ESPN Announces Broadcast Schedule Details For Its Coverage Of Week 8 Of The 2021 College Football Season

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ESPN’s family of networks have more than three dozen games on tap on this week’s college football broadcast schedule.

WEDNESDAY

The expansive schedule will feature four of the top five teams in the AP Top 25 standings, too. This week’s schedule gets an early start at 7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday on ESPN2 as No. 14 Coastal Carolina takes on App State. Over on ESPN, No. 21 SMU is scheduled to host Tulane in an AAC conference matchup, also at 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON

Coverage of the AAC continues at noon Saturday on ESPN2 as No. 2 Cincinnati takes on AAC opponent, Navy. Speaking of Cincinnati, it will soon be moving to the Big 12, and that conference will also get some TV time at noon on ESPN as No. 3 Oklahoma is scheduled to kick off against Kansas. The game is this week’s 4K Game of the Week.

Also at noon, the Penn State Nittany Lions are scheduled to host Illinois on ABC.

SATURDAY LATE GAMES

The gridiron action continues at 3:30 p.m. ET with another group of games across the ESPN networks. One of the key late afternoon games will see PAC-12 opponents No. 10 Oregon and UCLA face off on ABC. ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home depot will preview that matchup live from the UCLA campus starting at 9 a.m. ET Saturday.

No. 23 Pittsburgh is set to try and stave off an upset from Clemson, which itself was upset early this season, at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Saturday’s expansive college football broadcast schedule continues on into the night following its afternoon games.

No. 4 Alabama is scheduled to host SEC opponent Tennessee at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Radio. Then at 7:30 p.m. ET, No. 5 Ohio State will visit Indiana on ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital One.

The Saturday evening schedule continues with a cross conference matchup between No. 18 NC State (ACC) and South Florida (AAC) at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Speaking of the ACC, the ACC Network will feature a matchup of Georgia State and Virginia at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Last but hardly least of all in the evening lineup is a matchup of No. 17 Texas A&M and South Carolina at 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.

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ESPN Returning To University Of Georgia Again For Key SEC Matchup Preview

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ESPN will focus on a key SEC conference matchup on this weekend’s edition of College GameDay Built by The Home Depot.

Saturday’s edition of College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will air live from Athens, GA. The broadcast will showcase the showdown between undefeated SEC foes Georgia and Kentucky. The broadcast is in partner with SEC Nation Presented by Johnsonville.

Saturday’s broadcast is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. ET in the Myers Quad on the University of Georgia campus and to run through noon on ESPN. SEC Nation meanwhile, is scheduled to air from 10 a.m. – noon ET on SEC Network.

Saturday’s showcase of the Wildcats and Bulldogs (both of which are 6-0) will mark the second time in three weeks that ESPN has visited Athens for its weekly flagship college football program. It is the show’s seventh time overall that it has visited the university for a broadcast. The most recent broadcast took place earlier in the season ahead of the Bulldogs’ Top 10 matchup against Arkansas.

Rece Davis will anchor Saturday’s broadcast. Analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack (a former All-American from the University of Georgia) will also be on hand for additionally commentary. Joining them will be research producer and sports betting analyst Chris “The Bear” Fallica and reporters Jen Lada and Gene Wojciechowski.

Laura Rutledge will anchor SEC Network’s SEC Nation broadcast. Paul Finebaum, Roman Harper, Jordan Rodgers and Tim Tebow will join Rutledge for the broadcast.

Additionally, Marty Smith and Ryan McGee will be live from 9-10 a.m. Saturday on their weekly show, Marty & McGee Presented by Old Trapper, previewing Saturday’s key SEC matchup.

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Nominees Announced For ‘The Home Depot College Football Awards’

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And the nominees are….

ESPN officials announced the nominees Tuesday, for the network’s annual Home Depot College Football Awards. the nominees for each category are noted below.

