ESPN Networks’ Thanksgiving Weekend CFB Schedule Announced

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ESPN is giving football fans plenty of ways to pass the time safely at home this Thanksgiving weekend.

Approximately 16 of college football’s Top 25 ranked teams are scheduled to face off this weekend in an extensive broadcast schedule across the ESPN networks. This weekend’s schedule is set to launch at noon Friday on ABC, with No. 20 Texas hosting No. 15 Iowa State.

Over on ESPN3, Liberty, which has surprised many fans and other teams this season, will host UMass, also at noon.

Following the conclusion of the Iowa State – Texas game, No. 25 North Carolina will host No. 2 Notre Dame at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. South Florida will host in-state rival UCF in an American Athletic Conference matchup, also at 3:30 p.m., on ESPN.

No. 9 Oregon will visit in-state rival Oregon State at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN to round out the day’s college football broadcast schedule.

The action continues at noon Saturday with 10 games set to take place across the ESPN networks. Michigan will host winless Penn State on ABC, while No. 6 Florida will play host to Kentucky on ESPN2. No. 12 Indiana will host Maryland at noon on ESPN2.

The ACC Network will feature a conference matchup between N.C. State and Syracuse. Meanwhile on the SEC Network, Missouri will host Vanderbilt.

ESPN3 will offer two options at noon: Georgia Southern at Georgia State, and Ball State at Toleo.

East Carolina, which won its second game of the season last week, will host Southern Methodist University (SMU) as one of three games featured at noon Saturday on ESPN+. The other two games slated to stream in the noon time slot on ESPN+ are: Bowling Green at Ohio, and Northern Illinois At Western Michigan.

The gridiron action will continue well past noon into the evening, with the #7 ranked University of Cincinnati on the road against Temple at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNU. #4 Clemson is scheduled to host Pittsburgh at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

No. 14 Oklahoma and West Virginia will headline the weekend’s schedule on ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital One. Coverage is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET.

This weekend’s full college football broadcast schedule is noted below.

DateTime (ET)Game/TalentNetwork
Fri, Nov 27NoonNo. 15 Iowa State at No. 20 Texas
Matt Barrie, Mike Golic Jr., Kris Budden
ABC
 UMass at LibertyESPN3
3:30 p.m.No. 2 Notre Dame at No. 25 North Carolina
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Katie George
ABC
 UCF at South Florida
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer
ESPN
7 p.m.No. 9 Oregon at Oregon State
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Shelley Smith
ESPN
Sat, Nov 28NoonPenn State at Michigan
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic Sr., Paul Carcaterra
ABC
 Kentucky at No. 6 Florida
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
 Maryland at No. 12 Indiana
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Jerry Punch
ESPN2
 NC State at Syracuse
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones
ACC Network
 Vanderbilt at Missouri
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Taylor Davis
SEC Network
 Georgia Southern at Georgia StateESPN3
 Ball State at Toledo
Michael Reghi, Devin Gardner
ESPN3
 SMU at East Carolina
Lincoln Rose, LaDarrin McLane
ESPN+
 Bowling Green at Ohio
David Wilson, Ryan Cavanaugh
ESPN+
 Northern Illinois at Western Michigan
Dan Gutowsky, Marcus Ray
ESPN+
1 p.m.Miami (Ohio) at Akron
Anthony Lima, Jerod Cherry
ESPN3
 UTEP at RiceESPN3
3 p.m.South Alabama at Arkansas StateESPN3
 No. 23 Louisiana at Louisiana-MonroeESPN3
 No. 16 Coastal Carolina at Texas StateESPN+
3:30 p.m.Colorado at No. 19 USC
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Allison Williams
ABC
 Pittsburgh at No. 4 Clemson
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Molly McGrath
ESPN
 No. 11 Northwestern at Michigan State
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Taylor McGregor
ESPN2
4 p.m.No. 7 Cincinnati at Temple
John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia
ESPNU
 Louisville at Boston College
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Eric Wood
ACC Network
 Mississippi State at Ole Miss
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
7 p.m.LSU at No. 5 Texas A&M
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Kris Budden
ESPN
 Kansas State at Baylor
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN2
 Duke at Georgia TechESPN3
7:30 p.m.No. 14 Oklahoma at West Virginia
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
ABC
 No. 13 Georgia at South Carolina
TV: Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
SEC Network/ESPN Radio
8 p.m.Troy at Appalachian State
Bill Roth, Dustin Fox
ESPNU
 Virginia at Florida State
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
10:30 p.m.TBD at Washington
Beth Mowins, Kurt Morrison, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN

Note: Not all digital games are exclusive

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ESPN Announces CFB Conference Championship Broadcast Schedule

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ESPN will broadcast five college football conference championships this season.

Network officials announced the broadcast schedule for the conference championships Tuesday. Opening this year’s coverage is the MAC Championship. The conference title game is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 18 on ESPN. The game is scheduled to take place at Ford Field in Detroit, MI.

The other four title games are scheduled to take place the following day, Dec. 19. Opening the day-long schedule is the Dr. Pepper Big 12 Championship. Coverage is scheduled to start at noon on ABC. It will simulcast on ESPN Radio.

The start time for the day’s next game — the Sun Belt Championship — is under consideration. Conference officials are determining whether to play the game at noon or 3:30 p.m. ET. Additionally, the game site is under consideration along with network (ESPN/ESPN2).

The ACC Championship continues the day’s action at 4 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN Radio. Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC is the scheduled site for the game.

The American Athletic Conference Championship rounds out the weekend’s Championship coverage for the 2020-21 college football season. Coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The game site is under consideration.

