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ESPN College Sports Update, Sept. 11


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 College GameDay: Ships off to Tennessee for First Time Since 2004

Fowler & Corso at GameDay at Neyland Stadium in 2004

ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will originate from the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, on Saturday, Sept. 15. The No. 23 Volunteers (2-0) welcome No. 18 Florida (2-0) to Neyland Stadium in the Vols’ SEC opener (6 p.m. / ESPN, ESPN Radio, WatchESPN). The set will be lcoated at Circle Park – a campus green near Neyland Stadium and featuring the Volunteer Statue.

College GameDay on ESPN Radio will also originate from Knoxville.

This will mark the eighth overall visit to Knoxville for the popular college football pregame show, now in its 26th season. GameDay was last there on October 2, 2004. The inaugural visit was Sept. 9, 1995 and the Vols are 2-5 in College GameDay appearances.

The show will air live at 9 a.m. on ESPNU and 10 a.m. on ESPN with host Chris Fowler, analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, and host/reporter Samantha Steele.

Follow on Twitter: @CollegeGameDay

College Football: More than 158 Million Americans are College Football Fans

A recent ESPN Sports Poll provides a snapshot of the college football base in the United States and the most popular teams. According to the poll, there are 158.6 million Americans ages 12 and over (or 62.4%) who would identify themselves as a fan of the sport. Of those fans, 55.4% are male and the overall median age is 43.

Ohio State is the number one favorite team among college football fans. Notre Dame is the second favorite followed by Penn State, Alabama, Florida, Texas, Michigan, LSU, USC and Wisconsin.

The data also shows there are 61.3 million Americans ages 12 and over (or 24.1%) who would identify themselves as an avid fan with 65.7% being male. The median age of the avid fan is 42. The top 10 favorite teams among avid fans: Ohio State is number one followed by Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, Michigan, LSU, Texas, Oregon, Penn State and USC.

Note: The time period for these figures is July 2011-June 2012. The ESPN Sports Poll tracks the fan base sizes & fan base demographic trends for all major sports through a monthly telephone survey of 1500 Americans 12+ and is the defining source for all things sports fan related.

College Football: ESPN2 Sets Saturday Record, ABC Has Highest-Rated Game of Day, Large Audience for ESPN

College football fans continue to tune into the action in large numbers across multiple networks through the second week of the 2012 season. ESPN kicked off the weekend Thursday with Cincinnati’s 34-10 victory over Pittsburgh which averaged a 1.9 coverage rating (1.6 US), 2, 239,000 viewers and 1,830,000 households. The telecast marked increases of 73% (vs. 1.1), 49% (vs. 1,502,000) and 64% (vs. 1,115,000), respectively, over last year’s second week matchup (Arizona at Oklahoma State). Through the second week, ESPN’s Thursday series is averaging a 2.2 coverage rating (1.9 US), 2,861,000 viewers and 2,149,000 households for increases of 69% (vs. 1.3 coverage and 1.1 national), 67% (vs. 1,714,000) and 69% (vs. 1,275,000), respectively, over last season at the same point. Full Story One-Stop Shopping for College Football Coverage

Week 3 of’s weekly comprehensive content includes exploring the top rivalries, hot button topics and much more!

On The Mark: Louisiana-Monroe goes for it, and the rest is history

Louisiana-Monroe coach Todd Berry channeled a fourth-down philosopher from Little Rock, Ark., to score the nation’s biggest upset in Little Rock Saturday night, writes Mark Schlabach. Full story

BMOC: Heisman race, Savannah carnage and more

Gene Wojceichowsk’s BMOC is on the scene with the Heisman Race, the Savannah State carnage, old-man football and more. Full story

And a few tidbits for later this week:

  • Ivan Maisel breaks down the Pac-12’s hot start and discusses how things are feeling much different for this conference on the rise.
  • Hot Button: The SEC remains the nation’s top conference. With the Big Ten off to a bad start, who is No 2. Our experts make their cases for the Pac-12 and Big 12.
  • GameDay Kickoff: Rekindling an old SEC East flame with Tennessee-Florida. For the first time in some time, it’s meaningful, exciting and impactful. The site also takes a look at other key games of Week 3, determine the key topics to watch and make some predictions.

