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Posted by Michael Humes on November 27, 2012

Football Championship Week Highlighted by Games with Conference Championship & Bowl Bid Implications

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ESPN’s college football “Championship Week” schedule will include games with conference championship and bowl bid implications, highlighted by five matchups in which the winning team will win the conference title.

  • ESPN’s Thursday prime-time telecast on November 29 will pit Louisville at Rutgers in a BIG EAST matchup at 7:30 p.m. Rutgers will win the conference with a victory over Louisville. ABC will also televise Cincinnati at Connecticut on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 3:30 p.m. If Louisville and Cincinnati win and create a four-way tie for the championship, the higher-ranked team in the BCS Standings between Louisville and Rutgers will receive the conference’s BCS berth. The highest-ranked team in the BCS Standings between Louisville, Rutgers and Syracuse will receive the BCS bid with a Louisville and Connecticut victory.
  • ESPN2 and ESPN Radio will each offer a conference championship game on Friday, Nov. 30:
    • ESPN2 will televise the Marathon MAC Football Championship, No. 21 Northern Illinois vs. No. 17 Kent State in a showdown of one-loss teams at 7 p.m. ET.
    • ESPN Radio will broadcast No. 16 UCLA at No. 8 Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game at 8 p.m.
  • The lineup for Saturday, Dec. 1, will include ACC and Conference USA championship games and a matchup between the top two teams of the Sun Belt:
    • ESPN’s prime-time telecast will feature No. 13 Florida State vs. Georgia Tech in the Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game at 8 p.m.
    • ESPN2 and ESPN 3D will televise Central Florida at Tulsa in a matchup of 9-3 teams in the Conference USA Championship Game at noon.
    • ESPN3 will carry Middle Tennessee at Arkansas State in a matchup for the Sun Belt Conference title at 3 p.m. Both teams have an 8-3 overall and 6-1 in conference record.
  • Additional games with conference and bowl implications on Saturday, Dec. 1:
    • No. 6 Kansas State will host No. 18 Texas on the ABC Saturday Night Football Presented by Windows 8 broadcast at 8 p.m. One-loss Kansas State will clinch the Big 12 title and the conference’s automatic BCS berth with a win or a No. 11 Oklahoma loss. ESPN will televise Oklahoma at TCU Saturday, Dec. 1 at noon.
    • ABC will also broadcast No. 20 Boise State at Nevada at 3:30 p.m. Boise State can clinch a share of the Mountain West Conference title with a win.
  • ESPN3 will carry eight games from the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals on Saturday, Dec. 1.

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

DateTime (ET)Game / CommentatorsNetwork
Thu, Nov 297:30 p.m.Louisville at Rutgers
Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Steele
Fri, Nov 307 p.m.Marathon MAC Football Championship: No. 21 Northern Illinois vs. No. 17 Kent State (from Detroit)
Carter Blackburn, Rod Gilmore & Jemele Hill
 8 p.m.Pac-12 Championship Game: No. 16 UCLA at No. 8 Stanford
Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec 1NoonNo. 11 Oklahoma at TCU
Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Shannon Spake
 NoonConference USA Championship Game: UCF at Tulsa
Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Jenn Brown
 NoonNo. 23 Oklahoma State at Baylor
Dave Lamont, Tom Ramsey, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN Radio
 2 p.m.FCS Championship Second Round: New Hampshire at WoffordESPN3
 2 p.m.FCS Championship Second Round: Coastal Carolina at Old DominionESPN3
 2 p.m.FCS Championship Second Round: Central Arkansas at Georgia SouthernESPN3
 2 p.m.FCS Championship Second Round: Illinois State at Appalachian StateESPN3
 3 p.m.Middle Tennessee at Arkansas State
Brock Bowling & Cole Cubelic
 3:30 p.m.No. 20 Boise State at Nevada
Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
  Cincinnati at Connecticut
Bob Wischusen, Danny Kanell & Maria Taylor
 4 p.m.FCS Championship Second Round: South Dakota State at North Dakota StateESPN3
 4 p.m.FCS Championship Second Round: Cal Poly at Sam Houston StateESPN3
 6 p.m.FCS Championship Second Round: Wagner at Eastern Washington ESPN3
 7 p.m.Pittsburgh at South Florida
Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Quint Kessenich
 7 p.m.FCS Championship Second Round: Stony Brook at Montana StateESPN3
 8 p.m.No. 18 Texas at No. 6 Kansas State
Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
 8 p.m.Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game: No. 13 Florida State vs. Georgia Tech (Charlotte)
ESPN: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Heather Cox
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad

* Local blackout may apply
ESPN will use BCS Standings through the remainder of the season