The full weekend schedule for the conference championship coverage is noted below.

College Football Conference Championship Games on ESPN and ABC:

DateTime (ET)Matchup/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, Dec 187:30 p.m.MAC Championship Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.ESPN
Sat, Dec 19NoonDr Pepper Big 12 Championship AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TexasABC ESPN Radio
Noon or 3:30 p.m.Sun Belt Championship campus site TBDESPN or ESPN2
4 p.m.ACC Championship Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.ABC ESPN Radio
8 p.m.American Athletic Championship campus site TBDABC

* The Pac 12 Championship on Dec. 18 will also be available on ESPN Radio

In other college football news, ESPN officials have released a statement in regards to the game site for the upcoming New Mexico Bowl. It notes that COVID-19 restrictions in New Mexico have forced the game’s site to move out of state.

“Due to current state guidelines in New Mexico regarding intercollegiate athletics and travel, the 2020 New Mexico Bowl will be staged in Frisco, Texas, at Toyota Stadium, on Thursday, Dec. 24, at 3:30 p.m. ET,” the statement reads.

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ESPN Announces Early Broadcast Schedule For 2020-21 College Basketball Season

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College basketball is back!

The ESPN networks will kick off the 2020-2021 college basketball season at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The season opens with Illinois on the road against No. 23 Ohio State on ESPN and Kansas State hosting Drake on ESPNU. Memphis and St. Mary’s will face off in the Quarterfinal #2 of the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic on ESPN2.

Play continues at 4 p.m. ET as Louisville hosts Evansville on the ACC Network. Quarterfinal #1, featuring a matchup of Northern Iowa and Western Kentucky follows at 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU. No. 10 Kentucky will host Morehead State at 6 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.

Over on ESPN+, Northwestern State will visit No. 14 Texas Tech. That game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. An hour later at 8 p.m. ET No. 19 Texas will host UT Rio Grande Valley on The Longhorn Network.

The opening day of ESPN’s college basketball opening day winds down at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Quarterfinal #4 of the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic, featuring a matchup of VCU and Utah State, finishes the day.

The full broadcast schedule for the ESPN networks’ first two weeks of the 2020-2021 college basketball season is noted below.

ESPN Networks Television Schedule (subject to change)
Please note: Due to the ongoing changes related to the college basketball season, ESPN will unveil TV and digital schedules on a week-to-week basis. Schedule changes will be reflected here, as well as @ESPNPR.

