Let’s look at the college football games ESPN will air this week. It all begins tonight with two games on the ESPN family, one on ESPNU and a Pac-12 game on ESPN.
Interesting week, ABC has just two games, one at 3:30 p.m. ET with Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Heather Cox in East Lansing, MI for the Ohio State-Michigan State. ABC’s primetime game will have Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe calling Wisconsin at Nebraska.
The other ESPN networks have lots of action including Mississippi at Alabama called by Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen and
Shelley Smith Jessica Mendoza.
Let’s take a look at the games that ESPN’s networks will air this weekend.
ESPN’s college football schedule this week will include seven of the top eight teams in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The lineup is highlighted by five of the top six in prime time across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU on Saturday, Sept. 29.
- An ESPN doubleheader kicks off with No. 4 Florida State at South Florida at 6 p.m. ET followed by No. 1 Alabama against SEC West rival Ole Miss at 9:15 p.m. ESPN Radio will also broadcast the Ole Miss at Alabama game.
- An ESPN2 doubleheader showcases SEC and Pac-12 conference contests beginning with No. 6 South Carolina at SEC East foe Kentucky at 7 p.m. followed by No. 2 Oregon versus Pac-12 North rival Washington State from Seattle at 10:30 p.m.
- ESPNU will televise No. 3 LSU against Towson at 7 p.m.
ESPN and ESPN Radio will combine to cover the other two of the top eight teams. The Thursday ESPN College Football Primetime matchup on September 27 will pit undefeated No. 8 Stanford at Washington at 9 p.m. ESPN Radio will broadcast No. 5 Georgia against Tennessee on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 3:30 p.m.
In addition, ABC will broadcast two Big Ten contests on Saturday, Sept. 29: unbeaten No. 14 Ohio State at one-loss No. 20 Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. and Wisconsin at No. 22 Nebraska in a showdown of 3-1 teams at 8 p.m.
ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN 3D, Longhorn Network and ESPN Radio Schedule
Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Network Thu, Sep 27 7:30 p.m. Morgan State at North Carolina A&T
Joe Davis & Jay Walker
ESPNU 9 p.m. No. 8 Stanford at Washington
ESPN: Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha SteeleRadio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Shelley Smith
ESPN & ESPN Radio Fri, Sep 28 8 p.m. Hawaii at BYU
Carter Blackburn, Rod Gilmore & Jemele Hill
ESPN Sat, Sep 29 Noon Penn State at Illinois
Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Jenn Brown
ESPN & ESPN 3D Noon Minnesota at Iowa
Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Lewis Johnson
ESPN2 Noon NC State at Miami
Tom Hart & John Congemi
ESPNU Noon Arkansas at Texas A&M
Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano
ESPN3 & SEC Network Noon Buffalo at Connecticut
Eamon McAnaney, David Diaz-Infante & Paul Carcaterra
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network Noon Ball State at Kent State
Michael Reghi & Doug Graber
ESPN3 * Noon Middle Tennessee at Georgia Tech ESPN3 * & RSN Noon Central Connecticut at Sacred Heart ESPN3 12:30 p.m. Duke at Wake Forest ESPN3 * & ACC Network 2 p.m. Nevada at Texas State
Dave Armstrong & Kelly Stouffer
Longhorn Network 2 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at Akron
Dave Weekley & Rocky Boiman
ESPN3 3:30 p.m. No. 14 Ohio State at No. 20 Michigan State
Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Heather Cox
ABC 3:30 p.m. No. 17 Clemson at Boston College
Bob Wischusen, Danny Kanell & Maria Taylor
ESPN2 3:30 p.m. Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati (from Landover, Md.)
Anish Shroff & Dan Hawkins
ESPNU 3:30 p.m. Tennessee at No. 5 Georgia
Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN Radio 3:30 p.m. Louisiana Tech at Virginia
John Sadak, John Gregory & Angela Mallen
ESPN3 3:30 p.m. Ohio at Massachusetts
Bob Picozzi & Rene Ingoglia
ESPN3 3:30 p.m. Central Michigan at Northern Illinois
Dan Gutowsky & Cory Chavous
ESPN3 3:30 p.m. Rhode Island at Bowling Green
Greg Franke & Tom Cole
ESPN3 3:30 p.m. Idaho at North Carolina ESPN3 * & RSN 3:30 p.m. Troy at South Alabama ESPN3 4 p.m. Southeastern Louisiana at Lamar ESPN3 5 p.m. North Texas at Florida Atlantic
Shawn Kenney & John Bunting
ESPN3 6 p.m. No. 4 Florida State at South Florida
Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Quint Kessenich
ESPN 6 p.m. Samford at Georgia Southern ESPN3 7 p.m. No. 6 South Carolina at Kentucky
Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
ESPN2 7 p.m. Towson at No. 3 LSU
Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb & Allison Williams
ESPNU 7 p.m. Toledo at Western Michigan
Jim Barbar & Ben Leber
ESPN3 7 p.m. Western Kentucky at Arkansas State
Rich Hollenberg & Stan Lewter
ESPN3 7 p.m. Florida International at Louisiana-Lafayette
Jonathan Yardley & Forrest Conoly
ESPN3 7 p.m. Indiana State at Southern Illinois ESPN3 7 p.m. Missouri State at South Dakota State ESPN3 8 p.m. Wisconsin at No. 22 Nebraska
Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
ABC 8 p.m. UNLV at Utah State
Trey Bender & Jay Taylor
ESPN3 9:15 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 1 Alabama
ESPN: Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Jessica Mendoza
Radio: Dave Lamont, Tom Ramsey & Brett McMurphy
ESPN & ESPN Radio 10:30 p.m. No. 2 Oregon at Washington State (from Seattle)
Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Shelley Smith
ESPN2 10:30 p.m. Grambling State at Alabama A&M
Joe Davis & Jay Walker
* Local blackout may apply
*** Live on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. ET & same day delay on ESPNU
That will do it.