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College Football: No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 2 Florida State Highlights Three Matchups between Ranked Teams


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ESPN’s college football game schedule for Saturday, Oct. 18, will include three matchups between ranked teams, highlighted by the Saturday Night Football telecast pitting unbeatens No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 2 Florida State at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Overall, ESPN platforms will televise games involving 11 of the top 24 ranked teams and three of the remaining six undefeated.

ESPN’s lineup of four games on Saturday will begin with No. 14 Kansas State at No. 11 Oklahoma in a showdown between one-loss Big 12 squads at noon and conclude with No. 23 Stanford at No. 17 Arizona State at 10:30 p.m. ESPN will also televise unbeaten No. 3 Ole Miss against Tennessee at 7 p.m. and one-loss No. 8 Michigan State at Indiana at 3:30 p.m.

  • ABC will provide a split national telecast of Rutgers at No. 13 Ohio State in a matchup between one-loss Big Ten squads and UCLA at Cal at 3:30 p.m. with reverse mirror coverage on ESPN2.
  • Saturday afternoon telecasts will include one-loss No. 10 Georgia at Arkansas on SEC Network at 4 p.m. and No. 24 Clemson at Boston College at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
  • Saturday night telecasts include one-loss Kentucky at LSU at 7:30 p.m. on SEC Network; Georgia Tech, who lost their first game of the season last week, at North Carolina at 7 p.m. on ESPNU and Missouri at Florida on ESPN2 at 7 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.

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

Date Time (ET) Game/Announcers Network
Tue, Oct 14 8 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette at Texas State
Kevin Dunn, Ahmad Brooks & Sean Adams
Thu, Oct 16 7 p.m. West Alabama at Shorter ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh
Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Ponder
Fri, Oct 17 8 p.m. Fresno State at Boise State
Dave Flemming, David Diaz-Infante & Allison Williams
  9 p.m. Temple at Houston
Eamon McAnaney & Dan Hawkins
Sat, Oct 18 Noon No. 14 Kansas State at No. 11 Oklahoma
TV: Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Tom Luginbill
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
  Noon Iowa at Maryland
Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Paul Carcaterra
  Noon Tulane at Central Florida
Adam Amin & John Congemi
  Noon South Florida at Tulsa
Mark Neely & Rene Ingoglia
  Noon Furman at South Carolina
Tom Hart, Matt Stinchcomb & & Kayce Smith
SEC Network
  Noon Syracuse at Wake Forest ESPN3 *
  12:30 p.m. Virginia at Duke ESPN3 *
  1 p.m. Norfolk State at Hampton
Mike Corey & Jay Walker
ESPN3 * ^
  1 p.m. Lafayette at Harvard ESPN3 *
  2 p.m. Akron at Ohio
Jim Barbar & John Gregory
  2 p.m. Western Michigan at Bowling Green ESPN3 *
  3 p.m. Appalachian State at Troy
Roy Philpott & Al Groh
  3 p.m. Eastern Michigan at Massachusetts (from Foxboro, Mass.)
Bob Picozzi & Matt Chatham
  3 p.m. Presbyterian at Charleston Southern ESPN3
  3 p.m. South Dakota at Missouri State ESPN3 *
  3:30 p.m. Rutgers at No. 13 Ohio State
Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Todd McShay
ABC & ESPN2 **
  3:30 p.m. UCLA at California
Bob Wischusen, Matt Millen & Quint Kessenich
ABC & ESPN2 **
  3:30 p.m. No. 8 Michigan State at Indiana
Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
  3:30 p.m. No. 24 Clemson at Boston College
Clay Matvick & Anthony Becht
  3:30 p.m. Ball State at Central Michigan
Dan Gutowsky & Dustin Fox
  3:30 p.m. Army at Kent State
Michael Reghi & Jerod Cherry
  3:30 p.m. NC State at Louisville ESPN3 *
  3:30 p.m. Indiana State at North Dakota State ESPN3 *
  4 p.m. No. 10 Georgia at Arkansas (from Little Rock, Ark.)
Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
  4 p.m. San Jose State at Wyoming
Trey Bender & Jay Taylor
  4 p.m. Western Carolina at Mercer ESPN3
  4 p.m. Sam Houston State at Northwestern State ESPN3 *
  4 p.m. Illinois State at Western Illinois ESPN3
  4 p.m. Southern Illinois at Youngstown State ESPN3 *
  5 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at Northern Illinois
Shawn Kenney & Rocky Boiman
  5 p.m. New Mexico State at Idaho
Joel Meyers & Darius Walker
  7 p.m. Tennessee at No. 3 Ole Miss
Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
  7 p.m. Missouri at Florida
Joe Tessitore, Brock Huard & Shannon Spake
  7 p.m. Georgia Tech at North Carolina
Anish Shroff, Kelly Stouffer & Cara Capuano
  7 p.m. Eastern Kentucky at Tennessee Tech
Dave Weekley & Mickey Matthews
  7 p.m. Abilene Christian at McNeese State ESPN3 *
  7 p.m. Murray State at Austin Peay ESPN3 *
  7:30 p.m. Kentucky at LSU
Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer & Maria Taylor
SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. Georgia State at South Alabama
Drew Fellios & Forrest Conoly
  8 p.m. No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 2 Florida State
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit & Heather Cox
  8 p.m. Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
  10:15 p.m. Nevada at BYU
Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley & Dawn Davenport
  10:30 p.m. No. 23 Stanford at No. 17 Arizona State
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore & Jessica Mendoza
Tue, Oct 21 8 p.m. Arkansas State at Louisiana-Lafayette ESPN2

* 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.