AFC Opponents Featured On This Week’s Edition Of ESPN’s ‘MNF’

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And then there were two…

That will be one of the headlines Tuesday after tonight’s edition of Monday Night Football on ESPN.  The Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens are both 2-0 and are two of only three undefeated teams left in the Conference.  After tonight’s game, that number will drop to two.

Coverage for tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET on NFL Live.  Live game coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.  The broadcast team of Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters, and John Parry will cover the game live from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

CHIEFS WEEK 2 HIGHLIGHTS

Kansas City comes into tonight’s game on the heels of a 23-20 win over the San Diego Chargers in Week 2.  Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was 27/47 in the game, and 302 yards and two touchdowns.  The Chargers did not go down without a fight, though, matching, almost matching, or even outdoing the Chiefs in almost every statistic.

San Diego had 479 total yards to Kansas City’s 414.  The Chargers also topped the Chiefs in passing yards, 296-289.  The teams were evenly matched in average yards per play at 6.1 (San Diego) – 5.9 (Kansas City) while San Diego well outperformed Kansas City on the ground, totaling 183 rushing yards to Kansas City’s 125.

San Diego even had noticeably more total possession time during the game (39:27) versus Kansas City (28:38).  Each team was at 46% in its 3rd down efficiency.  Kansas City racked up 11 penalties in the game while San Diego only incurred six.

The short and simple here is that while Kansas City won its week two matchup, the game was the team’s to lose.  Despite a strong performance, the Chargers came up just short.  The team’s woes continued Sunday as it fell 21-16 to the Carolina Panthers, who ended a 10-game losing streak with its victory.  Carolina improved to 1-2 with the win.

RAVENS WEEK 2 HIGHLIGHTS

Baltimore comes into tonight’s game on the momentum of its Week Two victory over the Houston Texans, defeating Houston 33-16.  Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson went 18/24 for a total of 204 yards and one touchdown.

While Houston came up short in the game, it held its own against Baltimore in some of the game’s stats.  Case in point is a comparison of the teams’ average yards per play figure.  Houston gained an average of 5.3 yards per play while Baltimore gained an average of 6.3 yards per play.

Baltimore out did Houston in the ground game, going for a total of 230 yards against Houston’s 51.  By comparison, Houston racked up at total of 253 passing yards to Baltimore’s 177.

Baltimore still outdid Houston in total yards 407-304.

Each team was balanced in its 3rd down efficiency.  Baltimore was at 35% and Houston at 33%.  Houston incurred four penalties versus three against Baltimore.

Looking at the numbers, again, Week 2’s matchup between the Ravens and Texas was hard fought on both sides of the ball, too.

WEEK 3

Tonight’s AFC inter-divisional matchup is certain to be a close game.  While Baltimore is playing host, both teams are 1-0 at home and on the road.  Each is also 2-0 in conference play.

The one category in which one team outshines the other is points.  Baltimore’s net points total is 49 while Kansas City has netted 17 points over two weeks.  Baltimore has scored 71 points and allowed 22 over just two games.  By comparison, Kansas City has scored 57 and allowed 40, a closer figure.

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ESPN’s Weekly ‘CGD’ Broadcast To Air Live Saturday From Miami

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ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will broadcast live Saturday from the campus of the University of Miami.

The network’s flagship college football program is scheduled to air from 9 a.m. to noon ET live from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL.  It will simulcast on ESPNU.

Rece Davis will anchor the broadcast.  Desmond Howard, David Pollack, and Chris “The Bear” Fallica will provide additional commentary.  Kirk Herbstreit and lee Corso will join the broadcast from their homes due to COVID-19 regulations.

The No. 12-ranked Hurricanes will host their Atlantic Coast Conference foes, the Florida State Seminoles on ABC’s weekly Saturday Night Football presented by Capital One broadcast.  Chris Fowler will have the call for the game while Herbstreit will provide additional commentary.  Reporter Molly McGrath will have all of the game’s key headlines.

Miami comes into Saturday night’s matchup on the heels of a 13-point win (47-34) over Louisville on Sept. 19 and a 17-point win (31-14) over the University of Alabama at Birmingham Sept. 10 in its season opener.

The Hurricanes outperformed the Blazers in almost every category in the teams’ Sept. 10 meeting, from first downs to average gain per play, to total yardage.  On the other hand, the Blazers recorded 205 passing yards in the game versus Miami’s total of 155 passing yards.

