ESPN Offering Audiences Various Viewing Options For CFB Bowl Games Coverage

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The ESPN family of networks will carry extensive coverage of the College Football Playoff Semifinals today.

The double header schedule starts at 4 p.m. as the No. 1-ranked LSU Tigers take on No. 4 Oklahoma in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl.  No. 2 Ohio State faces off against No. 3 Clemson in the second game on the day, the Fiesta Bowl.  Broadcast for that game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will cover the Fiesta Bowl while Sean McDonough and Todd Blackledge will partner for coverage of the Peach Bowl.

Those who won’t be near a TV today can still catch each game online through ESPN Radio.  Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay and Molly McGrath will cover the Peach Bowl.  The broadcast team of Sean Kelly, Barrett Jones and Ian Fitzsimmons will cover the Fiesta Bowl.

ESPN’s coverage of each game will feature a variety of camera angles, giving viewers the fullest possible picture of each down, run and throw.  Alternate presentation will be available on ESPNU, ESPNEWS and on the ESPN App.

Tom Luginbill and Louis Riddick will anchor the Peach Bowl broadcast on ESPNU.  The duo will follow the game in real time, breaking down each play as the game progresses.

ESPNEWS’ presentation will take viewers high above the field in each game.  Replays will be shown throughout the network’s coverage of each game.

The ESPN App’s All-22 coverage also takes viewers above the field in each game.  The perspective allows audiences to watch the games the same way in which players and coaches study games.

ESPN2 will also present its own unique presentation of the games, as will ESPN Goal Line.

The new angles and ways to watch are just part of what makes this year’s CFB playoffs coverage special for viewers.  This year marks the first time that the Allstate Sugar Bowl will be presented in full 4K.  The presentation will come through sponsorship by Samsung QLED.  it will be available to audiences who receive their 4K service through Altice, Comcast or DIRECTV.

The Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl are just two of the College Football bowl games that the ESPN networks will carry throughout the weekend.  ESPN will carry the Cotton Bowl starting at noon.  The Memphis Tigers and Penn State Nittany Lions will face off in that game.

The Florida Gators and Virginia Cavaliers will go toe-to-toe Dec. 30 in the Capital One Orange Bowl on ESPN.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. EST.

The Oregon Ducks and Wisconsin Badgers will take to the field Jan.1 in the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual.  ESPN will cover that game, too, with the broadcast beginning at 5 p.m. EST.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl will air at 8:45 p.m. EST on Jan. 1 on ESPN.  No. 5 Georgia will take on No. 7 Baylor in that game.

The College Football Championship presented by AT&T will finish off the ESPN networks’ annual CFB coverage on Jan. 13.  The winners of today’s semifinals matchups will determine the teams for the CFB Championship game.

More information on the ESPN networks’ college football coverage is available online now at:

 

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ESPN ‘College GameDay’ To Air Live Today From South Dakota

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ESPN’s flagship college football program will come live today from the campus of South Dakota State University.

The broadcast marks the first time that College GameDay Built by the Home Depot has ever aired live from the university.  The airing will preview the matchup of Missouri Valley Conference foes South Dakota State and North Dakota State.  The South Dakota State Jackrabbits are ranked No. 3 in the Football Championship Subdivision [FCS] while the North Dakota State Bison are ranked No. 1 in the FCS standings.

Broadcast of the weekly three-hour program starts at 9 a.m. ET. It will simulcast on ESPN and ESPNU.  The Jackrabbits and Bison are scheduled to take the field at 3 p.m. ET.

ESPN Reporter Tom Rinaldi will have a special piece examining South Dakota State as it relates to one of its famed graduates who went on to fame in the National Football League.  Rinaldi’s story also examines which team was the last to defeat FCS Champion North Dakota State and what the phrase ‘Holy Nutmeg’ actually means in his story.

The matchup of the Bison and Jackrabbits is just one game on another packed schedule for the ESPN networks.  Kansas State plays host to No. 5 Oklahoma at noon on ABC.  No. 2 LSU hosts No. 9 Auburn at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN Radio.  No. 8 Notre Dame and No. 19 Michigan headline the weekend’s coverage as they take the gridiron under the lights on ABC Saturday Night Football.

The weekend’s full schedule is noted below.