The Home Depot College Football Awards Finalists

NCFAA awards announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards:

Chuck Bednarik Award
College Defensive Player of the Year  
Zaven Collins, Tulsa (Jr.)
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame (Sr.) Patrick Surtain II, Alabama (Jr.)
Biletnikoff Award
Outstanding Receiver
Elijah Moore, Ole Miss (Jr.)
Kyle Pitts, Florida (Jr.)
DeVonta Smith, Alabama (Sr.)
Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award
Nation’s Outstanding Placekicker  
Jose Borregales, Miami (Sr.)
Jake Oldroyd, BYU (So.)
Will Reichard, Alabama (So.)
Ray Guy Award
College Punter of the Year  
Jake Camarda, Georgia (Jr.)
Pressley Harvin III, Georgia Tech (Sr.)
Lou Hedley, Miami (Jr.)
Maxwell Award
College Player of the Year  
Mac Jones, Alabama (Jr.)
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson (Jr.)
DeVonta Smith, Alabama (Sr.)
Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award
Nation’s Best Quarterback  
Mac Jones, Alabama (Jr.)
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson (Jr.)
Kyle Trask, Florida (Sr.)
Outland Trophy
Nation’s Most Outstanding Interior Lineman  
Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame (Gr.)
Alex Leatherwood, Alabama (Sr.)
Daviyon Nixon, Iowa (Jr.)
Paycom Jim Thorpe Award
Nation’s Best Defensive Back  
Richie Grant, UCF (Sr.)
Trevon Moehrig, TCU (Jr.)
Patrick Surtain II, Alabama (Jr.)
Doak Walker Award
Nation’s Premier Running Back  
Travis Etienne, Clemson (Sr.)
Breece Hall, Iowa State (So.)
Najee Harris, Alabama (Sr.)

Additional honors recognized during The Home Depot College Football Awards:

The Home Depot Coach of the YearWinner announced January 5
William V. Campbell Trophy Presented By Mazda
Scholar-Athlete
Full list of finalists available here.
Disney Spirit Award
Most Inspirational Player or Team
Darien Rencher, Clemson (Sr.)
The Allstate AFCA Good Works TeamFull list of team members available here.
Walter Camp All America Team Full team announced on January 7.
John Mackey Award
Outstanding Tight End
Charlie Kolar, Iowa State (Jr.)
Kyle Pitts, Florida (Jr.)
Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M (So.)
Rimington Trophy
Outstanding Center
Landon Dickerson, Alabama (Sr.)
Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa (So.)
Josh Myers, Ohio State (Jr.)
Wuerffel Trophy
Community Service
Sam Ehlinger, Texas (Sr.)
Teton Saltes, New Mexico (Sr.)
Shai Werts, Georgia Southern (Sr.)  

 Other awards given this postseason:

Broyles Award
Assistant Coach of the Year
Marcus Freeman, Cincinnati
Jeff Grimes, BYU
Mike Hankwitz, Northwestern
Steve Sarkisian, Alabama
Kane Wommack, Indiana 
Burlsworth Trophy
College football’s most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on
Dax Milne, BYU (Jr.)
Grant Morgan, Arkansas (Sr.)
Jimmy Morrissey, Pitt (Sr.)

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.”

More information on the ESPN networks’ college football coverage is available online along with all of the latest college football news at:

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ESPN’s ‘CGD’ Broadcast To Air Live From Charlotte Saturday

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ESPN’s flagship college football show will come live from North Carolina’s “Queen City” this weekend.

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will air Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon ET live on ESPN and ESPNU from Bank of America Stadium, the home of the Carolina Panthers for its weekly broadcast. Saturday’s show will preview the 2020 ACC Championship between No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Clemson.

One of the biggest topics on the day will likely be Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly’s comments today that the team might not play in the College Football Championship if the families of the players are not permitted to attend. Kelly’s comments have created a firestorm throughout the college football world.

Rece Davis will anchor Saturday’s broadcast. The team of Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, Maria Taylor and Chris “The Bear” Fallica will join Davis for the broadcast. Lee Corso will join the broadcast live remotely from his home.

