‘College GameDay’ Opens Its 2018 Season At Notre Dame

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ESPN’s flagship college football program is coming home…sort of.

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot returns to South Bend, Indiana and the campus of Notre Dame for its season premiere this Saturday, September 1.  The 10-time Emmy Award-winning program will air live from Libery Quad starting at 9 a.m., preceding the Fighting Irish’s annual showdown with rivals, the Michigan Wolverines.

The program will be simulcast Saturday (and each week) on ESPNU.  Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly will appear on the special broadcast, which comes 25 years after the very first College GameDay broadcast.  marty Smith will interview Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh as he enters his fourth season coaching at his alma mater.

Other topics slated for Saturday’s broadcast include who will be Alabama’s new quarterback and the wake of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski’s death.

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ESPN Announces Early Details For 2018 MEAC/SWAC Challenge

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ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports, has added another matchup to its already extensive 2018 college football broadcast schedule.

The network has added the MEAC/SWAC Challenge to its annual college football broadcast schedule.  The early season game is a matchup of teams from two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  This year’s showdown will pit N.C. Central (MEAC) against Prairie View A&M (SWAC) Sept. 2 at Pete Petit Field at Georgia State Stadium.

The game is one of a number of games owned and operated by ESPN Events.  Terms of the deal between ESPN and other involved parties will see ESPN carry the game for the next three years on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, the traditional opening weekend of the annual college football season.

2018 marks the 14th year that the MEAC/SWAC Challenge has been held.  It also marks the return of the game to a neutral field instead of either team’s home field.

Adding to the interest of this year’s game is that it will be played in the same city as the Celebration Bowl, which features the MEAC and SWAC champions facing off in a bowl-season opening championship game.  This year’s Celebration Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15 at Mercedez Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.  It will be played live on one of ESPN’s networks, which will be announced at a later date.

John Grant, ESPN Events’ Celebration Bowl Executive Director said in a recent interview that placing the MEAC/SWAC Challenge in the same city as the Celebration Bowl made common sense.

“In addition to being a hotbed for college football fandom, Atlanta is a culturally diverse city, with a rich history of HBCU education and excellence,” Grant said.  “To begin the HBCU football season in the same city it concludes in, will give fans two vibrant touchpoints for the excitement and pageantry of these matchups.”

MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas and SWAC Interim Commissioner Edgar Gantt both agreed.

“I am proud to continue this extraordinary event that showcases the excellent student-athletes and coaches from both the MEAC and the SWAC on a national stage,” Thomas said.  “We have a tremendous partnership with ESPN and we appreciate all of their efforts on behalf of both conferences.”

Gantt echoed those sentiments.

“The MEAC/SWAC Challenge is a great contest that our coaches and student-athletes look forward to competing in year after year,” Gantt said.  “ESPN Events has done a wonderful job in making sure the MEAC/SWAC Challenge is a first-class event that ultimately sets the stage for the road back to Atlanta.”

More information on the MEAC/SWAC Challenge is available online now at:

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/MEAC_SWAC

 

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Notre Dame, Miami To Headline ESPN Networks’ College Football Week 11 Broadcast Schedule

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Two of college football’s Top 10 teams will headline this week’s college football broadcast schedule across the ESPN networks.

No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 10 Miami will go under the lights Saturday night on ABC’s Saturday Night Football presented by Wells Fargo.  Saturday’s matchup marks only the fourth time that Notre Dame and Miami have faced each other since 1990 and the first time Miami has hosted Notre Dame since 1989.

Saturday’s matchup has plenty of key story lines.  Notre Dame running back Josh Adams is working hard to make his case for the Heisman Trophy this year.  So far this season, he has racked up almost 1,200 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.  The Fighting Irish’s head coach Brian Kelly has led a dramatic turnaround for the team this season, too.  After finishing last season at 4-8, this season has seen the team go 8-1 so far.

