ESPN’s CGD To Broadcast Live From Ohio State This Weekend

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ESPN is headed to the Buckeye State this weekend.

This weekend, ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will come live from the campus of Ohio State University. It marks the first time since 2010 that the Emmy Award-winning college football broadcast will come live the the campus of The Ohio State University. Saturday’s broadcast will come live from The Oval in front of the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library beginning at 9am ET and will run until noon eastern. The broadcast is in anticipation of Saturday night’s showdown between the #2 Buckeyes and #9 Michigan State Spartans. That game will be the feature match on Saturday Night Football on ABC presented by Wells Fargo. Kickoff for that game is scheduled for 3:30pm ET.

Rece Davis will anchor Saturday morning’s broadcast. He will be joined at the desk by analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and David Pollack. Contributors Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, George Whitfield, and Gene Wojciechowski will be on hand for additional commentary an reports. Herbstreit will have the call Saturday night on ABC. He will be joined in the booth by Chris Fowler. Reporter Heather Cox will also be on hand for additional commentary and reports.

Friday afternoon, Samantha Ponder, Desmond Howard, and David Pollack will be on site for ESPN’s weekly broadcast of College Football Live. That broadcast will begin at 2pm ET. Over on ESPN Radio, Doug Kezirian will anchor ESPN Radio’s broadcast of College GameDay. He will be joined by Brad Edwards and Trevor Matich for the broadcast. Maria Taylor, Joey Galloway, and Andrea Adelson will be on hand for additional commentary. Broadcast begins at 3:30pm ET on ESPN Radio affiliates nationwide. More information on this weekend’s edition of College GameDay Built by the Home Depot is available online now along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CollegeGameDay

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ESPN College Football Analysts Announce Picks For BCS Bowls

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The holiday season is said to be the most wonderful time of the year.  For college football fans, it’s not Christmas, but the days after that are the most wonderful time of the year.  That’s because the biggest games of the college football season are played in the days after Christmas.  And fans can catch all of the action across the ESPN family of networks and online.  It all starts off New Year’s Day with the 100th Rose Bowl and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.  Number Four Michigan State will face off against Number Five Stanford in the Rose Bowl presented by Vizio at 5pm.  Number Six Baylor and Number Fifteen UCF follow at 8:30pm in the annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

The new year football celebrations continue Thursday, January 2nd with a matchup of Number Three Alabama taking on Number Eleven Oklahoma in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.  That game is slated for an 8:30pm start time.  The Discover Orange Bowl follows the next night at 8:30pm with Number Twelve Clemson taking on Number Seven Ohio State.  That games is also set for an 8:30pm kickoff.  Wrapping up the week of football festivities is the Vizio BCS National Championship next Monday, January 6th.  The one-loss Auburn Tigers will take on the undefeated Florida State Seminoles in college football’s biggest game.

As college football fans across the country get ready for their most wonderful time of the year, ESPN’s college football analysts have made their own predictions as to the winner of each game.  Their picks are listed below.  It should be noted that the analysts in question did not pick the games that they are calling.

ESPN Analysts BCS Picks

Analyst Rose Bowl

#STANvsMSU

Fiesta Bowl

#UCFvsBAY

Sugar Bowl

#OUvsBAMA

Orange Bowl

#CLEMvsOSU

Championship

#FSUvsAUB

Anthony Becht Stanford UCF Alabama Ohio State Florida State
Mike Bellotti Stanford Baylor Alabama Ohio State Florida State
Kevin Carter Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Florida State
Todd Blackledge Stanford Baylor Clemson
Ed Cunningham Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Florida State
Joey Galloway Michigan State Baylor Alabama Clemson Florida State
Rod Gilmore Stanford Alabama Ohio State Auburn
Brian Griese Stanford Baylor Alabama Ohio State Florida State
Brock Huard Michigan State Baylor Alabama Ohio State Florida State
Danny Kanell Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Florida State
Tom Luginbill Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Auburn
Brett McMurphy Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Florida State
Jesse Palmer Stanford Baylor Alabama Ohio State Florida State
Chris Spielman Michigan State Alabama Florida State
Matt Stinchcomb Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Auburn
Andre Ware Michigan State

 

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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.

ESPN Family Of Networks Get Big Wins Thanks To Football Coverage

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ESPN heads have lots of reason to be happy today.  The “Worldwide Leader in Sports” lived up to its name once again as it took all key male demos and adult demos Monday night.  The win is thanks to ESPN’s weekly Monday Night Football broadcast.  Monday night’s broadcast of the Saints’ 38-17 victory over the Dolphins helped ESPN take the night in its key demos across both cable and standard broadcast networks.  The broadcast ranked a strong second overall for the night across networks and programs in total viewers.

Monday night’s MNF broadcast pulled in an 8.6 US rating.  That number represents an average of 9,945,000 households and 13,717,000 viewers according to Nielsen.  ESPN pulled its highest numbers in a fifteen minute window between 9:30pm ET and 9:45pm ET with a 10.4 rating.  In the Dolphins’ home turf of Miami, the game pulled a 13.1 rating on ESPN and a 4.0 on WSFL-CW.  The numbers combine for a total rating in the Miami market of 17.1.  On the other side of the ball, viewers in New Orleans helped the broadcast pull in a rating of 21.7 on ESPN and a 39.3 on the Saints’ home station, WDSU-NBC.  The ratings combined for a total 61.0 rating in that market.  This is a huge number for the New Orleans market as both numbers by themselves and together beat out the top 10 metered markets and the markets of competing teams.

