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ESPN College Sports Update – Nov. 27


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

ESPN Audio Kicks-Off Post-Season with Pac-12 & ACC Championships
ESPN Audio will broadcast the Pac-12 Championship Game (Friday, Nov. 30) and the ACC Championship Game (Saturday, Dec. 1) launching the network’s 24-bowl post-season culminating with the Discover BCS National Championship on Monday, Jan. 7 in Miami.

Bill Rosinki, David Norrie and Joe Shad will describe the action for both 7 p.m. ET games: The Pac-12 Championship at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif. and the ACC Championship at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

ABC Tripleheader Gives Network Big Saturday; Birmingham, Columbus & Jacksonville Lead Way
ABC attracted – and held – a large audience for all three games of its college football tripleheader on Saturday, Nov. 24, highlighted by a 10.0 overnight rating for the Saturday Night Football Presented by Windows 8 broadcast of Notre Dame defeating USC. Birmingham led all metered markets for the telecast with a 24.8 rating followed by Columbus (20.4), Indianapolis (19.4), Dayton (16.3) and Atlanta (15.3).

ABC kicked off its day at noon with Michigan at Ohio State. The 109th meeting between the storied programs, won by Ohio State 26-21, averaged a 6.3 metered market rating. Ohio had four of the top five markets: Columbus with a 47.5 rating followed by Dayton (32.8), Cleveland (25.0), Detroit (22.8) and Cincinnati (14.2).

The middle game of the tripleheader – Florida defeating Florida State – averaged a 5.6 overnight rating. Four of the top five markets were in Florida with Jacksonville, averaging a 25.2 rating, leading the way. The remaining four markets: Columbus (18.8), Orlando (17.1), West Palm Beach (16.5) and Fort Myers (15.9).

Men’s Hoops Schedule Includes 12 SEC/BIG EAST Challenge Games Thursday-Saturday
ESPN’s upcoming men’s college basketball schedule of 25 games from Thursday, Nov. 29, to Sunday, Dec. 2, is highlighted by all 12 games of the 2nd annual SEC/BIG EAST Challenge. The three-day event includes three top-eight teams: defending national champion No. 8 Kentucky at Notre Dame, last season’s BIG EAST regular-season champion No. 6 Syracuse at Arkansas and Marquette at No. 7 Florida in a showdown of each conference’s 2012 second place finishers. The BIG EAST won the inaugural Challenge eight games to four. Full schedule

Top 10 Game on ESPNU Highlights Weekly Women’s Basketball Schedule
No. 9 Kentucky at No. 7 Louisville is the spotlight on this week’s women’s college basketball schedule. The intrastate rivals will faceoff Sunday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. on ESPNU with the call from Pam Ward and LaChina Robinson.

Highlighting the ESPN3 schedule is a top 25 matchup between No. 15 Ohio State and No. 22 North Carolina on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. Full schedule

ESPN Radio to Broadcast Jimmy V Men’s Basketball Classic
ESPN Radio’s Marc Kestecher and Bob Valvano will be courtside at Madison Square Garden when Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research concludes with the Jimmy V Men’s Basketball Classic presented by Corona Extra on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The doubleheader will match Texas vs. Georgetown at 7 p.m. and NC State vs. Connecticut at 9 p.m.

This Week on ESPNU…
ESPNU Spotlights Kent State and Ole Miss Football on Tuesday

ESPNU All-Access: Kent State, Tuesday at 6 p.m., goes inside No. 23 Kent State as it prepared for a game versus Ohio to complete a perfect record in the MAC. Second-year head coach Darrell Hazell and his staff are wired at practice, while senior kicker Freddie Cortez and walk-on female kicker April Goss are highlighted during a tour of the facility.

ESPNU Road Trip follows at 6:30 as it winds down the season with a weekend visit to “The Grove” in Oxford, Miss. The show focuses on the Egg Bowl – the heated rivalry between Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

NC State Men’s Basketball Practice on Thursday
ESPNU will air No. 13 NC State men’s basketball practice on Thursday at 3 p.m. First-year head coach, and former ESPN analyst, Mark Gottfried will be wired during the workout – as the team prepares to play Connecticut on Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the Jimmy V Men’s Classic presented by Corona Extra. This season, College Basketball Live on ESPNU has covered the practices of No. 1 Indiana, No. 8 Kentucky and No. 2 Duke.

UNITE SEC Championship Preview Friday; Live from Alabama Thursday
UNITE’s social media host Marianela Peyera is headed to Tuscaloosa, Ala., just days prior to the defending national championship team’s appearance in the SEC Championship in Atlanta. The ESPNU show will be airing live from the Red Shed on Thursday at midnight as fans anticipate the matchup against Georgia. Friday’s UNITE show will be dedicated entirely as an SEC Championship Game preview with college football analyst Danny Kanell and comedian Reese Waters.

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From Kickoff to Confetti!
ESPN has the BCS covered on ESPN / WatchESPN / ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes

Tuesday, Jan. 1 – Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO (5 p.m. ET) & Discover Orange Bowl (8:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, Jan. 2 – Allstate Sugar Bowl (8:30 p.m.)

Thursday, Jan. 3 – Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (8:30 p.m.)

Monday, Jan. 7 – Discover BCS National Championship (8:30 p.m.)