Miami head coach Mark Richt is in only his second year at the Hurricanes’ helm, has the team in the national spotlight for the first time in more than a decade.

While the Irish and ‘Canes are the headliners for this week’s ESPN networks college football broadcast schedule, it is only one of the games on that extensive schedule.  The networks’ Week 11 coverage opens Tuesday, Nov. 7 with a double header as Miami (Ohio) hosts Akron on ESPN2 and Buffalo hosts Bowling Green on ESPNU.  Coverage of both games is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

The action continues Nov. 7 with another double header on ESPN2 and ESPNU respectively.  Toledo and Ohio are up first at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.  Eastern and Central Michigan follow at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.

North Carolina is on the road Thursday against Pittsburgh, with coverage starting at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Radio.  Over on ESPNU, Appalachian State plays host to Georgia Southern beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Friday will see yet another double header with the struggling Cincinnati Bearcats hosting the Temple Owls at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and UNLV hosting BYU at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

Saturday sees lots of action beginning at high noon as No. 15 Iowa State hosts No. 11 Oklahoma State either on ABC or ESPN2.  Seven more games are also scheduled across the networks at noon including games on ESPN Radio, the SEC Network and ESPN3.  This week’s action winds down Saturday night at 10:15 p.m. on ESPNU as Wyoming plays on the road against Air Force.

The ESPN networks’ full college football week 11 broadcast schedule is noted below.

ESPN’s Week 11 College Football Programming Schedule

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Tues, Nov 7

7:30 p.m.

Akron at Miami (Ohio)

Kevin Negandhi, Rocky Boiman, Quint Kessenich

ESPN2

 

 

Bowling Green at Buffalo

Kevin Brown, Ray Bentley

ESPNU

Wed, Nov 8

7 p.m.

Toledo at Ohio

Chris Cotter, Desmond Howard, Quint Kessenich

ESPN2

 

8 p.m.

Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan

Mike Corey, Tom Luginbill

ESPNU

Thu, Nov 9

7:30 p.m.

North Carolina at Pittsburgh

TV: Dave Flemming, Joey Galloway, Booger McFarland, Laura Rutledge

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN and ESPN Radio

 

 

Georgia Southern at Appalachian State

Mark Neely, Jay Walker

ESPNU

Fri, Nov 10

7 p.m.

Temple at Cincinnati

Dave Lamont, Mack Brown, Jen Lada

ESPN2

 

10:30 p.m.

BYU at UNLV

Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath

ESPN2

Sat, Nov 11

Noon

No. 11 Oklahoma State at No. 15 Iowa State

Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra

ABC or ESPN2*

 

 

No. 20 NC State at Boston College

Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

ABC or ESPN2*

 

 

Arkansas at No. 19 LSU

Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Julie Stewart-Binks

ESPN

 

 

Connecticut at UCF

Mike Couzens, John Congemi,

ESPNU

 

 

Missouri Valley  at MidAmerica Nazarene

ESPN3

 

 

No.  24 Michigan State at No. 6 Ohio State
Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN Radio

 

 

Louisiana at Ole Miss

Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport

SEC Network

 

 

Merchant Marine Academy at Coast Guard Academy

Dave Weekley, Matt Chatham

ESPN3

 

12:10 p.m.

Indiana PA at West Chester

ESPN3

 

12:20 p.m.

No. 13 Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech

ACC Network Extra

 

1 p.m.

Tiffin at Grand Valley State

ESPN3

 

 

Western Illinois at Indiana State

ESPN3

 

 

Stetson at Jacksonville

ESPN3

 

1:30 p.m.

Wofford at VMI

ESPN3

 

2 p.m.

Middle Tennessee at Charlotte

ESPN3

 

 

Youngstown State at Southern Illinois

ESPN3

 

 

The Citadel at Furman

ESPN3

 

 

Mercer at Western Carolina

ESPN3

 

 

Jacksonville State at Tennessee-Martin

ESPN3

 

3 p.m.

