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No. 5 USC at No. 16 Washington State and No. 2 Clemson at No. 12 Virginia Tech on Consecutive Nights Highlight ESPN/ABC’s College Football Week 5


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  • ESPN: Four Undefeated Teams Friday Night, Saturday SEC Tripleheader including No. 1 Alabama Hosting Ole Miss, Seven Ranked Teams Overall
  • ESPN/ABC Airs All Three Matchups of Ranked Teams in Week 5

ESPN/ABC will be the only networks to showcase matchups of ranked teams in college football’s week 5, as, on Friday, Sept. 29, ESPN will air No. 5 USC at No. 16 Washington State (10:30 p.m. ET) and, on Saturday, Sept. 30, ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Wells Fargo televises No. 2 Clemson at No. 12 Virginia Tech (8 p.m.) and ESPN televises No. 24 Mississippi State at No. 13 Auburn (6 p.m.).

ABC’s Saturday Night Football Features Top 5 Team for Fifth Consecutive Week
Clemson plays a ranked ACC opponent on the road for the second time in three weeks and ABC’s Saturday Night Football airs a top 5 team for the fifth consecutive week when the Tigers matchup against the Hokies from Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will on hand for the rematch of the 2016 ACC Championship game, which the Tigers won on their way to the College Football Playoff National Championship. Earlier in the day, College GameDay Presented by The Home Depot (9 a.m. – noon) will televise from Virginia Tech for the first time since 2007.

Friday Night Lights: Showdown of Ranked Pac-12 Teams and No. 14 Miami on the Road at Duke; All Four Teams Undefeated
The Cougars face their first ranked opponent of the season when the Trojans come into Pullman, Wash., Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek and Molly McGrath will be at Martin Stadium as the two schools play each other for the first time since 2014. Washington State, which has only beaten USC nine times in 71 meetings, will be looking to beat the Trojans at home for the first time since 2002. Prior to the Pac-12 showdown, No. 14 Miami will play at Duke (7 p.m.). The last time the Hurricanes played at Wallace Wade Stadium, the game had a very memorable ending.  All four teams are undefeated on the season.

No. 1 Alabama, Ranked Teams Highlight SEC Tripleheader on ESPN
ESPN will air a SEC tripleheader Saturday, concluding with No. 1 Alabama hosting Ole Miss (9 p.m.). The aforementioned Bulldogs-Tigers matchup will precede the Crimson Tide-Rebels game and follows No. 21 Florida hosting Vanderbilt (noon).

Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe will be in Tuscaloosa, while Dave Flemming, Brian Griese, and Todd McShay head to Auburn and Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, and Tom Luginbill travel to Gainesville.

Additional Highlights:

  • 10 Wisconsin opens up conference play against Northwestern (noon on ABC). Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, and Allison Williams will be in Madison, Wisc.
  • Florida State looks for its first win of the season when the Seminoles travel to Wake Forest (3:30 p.m. on ABC). Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, and Paul Carcaterra will head to Winston-Salem, N.C.

ESPN’s Networks Week 5 College Football Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Sep 28 7:30 p.m. North Carolina Central at Florida A&M
Eric Clemons, Jay Walker
8 p.m. Texas at Iowa State
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Laura Rutledge, Todd McShay
Fri, Sep 29 7 p.m. No. 14 Miami at Duke
Dave Lamont, Mack Brown, Julie Stewart-Binks
10:30 p.m. No. 5 USC at No. 16 Washington State
Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath
Sat, Sep 30 Noon Northwestern at No. 10 Wisconsin
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
Vanderbilt at No. 21 Florida
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
North Carolina at Georgia Tech
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Kris Budden
Houston at Temple
Mike Couzens, John Congemi
New Mexico State at Arkansas
Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan  
SEC Network
Rice at Pittsburgh ACC Network Extra
Benedictine at Central Methodist ESPN3
12:20 p.m. Syracuse at NC State ACC Network Extra
1 p.m. Central Michigan at Boston College

Dave Weekley, Dustin Fox

ACC Network Extra
Guilford at Jacksonville ESPN3
East Tennessee State at Furman ESPN3
Gannon at Mercyhurst ESPN3
2 p.m. Missouri State at North Dakota State ESPN3
3 p.m. The Citadel at Samford ESPN3
3:30 p.m. Florida State at Wake Forest

Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra

Baylor at Kansas State
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Bomain
Navy at Tulsa
Mark Neely, Ray Bentley
Buffalo at Kent State
Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry
Murray State at No. 17 Louisville ACC Network Extra
4 p.m. Eastern Michigan at Kentucky
Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
Connecticut at SMU
Shawn Kenney, Rene Ingoglia
Colorado Mesa at CSU-Pueblo ESPN3
South Dakota at Western Illinois ESPN3
Clarion at Edinboro ESPN3
5 p.m. Central Connecticut State at Sacred Heart ESPN3
6 p.m. No. 24 Mississippi State at No. 13 Auburn
Dave Flemming, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
Akron at Bowling Green
Jim Barbar, Bobby Carpenter
Western Carolina at Chattanooga ESPN3
Bryant at New Hampshire ESPN3
7 p.m. Memphis at UCF
Mike Corey, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones  
Troy at No. 25 LSU
Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison
Ball State at Western Michigan
Dan Gutowsky, Marcus Ray
Coastal Carolina at Louisiana-Monroe
Joel Meyers, Brian Kinchen
Marshall at Cincinnati
Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly
South Alabama at Louisiana Tech ESPN3
Eastern Illinois at Tennessee State ESPN3
Sam Houston State at Central Arkansas ESPN3
South Dakota State at Youngstown State ESPN3
Saginaw Valley State at Grand Valley State ESPN3
Northern Iowa at Southern Illinois ESPN3
West Florida at Florida Tech ESPN3
Abilene Christian at Incarnate Word ESPN3
McNeese at Stephen F. Austin ESPN3
7:30 p.m. South Carolina at Texas A&M
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
Indiana State at Illinois State ESPN3
Southeastern Louisiana at Northwestern State ESPN3
8 p.m. No. 2 Clemson at No. 12 Virginia Tech

TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ABC & ESPN Radio
Delta State at Mississippi College ESPN3
Nicholls at Lamar ESPN
9 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 1 Alabama
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
10:30 p.m. Colorado at UCLA
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore
San Jose State at UNLV
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey

Not all ESPN3 and ACC Network Extra Games are Exclusive  


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