Press Release

Posted by Michael Humes on September 4, 2012

Seven of Top Nine Ranked Teams; SEC Debut for Missouri & Texas A&M

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This week’s college football schedule of 48 games will include a SEC tripleheader on ESPN, the first SEC conference games for new members Texas A&M and Missouri, and seven of the top nine – and 16 of the Top 25 – teams in the AP poll.

Highlights for Saturday, Sept. 8:

  • Missouri and Texas A&M will make their SEC debut Saturday, each against a ranked opponent: Texas A&M will host No. 24 Florida at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN while Missouri will host No. 7 Georgia at 7:45 p.m. on ESPN2.
  • Additional ranked SEC teams in action include two games on ESPN3 and the SEC Network: No. 1 Alabama against Western Kentucky at 3:30 p.m. and No. 9 South Carolina against East Carolina at noon.
  • An ESPN prime time doubleheader will include No. 3 LSU against Washington at 7 p.m. and Illinois at Arizona at 10:30 p.m.
  • The ABC and ESPN2 reverse mirror telecast at 3:30 p.m. will showcase a ranked team in each game: No. 2 USC at Syracuse and No. 19 Michigan against Air Force.
  • The ESPNU night game will spotlight No. 8 Arkansas against Louisiana-Monroe at 7 p.m.

ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN 3D, Longhorn Network and ESPN Radio Schedule

DateTime (ET)Game / CommentatorsNetwork
Thu, Sep 68 p.m.Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Steele
Fri, Sep 78 p.m.Utah at Utah State
Carter Blackburn, Rod Gilmore & Jemele Hill
Sat, Sep 8NoonPenn State at Virginia
Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & George Smith
 NoonAuburn at Mississippi State
Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Jenn Brown
 NoonCentral Florida at No. 14 Ohio State
Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Lewis Johnson
 NoonMaryland at Temple
Tom Hart & John Congemi
 NoonEast Carolina at No. 9 South Carolina
Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano
ESPN3 & SEC Network
 NoonNC State at Connecticut
Eamon McAnaney, David Diaz-Infante & Paul Carcaterra
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
 12:30 p.m.Ball State at No. 12 ClemsonESPN3 * & ACC Network
 1 p.m.Maine at Boston College
Bob Picozzi, Paul Maguire & Cat Whitehill
 1 p.m.Southern Illinois at Miami (Ohio)
Michael Reghi & Rocky Boiman
 1 p.m.Illinois State at Eastern MichiganESPN3 *
 1:30 p.m.Austin Peay at No. 15 Virginia Tech
John Sadak, John Gregory & Rontina McCann
 3 p.m.North Carolina at Wake ForestESPN3 * & ACC Network
 3:30 p.m.Air Force at No. 19 Michigan
Bob Wischusen, Danny Kanell & Maria Taylor
ABC & ESPN2 **
  No. 2 USC at Syracuse
Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Shelley Smith
ABC & ESPN2 **
 3:30 p.m.No. 24 Florida at Texas A&M
Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Heather Cox
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
 3:30 p.m.No. 11 Michigan State at Central Michigan
Anish Shroff & Dan Hawkins
 3:30 p.m.Indiana at Massachusetts
Shawn Kenney, John Bunting & John Brickley
 3:30 p.m.Western Kentucky at No. 1 Alabama
Mike Morgan, Chris Doering & Jill Montgomery
ESPN3 & SEC Network
 3:30 p.m.Howard at Rutgers
Mike Corey & Rene Ingoglia
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
 3:30 p.m.Missouri State at No. 23 LouisvilleESPN3 *
 4 p.m.Georgia State at TennesseeESPN3
 5 p.m.Nicholls State at South Alabama
Jared Schwartz & Stan Lewter
 6 p.m.Savannah State at No. 6 Florida State
Dave Weekley, Ralph Friedgen & Tiffany Green
 6 p.m.Akron at Florida International
Drew Fellios & Doug Graber
 6:30 p.m.Montana at Appalachian StateESPN3
 7 p.m.Washington at No. 3 LSU
Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
 7 p.m.Louisiana-Monroe at No. 8 Arkansas
Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb & Allison Williams
 7 p.m.Memphis at Arkansas State
Brock Bowling & Cory Chavous
 7 p.m.Texas Tech at Texas State
Trey Bender & Jay Taylor
 7 p.m.Presbyterian at Georgia Tech
Ryan Rose, Warrick Dunn & LaChina Robinson
 7 p.m.Louisiana-Lafayette at Troy
Jonathon Yardley & Forest Conoly
 7 p.m.New Mexico State at Ohio
TBD & Jerod Cherry
 7 p.m.Tennessee-Martin at Northern Illinois
Jim Barbar & Bob Chmeil
 7 p.m.Eastern Illinois at Western Michigan
Dan Gutowsky & Ben Leber
 7 p.m.Florida Atlantic at Middle TennesseeESPN3
 7 p.m.Texas Southern at North TexasESPN3
 7 p.m.Idaho at Bowling Green
Greg Franke & Tom Cole
 7 p.m.UTEP at MississippiESPN3 * & FSN
 7 p.m.Norfolk State at LibertyESPN3
 7 p.m.Lafayette at William & MaryESPN3
 7:30 p.m.Kent State at Kentucky
Matt Stewart, Cole Cubelic & Angela Mallen
 7:30 p.m.No. 16 Nebraska at UCLAESPN Radio
 7:45 p.m.No. 7 Georgia at Missouri
Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Quint Kessenich
 8 p.m.New Mexico at No. 17 Texas
Mark Neely, Ray Bentley & Kaylee Hartung
Longhorn Network
 10:30 p.m.Illinois at Arizona State
Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Jessica Mendoza
ESPN & ESPN3 (Spanish language)
 10:30 p.m.Bethune Cookman at South Carolina State
Joe Davis & Jay Walker

* Local blackout may apply
** Reverse mirror in which ESPN2 will regionalize two games on ABC to markets not receiving the telecast
*** Live on ESPN3 at 6 p.m. ET & same day delay on ESPNU