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

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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:

 

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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:

 

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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:

 

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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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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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