Wake Forest at Syracuse

ACC Network Extra

 

 

Northern Iowa at Missouri State

ESPN3

 

 

Illinois State at South Dakota State

ESPN3

 

 

East Tennessee State at Samford

ESPN3

 

3:30 p.m.

Iowa at No. 9 Wisconsin

Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

ABC

 

 

Florida State at No. 4 Clemson

Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

ESPN

 

 

West Virginia at Kansas State

Anish Shroff, Mike Golic Jr., Roddy Jones

ESPN2

 

 

Virginia at Louisville

Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia

ESPNU

 

 

Charleston Southern at Kennesaw State

ESPN3

 

 

South Dakota at North Dakota State

ESPN3

 

4 p.m.

Kentucky at Vanderbilt

Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan

SEC Network

 

 

San Jose State at Nevada

Shawn Kenney, Al Groh

ESPN3

 

 

Georgia State at Texas State

ESPN3

 

 

Nicholls at Stephen F. Austin

ESPN3

 

4:30 p.m.

Troy at Coastal Carolina

Jim Barbar, John Gregory

ESPN3

 

5 p.m.

UTEP at North Texas

ESPN3

 

 

Arkansas State at South Alabama

Matt Stewart, Forrest Conoly

ESPN3

 

6 p.m.

Kansas at Texas

Lowell Galindo, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden

LHN

 

7 p.m.

No. 2 Alabama at No. 16 Mississippi State

Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

Radio: Marc Kestecher, Barrett Jones

ESPN and ESPN Radio

 

 

Purdue at Northwestern

Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman

ESPN2

 

 

New Mexico at Texas A&M

Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison

ESPNU

 

 

Florida Tech at Delta State

ESPN3

 

 

Northwestern State at McNeese

ESPN3

 

 

Sam Houston State at Abilene Christian

ESPN3

 

7:30 p.m.

Tennessee at Missouri

Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

SEC Network

 

8 p.m.

No. 3 Notre Dame at No. 10 Miami

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor

ABC

 

10 p.m.

Oregon State at No. 22 Arizona

Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich

ESPN2

 

10:15 p.m.

Wyoming at Air Force

Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey

ESPNU

Not all ESPN3 and ACC Network Extra Games are Exclusive
*Reverse-mirror game

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ESPN Networks’ College Football Broadcast Schedule Gets Early Start This Week

Courtesy: ESPN

The ESPN networks’ college football coverage gets off to an early start this week.

The networks’ week 10 broadcast schedule opens at 8 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN2 as Ohio State plays host to Miami (Ohio).  Bowling Green will be on the road against Kent State at the same time on ESPNU.  The broadcasts follow immediately the first of the season’s college football playoffs standings announcement broadcast, which airs at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The ESPN networks’ Week 10 broadcast schedule continues at 8 p.m. Wednesday on ESPN2 as Bowling Green will face Kent State on the road.  ESPN and ESPNU continue the action Wednesday with three more games on the slate, the first of which – Northern Illinois at Toledo – is scheduled for a 6 p.m. ET start on ESPNU.  Temple will play Navy at 8 p.m. on ESPN while Troy hosts Idaho at 9:15 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

No. 22 Memphis and Tulsa open the networks’ weekend college football broadcast at 8 p.m. Friday on ESPN2 while No. 13 Virginia and No. 9 Miami will headline the networks’ extensive Saturday schedule.  The teams will play live under the lights on ABC’s Saturday Night Football presented by Wells Fargo.

This weekend’s action winds down at 10:45 p.m. Saturday as Fresno State hosts BYU on ESPN2.  The ESPN networks’ full Week 10 college football broadcast schedule is noted below.

Please note: AP Rankings were used in this release; however, College Football Playoff rankings will be used starting Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. and through the duration of the season

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Tue, Oct 31

8 p.m.

