ESPN Networks Kick Off Coverage Of The 2016 College Foootball Season This Week

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Courtesy: ESPN

The wait is nearly over.  The 2016 college football season kicks off this Friday, August 26. And ESPN will have full coverage of Week 0.

The 2016 college football season kicks off this Friday night on ESPN when California and Hawaii face off live from ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia. ESPN will carry full coverage of the game beginning at 10pm ET.  Allen Bestwick, Mike Bellotti and Warren Smith will have the call for the game.

Friday’s live international event will be followed up Saturday night by a matchup between defending Big South Champion and #6 ranked Charleston Southern on the road against five-time defending champion and #1 North Dakota State at 7:30pm ET.  Adam Amin, Mack Brown, and Molly McGrath will have the call for that game live from Fargo, North Dakota.  It will mark the first time that the trio will have worked together on an ESPN broadcast.
As an additional bonus for college football fans, ESPN will air a special one-hour edition of College GameDay Saturday morning at 11am.  Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Lee Corso (via satellite) will look ahead at the season to come in this week’s special season preview edition of College GameDay.  The weekly college football broadcast will officially launch its 2016 season next Saturday, September 3rd from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin ahead of the Badgers’ game against the LSU Tigers.

The full broadcast schedule for the ESPN networks’ college football preview shows is noted in whole below.

Date

Time (ET)

Show

Commentators 

Network

Mon, Aug. 22

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

2016 SEC College Football Preview Show

Matt Schick, Tom Luginbill, Kevin Carter

ESPNU

 

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

2016 ACC College Football Preview Show

Anish Shroff, Mike Bellotti, Charles Arbuckle

ESPNU

Tue, Aug. 23

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

2016 Big Ten College Football Preview Show

Brendan Fitzgerald, Tom Luginbill, Jason Sehorn

ESPNU

 

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

2016 Big 12 College Football Preview Show

Anish Shroff, Kevin Carter, Jason Sehorn

ESPNU

Wed, Aug. 24

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

2016 Pac-12 College Football Preview Show

Brendan Fitzgerald, Mike Bellotti, Charles Arbuckle

ESPNU

 

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

National College Football Preview

Matt Schick, Mike Bellotti, Tom Luginbill

ESPNU

 

8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

The Herbies Preseason Special

Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit

ESPN2

Sat, Aug. 27

11 a.m. – noon

College GameDay Season Preview

Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, Lee Corso (via satellite)

ESPN

Sun, Aug. 28

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Heisman Trophy Preview Show

Joe Tessitore, Desmond Howard, Danny Kanell

ESPN

 

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Championship Drive: College Football Season Preview

Rece Davis

ESPN

More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the 2016 college football season is available online now along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

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

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/espncfb

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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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