College Football Slate for ESPN’s Networks

WEEK 8

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Thu, Oct 24 7:30 p.m. No. 16 SMU at Houston
Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck/Pat McAfee, Molly McGrath
ESPN
Jackson State at Prairie View A&M
Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker
ESPNU
Fri, Oct 25 6 p.m. Columbia at No. 16 Dartmouth
Bill Spaulding, Jack Ford
ESPNU
9 p.m. USC at Colorado
Dave Flemming, Louis Riddick, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
Sat, Oct 26 Noon No. 5 Oklahoma at Kansas State
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison Williams
ABC
Miami at Pittsburgh
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Olivia Dekker
ESPN
No. 20 Iowa at Northwestern
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Lauren Sisler
ESPN2
No. 21 Appalachian State at South Alabama
Kevin Brown, Andre Ware
ESPNU
Mississippi State at Texas A&M
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
Bowling Green at Western Michigan ESPN3
1 p.m. Southern Mississippi at Rice ESPN+
Harvard at No. 13 Princeton ESPN+
2 p.m. Ohio at Ball State
Jim Barbar, John Gregory  
ESPN+
3 p.m. New Mexico State at Georgia Southern ESPN3
No. 1 North Dakota State at No. 3 South Dakota State ESPN+
3:30 PM No. 6 Penn State at Michigan State
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
ABC
Maryland at No. 17 Minnesota
Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
Syracuse at Florida State
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
ESPN2
Virginia at Louisville
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Kelsey Riggs
ACCN
Alabama A&M at Alabama State^
Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker
ESPN3
No. 9 Auburn at No. 2 LSU
Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN Radio
Central Michigan at Buffalo
Doug Sherman, Jerrod Cheery
ESPN+
Eastern Michigan at Toledo
Michael Reghi, Dustin Fox
ESPN+
Miami (Ohio) at Kent State
Robert Lee, Tyoka Jackson
ESPN+
Akron at Northern Illinois
Shawn Kenney, Forrest Conoly
ESPN3
North Texas at Charlotte ESPN+
Florida Atlantic at Old Dominion ESPN+
3:45 p.m. South Florida at East Carolina
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
ESPNU
4 p.m. South Carolina at Tennessee
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
SEC Network
Duke at North Carolina ACC Network Extra
7 p.m. Arkansas at No. 1 Alabama
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
ESPN
UCF at Temple
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden
ESPN2
Texas State at Arkansas State ESPN+
Troy at Georgia State ESPN+
7:30 p.m. No. 8 Notre Dame at No. 19 Michigan
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
ABC
Colorado State at Fresno State
Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf
ESPNU
Missouri at Kentucky
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
Boston College at No. 4 Clemson
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACCN
8 p.m. Louisiana Tech at UTEP ESPN3
10:15 p.m. Utah State at Air Force
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison, Taylor McGregor
ESPN2
10:30 p.m. Washington State at No. 11 Oregon
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay/Molly McGrath
ESPN

^ – will air at 10:30 p.m. on ESPNU; Not all digital games are exclusive
FCS Rankings Used for North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Dartmouth and Princeton

More information on the ESPN networks’ college football coverage is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/college-foootball

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/CollegeGameDay

 

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ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ Comes Today Live From The University Of Florida

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ESPN’s College GameDay Built by the Home Depot will broadcast live today from Gainesville, FL.

The three-hour program will air starting at 9 a.m. live from the Plaza of the Americas.  Today’s broadcast marks the first time in since 2012 that the program has broadcast live from the University of Florida.

Today’s broadcast comes ahead of a matchup between the No. 10 Florida Gators and their SEC foes, the No. 7 Auburn Tigers. The Gators and Tigers are both undefeated coming into today’s showdown, making today’s game that much more important for each team.

Among the topics planned for discussion on today’s edition of College GameDay Built by the Home Depot are items, such as quarterback Kyle Trask’s impact as the starter for the Gators and Gus Malzahn’s play-calling duties at Auburn.

More information on today’s broadcast of College GameDay Built by the Home Depot and the SEC showdown between Florida and Auburn is available online now along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

Website: http://espn.com/college-football

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/espncfb

 

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Bison, Eagles Vie For 2019 FCS CFB Championship Saturday On ESPN2

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North Dakota State University and Eastern Washington will compete for the FCS College Football Championship this weekend, and ESPN will have full coverage of the game.

