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Posted by Michael Humes on July 31, 2013

ESPN Networks to Carry 69 Live Weekday College Football Games in 2013 Season

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ESPN’s extensive coverage of the 2013 college football campaign – from kick off on Thursday, Aug. 29 to the BCS National Championship on January 6 – will include 69 live weekday game telecasts across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ABC. The lineup will showcase many of the nation’s top programs in weekly Thursday and Friday night matchups and on select Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the season.

The schedule includes at least one team from all 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences (American Athletic, Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, Pac-12, Southeastern and Sun Belt) plus independents BYU and Navy. Coverage of teams from Football Championship Division leagues Big Sky, Big South, Colonial Athletic, Mid-Eastern Athletic, Southern and Southwestern Athletic will also be featured.

The schedule involves 12 teams currently ranked in an early ESPN.com preseason top 25 poll highlighted by a showdown between No. 3 Oregon and No. 5 Stanford and multiple appearances by No. 4 Louisville. Additional ranked teams on the schedule include: No. 8 South Carolina, No. 12 Clemson, No. 13 Texas, No. 14 Florida State, No. 18 TCU, No. 19 UCLA, No. 21 Boise State, No. 22 Nebraska and No. 23 USC.

Overall, the 2013 college football season on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN Radio, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN Regional Television and ESPN GamePlan will total more than 450 regular-and post-season games, concluding with the entire Bowl Championship Series on ESPN. A comprehensive schedule with Saturday games will be released at a later date.

Weekday game highlights:

  • ESPN Thursdays: The season will kick off with 10 games on Thursday, Aug. 29, highlighted by an ESPN College Football Primetime doubleheader involving SEC teams: No. 8 South Carolina hosting ACC member North Carolina at 6 p.m. ET followed by Ole Miss at Vanderbilt at 9:15 p.m. Additional highlights of the Thursday night series:
  • SEC: Two games in addition to the opening doubleheader, including Kentucky at Mississippi State (October 24) and Ole Miss at Mississippi State in the annual Thanksgiving night showcase November 28). ESPN previously televised the rivalry game – also known as the Battle for the Golden Egg and the Egg Bowl – as its annual Thanksgiving Day prime-time college football game from 1998 to 2003.
  • Pac-12: Two games, highlighted by No. 3 Oregon at No. 5 Stanford on November 7.
  • ACC: Four matchups, highlighted by two contests with No. 12 Clemson, who are coming off an 11-2 record in 2012.
  • Big 12: Two telecasts including No. 18 TCU at Texas Tech (September 12) and No. 13 Texas at Iowa State (October 3).
  • American Athletic Conference: Four games, including No. 4 Louisville twice.
    • Labor Day: ESPN’s Labor Day prime-time telecast on Monday, Sept. 2, will mark the ACC debut for Pittsburgh. The Panthers will host defending conference champion No. 14 Florida State, which finished last season with a 12-2 overall record.
    • Friday nights: ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to provide weekly Friday night telecasts showcasing top programs, including No. 4 Louisville of the American Athletic Conference twice. Additional highlights:
    • Mountain West: ESPN will televise a Mountain West matchup over four consecutive Fridays from September 13 to October 4, highlighted by at least one telecast of the three teams that claimed a share of the conference championship in 2012: Boise State, Fresno State and San Diego State.
    • Pac-12: ESPN2 will offer two Friday night Pac-12 games, both involving one ranked team: No. 23 USC (at Oregon State on November 1) and No. 19 UCLA (against Washington November 15).
    • BYU: ESPN and ESPNU will both televise BYU, highlighted by the Cougars hosting No. 21 Boise State (October 25 on ESPN)
      • MAC: ESPN2 and ESPNU will televise multiple games involving the participants in last year’s MAC championship game: Defending conference champion Northern Illinois three times and Kent State, with an 8-0 conference record last year, twice. ESPN2 will also carry the 16th annual Marathon MAC Football Championship at Ford Field in Detroit on Friday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m.
      • Sun Belt: Defending Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas State will play in two midweek games, including a matchup against Louisiana-Lafayette, the Sun Belt’s second-place team in 2012 (Tuesday, Oct. 22).
DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Thu, Aug 296 p.m.North Carolina at No. 8 South CarolinaESPN
 6 p.m.Liberty at Kent StateESPN3
 6:30 p.m.Presbyterian at Wake ForestESPN3
 7 p.m.Tulsa at Bowling GreenESPNU
 7 p.m.Illinois State at Ball StateESPN3
 7 p.m.Akron at UCFESPN3
 7:30pmTowson at ConnecticutESPN3
 7:30 p.m.Southern Utah at South AlabamaESPN3
 9:15 p.m.Ole Miss at VanderbiltESPN
 10:30 p.m.Rutgers at Fresno StateESPNU
Fri, Aug 307 p.m.Samford at Georgia StateESPN3
 8 p.m.Texas Tech at SMUESPN
 8 p.m.Florida Atlantic at Miami (Fla.)ESPNU
 8:30 p.m.Southern at HoustonESPN3
Mon, Sep 28 p.m.No. 14 Florida State at Pittsburgh ESPN
Fri, Sep 68 p.m.Wake Forest at Boston CollegeESPN2
Thu, Sept 127:30 p.m.No. 18 TCU at Texas TechESPN
 7:30 p.m.Troy at Arkansas StateESPNU
Fri, Sep 138 p.m.Air Force at No. 21 Boise StateESPN
Thu, Sep 197:30 p.m.No. 12 Clemson at NC StateESPN
Fri, Sep 209 p.m.No. 21 Boise State at Fresno StateESPN
Thu, Sep 267:30 p.m.Virginia Tech at Georgia TechESPN
Fri, Sep 279 p.m.Utah State at San Jose StateESPN
 9 p.m.Middle Tennessee at BYUESPNU
Thu, Oct 37:30 p.m.No. 13 Texas at Iowa StateESPN
 7:30 p.m.Western Kentucky at Louisiana-MonroeESPNU
Fri, Oct 49 p.m.Nevada at San Diego StateESPN
Thu, Oct 107:30 p.m.Rutgers at No. 4 LouisvilleESPN
Fri, Oct 118:30 p.m.Temple at CincinnatiESPN or ESPN2
Tue, Oct 15 8 p.m.Louisiana-Lafayette at Western KentuckyESPN2
Thu, Oct 177:30 p.m.Miami (Fla.) at North CarolinaESPN
Fri, Oct 188 p.m.UCF at No. 4 LouisvilleESPN
Tue, Oct 228 p.m.Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas StateESPN2
Thu, Oct 247:30 p.m.Kentucky at Mississippi StateESPN
Fri, Oct 258 p.m.No. 21 Boise State at BYUESPN
Wed, Oct 308 p.m.Cincinnati at MemphisESPN2
Thu, Oct 317 p.m.South Florida at HoustonESPN
 7:30 p.m.Louisiana-Monroe at TroyESPNU
 10:30 p.m.Arizona State at Washington StateESPN
Fri, Nov 19 p.m.No. 23 USC at Oregon StateESPN2
Tue, Nov 58 p.m.Bowling Green at Miami (Ohio)ESPN2 or ESPNU
 8 p.m.Ohio at BuffaloESPN2 or ESPNU
Wed, Nov 68 p.m.Central Michigan at Ball StateESPN2
Thu, Nov 77:30 p.m.Troy at Louisiana-LafayetteESPNU
 9 p.m.No. 3 Oregon at No. 5 StanfordESPN
Fri, Nov 88:30 p.m.No. 4 Louisville at ConnecticutESPN2
 9 p.m.Air Force at New MexicoESPNU
Tue, Nov 127:30 p.m.Ohio at Bowling GreenESPNU or ESPN3
 7:30 p.m.Buffalo at ToledoESPNU or ESPN3
Wed, Nov 138 p.m.Ball State at Northern IllinoisESPN2 or ESPNU
 8 p.m.Miami (Ohio) at Kent StateESPN2 or ESPNU
Thu, Nov 147:30 p.m.Georgia Tech at No. 12 ClemsonESPN
Fri, Nov 159 p.m.Washington at No. 19 UCLAESPN2
Tue, Nov 198 p.m.Kent State at OhioESPN2 or ESPNU
 8 p.m.Buffalo at Miami (Ohio)ESPN2 or ESPNU
Wed, Nov 208 p.m.Northern Illinois at ToledoESPN2
Thu, Nov 217:30 p.m.Rutgers at UCFESPN
 9:30 p.m.UNLV at Air ForceESPNU
Fri, Nov 229:30 p.m.Navy at San Jose StateESPN2
Tue, Nov 267 p.m.Western Michigan at Northern IllinoisESPN2
Thu, Nov 287:30 p.m.Ole Miss at Mississippi StateESPN
Fri, Nov 29NoonIowa at No. 22 NebraskaABC
 TBDMiami (Fla.) at PittsburghABC, ESPN or ESPN2
 TBDSouth Florida at UCFABC, ESPN or ESPN2
 TBDSMU at HoustonABC, ESPN or ESPN2
 TBDMid-American Conference TBDESPNU
 TBDMid-American Conference TBDESPN3
Thu, Dec 57:30 p.m.No. 4 Louisville at CincinnatiESPN
Fri, Dec 68 p.m.Marathon MAC Championship (from Detroit)ESPN2

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