Louisville gave Miami a harder fight than UAB, performing almost as well as the Hurricanes from the first quarter to the last.  The Cardinals outdid the Hurricanes in Net  Rushing Yards, 209-160, but Miami’s Net Passing Yards total of 325 just barely beat Louisville’s total of 307.

In the battle of the QBs, Louisville went 16-36 in completions, outdoing Miami there, too, 18-30.  The Hurricanes also saw more impact in the penalties category than Louisville, racking up 11 penalties for a total of 89 yards.  Louisville, on the other hand, had seven penalties for a total of 70 yards.

Miami’s Third-Down efficiency rate of 6-13 outdid Louisville’s 4-14.  At the same time, Louisville was 3-4 in Fourth-Down efficiency.  Louisville also outdid Miami in total yardage, 516-485.

Florida State comes into Saturday night’s game hoping to rebound from a Week 1 loss to Georgia Tech.  The Seminoles lost the game 16-13.

Florida State struck early in the game, putting up 10 points in the first quarter, but the Yellow Jackets kept the Seminoles scoreless in the second and to only a field goal in the third quarter.  Georgia State meanwhile put up 16 points between the third and fourth quarters.

Georgia State outplayed Florida State through most of the team’s Sept. 12 game.  The Yellowjackets racked up a total of 438 yards versus Florida State’s 307 yards.  Georgia State totaled more passing yards than Florida State (277-198) and more rushing yards (161-109).  Even the two interceptions thrown by GT quarterback Jeff Simms weren’t enough to stop the Yellowjackets.

On the positive side for Florida State, Georgia State incurred more penalties and lost more yardage than Florida State throughout the game.  The Seminoles were charged with eight penalties for 55 yards while the Yellowjackets had a total of 10 penalties for a loss of 80 yards.

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIMETIME ON ESPN

Saturday night’s ACC matchup between the Hurricanes and Seminoles is just one of the games scheduled to air Saturday night.  Southeastern Conference foes No. 2 Alabama and unranked Missouri open the night at 7 p.m. ET on College Football Primetime on ESPN.  The game is ESPN’s College Football Primetime Samsung QLED 4K Game of the Week.

Sean McDonough will have the call for Saturday night’s SEC showdown.  Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, and Allison Williams will provide additional commentary and reports.

With this week being the SEC’s official return to play, each team comes into Saturday’s game looking to start the season with a win.

 

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

While Saturday night’s college football schedule will be busy, the two games on tap for the evening are not the only games scheduled to air on the ESPN networks.  Saturday’s schedule kicks off at noon ET on ABC — following ESPN’s weekly College GameDay Built by The Home Depot broadcast (9 a.m. to noon ET) — with East Carolina University hosting No. 13 UCF in an AAC matchup.

The previously scheduled game between No. 7 Notre Dame and Wake Forest, which was scheduled to air at noon on ABC, was postponed Tuesday due to concerns about COVID-19.

The full schedule for Saturday’s games is noted below.

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Thu, Sep 24 7:30 p.m. UAB at South Alabama
Matt Barrie, Mike Golic, Jr., Lauren Sisler
ESPN
Sat, Sep 26 Noon No. 7 Notre Dame at Wake Forest
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic, Sr., Paul Carcaterra
ABC
No. 5 Florida at Ole Miss
TV: Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Marty Smith
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN/ESPN Radio
Georgia Southern at No. 19 Louisiana
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Dawn Davenport
ESPN2
Georgia State at Charlotte
Mike Couzens, Jay Walker
ESPNU
No. 23 Kentucky at No. 8 Auburn
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SECN
No. 24 Louisville at No. 21 Pittsburgh
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Kelsey Riggs
ACCN
Georgia Tech at Syracuse ESPN3
No. 13 UCF at East Carolina
Lincoln Rose, Keith Moreland
ESPN+
Campbell at Appalachian State ESPN+
1 p.m. Florida International at Liberty ESPN3
3:30 p.m. West Virginia at No. 15 Oklahoma State
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Kris Budden
ABC
No. 22 Army at No. 14 Cincinnati
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
Tulsa at Arkansas State
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Lericia Harris
ESPN2
UTEP at Louisiana-Monroe
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
ESPNU
4 p.m. No. 4 Georgia at Arkansas
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Tera Talmadge
SEC Network
Duke at Virginia
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Eric Wood
ACC Network
6 p.m. Texas State at Boston College ESPN3
7 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at Missouri
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Allison Williams
ESPN
Houston Baptist at Louisiana Tech ESPN3
North Texas at Houston
Tyler Denning, Stan Routt
ESPN+
Stephen F. Austin at SMU
David Saltzman, LaDarrin McLane
ESPN+
7:30 p.m. Florida State at No. 12 Miami
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Molly McGrath
ABC
No. 16 Tennessee at South Carolina
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
SEC Network
Vanderbilt at No. 10 Texas A&M
Mike Morgan, Andre Ware, Taylor Davis
SEC Network Alternate
Kansas at Baylor
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer
ESPNU
8 p.m. NC State at No. 20 Virginia Tech
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
10:15 p.m. Troy at No. 18 BYU
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN

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ESPN Networks To Present Double Headliner Schedule Saturday Night

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The ESPN family of networks will round out Saturday’s college football broadcast schedule with a double headliner slate of games.

 

GAME ONE

The first game on Saturday’s special double headliner schedule is a matchup of Southeastern Conference foes No. 2 Alabama and unranked Missouri.  Coverage for the weekly broadcast is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.  The game is ESPN’s College Football Primetime Samsung QLED 4K Game of the Week.

Sean McDonough will have the call for Saturday night’s SEC showdown.  Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, and Allison Williams will provide additional commentary and reports.

With this week being the SEC’s official return to play, each team comes into Saturday’s game looking to start the season with a win.

 

GAME TWO

The second of the day’s headlining games is an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup between the No. 12 Miami Hurricanes and unranked Florida State Seminoles.  Coverage of the Saturday Night Football presented by Capital One game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

Chris Fowler will have the call for the game.  Analyst Kirk Herbstreit will provide additional commentary.  Reporter Molly McGrath will have all of the game’s key headlines.

Miami come into Saturday night’s matchup on the heels of a 13-point win (47-34) over Louisville on Sept. 19 and a 17-point win (31-14) over the University of Alabama at Birmingham Sept. 10 in its first game of the season.

The Hurricanes outperformed the Blazers in almost every category in the teams’ Sept. 10 meeting, from first downs to average gain per play, to total yardage.  On the other hand, the Blazers recorded 205 passing yards in the game versus Miami’s total of 155 passing yards.

Louisville gave Miami a harder fight than UAB, performing almost as well as the Hurricanes from the first quarter to the last.  The Cardinals outdid the Hurricanes in Net  Rushing Yards, 209-160, but Miami’s Net Passing Yards total of 325 just barely beat Louisville’s total of 307.

In the battle of the QBs, Louisville went 16-36 in completions, outdoing Miami there, too, 18-30.  The Hurricanes also saw more impact in the penalties category than Louisville, racking up 11 penalties for a total of 89 yards.  Louisville, on the other hand, had seven penalties for a total of 70 yards.

Miami’s Third-Down efficiency rate of 6-13 outdid Louisville’s 4-14.  At the same time, Louisville was 3-4 in Fourth-Down efficiency.  Louisville also outdid Miami in total yardage, 516-485.

Florida State comes into Saturday night’s game hoping to rebound from a Week 1 loss to Georgia Tech.  The Seminoles lost the game 16-13.

Florida State struck early in the game, putting up 10 points in the first quarter, but the Yellow Jackets kept the Seminoles scoreless in the second and to only a field goal in the third quarter.  Georgia State meanwhile put up 16 points between the third and fourth quarters.

Georgia State outplayed Florida State through most of the team’s Sept. 12 game.  The Yellowjackets racked up a total of 438 yards versus Florida State’s 307 yards.  Georgia State totaled more passing yards than Florida State (277-198) and more rushing yards (161-109).  Even the two interceptions thrown by GT quarterback Jeff Simms weren’t enough to stop the Yellowjackets.

On the positive side for Florida State, Georgia State incurred more penalties and lost more yardage than Florida State throughout the game.  The Seminoles were charged with eight penalties for 55 yards while the Yellowjackets had a total of 10 penalties for a loss of 80 yards.