The network announced in a news release sent Wednesday, that the game will be played Saturday in Frisco, Texas. Coverage is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. with FCS Championship Game Preview on ESPNEWS.  Gametime coverage is scheduled to start at noon on ESPN2 and the ESPN app.  A Spanish-language broadcast will air on ESPN3.

North Dakota State is undefeated coming into Saturday’s FCS Championship match, and will look to defend its 2017 title.  If the Bison win the title this year, it will be the team’s seventh title in eight years.  For Eastern Washington, a title win would be the team’s first since 2010.

NDSU is led by Walter Payton Award Finalist, quarterback Easton Stick, running back Bruce Anderson and linebacker Jabril Cox.  Head Coach Chris Klieman is in his final season with the Bison, and will take over the head coaching position at Kansas State starting in the 2019 season. Klieman holds a 68-6 record during his time at the helm of NDSU’s football program.

The Walter Payton Award — named after NFL great and former Jackson State University standong Walter Payton — is presented annually to the FCS’ top offensive player.  It is voted on by a national panel of media and college sports information directors.

The Eagles are led by quarterback Eric Barriere and an offense that is ranked third in the nation in yards per play and a defense that is second in turnovers.  This is Head Coach Aaron Best’s first season leading Eastern Washington, after spending more than 20 years with the team, four of which were as a player.

More than a year has past since the Bison and Eagles met on the gridiron.  The last time the teams met was Sept. 9, 2017 at Roos Field in Cheney, WA.  North Dakota State University won that match 41-3.

Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb and Kris Budden will have the call for Saturday’s FCS Championship game.  Budden will anchor the game’s pre-game broadcast and will be joined by analysts Rene and Jay Walker for additional commentary.

University of California Davis Head Coach and former ESPN analyst Dan Hawkins will be a special guest on the pre-game broadcast.  Hawkins led the Aggies to a 10-win season this year.  Those wins included seven conference victories — both stats are new school records.

As a result of his success this year, Hawkins was named the Eddie Robinson FCS Coach of the Year this season.  The Eddie Robinson FCS Coach of the Year Award — named for legendary Grambling State University coach Eddie Robinson — is presented to the FCS’ top Head Coach.  It was established by Stats, LLC.  the award is voted on by a select group of information directors and sports writers from the FCS.

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

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/college-football

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/espncfb

 

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ESPN’s ‘First Take’ To Preview NFC Wild Card Matchup Live From Texas

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The National Football League kicks off its post season this weekend, and ESPN will be on hand to cover the first weekend of the playoffs.

The network announced Monday in a news release, that its hit show First Take will air live from Arlington, Texas where the Dallas Cowboys will host the Seattle Seahawks in one of the weekend’s four Wildcard matchups.  The program’s on-site broadcast marks the third time in as many months that First Take will broadcast from AT&T Stadium.

ESPN Vice President of Production David Roberts said in the release, that Friday’s broadcast will be a positive presentation.

“The energy from the fans at the previous shows in Dallas has been truly unique,” Roberts said.  “Add in that the Cowboys will be playing in a win-or-go-home Wild Card showdown this weekend, and it should make for some unforgettable moments between [Cowboys critic] Stephen A. Smith and the Dallas faithful.”

Friday’s broadcast is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 7:30 a.m. CT/8:30 a.m. ET.  The broadcast starts at 9 a.m. CT/10 a.m. ET and runs until 11 a.m. CT/noon ET.  Friday’s event will air live on ESPN and stream live via the ESPN app.

Friday’s broadcast is just one part of an extensive weekend of NFL coverage from ESPN.  The network’s Monday Night Football broadcast team will cover Saturday’s Wild Card game between the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans on ESPN.  Kickoff is scheduled for 4:35 p.m. ET.

In the college ranks, ESPN will broadcast the College Football Championship live Jan. 7.Clemson and Alabama will compete for college football’s top prize in the game.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.

More information on ESPN’s NFL post season coverage is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/nfl

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NFLonESPN

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNNFL

 

More information on ESPN’s college football coverage is available online now along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/college-football

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CFBonESPN

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espncfb

 

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Hawai’i Bowl Names New Title Sponsor

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It’s time to go bowling, and in the spirit of the season, ESPN has announced one of this year’s bowls has a new sponsor.

