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Rivalry Week: No. 3 Michigan at No. 2 Ohio State Headlines College Football Playoff and Conference Championship Impact Games across ESPN’s Networks


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ABC’s telecast of No. 3 Michigan at No. 2 Ohio State (noon ET) highlights college football rivalry week on ESPN’s networks – a slate filled with games that have conference championship implications and College Football Playoff ramifications.

ESPN’s coverage of Wolverines-Buckeyes is underway and continues all week. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder and Tom Rinaldi will be in Columbus, Ohio, for  the call of The Game. Both teams remain in the College Football Playoff top 4 and atop the Big Ten East division, along with No. 8 Penn State.

Michigan controls its own destiny and clinches the East division with a victory. If the Buckeyes win, the focus shifts to State College, Pa., where Penn State hosts Michigan State (3:30 p.m. ET). A Nittany Lions win following a Buckeyes victory will give Penn State the East division, while a Spartans win gives the Buckeyes the division. Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard and Allison Williams will call the Spartans-Nittany Lions game from Beaver Stadium.

In prime time, ESPN airs another College Football Playoff impact game — South Carolina at No. 4 Clemson (7:30 p.m.). Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, and Tom Luginbill will in Memorial Stadium for the matchup.

On ABC, following the Wolverines-Buckeyes showdown, North Dame at No. 13 USC (3:30 p.m.) airs followed by No. 23 Florida at No. 17 Florida State (8 p.m.) on Saturday Night Football Presented by Walmart as the Gators make their first ever appearance on ABC’s signature college football franchise. Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Todd McShay will be in Los Angeles, while Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe will be in Tallahassee, Fla.

Thanksgiving and Black Friday Football
ESPN’s networks will carry nine games on Friday, Nov. 25, including No. 18 Nebraska at Iowa (3:30 p.m. on ABC) and Toledo at No. 21 Western Michigan (5 p.m. on ESPN2). The Cornhuskers are vying for the Big Ten West division and the Broncos remain undefeated and among the top ranked teams in the Group of 5.  

On Thanksgiving night (Nov. 24), ESPN televises No. 16 LSU at No. 25 Texas A&M (7:30 p.m.). ESPN3 will offer the DataCenter presentation for the game.

Additional Rivalry Games on ESPN’s Networks:

  • Arizona State at Arizona (Friday, Nov. 25, at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN)
  • Kentucky at No. 5 Louisville (Noon on ESPN)
  • Virginia at Virginia Tech (Noon on ESPN2)
  • Georgia Tech at Georgia (Noon on SEC Network)
  • Mississippi State at Ole Miss (3:30 p.m. on SEC Network and SEC Network +)
  • 19 Tennessee at Vanderbilt (7:30 p.m. on SEC Network)

Please note: College Football Playoff rankings from Nov. 15 were used in this release. The committee will update their rankings on Tuesday, Nov. 22 (7 p.m. on ESPN).

All games Saturday, Nov. 26 unless noted             

ESPN Network’s College Football Week 13 Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Tue, Nov. 22 7 p.m. Akron at Ohio
Eamon McAnaney, Rocky Boiman
Ball State at Miami (Ohio)
Jim Barbar, John Gregory
Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan
Michael Reghi, Dustin Fox
Thu, Nov. 24 4 p.m. Miles College at Alabama State
Eric Clemons, Jay Walker
7:30 p.m. No. 16 LSU at No. 25 Texas A&M
Dave Flemming, Jesse Palmer, Laura Rutledge
Fri, Nov. 25 Noon Houston at Memphis
Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Cole Cubelic
NC State at North Carolina

TV: Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Molly McGrath

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN and ESPN Radio
2:30 p.m. Buffalo at Bowling Green
Robert Lee, Tom O’Brien
3:30 p.m. No. 18 Nebraska at Iowa
Allen Bestwick, Mike Bellotti, Kris Budden
4 p.m. Louisiana Tech at Southern Mississippi
Taylor Zarzour, Jordan Rodgers
5 p.m. Toledo at No. 21 Western Michigan Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Allison Williams ESPN2
6 p.m. Baylor at Texas Tech
Clay Matvick, Dusty Dvoracek, Shelley Smith
8:30 p.m. Cincinnati at Tulsa
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
9:30 p.m. Arizona State at Arizona
Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley, Quint Kessenich
Sat, Nov. 26 Noon No. 3 Michigan at No. 2 Ohio State

TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ABC, ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes
Kentucky at No. 5 Louisville
Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch
Virginia at Virginia Tech
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Paul Carcaterra
Purdue at Indiana
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks
Georgia Tech at Georgia
Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Olivia Harlan
SEC Network
Rutgers at Maryland
Mike Couzens, Al Groh
Arkansas State at Louisiana-Lafayette ESPN3
12:30 p.m. Syracuse at Pittsburgh ACC Network Extra
3 p.m. Boston College at Wake Forest ACC Network Extra
3:30 p.m. Notre Dame at No. 13 USC

TV: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

Radio: Tom Ramsey

ABC and ESPN Radio
Michigan State at No. 8 Penn State
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
Duke at Miami
Eamon McAnaney, John Congemi, Dawn Davenport
Navy at SMU
Kevin Brown, Clint Stoerner
Mississippi State at Ole Miss
Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Kaylee Hartung
SEC Network
South Alabama at Idaho ESPN3
Florida International at Old Dominion ESPN3*
4 p.m. Tulane at Connecticut

Chris Hassel, Matt Chatham

Nevada at UNLV
Dave Raymond, Tyoka Jackson
Appalachian State at New Mexico State
Brock Bowling, Brian Kinchen
Troy at Texas State ESPN3
7 p.m. UCLA at California
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
Western Kentucky at Marshall
Bill Roth, John Gregory
7:30 p.m. South Carolina at No. 4 Clemson
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
No. 19 Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
East Carolina at Temple
Alex Faust, Kevin Weidl
8 p.m. No. 23 Florida at No. 17 Florida State
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
North Texas at UTEP ESPN3
10:15 p.m. Wyoming at New Mexico
Adam Amin, Anthony Becht, Alex Corddry
Utah State at BYU ESPNU


The Road to the College Football Playoff Continues in the Latest ESPN “Who’s In?” Commercial
The Playoff is coming. With less than five weeks until the highly-anticipated College Football Playoff Semifinals, today ESPN is debuting the second spot from this year’s campaign for the College Football Playoff.

Titled “Playoff Prep,” the 30-second ad takes viewers back to the roadside gas station where fans and mascots intersect on their journey to the Playoff.  In it, the staff stocks up the store with some Playoff essentials: antacid, trophy polish, confetti cannons and bottles of “Playoff Reserve” champagne, just in time for the Semifinals on December 31, which will feature the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

Additionally, the ad incorporates some of the official CFP sponsors throughout the gas station, including Dos Equis, Dr Pepper, Gatorade, Goodyear, and Pilot Flying J.


Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner