ESPN Radio Announces Broadcast Schedule For 2014 College Football Season

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Officials with ESPN and ESPN Radio announced today the complete broadcast schedule for the 2014 college football season.

This year’s broadcast schedule includes a total of thirty games beginning the weekend of August 28th – August 30th. Boise State and Mississippi open the weekend’s events in Atlanta. That game is followed by a triple-header Saturday, August 30th. West Virginia and Alabama face off first at 2:30pm ET. Next up on the day are Oklahoma State and Florida State. The Trojans of USC host Fresno State to round out opening weekend’s schedule of games. More games will follow each Saturday and on select Thursdays. It all concludes on Thanksgiving weekend with UCLA hosting Stanford November28th, Michigan on the road against the Buckeyes of Ohio State on November 29th, and two championship matchups Friday and Saturday, December 5th and 6th. The first of those matchups will be the Pac-12 Championship December5th and the ACC Championship Saturday, December 6th.

The broadcast team of Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, and Joe Schad return this season for coverage of each game. Sites for College GameDay on ESPN Radio and post-season bowl schedule will be announced at a later date. The complete 2014 ESPN Radio college football broadcast schedule is listed below.

Date

Time (ET) Game
Thu, Aug 28 7 p.m. Boise State vs. Mississippi in Atlanta
Sat, Aug 30 2:30 p.m. West Virginia vs. Alabama in Atlanta
Follows 2:30 p.m. game Oklahoma State vs. Florida State in Arlington, Texas
7 p.m. Fresno State at USC
Sat, Sep 6 6:30 p.m. BYU at Texas
Sat, Sep 13 6:30 p.m. Kentucky at Florida
Thu, Sep 18 6:30 p.m. Auburn at Kansas State
Sat, Sep 20 7 p.m. Miami at Nebraska
Thu, Sep 25 9 p.m. UCLA at Arizona State
Sat, Sep 27 TBD Oregon State at USC
Sat, Oct 4 TBD Arizona State at USC
Sat, Oct 11 TBD Louisville at Clemson
Sat, Oct 18 TBD Kansas State at Oklahoma
Sat, Oct 25 TBD Mississippi at LSU
Sat, Nov 1 TBD Florida vs. Georgia in Jacksonville, Fla.
TBD Auburn at Mississippi
Thu, Nov 6 6:30 p.m. Clemson at Wake Forest
Sat, Nov 8 TBD Alabama at LSU
TBD Texas A&M at Auburn
Thu, Nov 13 8 p.m. California at USC
Sat, Nov 15 TBD Florida State at Miami
TBD Mississippi State at Alabama
Thu, Nov 20 6:30 p.m. North Carolina at Duke
Sat, Nov 22 TBD Oklahoma State at Baylor
TBD Vanderbilt at Mississippi State
Fri, Nov 28 TBD Stanford at UCLA
Sat, Nov 29 TBD Michigan at Ohio State
TBD Notre Dame at USC
Fri, Dec 5 8 p.m. Pac-12 Championship
Sat, Dec 6 7 p.m. ACC Championship

 

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ESPN Announces Special Addition To 30 For 30 Series

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ESPN has announced that thanks to the success of its most recent “season” of 30 for 30, the worldwide leader in sports will debut another brand new addition to its Peabody award winning series next month.  On Saturday, December 14th, ESPN will debut Youngstown Boys.  The film, directed by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, Youngstown Boys is a study on class and power dynamics in the world of college sports.  It studies the subject by following former elite running back Maurice Clarett and former star head coach Jim Tressel.  Both figures came from the city of Youngstown, Ohio.  Tressel rose to fame when he turned around the struggling football program at Youngstown State University.  And then in 2002, Tressel was coaching the Ohio State University football team.  Clarett happened to be on the team that season.  The pairing helped lead the Buckeyes to the university’s first national championship in over thirty years.

Things didn’t stay well long for Clarett.  Clarett would end up being suspended from college football soon thereafter, and would eventually end up behind bars.  Tressel would go on to serve another eight years at OSU before his career there ended in scandal.  Both men were interviewed for this film, as were Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown and former OSU standout QB Craig Krenzel.

Co-director Jeff Zimbalist shared his thoughts on the movie in a recent interview, explaining that “at its core, the story of Maurice Clarett and Jim Tressel is about fathers and sons.”  He added that “in addition to their record-breaking exploits on the playing field and involvement in two of college football’s biggest backroom scandals, we were drawn to the layered saga of ‘The Senator’ and ‘The Beast’ because it transcends sport.  In examining the interconnected rise and downfall of these two men from opposite sides of the Youngstown tracks, we discovered the deep role that family plays in any quest for greatness.”