DateTime (ET)Matchup/CommentatorsNetwork
Feast Week Presented by Lowe’s (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU)
Wed, Nov 252 p.m.Illinois State at No. 23 Ohio State
Anish Shroff, Cory Alexander
ESPN
 Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic
Quarterfinal #2
Memphis vs. St. Mary’s
Rich Hollenberg, Dan Dakich
ESPN2
 Drake at Kansas State
Chuckie Kempf, Tim Welsh
ESPNU
4 p.m.Oklahoma State at UT Arlington
Mark Neely, Fran Fraschilla
ESPN
 Bowling Green at No. 25 Michigan
Jason Benetti, Robbie Hummel
ESPN2
 Evansville at Louisville
Mike Couzens, David Padgett
ACCN
4:30 p.m.Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic
Quarterfinal #1
Northern Iowa vs. Western Kentucky
Rich Hollenberg, Dan Dakich
ESPNU
6 p.m.College of Charleston at No. 16 North Carolina
Jay Alter, Malcolm Huckaby
ACCN
 Morehead State vs. No. 10 Kentucky
Paul Sunderland, Jimmy Dykes
SEC Network
7 p.m.2K Empire Classic
Semifinal #1
No. 18 Arizona State vs. Rhode Island
Jon Sciambi, Jay Bilas
ESPN
 Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic
Quarterfinal #3
South Dakota State vs. No. 15 West Virginia
Doug Sherman, Chris Spatola
ESPN2
 Northwestern State at No. 14 Texas TechESPN+
8 p.m.Jacksonville State at Alabama
Richard Cross, Mark Wise
SEC Network
 UT Rio Grande Valley at No. 19 Texas
Lowell Galindo, Lance Blanks
Longhorn Network
 Charleston Southern vs. NC StateACCN
 Houston Baptist at TCUESPN+
 9:30 p.m.2K Empire Classic 
Semifinal #2
No. 3 Villanova vs. Boston College
Jon Sciambi, Jay Bilas
ESPN
 Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic 
Quarterfinal #4
VCU vs. Utah State
Doug Sherman, Chris Spatola
ESPN2
Thu, Nov. 26NoonBad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic 
Semifinal #1
Rich Hollenberg, Dan Dakich
ESPN
2:30 p.m.Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic 
Semifinal #2
Rich Hollenberg, Dan Dakich
ESPN
5 p.m.Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic 
Consolation Game
Doug Sherman, Chris Spatola
ESPN or ESPN2
7 p.m.2K Empire Classic 
Third Place Game
Jon Sciambi, Jay Bilas
ESPN
7:30 p.m.Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic 
Consolation Game
Doug Sherman, Chris Spatola
ESPN2
9:30 p.m.2K Empire Classic 
Championship
Jon Sciambi, Jay Bilas
ESPN
Fri, Nov. 2711:30 a.m.HomeLight Classic  ESPN
1:30 p.m.Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic 
Championship
Rich Hollenberg, Dan Dakich
ESPN
 Sam Houston State vs. No. 14 Texas Tech
Mark Neely, TBD
ESPNU
3 p.m.Bryant at Syracuse
Jay Alter, Malcolm Huckaby
ACCN
4 p.m.Seton Hall at Louisville
Mike Couzens, Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2
 Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic
Seventh Place Game
Rich Hollenberg, Dan Dakich
ESPNU
6:30 p.m.Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic
Fifth Place Game
Doug Sherman, Chris Spatola
ESPN2
7 p.m.Valparaiso at VanderbiltSEC Network
 Longwood at Wake ForestACCN
8:30 p.m.Colorado at Kansas State
Chuckie Kempf, Tim Welsh
ESPNU
9 p.m.Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic
Third Place Game
Doug Sherman, Chris Spatola
ESPN2
 Sat, Nov. 284 p.m.Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker 
Semifinal #1
South Carolina vs. Liberty
Chuckie Kempf, Mark Adams
ESPNEWS
5:30 p.m.Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic 
Rhode Island vs. South Florida
Kevin Brown, Jon Crispin
ESPN3
7:30 p.m.Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker
Semifinal #2
Tulsa vs. TCU
Chuckie Kempf, Mark Adams
ESPN3
Texas Southern vs. Oklahoma StateESPN+
8 p.m.Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic 
Virginia Tech vs. Temple
Kevin Brown, Jon Crispin
ESPNEWS
Sun, Nov. 291 p.m.Richmond vs. No. 10 Kentucky
Dan Shulman, Jimmy Dykes
ESPN
Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Iowa StateESPN+
 Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker 
Third Place Game
Chuckie Kempf, Mark Adams
ESPN2
3:30 p.m.Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker  Championship
Chuckie Kempf, Mark Adams
ESPN2
 5:30 p.m.No. 17 Houston vs. No. 14 Texas Tech
Mark Neely, Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2
 Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic  
Jon Sciambi, Jon Crispin
ESPNU
6 p.m.North Florida at Miami
Dave O’Brien, Jordan Cornette
ACCN
8 p.m.Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic  
South Florida vs. Virginia Tech
Jon Sciambi, Jon Crispin
ESPN2
Mon, Nov. 30NoonCamping World Maui Invitational 
Quarterfinal #1
No. 19 Texas vs. Davidson
ESPN2
2:30 p.m.Camping World Maui Invitational 
Quarterfinal #2
Indiana vs. Providence
ESPN2
6 p.m.Bubbleville  
St. John’s vs. Boston College
ESPNU
7 p.m.Camping World Maui Invitational 
Quarterfinal #3
No. 16 North Carolina vs. UNLV
ESPN2
 William & Mary at NC StateACCN
8 p.m.UM Kansas City vs. Kansas StateESPNU
 Texas State at Mississippi StateSEC Network
9:30 p.m.Camping World Maui Invitational 
Quarterfinal #4
Stanford vs. Alabama
ESPN2
Tue, Dec. 11:30 p.m.Camping World Maui Invitational 
Semifinal #1
ESPN
2:30 p.m.Roman Legends Classic
Semifinal #1
USC vs. BYU
ESPN2
4 p.m.Camping World Maui Invitational 
Semifinal #2
ESPN
 Saint Francis at No. 4 VirginiaACCN
5 p.m.Roman Legends Classic 
Semifinal #2
UConn vs. Vanderbilt
ESPN2
6 p.m.Western Kentucky at LouisvilleACCN
7 p.m.Camping World Maui Invitational 
Consolation Game
ESPN2
7:30 p.m.State Farm Champions Classic  
No. 13 Michigan State vs. No. 9 Duke
ESPN
9:30 p.m.State Farm Champions Classic  
No. 6 Kansas vs. No. 10 Kentucky
ESPN
 Camping World Maui Invitational 
Consolation Game
ESPN2
 Wed, Dec. 21:30 p.m.Camping World Maui Invitational
Third Place Game
ESPN
4 p.m.Camping World Maui Invitational 
Championship
ESPN
 Troy at Wake ForestACCN
5 p.m.Florida vs. OklahomaESPN2
6 p.m.South Carolina State at ClemsonACCN
7 p.m.Jimmy V Men’s Classic Presented by Corona  
No. 12 Tennessee vs. No. 1 Gonzaga
ESPN
 Camping World Maui Invitational 
Fifth Place Game
ESPN2
 Tarleton State at Texas A&MSEC Network
8 p.m.North Florida at No. 21 Florida StateACCN
9 p.m.UT Arlington at ArkansasSEC Network
9:30 p.m.Camping World Maui Invitational 
Seventh Place Game
ESPN2
10 p.m.Jimmy V Men’s Classic Presented by Corona 
No. 8 Illinois vs. No. 2 Baylor
ESPN
 7 p.m.South Dakota State vs. Iowa StateESPN+
 Youngstown State vs. No. 15 West VirginiaESPN+
Thu, Dec. 37 p.m.Roman Legends Classic 
Championship
ESPN
9 p.m.St. John‘s vs. No. 14 Texas TechESPN
9:30 p.m.Roman Legends Classic 
Third Place Game
ESPN2
8 p.m.VMI vs. Virginia TechACCN
 Northwestern State vs. TCUESPN+
Fri, Dec. 42 p.m.UNCG at LouisvilleACCN
4 p.m.Rhode Island at Boston CollegeACCN
6 p.m.Kent State at No. 4 VirginiaACCN
7 p.m.Jacksonville at GeorgiaSEC Network
8 p.m.No. 12 Tennessee at Notre DameACCN
9 p.m.South Alabama at AuburnSEC Network
Sat, Dec. 5NoonBubbleville
NC State vs. UConn
ESPNU
TBDOakland vs. Oklahoma StateESPN+
8 p.m.UNLV vs. Kansas StateESPN+
Sun, Dec. 6NoonElon at No. 9 DukeACCN
1 p.m.No. 3 Villanova at No. 19 TexasESPN
2 p.m.Missouri at Wichita StateESPN2
 Grambling State at No. 14 Texas TechESPNU
 Stetson at FloridaSEC Network
3 p.m.Xavier at CincinnatiESPN
4 p.m.Oklahoma at TCUESPN2
 UTRGV at Texas A&MSEC Network
5 p.m.Hoopsgiving  
No. 10 Kentucky at Georgia Tech
ESPN
6 p.m.DePaul at Iowa StateESPNU
 Louisiana Tech at LSUSEC Network
8 p.m.Oklahoma at TCUESPN+

ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by Continental Tire

DateTimeMatchupNetwork
Tue, Dec. 85 p.m.Purdue at MiamiESPN2
7 p.m.Boston College at MinnesotaESPNU
7:30 p.m.North Carolina at IowaESPN
 Ohio State at Notre DameESPN2
9 p.m.Penn State at Virginia TechESPNU
9:30 p.m.Illinois at DukeESPN
 Syracuse at RutgersESPN2
 Wed, Dec. 95 p.m.Maryland at ClemsonESPN2
7:15 p.m.Louisville at WisconsinESPN
 NC State at MichiganESPN2
 Georgia Tech at NebraskaESPNU
9:15 p.m.Michigan State at VirginiaESPN
 Indiana at Florida StateESPN2
 Pittsburgh at NorthwesternESPNU

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ESPN Awards Ceremony To Cap Off 2020-21 College Football Season

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ESPN will honor the cream of this year’s college football crop in January.

The Home Depot College Football Awards is scheduled to broadcast at 7 p.m. ET on Jan. 7 on ESPN. The 90-minute broadcast will honor the accomplishments of some of the game’s top student-athletes.

Chris Fowler will anchor the broadcast. Reporter Holly Rowe will provide additional stories and commentary for the program.

Pete Derzis, ESPN Senior Vice President of College Sports Programming and Events said in a prepared statement, the upcoming broadcast will not feature a live audience, but stressed that will not lessen the program’s content.

The Home Depot College Football Awards will continue to be what they have always been, and that is a celebration of elite performances in college football,” said Derzis.  “While the award show will look different this year due to COVID-19, the spirit of the show remains the same. We look forward to honoring the stellar performances produced by these student-athletes this season.”

National College Football Awards Association President Mark Wolpert added to Derzis’ statements with his own comments.

“With all of the challenges faced in the 2020 season, we are looking forward to the opportunity to celebrate the game, its players, coaches and the amazing performances that have taken place,” said Wolpert. “This season’s award show will truly be a recognition of not only the top players, but more importantly the incredible efforts involved in making this season possible.”

Sixteen awards will go to players during the ceremony. The finalists for each award will be announced Dec. 22. The award categories are listed below.

Chuck Bednarik Award
College Defensive Player of the Year  
Biletnikoff Award
Outstanding Receiver  
Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award
Nation’s Outstanding Placekicker  
Ray Guy Award
College Punter of the Year
 
Maxwell Award
College Player of the Year
 
Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award
Nation’s Best Quarterback
 
Outland Trophy
Nation’s Most Outstanding Interior Lineman
 
Paycom Jim Thorpe Award
Nation’s Best Defensive Back
 
Doak Walker Award
Nation’s Premier Running Back
 
The Home Depot Coach of the Year
William V. Campbell Trophy Presented By Mazda
Scholar-Athlete
Disney Spirit Award
Most Inspirational Player or Team
Walter Camp All-America Team

 The show will also recognize recipients of the following awards:

John Mackey Award
Outstanding Tight End
 
Rimington Trophy
Outstanding Center  
 
Wuerffel Trophy
Community Service

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First 2020 College Football Playoff Rankings Revealed Tonight On ESPN

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College football fans and teams alike will get their first view of the post season tonight.

ESPN will broadcast the College Football Playoff Top 25 Ranking Show Presented by Allstate at 7 p.m .ET. Rece Davis will anchor the program. Analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Joey Galloway, Jesse Palmer, and David Pollack will join Davis for the broadcast.

The first rankings presentation ahead of the post season, it will feature an interview with College Football Playoffs Selection Committee Chairman Gary Barta. The broadcast will also feature the unveiling of the first playoffs ranking from the selection committee in real time.

As an added viewing option, Rankings Reaction, sponsored by Cheez-It will air online through Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and the ESPN App. Mike Golic Jr., Jason Fitz, and Christine Williamson will host the program live from Studio E in Bristol, CT. The program will air throughout the remainder of the regular season and the post season right up until selection day, Dec. 30.

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ESPN, SoCon Ink New Broadcast Deal

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ESPN and the Southern Conference have reached a new broadcast deal.

The announcement was made Tuesday. The new six-year deal runs through the 2025-26 season and will give the conference more visibility across the ESPN networks. Among the most notable of the coverage increases is an increase in the conference’s basketball games, including its semifinals and championship.

SoCon Commissioner Jim Schaus spoke positively about the new deal in a prepared statement.

“We are excited to continue our long-standing relationship with ESPN,” said Schaus. “This agreement represents the most national television exposure with ESPN in conference history, which is critical as we continue to grow our successful brand into our second century of excellence. The Southern Conference is truly on the rise and this new agreement will further propel the league to even greater heights in the future. Special thanks goes to ESPN’s Dan Margulis and our media consultant CSMG in artfully guiding this process.”

Dan Margulis, ESPN senior director, programming and acquisitions, echoed Schaus’ sentiments in his own statement.

“We are thrilled to extend our relationship with the Southern Conference through this new long-term agreement, especially on the verge of the league’s 100-year celebration in 2021. We look forward to showcasing even more SoCon events across our ESPN networks and digital platforms over the next six years,” he said.