The ACC Championship is just one of the games set for Saturday’s day-long series of games that the group will preview. No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 7 Iowa State will face off in the Dr. Pepper Big 12 Championship Game at noon. After wo weeks off the field, the now No. 6 ranked Cincinnati Bearcats will face Tulsa for the American Athletic Conference Championship at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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

DateTime (ET)Game/TalentNetwork
Fri, Dec 187:30 p.m.Rocket Mortgage MAC Championship: Ball State vs. Buffalo
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Katie George
ESPN
8 p.m.Pac-12 Championship Game: Oregon at No. 15 USC
Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec 19NoonDr Pepper Big 12 Championship: No. 11 Oklahoma vs. No. 7 Iowa State
TV: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Allison Williams
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Ben Hartsock
ABC/ESPN Radio
No. 5 Texas A&M at Tennessee
Bob Wischusen, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
Florida State at Wake Forest
Chris Cotter, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
ACC Network
3:30 p.m.Ole Miss at LSU
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
No. 25 Missouri at Mississippi State
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network Alternate
4 p.m.ACC Championship Game: No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 2 Notre Dame
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ABC/ESPN Radio
7 p.m.Stanford at UCLA
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Taylor McGregor
ESPN
8 p.m.American Championship: No. 24 Tulsa at No. 8 Cincinnati
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
ABC
10:30 p.m.Arizona State at Oregon State
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN

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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

More information on the ESPN networks’ college football coverage is available online along with all of the latest college football news at:

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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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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’s ‘CGD’ Broadcast To Air Today from University Of Georgia Campus

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The Big 12 will headline this week’s edition of Saturday Night Football presented by Capital One, but today’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot broadcast will focus on another matchup.

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will air from 9 a.m. to noon ET on ESPN from Sanford Stadium at the University of Georgia. The broadcast team of anchor Rece Davis and analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, Chris “The Bear” Fallica, and Lee Corso will preview tonight’s showdown between No. 4 Georgia and No. 7 Auburn.

Coverage of the Southeastern Conference showdown is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN’s weekly College Football Primetime showcase.

GEORGIA WEEK 1

The Bulldogs and Tigers are each 1-0 coming into tonight’s game. Georgia comes into tonight’s game on the momentum of last week’s 37-10 win over another of its SEC foes, the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Bulldogs struggled in the first half in terms of its O-line, scoring only 5 points versus the Razorbacks’ sole touchdown in the first quarter.

Things turned around in the second half as Georgia’s defense held Arkansas to only a field goal. Meanwhile Georgia’s offensive line racked up 32 points over the course of the third and fourth quarters.

Even with its first-half struggle, Georgia still outperformed Arkansas through most of the game, putting up 266 passing yards, 121 rushing yards and 359 total yards. Arkansas by comparison had 203 passing yards, 77 rushing yards and 267 total yards.

Georgia QB Stetson was 20-29 and had two tochdowns in the process. Arkansas’ Feleipe Franks meanwhile was 19-36. He had one touchdown and threw two interceptions.

Penalties abounded for both teams throughout the game. Georgia racked up 12 penalties for a total of 108 yards while Arkansas incurred 10 for 53 yards. Even despite its penalty load and play in the first half, the Bulldogs still managed to get things togeher in the second half and pull off the win.

AUBURN WEEK 1

The Auburn Tigers come in to tonight’s game on the heels of a 29-13 win over Kentucky in week 1. The teams were evenly matched throughout the game in terms of points per quarter although Kentucky dominated the game on both sides of the ball.

Kentucky racked up 145 net rushing yards versus Auburn’s 91 and pulled in 3.6 yards per rush while Auburn had 3.0 per yard. Kentucky totaled 239 net passing yards to Auburn’s 233. This is one of the rare areas in which Auburn came out on top, totaling 8.6 yards per pass versus 6.3.

In relation, Auburn totaled 5.7 yards per play overall while Kentucky totaled 4.9 yards per play.