Miami (Ohio) at Ohio
Mike Corey, Rocky Boiman

ESPN2

 

Bowling Green at Kent State

Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley

ESPNU

Wed, Nov 1

8 p.m.

Central Michigan at Western Michigan
Chris Cotter, Desmond Howard, Quint Kessenich

ESPN2

Thu, Nov 2

6 p.m.

Northern Illinois at Toledo

Mike Couzens, Tom Luginbill

ESPNU

 

8 p.m.

Navy at Temple

Dave Flemming, Mike Golic, Mike Golic Jr., Laura Rutledge

ESPN

 

9:15 p.m.

Idaho at Troy

Mark Neely, Jay Walker

ESPNU

Fri, Nov 3

8 p.m.

No. 22 Memphis at Tulsa

Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath

ESPN2

Sat, Nov 4

Noon

No. 4 Wisconsin at Indiana

Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

ABC

 

No. 16 Auburn at Texas A&M

TV: Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
Radio: Kevin Winter and Dusty Dvoracek

ESPN & ESPN Radio

 

Florida at Missouri

Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Kris Budden

ESPN2

 

Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt

Mike Couzens, John Congemi

ESPNU

 

UMass at No. 21 Mississippi State

Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan

SEC Network

 

Sacred Heart at Bryant

ESPN3

 

Evangel at Avila

ESPN3

 

Valparaiso at Jacksonville

ESPN3

 

California (PA) at Edinboro

ESPN3

 

12:20 p.m.

Syracuse at Florida State

ACC Network Extra

 

1 p.m.

Presbyterian at Monmouth

ESPN3

 

Western Illinois at Illinois State

ESPN3

 

Youngstown State at Indiana State

ESPN3

 

1:30 p.m.

Chattanooga at Wofford

ESPN3

 

2 p.m.

Western Carolina at The Citadel

ESPN3

 

Missouri State at Southern Illinois

ESPN3

 

South Dakota at Northern Iowa

ESPN3

 

Incarnate Word at Sam Houston State

ESPN3

 

2:30 p.m.

Austin Peay at Tennessee Tech

ESPN3

 

3 p.m.

Georgia Tech at Virginia

ACC Network Extra

 

Appalachian State at Louisiana-Monroe

Jim Barbar, Watson Brown 

ESPN3

 

Georgia State at Georgia Southern

Matt Stewart, Tyoka Jackson

ESPN3

 

New Mexico State at Texas State

David Saltzman, Stanford Routt

ESPN3

 

North Dakota State at South Dakota State

ESPN3

 

West Alabama at Valdosta State

ESPN3

 

SE Oklahoma State at Arkansas Tech

ESPN3

 

3:30 p.m.

No. 6 Clemson at No. 20 NC State

Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

ABC

 

No. 3 Ohio State at Iowa

Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

ESPN

 

No. 14 Iowa State at West Virginia

Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra

ESPN2

 

South Florida at Connecticut

Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley

ESPNU

 

Charlotte at Old Dominion

ESPN3

 

4 p.m.

Ole Miss at Kentucky

Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport

SEC Network

 

Coastal Carolina at Arkansas

Mike Morgan, Barrett Jones

SEC Network Alternate

 

Cincinnati at Tulane

Shawn Kenney, Wayne Gandy

ESPN3

 

Louisiana at South Alabama

Dave Weekley, Forrest Conoly

ESPN3

 

Butler at Stetson

ESPN3

 

5 p.m.

North Alabama at West Florida

ESPN3

 

6 p.m.

Limestone at Wingate

ESPN3

 

7 p.m.

Nevada at Boise State
Clay Matvick and Kirk Morrison

ESPNU

 

Grand Valley State at Ashland

ESPN3

 

Southeastern Louisiana at McNeese

ESPN3

 

Central Arkansas at Lamar

ESPN3

 

7:15 p.m.

Texas at No. 10 TCU

Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

ESPN

 

No. 15 UCF at SMU

Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones

ESPN2

 

7:30 p.m.