Through the fourth week of the NFL’s regular season, ESPN’s MNF broadcasts now average an 8.8 rating, which is equivalent to 10,201,000 households and 13,985,000 viewers.  This ties the network’s numbers in the same period during the 2012 NFL season.

Next week on ESPN’s weekly broadcast, Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons face off against Geno Smith and the New York Jets.  The game is scheduled to start at 8:30pm.

Monday Night’s ratings win is just one more reason for ESPN staffers to be happy.  That’s because ESPN also took the night Saturday night, too.  ABC’s Saturday Night Football presented by Windows pulled in an average of 6,751,000 viewers and a 4.0 household rating.  The night’s broadcast saw the Ohio State Buckeyes defeat the Wisconsin Badgers 31-24.  The broadcast put ABC in the night’s top spot in all key male and adult demos (18-34, 18-49, and 25-54).

ESPN’s Saturday night doubleheader brought the network to a solid second place finish for the night across all key male and adult demos.  The University of Alabama blanked Ole Miss 25-0 in the first game of the night’s doubleheader schedule.  The match pulled in an average 4,022,000 viewers and a 2.3 household rating.  The second game of the night, Stanford’s 55-17 defeat of Washington State, finished with an average 1,851,000 viewers and a 1.2 household rating.

ESPN2’s broadcast of Texas A&M’s 45-33 win over Arkansas on September 28th averaged 2,761000 viewers and a 1.7 household rating.  That game, combined with those on ESPN and ABC , means that the networks together aired the four-most viewed college football games on Saturday night.

To put things into even more perspective for viewers, ABC’s Saturday Night Football presented by Windows is averaging 6,351,000 viewers so far this season with a 3.8 household rating.  That is an increase of seventeen percent and thirteen percent respectively over the network’s numbers for its broadcasts in 2012.  Overall, ESPN’s Saturday Night series is growing, too.  This season so far, it is averaging 3,899,000 viewers and a 2.3 household rating.  Those are increases of thirty-three percent and twenty-eight percent respectively.  And ESPNU’s Saturday night broadcasts are up thirty percent and thirty-three percent respectively in comparison to last year’s numbers at this time.  This year so far, ESPNU’s Saturday night broadcasts are averaging 651,000 viewers and a 0.4 household rating.

If these numbers aren’t enough reason to ESPN’s staffers and fans to celebrate, ESPN’s weekly Thursday night broadcast has seen significant growth over 2012, too.  It is averaging 2,681,000 viewers so far this season and a 1.8 household rating.  Those are increases of fifteen and thirteen percent respectively lover last year’s numbers at this time.  And its overall college football game coverage is averaging 3,104,000 viewers with a 2.0 household rating.  Those are increases of sixteen and twelve percent over 2012’s numbers respectively.

More information on ESPN’s latest ratings wins and more is available online at http://www.espn.com and http://www.facebook.com/ESPN.

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ESPN Announces Additional Big Ten Games On 2013 College Football Season Schedule

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College football fans will have even more reason to be happy come college football season this year.  ESPN has announced that it has added seven Big Ten Conference football games to the network’s schedule for this year.  The games will be aired during the first three weeks of the 2013 season.  This latest announcement brings the total number of Big Ten Conference games to be aired across the ESPN family of networks to seventeen.  Nine of those games will be run during the first three weeks of the season.  Two of the nine games that will be run during the first three weeks of the season will be primetime games.

The Ohio State Buckeyes dominate the schedule, with a total of six games on the slate.  The first of those games will be played Saturday, August 31st against The University of Buffalo.  It will be broadcast live on ESPN2.  Other highly anticipated games see #9 Michigan taking on #10 Notre Dame, #22 Nebraska hosting #19 UCLA, and both #24 and #25 Northwestern and #25 Wisconsin hosting #1 Ohio State.  Each team’s ranking comes from an ESPN preseason Top 25 poll.

More games will be added to the schedule as the season progresses.  The current schedule of Big Ten Games added to the ESPN family of networks’ schedule is provided below.

 

The 2013 Big Ten schedule as of June 7 (additional selections to be announced):

 

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Aug 31 Noon Buffalo at No. 1 Ohio State ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. Syracuse vs. Penn State (East Rutherford, N.J.) ABC and ESPN2
Sat, Sep 7 Noon South Florida at Michigan State ESPN2 or ESPNU
  Noon Cincinnati at Illinois ESPN2 or ESPNU
  3:30 p.m. San Diego State at No. 1 Ohio State ABC and ESPN2
  8 p.m. No. 10 Notre Dame at No. 9 Michigan * ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Sep 14 Noon No. 19 UCLA at No. 22 Nebraska ABC
  Noon Bowling Green at Indiana ESPNU
  8 p.m. No. 10 Notre Dame at Purdue * ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Sep 28 3:30 p.m. Iowa at Minnesota * ABC
  8 p.m. No. 25 Wisconsin at No. 1 Ohio State * ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 5 3:30 p.m. Minnesota at No. 9 Michigan * ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
  8 p.m. No. 1 Ohio State at No. 24 Northwestern * ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 12 5 p.m. No. 9 Michigan at Penn State * ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 19 3:30 p.m. Iowa at No. 1 Ohio State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 26 8 p.m. Penn State at No. 1 Ohio State * ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Fri, Nov 29 Noon Iowa at No. 22 Nebraska ABC

 

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