Penalties hurt the Tigers, too. The team was charged with seven penalties for a total of 55 yards lost while Kentucky had four for 40 yards lost.

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

While tonight’s College Football Primetime broadcast will be a big game, it is just one of the games that ESPN’s networks have on tap throughout the day. The day’s schedule is noted below.

DateTime (ET)Matchup/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, Oct 27 p.m.Campbell at Wake Forest
Mike Morgan, Eric Mac Lain, Lauren Sisler
ACC Network
9 p.m.Louisiana Tech at No. 22 BYU
Dave Flemming, Andre Ware, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN2
Sat, Oct 3NoonBaylor at West Virginia
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Rocky Boiman
ABC
South Carolina at No. 3 Florida
TV: Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Marty Smith
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN
Arkansas State at Coastal Carolina
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Taylor Davis
ESPN2
East Carolina at Georgia State
Mike Couzens, Dustin Fox
ESPNU
Missouri at No. 21 Tennessee
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
NC State at No. 24 Pittsburgh
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
ACC Network
1 p.m.North Alabama at LibertyESPN3
3 p.m.Houston Baptist at Eastern KentuckyESPN3
3:30 p.m.No. 12 North Carolina at Boston College
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Paul Carcaterra
ABC
No. 17 Oklahoma State at Kansas
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic, Sr., Quint Kessenich
ESPN
No. 25 Memphis at SMU
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Kris Budden
ESPN2
South Florida at No. 15 Cincinnati
David Saltzman, Keith Moreland
ESPN+
Central Arkansas at North Dakota StateESPN+
4 p.m.Charlotte at Florida Atlantic
Mike Corey, Jay Walker
ESPNU
Ole Miss at Kentucky
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Taylor McGregor
SEC Network
Virginia Tech at Duke
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Tiffany Blackmon
ACC Network
Jacksonville State at Florida StateESPN3
5 p.m.Western Kentucky at Middle TennesseeESPN3
7 p.m.Georgia Southern at Louisiana-MonroeESPN+
7:30 p.m.No. 18 Oklahoma at Iowa State
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Molly McGrath
ABC
No. 7 Auburn at No. 4 Georgia
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Allison Williams
ESPN
Tulsa at No. 11 UCF
Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Lericia Harris
ESPN2
No. 20 LSU at Vanderbilt
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
Arkansas at No. 16 Mississippi State
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Tera Talmadge
SEC Network Alternate
8 p.m.Virginia at No. 1 Clemson
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network

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Oklahoma, Iowa State To Headline ESPN Networks’ College Football Broadcast Schedule This Weekend

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The Big 12 will take center stage Saturday night on ABC.

The Iowa State Cyclones will host the No. 18. Oklahoma Sooners on this week’s edition of Saturday Night Football presented by Capital One.  Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, and Molly McGrath will have the call for the Samsung QLED 4K game of the week.

Each team comes into Saturday night’s Big 12 showdown with a 1-1 record overall.  By Comparison, Iowa State comes into the conference matchup with a 1-0 record while the Sooners are 0-1 in conference play.  That means Oklahoma will look to avoid dropping to 0-2 in conference play while the Cyclones will look to get above .500.

 

OKLAHOMA WEEK TWO

The visiting Sooners will come in to Saturday’s showdown on the heels of a 38-35 loss to Kansas State last Saturday.  The teams were relatively evenly matched over the course of the game.  Oklahoma outperformed Kansas St. in net rushing and passing yards, totaling 517 yards against Kansas State’s total of 400.

While the Sooners had more total yardage, Kansas St. averaged more yards per play than Oklahoma at 7.8 yards per play to Oklahoma’s 6.8 per play.  Kansas was better on fourth down efficiency at 2-2 while Oklahoma was better with third down conversions at 7-12 versus Kansas State’s total of 2-11.

Penalties were a problem for Kansas State.  The team racked up 13 penalties for a total of 108 yards while Oklahoma totaled 75 yards from 10 penalties.

Oklahoma additionally recorded three interceptions, versus none for Kansas St., certainly helping Kansas State in its win.