Southern Miss at Tennessee

Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

SEC Network

 

8 p.m.

No. 13 Virginia Tech at No. 9 Miami

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor

ABC

 

10 p.m.

Oregon at No. 12 Washington
Bill Rowsinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN Radio

 

10:30 p.m.

San Diego State at San Jose State

Kevin Brown, Rene Ingoglia

ESPNU

 

10:45 p.m.

No. 23 Arizona at No. 17 USC

Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich

ESPN

 

BYU at Fresno State

Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey

ESPN2

Please note: Not all ESPN3 and ACC Network games are exclusive

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ESPN Giving Football Fans Their Own Special Halloween Treats

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Football fans will get a special treat of their own throughout the day Tuesday to celebrate Halloween.

ESPN’s NFL Live will present its annual Midseason Awards special at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.  Trey Wingo will host the 90-minute special.  He will be joined by analysts Ryan Clark and Louis Riddick for additional commentary.

Tuesday afternoon’s broadcast will honor the National Football League’s top players, teams, coaches and moments from the first half of the NFL’s 2017 – ’18 season.  The categories featured in the broadcast include:  Defensive and Offensive player of the year, coach of the year, Comeback Player of the year and much more.  The full list of categories and nominees in each is noted below.

2017 NFL Live Midseason Awards nominees:

·        Defensive Player of the Year: Xavier Rhodes (Vikings), Everson Griffen (Vikings), Calais Campbell (Jaguars) and Jalen Ramsey (Jaguars)

·        Offensive Player of the Year (Non-QB): Kareem Hunt (Chiefs), Todd Gurley (Rams), Antonio Brown (Steelers) and Leonard Fournette (Jaguars)

·        Coach of the Year: Sean McVay (Rams), Doug Pederson (Eagles), Mike Zimmer (Vikings) and Andy Reid (Chiefs)

·        Most Surprising Team: Los Angeles Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles

·        Sunday Best (game day wardrobe): Antonio Brown (Steelers) vs. Cam Newton (Panthers)

·        Defensive Rookie of the Year: Jourdan Lewis (Cowboys), Marshon Lattimore (Saints), Tre’Davious White (Bills) and TJ Watt (Steelers)

·        Best Offseason Acquisition: Andrew Whitworth (Rams), Brandin Cooks (Patriots), Julius Peppers (Panthers) and Calais Campbell (Jaguars)

·        Offensive Rookie of the Year: Kareem Hunt (Chiefs), Leonard Fournette (Jaguars) and DeShaun Watson (Texans)

·        Play of the Year: Kenny Stills catch (Dolphins), Derek Carr’s game-winning pass to Michael Crabtree (Raiders), David Njoku one-handed diving catch (Browns), Cole Beasley catches pass on back (Cowboys)

·        MVP: Carson Wentz (Eagles), Alex Smith (Chiefs), DeShaun Watson (Texans) and Tom Brady (Patriots)

·        Comeback Player of the Year: Derek Carr (Raiders), Rob Gronkowski (Patriots), Keenan Allen (Chargers) and Jaylon Smith (Cowboys)

·        Best Celebration: Duck Duck Goose (Vikings), Playing Baseball (Eagles), Hide and Seek (Steelers) and Bobsled (Packers)

Later in the evening, The College Football Playoff Selection Committee Weekly Rating will air exclusively on ESPN at 7 p.m.  Tuesday night’s broadcast is the committee’s first in-season ranking this season.

The rankings will be broadcast weekly on Tuesday nights right up to the final ranking at noon Dec. 3 on ESPN.  The Dec. 3 broadcast will also include the announcement of the 2017 – ’18 College Football playoffs.

Rece Davis will host each week’s rankings broadcast and will be joined by analysts Paul Finebaum, Joey Galloway, Kirk Herbstreit, Booker McFarland, Jesse Palmer and David Pollack.