 

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

While Saturday night’s college football schedule will be busy, the two games on tap for the evening are not the only games scheduled to air on the ESPN networks.  Saturday’s schedule kicks off at noon ET on ABC — following ESPN’s weekly College GameDay Built by The Home Depot broadcast (9 a.m. to noon ET) — with East Carolina University hosting No. 13 UCF in an AAC matchup.

The previously scheduled game between No. 7 Notre Dame and Wake Forest, which was scheduled to air at noon on ABC, was postponed Tuesday due to concerns about COVID-19.

The full schedule for Saturday’s games is noted below.

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Thu, Sep 24 7:30 p.m. UAB at South Alabama
Matt Barrie, Mike Golic, Jr., Lauren Sisler
ESPN
Sat, Sep 26 Noon No. 7 Notre Dame at Wake Forest
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic, Sr., Paul Carcaterra
ABC
No. 5 Florida at Ole Miss
TV: Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Marty Smith
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN/ESPN Radio
Georgia Southern at No. 19 Louisiana
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Dawn Davenport
ESPN2
Georgia State at Charlotte
Mike Couzens, Jay Walker
ESPNU
No. 23 Kentucky at No. 8 Auburn
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SECN
No. 24 Louisville at No. 21 Pittsburgh
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Kelsey Riggs
ACCN
Georgia Tech at Syracuse ESPN3
No. 13 UCF at East Carolina
Lincoln Rose, Keith Moreland
ESPN+
Campbell at Appalachian State ESPN+
1 p.m. Florida International at Liberty ESPN3
3:30 p.m. West Virginia at No. 15 Oklahoma State
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Kris Budden
ABC
No. 22 Army at No. 14 Cincinnati
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
Tulsa at Arkansas State
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Lericia Harris
ESPN2
UTEP at Louisiana-Monroe
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
ESPNU
4 p.m. No. 4 Georgia at Arkansas
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Tera Talmadge
SEC Network
Duke at Virginia
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Eric Wood
ACC Network
6 p.m. Texas State at Boston College ESPN3
7 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at Missouri
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Allison Williams
ESPN
Houston Baptist at Louisiana Tech ESPN3
North Texas at Houston
Tyler Denning, Stan Routt
ESPN+
Stephen F. Austin at SMU
David Saltzman, LaDarrin McLane
ESPN+
7:30 p.m. Florida State at No. 12 Miami
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Molly McGrath
ABC
No. 16 Tennessee at South Carolina
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
SEC Network
Vanderbilt at No. 10 Texas A&M
Mike Morgan, Andre Ware, Taylor Davis
SEC Network Alternate
Kansas at Baylor
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer
ESPNU
8 p.m. NC State at No. 20 Virginia Tech
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
10:15 p.m. Troy at No. 18 BYU
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN

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Cardinals, Royals To Close Out Weekday Series Wednesday On ESPN2

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The St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals will face off live on ESPN2 Wednesday.

Wednesday’s game is the closer in the cross-conference rivals’ three-game series.  The Royals (22-32) opened the series Monday with a 4-1 win over St. Louis, who is fighting for a chance in the postseason.  The Royals sit last in the American League Central with no chance of making the postseason.

Coverage for the game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.  Tom Hart will have the call for the game.  Jessica Mendoza and Kyle Peterson will provide additional commentary.

Danny Duff (3-4) is scheduled to start for Kansas City in Wednesday’s game.  His last time on the mound was Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers.  Milwaukee won the game 9-5, with Duffy taking the loss for the Royals.  He allowed six runs and six earned runs on seven hits; two walks and two home runs while striking out five batters over 3.2 innings.

Carlos Martinez (0-2) is scheduled to get the start for St. Louis.  His last time on the mound was Friday in the first of game of a double header against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Cardinals won the game 6-5, with Alex Reyes credited with the win.

Martinez pitched 3.2 innings in the game, allowing five runs and one earned run on three hits.  He walked four batters and struck out one.

As of Tuesday, the Cardinals are second in the National League Central standings, ahead of Cincinnati, but only because it has three fewer losses than the Reds.  Cincinnati has two more wins than St. Louis.

Martinez’s struggles in his last appearance gives host Kansas City more hopes of picking up another win Wednesday.  At the same time, Kansas City has struggled just as much at home (11-13) this season as on the road (11-19).