 

IOWA STATE WEEK TWO

Iowa State comes into Saturday’s game on the heels of a 37-34 victory over another of its Big 12 opponents, the TCU Horned Frogs in the second game of its season.  The Cyclones dominated on the ground with 212 rushing yards to TCU’s 99 while the Horned Frogs controlled the passing game, throwing for a net passing total of 400 versus 211 for Iowa State.

On a related note, Iowa State averaged a net gain of 8.3 yards per play throughout the game while TCU netted an average gain of 5.9 yards per play.  All things noted, TCU totaled more yardage throughout the game, with 499 yards while Iowa State had a total of 423, not much less than TCU.

TCU was 8-16 in third down conversion efficiency and 0-1 in fourth down conversion.  On the other side of the ball, Iowa Sate was 3-11 on third down conversion efficiency and 0-0 on fourth down conversions.

 

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

While the Big 12 will headline the ESPN networks’ Saturday’s day-long college football broadcast schedule, it is just one of the many games tapped for the networks’ weekend-long schedule.  Wake Forest will host Campbell in the weekend’s opener at 7 p.m. ET Friday on the ACC Network.  Louisiana Tech and No. 22 BYU follow at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Saturday’s schedule launches at noon ET on ABC as No. 22 BYU hosts Louisiana Tech.  That broadcast will start following ESPN’s weekly college football program College GameDay Built by The Home Depot, which will air from 9 a.m. to noon ET on ESPN.  The traveling program’s broadcast site is under consideration.

South Florida and Cincinnati are scheduled to play at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+ in a AAC conference matchup while Virginia Tech and Duke will hit the field at 4 p.m .ET on the ACC Network.

No. 1 Clemson hosts Virginia in the day’s final game.  Coverage of that game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on the ACC Network.

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

 

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Fri, Oct 2 7 p.m. Campbell at Wake Forest
Mike Morgan, Eric Mac Lain, Lauren Sisler
ACC Network
9 p.m. Louisiana Tech at No. 22 BYU
Dave Flemming, Andre Ware, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN2
Sat, Oct 3 Noon Baylor at West Virginia
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Rocky Boiman
ABC
  South Carolina at No. 3 Florida
TV: Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Marty Smith
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN
  Arkansas State at Coastal Carolina
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Taylor Davis
ESPN2
  East Carolina at Georgia State
Mike Couzens, Dustin Fox
ESPNU
  Missouri at No. 21 Tennessee
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
  NC State at No. 24 Pittsburgh
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
ACC Network
  1 p.m. North Alabama at Liberty ESPN3
  3 p.m. Houston Baptist at Eastern Kentucky ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. No. 12 North Carolina at Boston College
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Paul Carcaterra
ABC
  No. 17 Oklahoma State at Kansas
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic, Sr., Quint Kessenich
ESPN
  No. 25 Memphis at SMU
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Kris Budden
ESPN2
  South Florida at No. 15 Cincinnati
David Saltzman, Keith Moreland
ESPN+
  Central Arkansas at North Dakota State ESPN+
  4 p.m. Charlotte at Florida Atlantic
Mike Corey, Jay Walker
ESPNU
  Ole Miss at Kentucky
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Taylor McGregor
SEC Network
  Virginia Tech at Duke
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Tiffany Blackmon
ACC Network
  Jacksonville State at Florida State ESPN3
  5 p.m. Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee ESPN3
  7 p.m. Georgia Southern at Louisiana-Monroe ESPN+
  7:30 p.m. No. 18 Oklahoma at Iowa State
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Molly McGrath
ABC
No. 7 Auburn at No. 4 Georgia
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Allison Williams
ESPN
Tulsa at No. 11 UCF
Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Lericia Harris
ESPN2
No. 20 LSU at Vanderbilt
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
Arkansas at No. 16 Mississippi State
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Tera Talmadge
SEC Network Alternate
8 p.m. Virginia at No. 1 Clemson
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network

 

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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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