The Southern Conference and ESPN have maintained a working relationship for almost 20 years.

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ESPN Networks’ Week 11 College Football Broadcast Schedule Announced; ‘CGD’ To Air Live From Augusta

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A dozen of the NCAA’s Top 25 college football teams are on the ESPN networks’ broadcast schedule this week.

The networks’ Week 11 broadcast schedule was announced Monday. This week’s schedule gets off to an early start tonight with a matchup between Kent State and Bowling Green on ESPN2. Coverage is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET. Miami (OH) and Buffalo continue the MAC action tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The networks’ schedule continues Wednesday with two more games at 8 p.m. ET. The first of the night’s games — Toledo at Western Michigan — will air on ESPN. The other — Central Michigan at Northern Illinois — will air on ESPNU.

No. 7 Cincinnati (which fell from No. 6 to No. 7 in the AP standings over the weekend despite a dominating win over Houston and despite being the AAC’s only undefeated team at 6-0, 4-0) will host East Carolina University at 7:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN2.

Big 10 foes No. 13 Wisconsin and Maryland will headline this week’s schedule at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday night on ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital One.

Another key matchup in this week’s schedule is a showdown between Notre Dame and Boston College. Game coverage is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

The ESPN networks’ full broadcast schedule for Week 11 of the 2020 college football season is noted below.

DateTime (ET)Game/TalentNetwork
Tue, Nov 107:30 p.m.Kent State at Bowling Green
Mike Couzens, Cole Cubelic
ESPN2
8 p.m.Miami (OH) at Buffalo
Matt Barrie, Mike Golic Jr., Paul Carcaterra
ESPN
Wed, Nov 118 p.m.Toledo at Western Michigan
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Eric Wood
ESPN
 Central Michigan at Northern Illinois
Mike Corey, Rocky Boiman
ESPNU
Fri, Nov 137:30 p.m.East Carolina at No. 7 Cincinnati
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Rocky Boiman
ESPN2
Sat, Nov 14NoonNo. 10 Indiana at Michigan State
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
ABC
 No. 12 Georgia at Missouri
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
  No. 9 Miami at Virginia Tech
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Eric Wood
ESPN2
  No. 15 Coastal Carolina at Troy
John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia
ESPNU
  Wake Forest at North Carolina
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
  Vanderbilt at Kentucky
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
  Coast Guard at Merchant Marine
Dave Leno, Ken Dunek
ESPN3
  Western Carolina at No. 22 LibertyESPN3
  Army at Tulane
Joel Meyers, Brian Kinchen
ESPN+
 2 p.m.South Alabama at No. 25 LouisianaESPN+
 2:30 p.m.Georgia State at Appalachian StateESPN+
 3 p.m.South Florida at Houston
David Saltzman, Stan Routt
ESPN+
  UTEP at UTSAESPN+
  Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas StateESPN3
 3:30 p.m.No. 2 Notre Dame at Boston College
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Molly McGrath
ABC
  No. 5 Texas A&M at Tennessee
Kevin Brown, Mike Golic Sr., Marty Smith
ESPN/ESPN Radio
  Colorado at Stanford
Beth Mowins, Rod Gilmore, Shelley Smith
ESPN2
  Memphis at Navy
Clay Matvick, Jay Walker
ESPNU
  Louisville at Virginia
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Jerry Punch
ACC Network
  Rice at Louisiana TechESPN3
  Texas State at Georgia SouthernESPN3
 7 p.m.Arkansas at No. 6 Florida
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison Williams
ESPN
  No. 19 SMU at Tulsa
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN2
  Pittsburgh at Georgia TechESPN3
 7:30 p.m.No. 13 Wisconsin at Michigan
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
ABC
  Temple at UCF
Mike Corey, Hutson Mason
ESPNU
  Florida State at NC State
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Lericia Harris
ACC Network
  South Carolina at Ole Miss
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
 10:30 p.m.California at Arizona State
Dave Flemming, Kirk Morrison, Kris Budden
ESPN2
Courtesy: ESPN

In related news, College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will air live Saturday from Augusta, GA, the home of the Masters.

The special edition of ESPN’s CGD will air live from Augusta National Golf Club. The broadcast will preview The PGA’s Masters Golf Tournament and will come specifically from the Par 3 course, the site of the Masters Par 3 Contest. The Masters Gold Tournament was postponed from its normal date in April to Saturday, Nov. 14 as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, ESPN and Sports Content, commented on this weekend’s broadcast in a prepared statement.

“Anytime College GameDay travels to a new destination it’s special, and the opportunity to be on the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club during the Masters is extraordinary,” said Pitaro.  “As this iconic event coincides with the college football season for the first time, we look forward to getting fans ready for a football Saturday, while also showcasing the Masters and the greatest golfers in the world.”

A “virtual pit’ will allow fans to take part in the broadcast from the safety of their own homes. Fans who want to take part in the ‘virtual pit’ can register for a chance for inclusion in the event here.

Rece Davis will anchor the broadcast. Five-time Emmy Award-winning analyst Kirk Herbstreit, Heisman Trophy winner and NFL MVP Desmond Howard, College Football Hall of Fame inductee and former Georgia All-American Georgia undergrad and MBA alum Maria Taylor, and Tom Rinaldi will join Davis for the broadcast. Additionally, Lee Corso will contribute remotely from his home.

Other contributors expected to appear on Saturday’s edition of College GameDay Built by The Home Depot are: Jen Lada, Pat McAfee, and Gene Wojciechowski. Along with appearing on Saturday’s broadcast, Rinaldi will also repot on The Masters for his 13th consecutive year.