St. Louis meanwhile has been only moderately successful in both its home and road record.  The Cardinals are 11-11 at home so far this season and 15-14 on the road, which means even more that Wednesday’s game (and this week’s series) could go to either team.

Additionally, each team is 6-4 in its last 10 games.  The series’ second game is tonight with first pitch scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET.

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ESPN To Air MLB Double Header Tuesday

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ESPN will bring audiences another MLB double header Tuesday as the race for the postseason continues.

The New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays will open the night in the evening’s first game.  Coverage of the American League East contest is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET with Karl Ravech on the call.  Analysts Eduardo Perez and Tim Kurkjian will provide additional commentary.

Tuesday night’s game is the second in a four-game series between the Yankees and Blue Jays.  New York has secured its spot in the post season despite a crushing 10-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox Sunday night.  Boston is not in the postseason picture.

Toronto (27-26) is fighting for its playoff hopes, as five teams in the American League has already claimed spots in the postseason.  Cleveland (29-24) and Houston (27-26) are likely to punch their tickets this week.

The host Blue Jays have not announced who will get the start for Tuesday’s game.  Gerrit Cole (6-3) is scheduled to get the start on the mound for New York.  His last time on the mound was Sept. 16 against Toronto.  The Yankees won that game 13-2 with Cole getting the win in the matchup.

Tuesday’s game (and the week’s series) can go to either team according to the teams’ statistics.  New York will come into tonight’s series opener looking to bounce back from its embarrassing loss to Boston Sunday night, meaning the team will have motivation to win.  Additionally, New York is 9-1 in its last 10 games

The Yankees’ problem is that they have proven far better at home 21-7) than on the road (10-15) his season. Staying on that note, Toronto has also proven better at home (12-7) than on the road (15-19), and this week’s series between the teams has Toronto as the host team.

 

GAME 2

Once the Yankees and Blue Jays are done, ESPN will take audiences to California for a best-of-the-west cross-conference matchup between the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics and NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. Tuesday’s matchup is the opener in a three-series game between the teams.

Coverage for the game is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m.  Jon Sciambi will have the call for the game.  Rick Sutcliffe and MLB Hall-Of Fame inductee Chipper Jones will provide additional commentary.

The As and Dodgers have punched their tickets to the postseason.  Each will come in to Tuesday’s game licking their wounds from losses Sunday night.  Oakland fell 14-2 Sunday against their NL West foes, the San Francisco Giants while Los Angeles was handed a 6-3 loss by its NL West foes from Colorado.

Both teams are off tonight and using the time off to regroup and regroup for Tuesday’s game.

Dustin May (1-1) is slated to get the start on the mound for Los Angeles in Tuesday’s series opener.  His last time on the mound was Sept. 16 against the San Diego Padres.  The Dodgers won that game 7-5.  Adam Kolarek (3-0) was credited with the win.  May pitched 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on three hits, one earned run, one walk and two home runs while striking out six batters.

Frankie Montas (3-4) is scheduled to start for Oakland.  More than a week has passed since Montas threw a pitch on Sept. 13 against the Texas Rangers, so he will hope to not have too much rust as he returns to the mound.  Texas won that game, with Montas taking the loss.

Montas struggled over the course of 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, four earned runs, one walk, and two home runs while striking out seven batters.

While The Dodgers and As both are hoping to rebound from their respective losses Sunday, the numbers favor Los Angeles.  The Dodgers, who will play host to the As, are 6-4 in their last 10 games and have been successful at home (16-8) and one the road (22-8).

Oakland meanwhile is 5-5 in its last 10 games.  The team has been decidedly better at home (20-8) than on the road (13-12).

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ESPN To Mark Raiders New Home Debut With Megacast Monday Night

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The New Orleans Saints and Las Vegas Raiders will close out the second week of the 2020 NFL season live on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

The game is the Raiders’ first in its new home stadium, Allegiant Stadium, and ESPN will mark the occasion with an expanded simulcast of the game on ABC and ESPN Deportes.

Additionally, ESPN2 will feature free-flowing conversation with NFL stars, celebrity athletes and actors during the game.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m. ET.

As an added bonus, veteran rock band The Killers will perform live at halftime from the rooftop of Caesar’s Palace.  The performance will also simulcast on all noted networks.

