Time for the college football games on the ESPN family of networks for Week 7. ABC has an afternoon doubleheader featuring the annual Red River Shootout between Texas and Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas at noon ET. Then the network splits its coverage three ways at 3:30 p.m. ET with Illinois-Michigan, West Virginia-Texas Tech and Oregon State at BYU.
In primetime, ESPN has Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit (flying over from South Bend in the morning) and Heather Cox at Baton Rouge for South Carolina at LSU for one of their rare SEC appearances.
It should be noted that Heather Mitts of the US Women’s Soccer Team will be making her sideline debut at the Northwestern-Minnesota game at noon at ESPN2 with Beth Mowins and Joey Galloway.
Here’s the ESPN slate of games that begin tonight.
ESPN’s college football schedule this week will be highlighted by telecasts of three of the four matchups between ranked teams, all on Saturday, Oct. 13: No. 3 South Carolina at No. 9 LSU (8 p.m. ET on ESPN); the Red River Rivalry pitting No. 15 Texas vs. No. 13 Oklahoma from Dallas (noon on ABC); and No. 22 Texas A&M vs. No. 23 Louisiana Tech from Shreveport, a game postponed from opening weekend due to weather (9 p.m. on ESPNU).
Additional notes for Saturday, Oct. 13:
- ESPNU will televise four games, including three unbeaten – and four ranked – teams: No. 18 Louisville (at Pittsburgh at 11 a.m.), No. 4 Florida (at Vanderbilt at 6 p.m.) and No. 23 Louisiana Tech (against one-loss No. 22 Texas A&M at 9 p.m.)
- ESPNU and ESPN3 will combine to carry all three of the remaining undefeated BIG EAST teams: No. 18 Louisville (at Pittsburgh at 11 a.m. on ESPNU), No. 20 Rutgers (against Syracuse at noon on ESPN3 and the BIG EAST Network) and No. 21 Cincinnati (against Fordham at 7 p.m. on ESPN3).
- ESPN2 will televise No. 19 Mississippi State, one of four remaining unbeaten teams in the SEC, against conference rival Tennessee at 9 p.m. Mississippi State’s 5-0 record is its best start to a season since 1999. It is also only the fourth time Mississippi State has won its first five games in its 113 years of playing football. Tennessee leads the series 28-15-1, including wins in 9 of the last 10 games.
- ESPN platforms will carry 10 undefeated teams in action Saturday, Oct. 13: No. 3 South Carolina, No. 4 Florida, No. 5 West Virginia, No. 10 Oregon State, No. 18 Louisville, No. 19 Mississippi State, No. 20 Rutgers, No. 21 Cincinnati, No. 23 Louisiana Tech and Ohio.
ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN 3D and ESPN Radio Schedule
Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Network Thu, Oct 11 7:30 p.m. Western Kentucky at Troy
Joe Davis & Jay Walker
ESPNU 9 p.m. Arizona State at Colorado
Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Steele
ESPN Fri, Oct 12 8 p.m. Navy at Central Michigan
Carter Blackburn, Rod Gilmore & Jemele Hill
ESPN2 Sat, Oct 13 11 a.m. No. 18 Louisville at Pittsburgh
Tom Hart & John Congemi
ESPNU Noon No. 15 Texas vs. No. 13 Oklahoma (from Dallas)
Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
ABC Noon Iowa at Michigan State
Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Jenn Brown
ESPN & ESPN 3D Noon Northwestern at Minnesota
Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Heather Mitts
ESPN2 Noon Auburn at Ole Miss
Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano
ESPN3 & SEC Network Noon Syracuse at No. 20 Rutgers
Eamon McAnaney, David Diaz-Infante & Paul Carcaterra
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network Noon Lafayette at Yale ESPN3 12:30 p.m. Duke at Virginia Tech ESPN3 * & ACC Network 1 p.m. Temple at Connecticut
Dave Weekley & Rene Ingoglia
ESPN3 1:30 p.m. Tennessee-Chattanooga at Furman ESPN3 2 p.m. Akron at Ohio
Dan Gutowsky & John Gregory
ESPN3 2 p.m. Youngstown State at Illinois State ESPN3 2 p.m. Liberty at Presbyterian ESPN3 2:30 p.m. North Carolina at Miami (Fla.)
Anish Shroff & Dan Hawkins
ESPNU 3 p.m. Western Michigan at Ball State
Jim Barbar & Ben Leber
ESPN3 3 p.m. Maryland at Virginia ESPN3 * 3:30 p.m. Illinois at No. 25 Michigan
Bob Wischusen, Danny Kanell & Lewis Johnson
ABC & ESPN ** No. 5 West Virginia at Texas Tech
Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Quint Kessenich
ABC & ESPN ** No. 10 Oregon State at BYU
Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
ABC & ESPN3 3:30 p.m. Stony Brook at Coastal Carolina ESPN3 3:30 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at Bowling Green ESPN3 * 3:30 p.m. Buffalo at Northern Illinois ESPN3 * 4 p.m. Utah State at San Jose State
Trey Bender & Jay Taylor
ESPN3 * 4 p.m. Indiana State at North Dakota State ESPN3 4 p.m. Northwestern State at Southeastern Louisiana ESPN3 5:30 p.m. Boston College at No. 12 Florida State
Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Maria Taylor
ESPN2 6 p.m. No. 4 Florida at Vanderbilt
Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb & Tom Luginbill
ESPNU 7 p.m. Kentucky at Arkansas ESPN3 * 7 p.m. Fordham at No. 21 Cincinnati
Mike Gleason, John Bunting & Rontina McCann
ESPN3 7 p.m. Western Illinois at South Dakota State ESPN3 7 p.m. TCU at Baylor
Bill Rosinkski, David Norrie & Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN Radio 8 p.m. No. 3 South Carolina at No. 9 LSU
Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Heather Cox
ESPN 8 p.m. Florida Atlantic at Louisiana-Monroe ESPN3 9 p.m. Tennessee at No. 19 Mississippi State
Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Allison Williams
ESPN2 9 p.m. No. 22 Texas A&M vs. No. 23 Louisiana Tech (from Shreveport)
Joe Davis & Kelly Stouffer
* Local blackout may apply
** Reverse mirror in which ESPN will regionalize two games on ABC to markets not receiving the telecast
Fox Sports Media Group’s college football games are next.