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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

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Network
Thu, Sep 6 8 p.m. Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Steele
Fri, Sep 7 8 p.m. Utah at Utah State
Carter Blackburn, Rod Gilmore & Jemele Hill
Sat, Sep 8 Noon Penn State at Virginia
Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & George Smith
  Noon Auburn at Mississippi State
Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Jenn Brown
  Noon Central Florida at No. 14 Ohio State
Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Lewis Johnson
  Noon Maryland at Temple
Tom Hart & John Congemi
  Noon East Carolina at No. 9 South Carolina
Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano
ESPN3 & SEC Network
  Noon NC State at Connecticut
Eamon McAnaney, David Diaz-Infante & Paul Carcaterra
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  12:30 p.m. Ball State at No. 12 Clemson ESPN3 * & 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 Michigan ESPN3 *
  1:30 p.m. Austin Peay at No. 15 Virginia Tech
John Sadak, John Gregory & Rontina McCann
  3 p.m. North Carolina at Wake Forest ESPN3 * & 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 Louisville ESPN3 *
  4 p.m. Georgia State at Tennessee ESPN3
  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 State ESPN3
  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 Tennessee ESPN3
  7 p.m. Texas Southern at North Texas ESPN3
  7 p.m. Idaho at Bowling Green
Greg Franke & Tom Cole
  7 p.m. UTEP at Mississippi ESPN3 * & FSN
  7 p.m. Norfolk State at Liberty ESPN3
  7 p.m. Lafayette at William & Mary ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Kent State at Kentucky
Matt Stewart, Cole Cubelic & Angela Mallen
  7:30 p.m. No. 16 Nebraska at UCLA ESPN 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