Monday night’s game is not only to mark the debut of the Raiders in their new home.  It is also part of ESPN’s ongoing 50th “birthday” of Monday Night Football.  The program first aired Sept. 21, 1970 with the ew York Jets and Cleveland Browns facing off on ABC.

Monday Night Football‘s 50th birthday is just one of the notable anniversaries that ESPN will mark Monday night.  The game’s broadcast will come four days after the 100th birthday of the National Football League.

The Raiders opened the 2020 season with a win in Week One against the Carolina Panthers 34-30.  The Saints also won their opening week game, claiming a 34-23 victory over Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

While both teams won in Week One, the Saints won by 11 while the Raiders’ victory was a four-point spread, placing the Raiders third in the AFC West and Saints atop the NFC South standings.

Monday Night Countdown will precede Monday night’s cross-conference matchup between the Saints and Raiders starting at 6 p.m. ET.

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ESPN To Feature Two Cross-Conference Matchups Sunday In Double Header Broadcast Schedule

The Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins will close out their three-game weekend series Sunday live on ESPN.

The teams are scheduled to take the field live at 7 p.m. ET.  on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell. Matt Vasgersian will have the call for the broadcast.  World Series Champion and EPN analyst Alex Rodriguez and ESPN Senior MLB Insider Buster Olney will join Vasgersian with additional commentary.

Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the call for the game on ESPN Radio.

Yu Darvish (7-2) is scheduled to get the start for the host Cubs in Sunday night’s game.  His last time on the mound was Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians.  Darvish pitched seven innings in the game, allowing nine hits, two earned runs, and one walk while striking out seven batters during his time on the mound.

Chicago eked out the 6-5 win in Tuesday’s game against Cleveland.  Jeremy Jeffress (4-1) was credited with the win in the matchup.

Jose’ Berri’os (4-3) is scheduled to get the start for Minnesota in Sunday’s game.  His last time on the mound was Monday against the Chicago White Sox, who have punched their ticket to the post season.  Barri’os pitched five innings in the game, allowing six hits, one earned run, and one walk while striking out two batters.

The White Sox won the noted game 3-1.  Taylor Rogers (1-4) took the loss for the Twins, having pitched less than an inning. He allowed two hits, two earned runs, and two walks.  He struck out none.

The Cubs took the lead game in this weekend’s series, 1-0.  The series’ second game is scheduled to take place tonight.  Alec Mills (5-3) is scheduled to get the start for the Cubs in tonight’s game.

Mills’ last time on the mound was Sept. 13 against Milwaukee.  The Cubs dominated the Brewers 12-0 in that game.  Mills made headlines that night, having pitched a perfect game.

Michael Pineda (1-0) is scheduled to get the start for the Twins in tonight’s game.  His last time on the mound was Sept. 13 against Cleveland.  Minnesota won that game 7-5.  Caleb Thielbar was credited with the win, pitching less than an inning, allowing one run, one earned run, and wo walks while striking out one batter.

Sunday night’s series closer and tonight’s game are toss-ups, looking at the noted figures and the teams’ overall stats.  Each team is comfortably in the postseason fight in its respective conference and division.

Minnesota is looking to rebound tonight after Friday night’s loss to the Cubs.  The team 5-5 in its last 10 games, though.  Chicago meanwhile is 8-2 in its last 10 games.  Adding to the interest is that Chicago is 19-12 at home so far this season versus going 12-8 on the road.

The Twins have also proven far better at home this season (21-5) than on the road (10-17).

Sunday night’s game is just one of two in a double header schedule for ESPN.  the network will offer a matinee game live at 4 p.m. between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics in yet another cross-conference matchup.

That game is the closer in the teams’ three-game weekend series.  The American League West leading Athletics (32-19) took the series’ opener Friday 6-0 against the Giants (25-25) who sit third in the National League West.

Karl Ravech will have the call for Sunday afternoon’s game.  Analyst Eduardo Perez and MLB Hall-Of-Famer Chipper Jones will join Ravech and provide additional commentary.

Oakland has not yet announced who will start on the mound Sunday.  Johnny Cueto (2-1) is scheduled to get the start for the Giants.  His last time on the mound was Sept. 13 against the San Diego Padres during a double header that day.