This year is the first that ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot has aired from Augusta. However, the program has previously welcomed some well-known college golf athletes. PGA golfer Ricky Fowler (former Oklahoma State golfer), and fellow PGA star Justin Thomas (former Alabama golfer) have appeared on the program.

ESPN will air the first and second rounds of The Masters tournament from 1 – 5:30 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 12-13. ESPN will offer expanded PGA coverage this year from Nov. 9-15 on ESPN+, including exclusive practice round coverage on Nov. 10-11, and coverage of Holes 4,5, and 6 on all four days of the tournament. Additionally, SportsCenter will have special coverage from The Masters throughout the week of the tournament.

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MAC, PAC-12 Return To Play This Weekend On ESPN’s Networks

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The Mid-American Conference and Pac-12 will make their official return to play this weekend.

The ESPN networks will have full coverage of the conferences’ return to mark the occasion. It all starts at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday with five games from the MAC spread across the ESPN networks. Western Michigan will face Akron on ESPN3 while Eastern Michigan will be on the road against Kent State on ESPN+.

Ohio will face Central Michigan at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Over on ESPN2, Buffalo will visit Northern Illinois, also at 7 p.m. ET.

Rounding out the evening’s MAC coverage is a matchup of Toledo and Bowling Green at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

PAC-12 RETURN

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The Pac-12’s return will come in the form of a matchup between Stanford and No. 12 Oregon. The matchup will headline this weekend’s college football schedule. The teams will play live on ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital One.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

The ACC will open this weekend’s college football schedule as North Carolina State University will host ACC foe No. 11 Miami at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday on ESPN.

Saturday’s day-long schedule launches at noon with nine games at noon across ESPN’s networks. No. 22 Texas will host West Virginia on ABC. The game will simulcast on ABC Radio.

Another key noon matchup is #25 Liberty visiting Virginia Tech on the ACC Network. No. 18 SMU will visit Temple on ESPN+.

No. 16 Marshall will host UMass at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN+.

Even more Top 25 matchups follow at 3:30 p.m. ET. No. 10 Wisconsin will host Purdue on ABC while No. 6 Cincinnati will host Houston on ESPN. No. 19 Oklahoma will host Kansas on ESPN2.

Later in the evening, No. 7 Texas A&M will visit South Carolina on ESPN. That game will simulcast on ESPN Radio.

No. 15 Coastal Carolina will host South Alabama at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

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

DateTime (ET)Game/TalentNetwork
Wed, Nov 46 p.m.Western Michigan at Akron
Michael Reghi, Dustin Fox
ESPN3
  Eastern Michigan at Kent State
David Wilson, John Gregory
ESPN+
 7 p.m.Ohio at Central Michigan
Kevin Brown, Mike Golic Jr., Quint Kessenich
ESPN
 Buffalo at Northern Illinois
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Taylor McGregor
ESPN2
8 p.m.Bowling Green at Toledo
Mike Couzens, Rocky Boiman
ESPNU
Fri, Nov 67:30 p.m.No. 11 Miami at NC State
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Marty Smith
ESPN
Sat, Nov 7NoonWest Virginia at No. 22 Texas
TV: Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Ben Hartsock
ABC/ESPN Radio
 Michigan State at Iowa
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN
 North Carolina at Duke
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Alex Chappell
ESPN2
 Arkansas State at Louisiana
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley
ESPNU
 No. 25 Liberty at Virginia Tech
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Taylor Davis
ACC Network
 Louisiana-Monroe at Georgia StateESPN3
 Tulane at East Carolina
Evan Lepler, Jay Sonnhalter
ESPN+
 South Florida at Memphis
Lincoln Rose, LaDarrin McLane
ESPN+
 No. 18 SMU at Temple
Dave Leno, Ken Dunek
ESPN+
1 p.m.Troy at Georgia SouthernESPN3
2 p.m.Boston College at SyracuseESPN3
2:30 p.m.UMass at No. 16 MarshallESPN+
3 p.m.North Alabama at Southern MississippiESPN3
 Appalachian State at Texas StateESPN+
3:30 p.m.Purdue at No. 10 Wisconsin
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic Sr., Jerry Punch
ABC
 Houston at No. 6 Cincinnati
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Molly McGrath
ESPN
 Kansas at No. 19 Oklahoma
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Kris Budden
ESPN2
 Vanderbilt at Mississippi State
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
 UTSA at RiceESPN3
 Charlotte at Middle TennesseeESPN+
4 p.m.Arizona at Utah
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
ESPNU
 Pittsburgh at Florida State
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Lericia Harris
ACC Network
 Florida International at UTEPESPN3
7 p.m.No. 7 Texas A&M at South Carolina
TV: Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN/ESPN Radio
 UCLA at Colorado
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, John Schriffen
ESPN2
7:30 p.m.Stanford at No. 12 Oregon
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
ABC
 Tennessee at Arkansas
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
8 p.m.South Alabama at No. 15 Coastal Carolina
Courtney Lyle, Rene Ingoglia
ESPNU
 Louisville at Virginia
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
10:30 p.m.Washington at California
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Allison Williams
ESPN

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ESPN’s ‘CGD’ To Air Live From Penn State Saturday

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ESPN’s flagship college football program will air live from the campus of Penn State Saturday.

The weekly college football program will broadcast live from Beaver Stadium in State College, PA. The broadcast will preview the week’s headline matchup between the No. 18 Penn State and No. 3 Ohio State.