Youngstown Boys will premiere Saturday, December 14th at 9pm ET on ESPN.  More information on this and other films from ESPN’s 30 for 30 is available online at http://www.facebook.com/espn30for30, http://twitter.com/30for30 and http://espn.go.com/30for30.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Six Big Ten Games Scheduled For Prime Time On ESPN Family Of Networks

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The upcoming college football season is still months away.  But that doesn’t mean things have slowed down from the world of NCAA football.  ESPN has announced that it will run six Big Ten Conference games in prime time during the upcoming season.  The games will be run on ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC over the course of the season.  Each of the six scheduled games includes at least one ranked team in an early ESPN.com preseason Top 25 Poll.  No. 1 Ohio State will play three times across the ESPN family of networks.  No. 9 Michigan will have two televised games in the schedule.  No. 24 and 25, Northwestern and Wisconsin will each have one game aired.  Two of the six games on the schedule will see a Big Ten member team hosting independent Notre Dame, which is currently ranked No. 10 in the ESPN.com preseason Top 25 poll.  More games will be announced in the coming months.  The current slate of scheduled games is available below.

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Sep 7 8p.m. No. 10 Notre Dame at No. 9 Michigan * ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Sep 14 8 p.m. No. 10 Notre Dame at Purdue ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Sep 28 8p.m. No. 25 Wisconsin at No. 1 Ohio State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 5 8p.m. No. 1 Ohio State at No. 24 Northwestern ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 12 5p.m. No. 9 Michigan at Penn State ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 26 8p.m. Penn State at No. 1 Ohio State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

  

* Previously Announced

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ESPN Announces New Signing Day Details

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ESPNU has announced that it will now offer more than eleven hours of coverage this Wednesday for National Signing Day.  The coverage will include a record number of on-air commitments including that of the nation’s top recruit, Robert Nkemdiche.  The coverage begins at 7:30am on ESPNU.  It will include the announcement of seventeen total players from the ESPN 150 to the college of their choice.  The network will be embedded with thirteen of the nation’s best college football teams getting interviews with each team’s coaching staff and providing the most up-to-the-minute news on each incoming freshman class.  Along with the already extensive programming set to run Wednesday, ESPN’s RecruitingNation.com will have reporters set up at fourteen different high schools across the country providing all the latest news from those locations. 

The day’s coverage will be hosted live by Rece Davis and Dari Nowkah at ESPN’s Charlotte, North Carolina studio.  ESPN’s national recruiting director Tom Luginbill and recruiting analyst Craig Haubert will also join the in-studio discussions alongside football analysts Mike Bellotti and Rod Gilmore.  As an added bonus for ESPNU viewers former Auburn coach Gene Chizik and former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley will also be on hand as special guests.  Audiences can get even more details on National signing day online through ESPN at http://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2013/01/espnu-expands-national-signing-day-presence-for-the-eighth-consecutive-year/.

Below is a list of the players on the ESPN 150 list set to announce their college decision Wednesday. Announcement times are all EST and are subject to change.

Time (ET)

Player

Final Schools

7:30 a.m. No. 1 Robert Nkemdiche (DE) Florida, LSU, Ole Miss
9 a.m. No. 6 Matthew Thomas (OLB) Alabama, FSU, Georgia, Miami, USC
  No. 144 Denver Kirkland (OT) Arkansas, FSU
  No. 5 Laremy Tunsil (OT) Alabama, FSU, Georgia, Ole Miss
  No. 13 Montravius Adams (DT) Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia
10 a.m. No. 50 Vonn Bell (Safety) Alabama, Ohio State, Tennessee
  No. 107 Jordan Cunningham (WR) Miami, Stanford, Vanderbilt
  No. 24 Antonio Conner (Safety) Alabama, Ole Miss
11 a.m. No. 47 Stacy Coley (WR) FSU, Miami, Ole Miss, South Florida
  No. 4 Mackensie Alexander (CB) Auburn, Clemson, Mississippi State, Texas A&M
Noon No. 26 Dee Liner (DT) Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU
  No. 99 Quinton Powell (OLB) Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, USC
  No. 143 Asiantii Woulard (QB-DT) Kentucky, NC State, UCLA, South Florida
1 p.m. No. 135 Keith Bryant FSU, Miami, South Carolina
2 p.m. No. 138 Jermaine Grace Louisville, Miami, Tennessee
3 p.m. No 32 Alvin Kamara (RB) Alabama, Georgia
4 p.m. No. 125 Tyrone Crowder (OG) Clemson, Georgia

 

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