Along with the rankings announcement, each week’s broadcast will also include an interview with College Football Playoff Selection Committee Chair Kirby Hocutt, reaction from coaches to the rankings discussion on each announcement.

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Wolverines, Spartans Headline ESPN Networks College Football Week 6 Broadcast Schedule

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The Wolverines and Spartans will go head-to-head live Saturday night under the lights on ABC.

The in-state rivals will headline the ESPN networks’ broadcast schedule for the sixth week of the 2017 – ’18 college football season on ABC’s Saturday Night Football presented by Wells Fargo. Coverage is expected to start at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. It will mark the first time ever that the teams will have faced off under the lights and on prime time.

Michigan State has had the edge on the Spartans’ in the teams’ ongoing rivalry with the Spartans taking seven of the teams’ last nine games.  Michigan comes into Saturday’s matchup undefeated so far this season and has allowed no more than 17 points scored against the team, meaning Saturday’s matchup will be just as big as the teams’ previous showdowns.

While the Wolverines – Spartans matchup is the headliner for this week’s broadcast schedule across the ESPN networks, it is not the networks’ only game on tap.  Arkansas State and Georgia Southern open Week Six tonight at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

Millersville takes on East Stroudsburg to open the ESPN networks’ Thursday college football coverage.  Broadcast is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.  Alcorn State and Alabama State follow at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU while No. 17 Louisville and No. 24 N.C. State round out the night on ESPN beginning at 8 p.m.

The UConn Huskies play host to the Memphis Tigers to open Friday’s college football coverage on ESPN beginning at 7 p.m. Morgan State and South Carolina State follow at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU.  Boise State and BYU finish off the night at 10:15 on ESPN.

The ESPN networks’ college football coverage continues Saturday with a near daylong schedule that kicks off at noon with Northwestern hosting No. 4 Penn State on ABC, No. 5 Georgia on the road against Vanderbilt on ESPN, No. 2 Clemson hosting Wake Forest on ESPN2, No. 12 Auburn hosting Ole Miss on the SEC Network, East Carolina hosting Temple on ESPN and Graceland on the road against Evangel on ESPN3.

The gridiron action runs late into the night as Southwest Baptist and Truman State are currently scheduled to finish off the weekend’s coverage.  The full broadcast schedule for this weekend’s games is noted below.

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Wed, Oct 4

8 p.m.

Arkansas State at Georgia Southern

Kevin Negandhi, Rocky Boimain

ESPN2

Thu, Oct 5

7 p.m.

Millersville at East Stroudsburg

ESPN3

7:30 p.m.

Alcorn State at Alabama State

Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker

ESPNU

8 p.m.

No. 17 Louisville at No. 24 NC State

Dave Flemming, Tim Hasselbeck, Matt Hasselbeck, Laura Rutledge

ESPN

Fri, Oct 6

7 p.m.

Memphis at UConn

Dave Lamont, Mack Brown, Jen Lada

ESPN

7:30 p.m.

Morgan State at South Carolina State

Eric Clemons, Jay Walker

ESPNU

10:15 p.m.

Boise State at BYU

Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath

ESPN

Sat, Oct 7

Noon

No. 4 Penn State at Northwestern

Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

ABC

No. 5 Georgia at Vanderbilt

Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra

ESPN

Wake Forest at No. 2 Clemson

Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman

ESPN2

Ole Miss at No. 12 Auburn

Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

SEC Network

Temple at East Carolina

Mike Couzens, John Congemi

ESPNU

Graceland at Evangel

ESPN3

12:20 p.m.

Duke at Virginia

ACC Network Extra

12:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Syracuse

ACC Network Extra

1 p.m.

Georgetown at Princeton

ESPN3

North Dakota State at Indiana State

ESPN3

Davidson at Jacksonville

ESPN3

Brown at Stetson

ESPN3

1:30 p.m.

