 13th – 31st in a three-hour broadcast for each. The complete broadcast schedule for ESPNU’s Media Day coverage is noted below.


Date                 Time (ET)    Conference

Mon, July 13    3 – 6 p.m.      SEC

Tue, July 14     1 – 4 p.m.      SEC

Wed, July 15    1 – 4 p.m.      SEC

Thu, July 16     1 – 4 p.m.      SEC

Mon, July 20     1 – 4 p.m.     ACC and Big 12

Tue, July 21      1 – 4 p.m.     ACC and Big 12

Thu, July 30      1 – 4 p.m.     Big Ten and Pac-12

Fri, July 31        1 – 4 p.m.     Big Ten and Pac-12

ESPN’s SportsCenter will offer its own coverage to complement that of both ESPNU and the SEC Network with four days of SportsCenter on the Road broadcasts from the SEC’s Media Days. Reporters Joe Schad and Brett McMurphy will have coverage along the way.

ESPN3 and will also offer their own extensive coverage with ESPN3 offering coverage of the Media Days for the Sun Belt Conference, Mountain West, Mid-American, Big South, Southland, and American. will preview each and every media day, provide daily news and analysis, and produce pieces that will center on each of college football’s major conferences. ESPN Now will complement the coverage of ESPN3 and with its own additional content including: photos, commentary, quotes and more from each conference’s media day. Each outlet’s broadcast schedule is noted below.


Date                Time (ET)                Conference

Mon,July 20    2 – 4 p.m.                  Sun Belt

Tue, July 28    TBD                          Mountain West

Wed, July 29   Noon – 3 p.m.           Mid-American

                        TBD                          Mountain West

                        4 – 7 p.m.                  Big South

                        8 – 10 p.m.                Southland

Tue, Aug. 4     TBD                           American

Conference    Reporters

ACC                Andrea Adelson, Matt Fortuna, David Hale and Jared Shanker

Big 12              Brandon Chatmon and Max Olson

Big Ten            Adam Rittenberg, Brian Bennett, Josh Moyer, Dan Murphy, Mitch Sherman                          and Austin Ward

Pac-12            Ted Miller, Kevin Gemmell, Chantel Jennings and David Lombardi

SEC                Mark Schlabach, Edward Aschoff, Alex Scarborough and Greg Ostendorf

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