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ESPN/ABC Week 4 College Football Schedule: Conference Games on the Road for Both No. 4 Penn State and No. 5 USC


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  • Nittany Lions Traveling to Iowa, Trojans Playing at Cal and No. 12 Florida State Hosting N.C. State Complete ABC Tripleheader
  • 17 Mississippi State at No. 11 Georgia and No. 6 Oklahoma State Hosting No. 16 TCU on ESPN
  • 15 Ranked Teams across ESPN’s Networks

ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Wells Fargo, the season’s highest-rated college football television franchise to date, will feature a top 5 team for the fourth time in as many weeks when No. 4 Penn State plays at Iowa (7:30 p.m.) as both teams open Big Ten play from Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. The Nittany Lions’ prolific offense, led by Heisman Trophy candidate running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley will be on the road for the first time this season. The Hawkeyes will be looking to repeat history as last season Iowa upset then-No. 3 and undefeated Michigan at home on Saturday Night Football. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will be on the call.

No. 2 Clemson, No. 5 USC and No. 6 Oklahoma State Fill 3:30 p.m. Slate
ESPN’s networks will showcase three of the nation’s top 6 teams in the 3:30 p.m. window as No. 5 USC travels to Cal (ABC), No. 6 Oklahoma State hosts No. 16 TCU (ESPN) and No. 2 Clemson hosts Boston College (ESPN2).

  • The Trojans leave the LA Coliseum for the first time this season to face undefeated Cal in a series that dates back more than 100 years. Of late, the matchup been dominated by USC, with the traditional power winning the last 12 matchups between the Pac-12 schools. Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy and Tom Luginbill will be in Berkeley, Calif., for the call.
  • The Cowboys’ potent offense hosts TCU, as both teams open up Big 12 play with undefeated records. Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Todd McShay will be in Stillwater, Okla., for the game.
  • The now second-ranked Tigers, coming off an important road conference win at Louisville, head home to face Boston College. Clemson has won the last six matchups between the two ACC schools. Dave LaMont, Kelly Stouffer and Kris Budden will be in Clemson, S.C., for the call.

No. 17 Mississippi State at No. 11 Georgia Highlight Five Ranked SEC Teams in Prime Time
No. 17 Mississippi State at No. 11 Georgia (7 p.m. on ESPN) will feature the only matchup of ranked SEC teams in week 4, as Mississippi State looks to knock off its second consecutive ranked conference opponent (LSU) and Georgia opens up conference play.  Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will be at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. The two SEC teams highlight a prime time slate of ranked SEC teams on ESPN’s Networks:

  • 25 LSU returns home to take on Syracuse (7 p.m. on ESPN2) as the Orange make their first ever trip to Baton Rouge, La. Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks and Julie Stewart-Binks will be at Tiger Stadium.
  • 15 Auburn travels to Missouri (7:30 p.m. on ESPNU) as Auburn opens up conference play and Missouri looks for their first conference win.
  • 20 Florida heads to Kentucky (7:30 p.m. on SEC Network) as both teams are coming off conference wins. The game concludes a tripleheader on SEC Network, with more details here.

No. 21 South Florida Plays on Thursday Night; No. 12 Florida State, No. 14 Miami on Saturday
ESPN begins the week with No. 21 South Florida hosting Temple on Thursday, Sept. 21 (7:30 p.m. on ESPN). Joey Galloway and Booger McFarland will be in the booth as ESPN continues to rotate analysts on Thursday nights. Dave Flemming will call the game and Laura Rutledge will be the reporter.

Overall, 15 ranked teams will be showcased across ESPN’s networks this week, including No. 12 Florida State hosting NC State (noon on ABC or ESPN2), No. 13 Virginia Tech at home vs. Old Dominion (2 p.m. on ACC Network Extra) and Toledo at No. 14 Miami (3:30 p.m. on ACC Network Extra).

All games on Saturday, Sept. 23 unless specified.

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Sep 21 7:30 p.m. Temple at No. 21 South Florida
Dave Flemming, Joey Galloway, Booger McFarland, Laura Rutledge
South Carolina State at North Carolina Central
Eric Clemons, Jay Walker
Fri, Sep 22 8 p.m. Virginia at Boise State
Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath
Sat, Sep 23 Noon NC State at No. 12 Florida State
Jason Benetti, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
Texas Tech at Houston
Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra
Texas A&M at Arkansas from Arlington, Texas
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
West Virginia at Kansas
Mike Couzens, John Congemi
Massachusetts at Tennessee
Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan
SEC Network
Kent State at No. 19 Louisville ACC Network Extra
Central Methodist at Peru State ESPN3
12:20 p.m. Pittsburgh at Georgia State ACC Network Extra
1 p.m. Delta State at Shorter ESPN3
Mercyhurst at Clarion ESPN3
1:30 p.m. New Mexico at Tulsa
Joel Meyers, Brian Kinchen
Chattanooga at VMI ESPN3
Gardner-Webb at Wofford ESPN3
2 p.m. Old Dominion at No. 13 Virginia Tech
Dave Weekley, John Gregory
ACC Network Extra
Ohio at Eastern Michigan
Dan Gutowsky, Bobby Carpenter
Idaho at South Alabama
Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly
3:30 p.m. No. 5 USC at California
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
No. 16 TCU at No. 6 Oklahoma State

TV: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones, Owen Murphy

ESPN and ESPN Radio
Boston College at No. 2 Clemson
Dave Lamont, Kelly Souffer, Kris Budden
Duke at North Carolina
Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison, Desmond Purnell
Louisiana Tech at South Carolina
David Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
Toledo at No. 14 Miami ACC Network Extra
Miami (OH) at Central Michigan
Michael Reghi, Marcus Ray
Wake Forest at Appalachian State
Shawn Kenney, Stan Lewter
Illinois State at Missouri State ESPN3
Samford at Western Carolina ESPN3
Robert Morris at North Dakota State ESPN3
Mercer at East Tennessee State ESPN3
Sat, Sep 23 4 p.m. Campbell at Stetson ESPN3
5 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at Louisiana
Matt Stewart, Watson Brown
Tennessee State at Tennessee Martin ESPN3
6 p.m. Akron at Troy
Tiffany Greene, Huston Mason
Mars Hill at Catawba ESPN3
6:30 p.m. Western Illinois at Costal Carolina
Brock Bowling, Doug Graber
7 p.m. No. 17 Mississippi State at No. 11 Georgia
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
Syracuse at No. 25 LSU
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Julie Stewart-Binks
Wagner at Western Michigan ESPN3
Florida Atlantic at Buffalo ESPN3
Arkansas State at SMU
David Saltzman, Stanford Routt
Bowling Green at Middle Tennessee ESPN3
Nicholls at Sam Houston State ESPN3
Ferris State at Ashland ESPN3
Villanova at Albany ESPN3
Northwood at Grand Valley State ESPN3
7:30 p.m. No. 4 Penn State at Iowa

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor

No. 15 Auburn at Missouri

Mark Neely, Ray Bentley

No. 20 Florida at Kentucky

Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

SEC Network
8 p.m. UT San Antonio at Texas State ESPN3
Southern Illinois at Memphis ESPN3
UTEP at New Mexico State
Greg Mescall, Jay Taylor
10:15 p.m. Hawaii at Wyoming
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey
10:30 p.m. UCLA at Stanford
TV: Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint KessenichRadio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN and ESPN Radio
Sun, Sep 24 Noon East Carolina at Connecticut
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia

Not all ESPN3 and ACC Network Extra games are exclusive
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