Samford at VMI

ESPN3

Yale at Dartmouth

ESPN3

Western Carolina at Wofford

ESPN3

2 p.m.

Central Michigan at Ohio

Dave Weekley, John Gregory

ESPN3

Valdosta State at West Georgia

ESPN3

California (PA) at Indiana (PA)

ESPN3

Mercer at The Citadel

ESPN3

Sam Houston State at Stephen F. Austin

ESPN3

2:30 p.m.

Bowling Green at Miami (Ohio)

Jim Barbar, Doug Graber

ESPN3

Kutztown at Bloomsburg

ESPN3

3 p.m.

Florida International at Middle Tennessee

ESPN3

Louisiana-Monroe at Texas State

Shawn Kenney, Stanford Routt

ESPN3

Youngstown State at South Dakota

ESPN3

3:30 p.m.

No. 22 Notre Dame at North Carolina

Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

ABC

No. 13 Miami at Florida State

Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

ESPN

Minnesota at Purdue

Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Kris Budden

ESPN2

Kent State at Northern Illinois

Dan Gutowsky, Marcus Ray

ESPN3

Ball State at Akron

Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry

ESPN3

Western Michigan at Buffalo

Doug Sherman, Dustin Fox

ESPN3

New Mexico State at Appalachian State

Matt Stewart, Stan Lewter

ESPN3

4 p.m.

Tulsa at Tulane

Mark Neely, Ray Bentley

ESPNU

Arkansas at South Carolina

David Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport

SEC Network

Furman at Chattanooga

ESPN3

Oregon State at No. 14 USC

Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN Radio

5 p.m.

Louisiana at Idaho

Joel Meyers, Watson Brown

ESPN3

Western Illinois at Northern Iowa

ESPN3

6 p.m.

UNC-Pembroke at Wingate

ESPN3

6:30 p.m.

Georgia State at Coastal Carolina

Jeff McCarrigher, Tyoka Jackson

ESPN3

7 p.m.

Southern Illinois at South Dakota State

ESPN3

7:15 p.m.

No. 1 Alabama at Texas A&M

Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

ESPN

 

No. 16 Virginia Tech at Boston College

Mike Corey, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones

ESPN2

7:30 p.m.

No. 7 Michigan State at Michigan

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor

ABC

Missouri at Kentucky

Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan

SEC Network

Northwestern State at Nicholls

ESPN3

Fresno State at San Jose State

ESPN3

8 p.m.

No. 25 UCF at Cincinnati

Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey

ESPNU

10:45 PM

California at No. 6 Washington

Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessinich

ESPN

No. 19 San Diego State at UNLV

Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison

ESPN2

TBD

Southwest Baptist at Truman State

ESPN3

Please note: Not all ESPN3 and ACC Network games are exclusive

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ESPN Reveals College Football Week 5 Broadcast Schedule

Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN has announced its broadcast schedule for the fifth week of the 2017 – ’18 college football season.

The ESPN networks’ schedule for the fifth week of the 2017 – ‘18 college football season opens Thursday night with a double-header slate.  Florida A&M plays host to North Carolina Central to open the night beginning at 7:30 p.m. Texas and Iowa State follow at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

Week 5’s action continues Friday night with yet another double-header schedule beginning at 7 p.m. No. 14 Miami will be on the road against Duke live on ESPN in that game.  No. 16 Washington State will play host to No. 5 USC in the night’s second game with coverage set to begin at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN.

No. Clemson and No. 12 Virginia Tech headline Saturday’s extensive schedule that includes games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU and the SEC Network.  The Tigers and Hokies will be live under the lights on ABC’s Saturday Night Football presented by Wells Fargo, with coverage scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.

While the Hokies and Tigers headline the weekend’s college football action across the ESPN networks, the matchup of the ranked teams is not the last of the weekend.  San Jose State and UNLV finish off the weekend’s action Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

The ESPN networks’ full college football Week 5 broadcast schedule is noted below.