The series’ second game is scheduled to take place at 4:10 p.m. ET today.  Jesus Luzardo (2-2) is scheduled to get the start in this afternoon’s game.  His last time on the mound was Sept. 14 against the Seattle Mariners during a double header schedule that day.

Kevin Gausman (3-2) is scheduled to get the start this afternoon for San Francisco.  He has not thrown a pitch since Sept. 7 against Arizona.  Gausman was credited with the win in the 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.  Over the course of six innings pitched, Gausman allowed two hits one run, one earned run, three walks, and struck out nine batters.

The Giants and Athletics are each h6-4 in their last 10 games, and while Gausman won his last game, the numbers still favor the Athletics in Saturday and Sunday’s games.  The As are 19-7 at home so far this season and 13-12 on the road.  The team’s win Friday is also part of a two-game win streak, meaning the team will come into this weekend’s games with some momentum.

The Giants meanwhile have struggled on the road this season, going 9-16 away.That is compared to a 16-9 home record so far.

Sunday’s double header schedule will launch at 3 p.m. with Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown.  Kevin Connors will anchor the broadcast live from ESPN’s Bristol, CT studios.  World Series Champion and ESPN analyst Mark Teixeira will join Connors and provide additional commentary.

ESPN Analyst Tim Kurkjian and Olympic Gold Medalist Jessica Mendoza will join the broadcast remotely.

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ESPN’s ‘CGD’ Broadcasting Live Today From University of Louisville Campus

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ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will air today live from the campus of the University of Louisville.

The broadcast, scheduled to start at 9 a.m. ET, live from the concourse at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, KY.  It comes ahead of tonight’s game between the No. 18 Cardinals and No. 17 Miami Hurricanes.

Tonight’s game is the headliner in the ESPN networks’ daylong college football broadcast schedule.  Live coverage of the game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.  The broadcast team of Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Allison Williams will cover the game.

Each team will come in to Saturday night’s game on the heels of a Week 1 win.  The Hurricanes defeated the University of Alabama at Birmingham 31-14 in Week 1 while the Cardinals won their game against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 35-21.

Rece Davis will host this morning’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot broadcast.  Analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Chris “The Bear” Fallica will provide additional commentary along with lee Corso, who will appear live from his home.

Saturday night’s showdown is just one of the games on tap for ESPN’s weekly CFB schedule.  The Campbell Camels and Coastal Carolina Chanticleers open the weekend’s slate at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday on ESPN.

Saturday’s day-long schedule opens at noon with games across the ESPN family of networks.  Tulane will host Navy on ABC;  No. 11 Oklahoma State will host Tulsa on ESPN; No. 19 Louisiana will be on the road against Georgia State on ESPN2; The ACC Network will carry coverage of the Syracuse Orange taking on host No. 25 Pittsburgh.

Liberty and Western Kentucy will face off live on ESPNU at noon while No. 13 Cincinnati will take on the 0-2 Austin Peay at noon on ESPN+; Boston College and Duke will broadcast live at noon on ESPN3.

The ESPN networks’ full CFB broadcast schedule for this weekend is noted below.

 

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Talent Network
Fri, Sep 18 7:30 p.m. Campbell at Coastal Carolina
Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Cole Cubelic
ESPN
Sat, Sep 19 Noon Navy at Tulane
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
ABC
Tulsa at No. 11 Oklahoma State
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Kris Budden
ESPN
No. 19 Louisiana at Georgia State
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
Liberty at Western Kentucky
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
ESPNU
Syracuse at No. 25 Pittsburgh
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Kelsey Riggs
ACC Network
Austin Peay at No. 13 Cincinnati
David Saltzman, Keith Moreland
ESPN+
Boston College at Duke ESPN3
3 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at UTSA ESPN3
3:30 p.m. No. 14 UCF at Georgia Tech
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Marty Smith
ABC
Florida Atlantic at Georgia Southern
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Lericia Harris
ESPN
Charlotte at No. 12 North Carolina ESPN3
4 p.m. Troy at Middle Tennessee
Dave Neal, Jay Walker, Dawn Davenport
ESPN2
The Citadel at No. 1 Clemson
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Eric Wood
ACC Network
7:30 p.m. No. 17 Miami at No. 18 Louisville
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Allison Williams
ABC
Louisiana Tech at Southern Mississippi
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic, Sr., Lauren Sisler
ESPN2
Texas State at Louisiana-Monroe
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer
ESPNU
8 p.m. Wake Forest at NC State
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
9 p.m. Abilene Christian at UTEP ESPN3

 

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Cardinals, Hurricanes To Headline This Weekend’s ESPN Networks CFB Broadcast Schedule

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ABC’s weekly Saturday Night Football broadcast will feature a showdown of two Top 20 college football teams this week.