College Football: Week 3 Schedule

ESPN’s college football schedule this week is highlighted by several top matchups – including a night full of action with games kicking off at 6, 7, 8, 9:15 and 10 p.m. across ESPN, ESPN2, ABC and ESPNU. Two of the games will include a matchup of ranked teams, both on Saturday, Sept. 15: No. 18 Florida at No. 23 Tennessee (6 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Radio) and No. 20 Notre Dame at No. 10 Michigan State (8 p.m. on ABC). Full Schedule

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ESPNU Road Trip: First SEC Game Day in College Station on Tuesday

ESPNU Road Trip rolled into College Station when Texas A&M hosted Florida for the Aggie’s first SEC game. Niki Noto and Ali Nejad joined the 12th man and shadowed one of

the conference’s newest mascots, Reveille VIII. The duo loosened up their vocals in the Aggie tradition of the Midnight Yell and started a new tradition of their own – the first Road Trip tailgate party.

Viewers can relive all of the Texas A&M game-day moments today at 7:30 p.m.

Follow on Twitter: @ESPNURoadTrip

College Football Featured: Welcome to the SEC

College Football Featured will re-air the best college football features from Week 2 on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. (originally scheduled for Tue. at 4:30 p.m.). This week’s show includes an in-depth look at Texas A&M’s and Missouri’s move to the SEC, a conversation with Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin and a USC All-Access segment from Saturday’s game against Syracuse.

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Recruiting: 2011 No.1 High School Team Don Bosco Faces 2012 Top 25 Team St. Thomas Aquinas

This week’s GEICO ESPN High School Showcase will pit Don Bosco (N.J.), last year’s No. 1 nationally-ranked high school football team, against St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), a squad in this week’s Top 25 Power Rankings, on Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. Both schools’ defenses are led by ESPNU 150 players, including Ohio State commit Joey Bosa (St. Thomas Aquinas, DT) at No. 45 and undecided Alquadin Muhammad (St. Thomas Aquinas, DE) at No. 147. Muhammad currently has 18 offers from some of the nation’s top programs.

Don Bosco is coming off a 13-6 loss to Gilman (Md.) that broke its 46-game winning streak and knocked them out of this week’s ESPN’s 25 Power Rankings.

Friday will also include a California matchup at 9 p.m. on ESPNU when Lakewood plays Narboone. Narboone has 17 returning starters from last year’s team that captured the CIF City School Division.

Looking ahead, ESPN added No. 5 Trinity (Ky.) at Cathedral (Ind.) to the previously announced 11 games in the Showcase. The matchup of the two defending state champions will air Friday, Sept. 21, at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

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 College Football Live: Daily Destination for All the Headlines

College Football Live continues to be the daily destination for college football news and updates at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN and 4 p.m. on ESPNU. The show primarily utilizes three hosts – Joe Tessitore (Monday & Wednesday), Chris Fowler (Tuesday & Friday) and John Saunders (Thursday), and originates from the site of College GameDay most Fridays.

Trevor Matich and Matt Millen will be live in-studio this week. Also included in the rotation of expert analysts are Desmond Howard (Monday) and Kirk Herbstreit (Tuesday), who are available via satellite weekly.

Follow on Twitter: @CFBLive and @ESPNU

ESPN College Football Depth Chart: How Well Do You Know ESPN Commentators?

The 2012 college football season on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN 3D, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN Regional Television and ESPN GamePlan has arrived! The network returns a deep bench of commentators – including some new and old faces. Download a playing card here.

For a complete listing of all of ESPN’s college football announcers – including downloadable headshots and bios – click here.

College Basketball: Conference Schedules Released


The 2012-13 college basketball season is one month away from opening with Midnight Madness festivities and some of the top schedules in the nation have already been released. Look for ESPN’s composite men’s and women’s schedules to be released in October, along with the network’s coverage of Midnight Madness.

Previously announced: ACC; BIG EAST; Big 12; Pac-12; SEC; Women’s Big Monday; Play 4Kay