The Hawai’i Bowl announced SoFi as its new title sponsor.  The game, scheduled to be played Dec. 22 in Honolulu, HA, is now in its 17th year as a post season game for the college football ranks.

SoFi is a personal finance company based in San Francisco, CA.  The company specializes in student loan refinancing, mortgages and personal loans.The company has more than half a million members.  More information on the company is available online at SoFi.com.

Hawai’i Bowl Executive Director Daryl Garvin said in a written statement, that he is happy SoFi is partnering with ESPN to present the bowl game, which is one of 11 annual college football games that ESPN Regional Television runs.

“On behalf of our executive committee and and football fans across the islands, I’m pleased to welcome SoFi as our new title sponsor,” Garvin said.  “There is no place like Hawai’i during the holidays, and SoFi will quickly become a part of our holiday traditions in the islands and across the country with the ESPN telecast of the SoFi Hawai’i Bowl.”

SoFi Vice President of Marketing and Media Margi Brown shared Garvin’s positive thoughts.

“SoFi is all about fostering and rewarding the ambition of our members, and the Hawai’i Bowl annually celebrates the ambitions of two great teams,” Brown said.  “We’re proud to be the Hawai’i Bowl entitlement sponsor as well as a long-time partner of ESPN.”

The University of Hawaii will be at home against Louisiana Tech in this year’s Hawai’i Bowl, which will air at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN live from Aloha Stadium.  The game will also stream live via the ESPN App.

Tickets for the SoFi Hawai’i Bowl can be purchased online here.  General Admission endzone tickets start at $20 while sideline seating reaches a maximum of $45.

The Hawai’i Bowl was sponsored by ConAgra foods in 2002, its debut season.  In 2003, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Hawaii took over as the game’s title sponsor, and maintained the title until 2014.  The game was then played without a sponsor until this year.

The Hawai’i Bowl is just one of a variety of Bowl Games that have been played in Hawaii throughout history.  Most recently, it played host to the Hula Bowl from 1947-2008.  Prior to that, the Aloha Bowl and O’ahu Bowl were also played in Hawaii.

The Aloha Bowl was played from 1982-2000 and the O’ahu Bowl from 1998-2000.  The state played host to the Pineapple Bowl from 1940-1952 and the Poi Bowl from 1936-1939.

More information on the SoFi Hawaii Bowl is available online along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/espncfb

 

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ESPN Networks Announce Broadcast Schedule For Week 11 Of College Football’s 2018 Season

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ESPN has announced its broadcast schedule for Week 11 of the 2018 college football season.

This week’s schedule features a number of games that have major playoff implications.  One of the most notable of the week’s games is an ACC matchup between undefeated No. 2 Clemson and No. 22 Boston College.  The headlining Saturday Night Football game is scheduled to air live at 8 p.m. Saturday on ABC.

ESPN’s College GameDay Built by the Home Depot will set up the game Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m.  It will broadcast live from the campus of Boston College.  Saturday’s broadcast marks the first time since 2009 that College GameDay Built by the Home Depot has aired from Boston College.

The Eagles are 4-1 in ACC play and second to Clemson in the ACC’s Atlantic Division.  The matchup is critical in Clemson’s search for a division (and conference) title, and for the team’s hopes for a spot in this year’s College Football playoffs.

Other key matchups featured in this week’s schedule are No. 7 Oklahoma taking on Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m. on ABC and No. 8 Washington State on the road against Colorado at the same time on ESPN.  Both games have their own importance to this year’s college football playoffs impacts.

Also, if the Sooners and Cougars each win their games, they will play in their respective conference title games.  A win for either team additionally puts each group in good position to be considered for the playoffs.

Georgia hosts Auburn at 7 p.m. on ESPN in yet another key matchup for Week 11. ESPN2 will feature yet another big game at noon as UCF and Navy (AAC) face off in Florida.  The Knights have the nation’s longest winning streak while the Midshipmen are coming off a loss to Cincinnati in Week 10, so they will be hungry to get back in the “W” column, and to stop the Knights’ streak.

The full schedule of this week’s games is noted below.

