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2013 ESPN College Football Studio Syllabus


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2013 ESPN College Football Studio Syllabus [.pdf]

Course Objectives
Develop skills and insights necessary to be a college football expert with an emphasis on national news and updates from watching a surplus of ESPN programming.

At the end of this course, you will:

  • Become fully connected to ESPN’s college football programming schedule
  • Possess the knowledge of the national college football landscape

Course Requirements

  • Consistent involvement utilizing ESPN platforms, including but not limited to – ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNEWS, ESPN Radio, WatchESPN and
  • Comfortable seating, large screen television and network connection for your mobile and gaming devices
  • Tailgating and college football rules knowledge

New to Curriculum

  • College GameDay Built by The Home Depot’s 9 a.m. ET hour moves to ESPN
  • Weekday College Football Live moves to ESPN2 at 5 p.m.
  • Colin Cowherd joins Kirk Herbstreit for College Football Live on Tuesdays
  • #Great8 Plays added to the ESPNU lineup on Mondays at 4:30 p.m.

Course Topics (all times are Eastern)

CFB Daily
1 p.m. (ESPNU) 
  • Three-hour show (1.5 hours Tuesdays) with the latest news, the voice of the fan via social media and call-in interviews with ESPN analysts, as well as players and coaches
  • Hosted by Dari Nowkhah with rotating analysts Jason Sehorn, Tom Luginbill, Mike Bellotti, Kevin Carter or Matt Stinchcomb
College Football Live
5 p.m. (ESPN2)
5:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
  • Daily destination for news & updates
  • Primary hosts include Joe Tessitore, Colin Cowherd and John Saunders
  • Rotation of in-studio analysts including Danny Kanell (Monday) and Trevor Matich (Wednesday & Thursday), plus Desmond Howard (Monday) and Kirk Herbstreit (Tuesday) via satellite
  • Live from site of College GameDay on most Fridays
  • Interviews from ESPN DIRECTV Mobile Studio from college campuses
College GameDay Built by The Home Depot

9 a.m. (ESPN)
  • Three-hour show typically originates from site of the week’s best story
  • Hosted by Chris Fowler, GameDay features analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack
  • Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, Scott Van Pelt and Gene Wojciechowski contribute with reports, interviews and features
  • In its 27th overall season and 21st on the road
College Football Whiparound (The Whip)
11 a.m. (ESPNU)
  • The show whips around to ESPN analysts and sideline reporters across the country for the most-up-to-the-minute game-day updates
  • Dari Nowkhah hosts with analyst Kevin Carter
Goal Line
  • Hosted by Zubin Mehenti and Jorge Andres, Jon Berger will provide analysis
  • Provides live cut-ins and highlights from games airing across ESPN networks, as well as syndicated and locally-produced matchups
  • Housed in a new studio this season, the surroundings will enable the anchors to better track the games in each window
College Football Final

1:30 a.m. (ESPN2)
  • Hosted by Rece Davis, along with analysts Lou Holtz and Mark May
  • Recaps the day’s action
BCS Countdown
8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
9 p.m. (ESPNU)
6 p.m. (ESPNU)
  • Sunday show beginning Oct. 13
  • Concludes on Dec. 8 with BCS Selection Show, followed by the College Football Bowl Selection Special
  • Weekly release of the BCS Standings, plus breakdown and analysis
  • Sunday edition hosted by Rece Davis with a variety of analysts including Jesse Palmer and David Pollack in studio and Kirk Herbstreit via satellite
  • Monday show hosted by Matt Schick with rotating group of analysts
Crunch Time
6 a.m. (ESPNU)
  • One-hour real-time look at the final crucial moments of the best games from the previous week
Final Verdict
4 p.m. (ESPNU)
  • Half-hour spin-off of weekly segment on College Football Final
  • ESPNU host moderates debate as two analysts make their best case on the past weekend’s action
#Great8 Plays
4:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
  • New 30-minute show taking the best eight plays from the previous weekend and pitting them against each other in a bracket challenge
  • Expert panelists decide which plays move on and fans also have a voice through various social media platforms
  • Rotating group of ESPN analysts
The Experts
2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
  • A discussion and debate show (2.5 hours) featuring a revolving panel of top college football experts and guests
  • Rotation of analysts including Tom Luginbill, Mike Bellotti, Matt Stinchcomb, Kevin Carter and insiders Brett McMurphy and Mark Schlabach
ESPNU All-Access
5 p.m. (ESPNU)
  • 30-minutes behind-the-scenes of the nation’s leading football programs, including tours of practice facilities and campus, as well as interviews and coaches mic’ed during practices
ESPNU Film Room
7 p.m. (ESPNU)
  • Go inside the game plan of the week’s top matchups walking viewers through the X’s and O’s of the game
  • Tom Luginbill, Mike Bellotti and Matt Millen, plus additional analysts
ESPNU Road Trip
7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
  • 30-minute weekly series that taps into the tradition, rivalry and revelry in college towns on game day
  • Niki Noto and Ali Nejad host the road show
ESPN Recruiting Nation
6 p.m. (ESPNU)
  • Hour-long discussion of the nation’s leading recruits and their potential future impact
  • Recruiting director Tom Luginbill and recruiting analyst Craig Haubert
Studio Commentators
  • ESPN Thursday – Scott Van Pelt, Mark May and Brian Griese
  • ESPN Friday – Chris Cotter, Lou Holtz and May
  • College GameDay – Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, Van Pelt and Gene Wojciechowski
  • ABC Saturday – John Saunders and Jesse Palmer with Robert Flores
  • ESPN Saturday – Rece Davis, Holtz and May
  • ESPN2 Saturday – Wendi Nix, Todd McShay and Robert Smith
  • ESPNU Saturday Morning – Dari Nowkhah and Kevin Carter
  • ESPNU Saturday Evening – Matt Schick, Jason Sehorn and Charles Arbuckle

Extra Credit

  • Big 12 Weekly (Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. on ESPNU)

Extracurricular Activity

  • College Football National Preview Show  (Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 8 p.m. on ESPNU)
  • The Herbie Awards: 2013 College Football Preview – Kirk Herbstreit honors the best-of-the-best in the 13th annual awards show (Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 10 p.m. on ESPN2)
  • ESPNU Film Room: Heisman Preview – Breaks down the top Heisman contenders on film (Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 10 p.m. on ESPNU)
  • Heisman Trophy Preview Show Presented by Nissan – Expert analysts preview the lead Heisman Trophy contenders for the upcoming season (Sunday, Aug. 25, at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN)
  • ESPNU College Football Kickoff Special (Thursday, August 29, at 6 p.m.)
  • ESPNU College Football Conference Preview Shows – Big 12 (Monday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m.); SEC (Monday, Aug. 19, at 8 p.m.); Big Ten (Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m.); ACC (Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m.); Pac-12 (Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 9 p.m.) and American (Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 7:30 p.m.)

Online Reading
2013 College Football Team Yearbook ( / Wall-to-Wall August Coverage (

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