ESPN’s Networks Week 5 College Football Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Sep 28 7:30 p.m. North Carolina Central at Florida A&M
Eric Clemons, Jay Walker
ESPNU
8 p.m. Texas at Iowa State
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Laura Rutledge, Todd McShay
ESPN
Fri, Sep 29 7 p.m. No. 14 Miami at Duke
Dave Lamont, Mack Brown, Julie Stewart-Binks
ESPN
10:30 p.m. No. 5 USC at No. 16 Washington State
Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath
ESPN
Sat, Sep 30 Noon Northwestern at No. 10 Wisconsin
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
ABC
Vanderbilt at No. 21 Florida
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
ESPN
North Carolina at Georgia Tech
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Kris Budden
ESPN2
Houston at Temple
Mike Couzens, John Congemi
ESPNU
New Mexico State at Arkansas
Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan  
SEC Network
Rice at Pittsburgh ACC Network Extra
Benedictine at Central Methodist ESPN3
12:20 p.m. Syracuse at NC State ACC Network Extra
1 p.m. Central Michigan at Boston CollegeDave Weekley, Dustin Fox ACC Network Extra
Guilford at Jacksonville ESPN3
East Tennessee State at Furman ESPN3
Gannon at Mercyhurst ESPN3
2 p.m. Missouri State at North Dakota State ESPN3
3 p.m. The Citadel at Samford ESPN3
3:30 p.m. Florida State at Wake ForestMike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra ABC
Baylor at Kansas State
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Bomain
ESPN2
Navy at Tulsa
Mark Neely, Ray Bentley
ESPNU
Buffalo at Kent State
Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry
ESPN3
Murray State at No. 17 Louisville ACC Network Extra
4 p.m. Eastern Michigan at Kentucky
Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
Connecticut at SMU
Shawn Kenney, Rene Ingoglia
ESPNEWS
Colorado Mesa at CSU-Pueblo ESPN3
South Dakota at Western Illinois ESPN3
Clarion at Edinboro ESPN3
5 p.m. Central Connecticut State at Sacred Heart ESPN3
6 p.m. No. 24 Mississippi State at No. 13 Auburn
Dave Flemming, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
ESPN
Akron at Bowling Green
Jim Barbar, Bobby Carpenter
ESPN3
Western Carolina at Chattanooga ESPN3
Bryant at New Hampshire ESPN3
7 p.m. Memphis at UCF
Mike Corey, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones  
ESPN2
Troy at No. 25 LSU
Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison
ESPNU
Ball State at Western Michigan
Dan Gutowsky, Marcus Ray
ESPN3
Coastal Carolina at Louisiana-Monroe
Joel Meyers, Brian Kinchen
ESPN3
Marshall at Cincinnati
Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly
ESPN3
South Alabama at Louisiana Tech ESPN3
Eastern Illinois at Tennessee State ESPN3
Sam Houston State at Central Arkansas ESPN3
South Dakota State at Youngstown State ESPN3
Saginaw Valley State at Grand Valley State ESPN3
Northern Iowa at Southern Illinois ESPN3
West Florida at Florida Tech ESPN3
Abilene Christian at Incarnate Word ESPN3
McNeese at Stephen F. Austin ESPN3
7:30 p.m. South Carolina at Texas A&M
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
Indiana State at Illinois State ESPN3
Southeastern Louisiana at Northwestern State ESPN3
8 p.m. No. 2 Clemson at No. 12 Virginia TechTV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ABC & ESPN Radio
Delta State at Mississippi College ESPN3
Nicholls at Lamar ESPN
9 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 1 Alabama
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
ESPN
10:30 p.m. Colorado at UCLA
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore
ESPN2
San Jose State at UNLV
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey
ESPNU

Not all ESPN3 and ACC Network Extra Games are Exclusive  

More information on this weekend’s college football schedule is available online along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

 

 

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