Date

Time (ET)

 Matchups/Commentators

Network

Tue, Nov 6

7:30 p.m.

Kent State at Buffalo

Kevin Brown, Ray Bentley

ESPNU

Wed, Nov 7

7 p.m.

Ohio  at Miami (Ohio)

Matt Barrie, Rocky Boiman

ESPN2

8 p.m.

Toledo at Northern Illinois

Chris Cotter, Desmond Howard

ESPNU

 Thu, Nov 8

7 p.m.

North Carolina Central at Bethune-Cookman

Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker

ESPNU

7:30 p.m.

Wake Forest at No. 21 NC State

Dave Flemming, Tim Hasselbeck/Matt Hasselbeck, Laura Rutledge

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN/ESPN Radio

Fri, Nov 9

7 p.m.

Louisville at No. 19 Syracuse

Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Dekker

ESPN2

 

10:15 p.m.

No. 23 Fresno State at Boise State

Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison, Alyssa Lang

ESPN2

Sat, Nov 10

Noon

Wisconsin at No. 14 Penn State

Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath

ABC

 

South Carolina at Florida

Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

ESPN

 

Navy at No. 12 UCF

Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones

ESPN2

 

Tulsa at Memphis

Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia

ESPNU

 

Vanderbilt at Missouri

Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport

SEC Network

 

SMU at UConn

Drew Fellios, Al Groh

ESPN3

 

Akron at Eastern Michigan 

Dan Gutowsky, Bob Carpenter

ESPN3

 

Coast Guard Academy at Merchant Marine Academy

Robert Lee, Matt Chatham

ESPN3

 

12:20 p.m.

North Carolina at Duke

ACC Network Extra

 

1 p.m.

Troy at Georgia Southern

ESPN+

 

2 p.m.

North Texas at Old Dominion

ESPN3

 

2:30 p.m.

Charlotte at Marshall

ESPN+

 

3 p.m.

Liberty at No. 25 Virginia

ACC Network Extra

 

Middle Tennessee at UTEP

ESPN+

 

Jackson State at Alabama State

ESPN3

 

Bowling Green at Central Michigan

Chris Vosters, Marcus Ray

ESPN+

 

3:30 p.m.

Oklahoma State at No. 7 Oklahoma

Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

ABC

 

No. 8 Washington State at Colorado

Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

ESPN

 

Purdue at Minnesota

Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman

ESPN2

 

Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh

Kevin Brown, Andre Ware

ESPNU

 

Kentucky at Tennessee

Taylor Zarzour, John Congemi, Kris Budden

SEC Network

 

4 p.m.

East Carolina at Tulane

Jay Alter, Dustin Fox

ESPNEWS

 

Appalachian State at Texas State

ESPN3

 

5 p.m.

Georgia State at Louisiana

ESPN+

 

Louisiana-Monroe at South Alabama

ESPN+

 

Arkansas State at Coastal Carolina

ESPN+

 

7 p.m.

Auburn at No. 6 Georgia

Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

ESPN

 

Miami at Georgia Tech

TV: Clay Matvick, Dan Orlovsky, Paul Carcaterra

Radio: Bill Rosinski, Barrett Jones, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN2 and ESPN Radio

 

South Florida at Cincinnati

Bill Roth, Mike Golic Jr.

ESPNU

 

Rice at Louisiana Tech

ESPN+

 

Florida International at UTSA

ESPN+

 

7:30 p.m.

No. 3 LSU at Arkansas

Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

SEC Network

 

8 p.m.

No. 2 Clemson at No. 22 Boston College

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor

ABC

 

10:30 p.m.

UNLV at San Diego State

Mark Neely, Ray Bentley, Alex Corddry

ESPN2

 

10:30 PM

California at USC

Adam Amin, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich

ESPN and ESPN Radio

 

Colorado State at Nevada

Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey

ESPNU

Not all digital games are exclusive

More information on the ESPN networks’ college football coverage is available online along with all of the latest college football news at:

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/espncfb

 

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‘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.

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

 

Website: http://www.espn.com//college-football

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/collegegameday

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CollegeGameDay

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ESPN Announces Early Details For 2018 MEAC/SWAC Challenge

COURTESY: ESPN Events

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:

 

Website: http://www.meacswacchallenge.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MEACSWACChallenge

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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