Rece Davis will anchor the broadcast, which will air from 9 a.m. – noon ET. Kirk Herbstreit, David Pollack, Maria Taylor and Chris “The Bear” Fallica will join the broadcast for additional commentary. Lee Corso and Desmond Howard will join the program remotely from their homes due to COVID-19 restrictions.

OHIO STATE WEEK 1

Ohio State (1-0, 1-0) opened its season last weekend with a 52-17 win over Nebraska while Penn State (0-1, 0-1) was upset by Indiana in that matchup, 36-35.

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields was 20-21 in last weekend’s opener for Ohio State, throwing for 276 yards and two touchdowns. At the same time, Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez shined, too, going 12-15 for 105 yards.

Ohio State racked up a total of 498 yards to Nebraska’s total of 377 yards. Penalties also impacted Nebraska. The Cornhuskers incurred eight penalties for a total of 90 lost yards while Ohio State totaled three penalties for 14 yards lost.

Ohio State also outperformed Nebraska on third and fourth down conversions. The Buckeyes went 8-13 on third down conversions and 2-2 on fourth down conversions.

On the other side of the ball, Nebraska was 4-10 on third down conversions, and had no fourth down conversions.

First downs went in favor of the Buckeyes, too, with Ohio State totaling 28 first downs to Nebraska’s 17. Approximately 13 of Ohio State’s first downs were from rushing, 12 from passing, and three from penalties against Nebraska.

Rushing yardage earned Nebraska 11 first downs while passing helped the Cornhuskers gain another six first downs. Penalties accounted for none of Nebraska’s first downs.

In regards to scoring, the Buckeyes held the Cornhuskers to one touchdown each in the first and second quarters, and only a field goal in the third. Ohio State’s defense kept Nebraska’s offense from reaching the end zone in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Ohio State’s offense relied on a field goal only once throughout the game, and scored touchdowns twice in three of four quarters.

Nebraska is scheduled to face #9 Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday on Fox Sports 1.

PENN STATE WEEK 1

Despite totaling more overall yardage, passing yards, and rushing yards than Indiana, Penn State dropped its opener to the Hoosiers 36-35.

Penalties ultimately are what doomed ultimately doomed Penn State. The Nittany Lions racked up 10 penalties for a total of 100 yards lost. By comparison, Indiana incurred four penalties for a total of 36 yards.

Also hurting Penn State in the game was turnovers. Penn State had three turnovers, two of which came from interceptions. Indiana’s two total turnovers came from one interception and a fumble.

The Nittany Lions totaled 238 passing yards and 250 rushing yards for a total of 488 yards in their season opener. By comparison, the Hoosiers had 170 passing yards and 41 rushing yards for a total of 211 total yards in the game.

Penn State even outdid Indiana on first downs, third down conversions and fourth down conversions in last weekend’s game. Penn State totaled 27 first downs to Indiana’s 16, with the majority (13) coming through rushing yards and another 12 from passing yards. Two of the team’s first downs came as a result of penalties against the Hoosiers.

Indiana totaled 16 first downs in the game, the majority (9) of which came from rushing yards. Rushing yards garnered the team another five first downs and penalties against Penn State giving them two more.

Penn State was 9-17 on third down conversions while Indiana was 4-12 In regards to fourth down conversions, Penn State was 1-2 while Indiana was 0-1.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

While Penn State and Ohio State are scheduled as the headliners for this week’s college football broadcast schedule on the ESPN networks, it is just one of the weekend’s featured games. This week’s schedule opens at 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday on ESPN as Georgia Southern hosts South Alabama.

Friday will feature a double header on ESPN and ESPN2. First up at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, Maryland will host Minnesota. Tulsa and East Carolina University will follow at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Saturday’s schedule opens at high noon with seven games spread across the ESPN networks. No. 1 Clemson will host Boston College on ABC. Memphis will be on the road against the now #7-ranked Bearcats on ESPN in a re-match of last year’s AAC title game opponents. West Virginia will host No. 16 Kansas State on ESPN2 while No. 20 Coastal Carolina is scheduled to visit Georgia State on ESPNU.

Kentucky will host No. 5 Georgia at noon on the SEC Network. The ACC Network will feature a face-off between Wake Forest and Syracuse. Over on ESPN+, Tulane will host Temple.

Houston and UCF will follow at 2 p.m. on EPSN+ while ESPN3 will feature either Rice at Southern Miss or Troy at Arkansas State, depending on the schedule and coverage area.

Later at 7:30 p.m. ET, No. 10 Florida will host Missouri on the SEC Alternate network.

This week’s full college football broadcast schedule is noted below.

DateTime (ET)Game/TalentNetwork
Thu, Oct 297:30 p.m.South Alabama at Georgia Southern
Matt Barrie, Mike Golic Jr., Lericia Harris
ESPN
Fri, Oct 307:30 p.m.Minnesota at Maryland
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
9 p.m.East Carolina at Tulsa
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
ESPN2
Sat, Oct 31NoonBoston College at No. 1 Clemson
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
ABC
 Memphis at No. 7 Cincinnati
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN
 No. 16 Kansas State at West Virginia
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Jerry Punch
ESPN2
 No. 20 Coastal Carolina at Georgia State
Mike Corey, Jay Walker
ESPNU
 No. 5 Georgia at Kentucky
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
 Wake Forest at Syracuse
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Kelsey Riggs
ACC Network
 Temple at Tulane
Lincoln Rose, Keith Moreland
ESPN+
2 p.m.UCF at Houston
David Saltzman, Stan Routt
ESPN+
3 p.m.Rice at Southern MississippiESPN3
 Troy at Arkansas StateESPN3
3:30 p.m.No. 4 Notre Dame at Georgia Tech
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic Sr., Marty Smith
ABC
 Northwestern at Iowa
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison Williams
ESPN
 TCU at Baylor
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Kris Budden
ESPN2
4 p.m.Appalachian State at Louisiana-Monroe
Bill Roth, Dustin Fox
ESPNU
 Ole Miss at Vanderbilt
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
 Virginia Tech at Louisville
TV: Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ACC Network/ESPN Radio
7 p.m.Mississippi State at No. 2 Alabama
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Molly McGrath
ESPN
 Charlotte at DukeESPN3
7:30 p.m.No. 3 Ohio State at No. 18 Penn State
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
ABC
 Navy at No. 22 SMU
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN2
 Arkansas at No. 8 Texas A&M
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Lauren Sisler
SEC Network
 Missouri at No. 10 Florida
Mike Morgan, Hutson Mason, Taylor Davis
SEC Network Alternate
8 p.m.Louisiana at Texas State
Mike Couzens, Rene Ingoglia
ESPNU
 No. 15 North Carolina at Virginia
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
10:15 p.m.Western Kentucky at No. 11 BYU
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN

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ESPN Networks’ 2020-2021 Bowl Game Schedule Announced

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It’s almost time to go bowling!

Officials at ESPN have announced the schedule for this year’s slate of college football bowl games. According to information released by ESPN, this year’s 35-game schedule is set to launch Dec. 19 and to run through Jan. 11. The games will air on each of the ESPN networks.

Opening this year’s schedule is the Topical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl on Dec. 19 in Frisco, TX. The game is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Next up is the Myrtle Beach Bowl in Conway, SC at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 21 on ESPN.

Dec. 22 will feature a double header schedule starting at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN with the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on ESPN. The Boca Raton Bowl follows at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. It will take place at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, FL.

Another double header is scheduled to take place Dec. 23, starting with the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. The game will take place at the Mercedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA.

The second game on the day is the Montgomery Bowl at 7 p.m. ET. Officials are determining whether it will broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2. The game is set to take place at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, AL.

One game is scheduled for Dec. 24 and 25 respectively. The Christmas Eve game is the New Mexico Bowl, set to air at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Camellia Bowl is scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m. ET on Christmas Day from the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, AL on ESPN.

Dec. 26 will see the busiest schedule of the bowl season, with six bowl games set. Coverage starts at noon ET on ABC with the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl. The day winds down with the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, set to air at 10:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Other bowl games set for Dec. 26 are: Cure Bowl, SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, Lending Tree Bowl, and Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl.

The action continues Dec. 28 after a day off, with the Military Bowl presented by Perspecta. Coverage of the game, which is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, will come from the Navy-Marin Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD.

From there, the season’s bowl game schedule continues with three to four games daily right to January 1 and the College Football Championship. College football’s title game is scheduled to take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL, with coverage scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The ESPN networks’ full 2020-2021 Bowl Game Schedule is noted below.

ESPN’s 2020-21 Bowl Season Schedule

DateTime (ET)Bowl GameNetwork
Sat, Dec 197 p.m.Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl **
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
ESPN
Mon, Dec 21 2:30 p.m.Myrtle Beach Bowl **
Brooks Stadium, Conway, S.C.
ESPN
Tue, Dec 223:30 p.m.Famous Idaho Potato Bowl **
Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
ESPN
7 p.m.Boca Raton Bowl **
FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla.
ESPN
Wed, Dec 23 3:30 p.m.R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
ESPN
7 p.m.Montgomery Bowl **
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Ala.
ESPN or ESPN2
Thu, Dec 24 3:30 p.m.New Mexico Bowl **
TBD, Albuquerque, N.M.
ESPN
Fri, Dec 25 2:30 p.m.Camellia Bowl **
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Ala.
ESPN
Sat, Dec 26 NoonUnion Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl **
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
ABC
 Cure Bowl **
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
ESPN
3:30 p.m.SERVPRO First Responder Bowl **
Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas
ABC
3:30 p.m.LendingTree Bowl
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.
ESPN
7 p.m.Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, La.
ESPN
10:15 p.m.Guaranteed Rate Bowl
Chase Field, Phoenix
ESPN
Mon, Dec 28 2:30 p.m.Military Bowl Presented by Perspecta
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md.
ESPN
Tue, Dec 29 2 p.m.New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Yankee Stadium, New York
ESPN
5:30 p.m.Cheez-It Bowl
Camping World Stadium, Orlando
ESPN
9 p.m.Valero Alamo Bowl
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
ESPN
Wed, Dec 30NoonDuke’s Mayo Bowl
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
ESPN
3:30 p.m.TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.
ESPN
 7:15 p.m.Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
ESPN
10:45 p.m.LA Bowl
SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, Calif.
ESPN
Thu, Dec 31 NoonLockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl **
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
ESPN
4 p.m.AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis
ESPN
8 p.m.Texas Bowl **
NRG Stadium, Houston
ESPN
Fri, Jan 1 NoonTicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl **
Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala.
ESPN2
12:30 p.m.Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
ESPN
1 p.m.Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Camping World Stadium, Orlando
ABC
 5 p.m.College Football Playoff Semifinal at The Rose Bowl Game
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.
ESPN
 8:45 p.m.College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
ESPN
Sat, Jan 2NoonTaxSlayer Gator Bowl
TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville
ESPN
12:30 p.m.Outback Bowl
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
ABC
 4 p.m.PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
ESPN
 8 p.m.Capital One Orange Bowl
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.
ESPN
Mon, Jan 118 p.m.College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.
ESPN

All times Eastern. Subject to change.
** ESPN Events bowl games

Note: A decision regarding the Las Vegas Bowl will be announced in the near future

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