No. 18 Louisville will host No. 17 Miami in this week’s broadcast.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET.  The broadcast team of Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Allison Williams will cover the game.

Each team will come in to Saturday night’s game on the heels of a Week 1 win.  The Hurricanes defeated the University of Alabama at Birmingham 31-14 in Week 1 while the Cardinals won their game against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 35-21.

Saturday night’s showdown is just one of the games on tap for ESPN’s weekly CFB schedule.  The Campbell Camels and Coastal Carolina Chanticleers open the weekend’s slate at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday on ESPN.

Saturday’s day-long schedule opens at noon with games across the ESPN family of networks.  Tulane will host Navy on ABC;  No. 11 Oklahoma State will host Tulsa on ESPN; No. 19 Louisiana will be on the road against Georgia State on ESPN2; The ACC Network will carry coverage of the Syracuse Orange taking on host No. 25 Pittsburgh.

Liberty and Western Kentucy will face off live on ESPNU at noon while No. 13 Cincinnati will take on the 0-2 Austin Peay at noon on ESPN+; Boston College and Duke will broadcast live at noon on ESPN3.

The ESPN networks’ full CFB broadcast schedule for this weekend is noted below.

 

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Talent Network
Fri, Sep 18 7:30 p.m. Campbell at Coastal Carolina
Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Cole Cubelic
ESPN
Sat, Sep 19 Noon Navy at Tulane
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
ABC
    Tulsa at No. 11 Oklahoma State
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Kris Budden
ESPN
    No. 19 Louisiana at Georgia State
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
    Liberty at Western Kentucky
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
ESPNU
    Syracuse at No. 25 Pittsburgh
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Kelsey Riggs
ACC Network
    Austin Peay at No. 13 Cincinnati
David Saltzman, Keith Moreland
ESPN+
    Boston College at Duke ESPN3
  3 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at UTSA ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. No. 14 UCF at Georgia Tech
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Marty Smith
ABC
    Florida Atlantic at Georgia Southern
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Lericia Harris
ESPN
    Charlotte at No. 12 North Carolina ESPN3
  4 p.m. Troy at Middle Tennessee
Dave Neal, Jay Walker, Dawn Davenport
ESPN2
    The Citadel at No. 1 Clemson
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Eric Wood
ACC Network
  7:30 p.m. No. 17 Miami at No. 18 Louisville
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Allison Williams
ABC
    Louisiana Tech at Southern Mississippi
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic, Sr., Lauren Sisler
ESPN2
    Texas State at Louisiana-Monroe
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer
ESPNU
  8 p.m. Wake Forest at NC State
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
  9 p.m. Abilene Christian at UTEP ESPN3

 

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NBA Eastern Conference Finals Tips Off Tuesday On ESPN

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Miami and Boston will vie for the NBA’s Eastern Conference Championship this year.

The Heat and Celtics will tip-off their championship series at 8:30 p.m. ET Tuesday on ESPN.  Mike Breen will anchor Tuesday night’s broadcast.  Analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson will provide additional commentary.  The trio will also have the call for the NBA Finals presented by YouTube on ABC.

NBA Countdown presented by Mountain Dew will precede Game One’s broadcast.  Maria Taylor will anchor the broadcast, which will come live from ESPN’s new rooftop, riverfront stadium in New York City.  Analysts Jalen Rose, Stephen A. Smith and Jay Williams will provide additional commentary.  Williams’ appearance will be remote.

ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski will also provide commentary for the pre-game show.  His appearance will come live from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, FL, the home of the NBA playoffs.

Start time for Game One’s broadcast is subject to change depending on coverage of Game Seven in the Western Conference semi-final matchup between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers.  The game is also scheduled to take place Tuesday.  The Nuggets forced the Game Seven showdown after defeating the Clippers 111-98 Sunday.

Game One of the NBA Eastern Conference Championship series will simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and online through the ESPN App.

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