This Saturday for all intents and purposes ends college football before we head to the inexorable bowl season leading to the BCS and the debates whether it’s a viable system.
But before we get to all that, there’s the Conference Championship Games. The ESPN Fam will air the MAC, Conference USA and ACC Championships. ABC also airs the annual Bedlam Game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State that will decide the Big 12 Championship.
In addition, the ESPN3.com will stream the NCAA Division I Football Championship featuring schools in the Football Championship Subdivision. Yes, the NCAA holds a Division I Championship while the BCS schools are mired in the muck and malarkey that’s the bowl system which just provides debate and more questions.
Anyway, here’s the schedule.
Conference Championships, Four Matchups between Ranked Teams & Complete NCAA Division I Second Round Coverage
ESPN’s college football schedule this week includes four conference championships, four games between ranked teams and all eight of the second-round NCAA Division I Football Championship matchups.
ABC and ESPN will each televise a conference title game between ranked teams Saturday, December 3:
- Conference USA Championship at noon on ABC: No. 24 Southern Miss vs. undefeated No. 6 Houston
- ACC Championship Game at 8 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN3: No. 5 Virginia Tech vs. No. 20 Clemson
On Friday, Dec. 2, ESPN2 and ESPN3 will carry the MAC Championship pitting Ohio against Northern Illinois at 7 p.m. In addition, ESPN Radio will broadcast the inaugural Pac-12 Championship featuring UCLA vs. No. 9 Oregon at 8 p.m.
ABC will broadcast two Big 12 games between ranked teams Saturday, December 3: No. 22 Texas at No. 17 Baylor at 3:30 p.m. followed by No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 3 Oklahoma State at 8 p.m., which will determine the Big 12 champion.
ESPN3 will offer exclusive coverage of the entire second round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on Saturday, December 3 beginning at 1 p.m.
Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network Thu, Dec 1 8 p.m. No. 23 West Virginia at South Florida
Rece Davis, Craig James, Jesse Palmer & Jenn Brown
ESPN/ESPN3/ESPN 3D Fri, Dec 2 7 p.m. MAC Championship: Ohio vs. Northern Illinois
Joe Tessitore, Rod Gilmore & Jeannine Edwards
ESPN2/ESPN3 8 p.m. Pac-12 Championship Game: UCLA at No. 9 Oregon
Dave Flemming, David Norrie & Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN Radio Sat, Dec 3 Noon Conference USA Championship: No. 24 Southern Miss at No. 6 Houston
Mike Patrick, Craig James & Lisa Salters
ABC Connecticut at Cincinnati
Dave Pasch, Chris Spielman & Quint Kessenich
ESPN/ESPN3 Syracuse at Pittsburgh
Dave Lamont & Mike Bellotti
ESPN2/ESPN3 1 p.m. NCAA Division I Football Championship: Old Dominion at No. 3 Georgia Southern
Doug Bell & John Bunting
ESPN3* 2 p.m. NCAA Division I Football Championship: Maine at Appalachian State
John Sadak & Rene Ingoglia
ESPN3* NCAA Division I Football Championship: Central Arkansas at No. 4 Montana
Ryan Rose & Adam Archuletta
ESPN3* 3 p.m. Troy at Arkansas State ESPN3 NCAA Division I Football Championship: New Hampshire at Montana State
Trey Bender & Jay Taylor
ESPN3* NCAA Division I Football Championship: Stony Brook at No. 1 Sam Houston State
Dan Gutowsky & Warrick Dunn
ESPN3* 3:30 p.m. No. 22 Texas at No. 17 Baylor
Sean McDonough, Matt Millen & Samantha Steele
ABC Utah State at New Mexico State ESPN3 NCAA Division I Football Championship: Lehigh at Towson
Bob Picozzi & John Gregory
ESPN3* 4 p.m. Idaho at Nevada ESPN3 NCAA Division I Football Championship: James Madison at No. 2 North Dakota State
Jim Barbar & Jay Walker
ESPN3* 5 p.m. NCAA Division I Football Championship: Wofford at No. 5 Northern Iowa
Shawn Kenney & Rob Harley
ESPN3* 7:30 p.m. BYU at Hawaii
Carter Blackburn & Brock Huard
ESPN2/ESPN3 8 p.m. No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 3 Oklahoma State
Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
ABC ACC Championship Game: No. 5 Virginia Tech vs. No. 20 Clemson
ESPN: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Heather Cox
ESPN Radio: Bill Rosinski, Danny Kanell & Joe Schad
ESPN/ESPN3/ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio
* ESPN3 exclusive.
And College GameDay will end its travel around the country just as it began, in Atlanta in SEC country this time for the SEC Championship.
ESPN’s Emmy Award-winning College GameDay will originate from the SEC Championship in Atlanta, on Saturday, Dec. 3, in advance the title game between the Eastern Division champion No. 12 Georgia and the Western Division champ No. 1 LSU. The GameDay set will be in Centennial Olympic Park and will air from 9-10 a.m. on ESPNU and 10 a.m.-noon on ESPN.
GameDay will be visiting the SEC Championship for the fourth time, and the third time in the last four years. Alabama takes part for the third time this season, the second straight week and the 22nd time overall, while Georgia will be appearing for the 12th time.