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College Football: Two of Top Five Ranked Teams against Ranked Foes on Schedule


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ESPN’s college football game schedule for this week will include five of the top eight teams in the Associated Press poll, highlighted by two against ranked opponents:

  • ESPN will kick off the action with a SEC vs. Big 12 matchup pitting No. 5 Auburn at No. 20 Kansas State on the weekly Thursday night series September 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
  • ABC Saturday Night Football on September 20 will feature an ACC showdown between defending national champion No. 1 Florida State and No. 22 Clemson at 8 p.m.

ESPN will televise two of the top eight ranked teams in prime time on Saturday, Sept. 20: No. 8 LSU against undefeated Mississippi State at 7 p.m. followed by No. 2 Oregon at Washington State at 10:30 p.m. ESPN will also carry undefeated No. 21 BYU against Virginia at 3:30 p.m. and kick off the day with Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech at noon. Additional highlights for Saturday, Sept. 20:

  • SEC Network will offer a tripleheader with a ranked team in each game: No. 13 Georgia against Troy at noon, No. 18 Missouri against Indiana at 4 p.m. and No. 14 South Carolina at Vanderbilt at 7:30 p.m.
  • ABC will provide a split national telecast of No. 6 Texas A&M at SMU and Utah at Michigan at 3:30 p.m. with reverse mirror coverage on ESPN2.
  • ESPN2 will televise two non-conference matchups featuring a ranked team in each: No. 19 Wisconsin against Bowling Green at noon and No. 24 Nebraska against Miami (Fla.), which will also be broadcast on ESPN Radio, at 8 p.m.

ESPN Goal Line network will offer unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from numerous top college football games every Saturday noon to midnight. Zubin Mehenti will host the coverage with analyst Pete Najarian.

Every ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN3, SEC Network and Longhorn Network game will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE, Amazon FireTV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Roku devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

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Nebraska against Miami (September 20 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN Radio) will kick off a schedule of six Saturday night telecasts involving a Big Ten team on an ESPN network in eight weeks. Additional games: Nebraska at Michigan State (October 4 at 8 p.m. on ESPN, ABC or ESPN2), Penn State at Michigan (October 11 at 7 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2), Penn State against Ohio State (October 25 at 8 p.m. on ESPN, ABC or ESPN2), Illinois at Ohio State (November 1 at 8 p.m. on ESPN, ABC or ESPN2) and Ohio State at Michigan State (November 8 at 8 p.m. on ABC).

Video of Big Ten coaches Mark D’Antonio (Michigan State), James Franklin (Penn State), Brady Hoke (Michigan) and Bo Pelini (Nebraska) on playing Saturday night games

ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNEWS, SEC Network and ESPN Radio Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game/Announcers Network
Thu, Sep 18 7:30 p.m. No. 5 Auburn at No. 20 Kansas State
TV: Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Ponder
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
  7:30 p.m. Arkansas Pine-Bluff at Alabama State
Mark Neely & Jay Walker
Fri, Sep 19 8 p.m. Connecticut at South Florida
Dave Flemming, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams
Sat, Sep 20 Noon Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech
Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Tom Luginbill
  Noon Bowling Green at No. 19 Wisconsin
Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Paul Carcaterra
  Noon Iowa at Pittsburgh
Adam Amin & John Congemi
  Noon Troy at No. 13 Georgia
Tom Hart, Matt Stinchcomb & Heather Mitts
SEC Network
  Noon Western Illinois at Northwestern
Eamon McAnaney & Dan Hawkins
  12:30 p.m. Maryland at Syracuse ESPN3 *
  12:30 p.m. Tulane at Duke ESPN3 *
  1 p.m. Delaware State at Temple
Dave Leno & Ken Dunek
  1 p.m. Eastern Kentucky at Tennessee-Martin ESPN3
  1 p.m. Maine at Boston College
Bob Picozzi & Matt Chatham
  2 p.m. Marshall at Akron
Michael Reghi & Jerod Cherry
  3 p.m. Virginia Military Institute at Samford ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Utah at Michigan
Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Todd McShay
ABC & ESPN2 **
  3:30 p.m. No. 6 Texas A&M at SMU
Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
ABC & ESPN2 **
  3:30 p.m. Virginia at No. 21 BYU
Bob Wischusen, Matt Millen & Quint Kessenich
  3:30 p.m. North Carolina at East Carolina
Clay Matvick & Anthony Becht
  3:30 p.m. Norfolk State at Buffalo
Jim Barbar & Mickey Matthews
  3:30 p.m. Army at Wake Forest
Roy Philpott, George Wrighster & Angela Mallen
  3:30 p.m. Montana at North Dakota State ESPN3 *
  4 p.m. Indiana at No. 18 Missouri
Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
  4 p.m. Texas State at Illinois
Mike Corey & David Diaz-Infante
  4 p.m. Incarnate Word at Abilene Christian ESPN3 *
  4 p.m. 2014 New York Urban League Football Classic: Howard vs. Morgan State (East Rutherford, N.J.)
Mark Neely & Jay Walker
  6 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at UCF
Drew Fellios, Forest Conoly & Tiffany Greene
  6 p.m. Presbyterian at NC State
Dave Weekley & Vonnie Holliday
  6 p.m. Ave Maria at Mercer ESPN3
  7 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 8 LSU
Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
  7 p.m. Northern Illinois at Arkansas
Anish Shroff, Kelly Stouffer & Cara Capuano
  7 p.m. Middle Tennessee at Memphis
Shawn Kenney, Darius Walker & Lyndsay Rowley
  7 p.m. Ball State at Toledo
Frank Giardena & Mark Herrmann
  7 p.m. Utah State at Arkansas State
Brock Bowling & Wayne Gandy
  7 p.m. Idaho at Ohio
Wayne Randazzo & John Gregory
  7 p.m. Murray State at Western Michigan
Dan Gutowsky & Dustin Fox
  7 p.m. Delta State at Valdosta State ESPN3
  7 p.m. Bryant at Liberty ESPN3 *
  7:30 p.m. No. 14 South Carolina at Vanderbilt
Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer & Maria Taylor
SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. Georgia Southern at South Alabama
Matt Stewart, Rocky Boiman & Danielle Percival
  8 p.m. No. 22 Clemson at No. 1 Florida State
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit & Heather Cox
  8 p.m. Miami (Fla.) at No. 24 Nebraska
TV: Joe Tessitore, Brock Huard & Shannon Spake
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN2 & ESPN Radio
  8 p.m. UNLV at Houston
Brett Dolan, Al Groh & Brooke Williamson
  8 p.m. New Mexico at New Mexico State
Joel Meyers & Jay Taylor
  10:30 p.m. No. 2 Oregon at Washington State
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore & Jessica Mendoza

* Local blackout may apply
** Reverse mirror in which ESPN2 will regionalize two games on ABC to markets not receiving the telecast
^ Available on ESPNU at 10 p.m.