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College Football: No. 19 Michigan at No. 2 Penn State in “White Out” Conditions on ABC’s Saturday Night Football Highlights ESPN’s Networks Week 8 Schedule


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  • Late Afternoon: No. 8 Miami, No. 14 Virginia Tech and No. 18 Michigan State all Hosting Conference Foes
  • Ranked Teams in Each Game Window on Saturday
  • Andre Ware as Game Analyst for No. 25 Memphis at Houston

ESPN’s networks week 8 college football schedule features more than 10 ranked teams in pivotal conference matchups as teams reach and surpass the midpoint of the 2017 season. The industry-leading slate will be highlighted by a ranked matchup of Big Ten rivals on ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Walmart.

ABC’s Saturday Night Football: No. 19 Michigan at No. 2 Penn State
ABC’s Saturday Night Football features No. 19 Michigan at No. 2 Penn State (7:30 p.m.), as the Nittany Lions welcome the Wolverines into Beaver Stadium for their traditional white out game.  Last season, Penn State upset then-ranked No. 2 Ohio State on SNF in the white out game, propelling the Nittany Lions to finish the regular season with nine consecutive wins, a Big Ten Championship and an appearance in the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual. After starting this season 6-0, the Nittany Lions have earned their highest AP Poll ranking since 1999.

The Wolverines were the last Big Ten team to defeat Penn State, dating back to September 2016, and have won the last three matchups in the series. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Tom Rinaldi, and Maria Taylor will call the game from State College, Pa., Earlier in the day, College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will broadcast live from Penn State for the first time since 2009 (9 a.m. – noon p.m.).

Late Afternoon: No. 8 Miami, No. 14 Virginia Tech and No. 18 Michigan State Each Hosting Conference Opponents
ESPN’s networks 3:30 p.m. game windows are highlighted by three ranked teams at home in important conference matchups: Indiana at No. 18 Michigan State (ABC), Syracuse at No. 8 Miami (ESPN) and North Carolina at No. 14 Virginia Tech (ESPN2).

The Hurricanes are back in the Top 10, after starting the season 5-0, including 3-0 in the ACC. Syracuse is looking for its second major upset in consecutive weeks as the Orange knocked off then-No. 2 Clemson last week. Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams will be in Miami Gardens, Fla., for the call.

The Spartans return home after back-to-back road Big Ten wins, which puts them at 3-0 in conference play this season. The Hoosiers, coming off an overtime loss to Michigan, will be looking for an upset. Dave Flemming, Greg McElroy, and Tom Luginbill will be in East Lansing, Mich., for the game.

The Hokies are 5-1 on the season, but are just 1-1 in the ACC. North Carolina looks for its first conference victory of the season.  Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, and Paul Carcaterra will be in Blacksburg, Va.

Ranked Teams in Every Game Window
ESPN’s networks schedule is peppered with ranked teams throughout Saturday, October 21. No. 10 Oklahoma State at Texas (noon, ABC) begins the day and leads into the aforementioned late afternoon slate. In addition to the marquee SNF matchup, three other ranked teams will be in prime-time on ESPN’s networks: No. 16 South Florida at Tulane (7 p.m., ESPN2), No. 24 LSU at Ole Miss (7:15 p.m., ESPN), and No. 21 Auburn at Arkansas (7:30 p.m., SEC Network).  No. 15 Washington State hosting Colorado concludes the day (10:45 p.m., ESPN).

ESPN will also feature a rank team on Thursday, Oct. 19, as No. 25 Memphis is at Houston. Former Cougar Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware will be the analyst on the matchup, joining Dave Flemming and Laura Rutledge.


Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Oct 19 7:30 p.m. Louisiana at Arkansas State
Mark Neely, Ray Bentley
8 p.m. No. 25 Memphis at Houston
Dave Flemming, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge
Fri, Oct 20 7 p.m. Marshall at Middle Tennessee

Dave Lamont, Mack Brown, Julie Stewart-Binks

10:15 p.m. Colorado State at New Mexico
Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath
Sat, Oct 21 Noon No. 10 Oklahoma State at Texas
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
Louisville at Florida State
TV: Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint KessenichRadio:Bill Rowsinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
Iowa at Northwestern

Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Kris Budden

Tulsa at Connecticut
Mike Couzens, John Congemi
Idaho at Missouri
Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
Akron at Toledo ESPN3
St. Francis (PA) at Duquesne ESPN3
William Penn at Peru State ESPN3
San Diego at Jacksonville ESPN3
12:20 p.m. Pittsburgh at Duke ACC Network Extra
12:30 p.m. Boston College at Virginia ACC Network Extra
1 p.m. Grand Valley State at Ferris State ESPN3
Liberty at Monmouth ESPN3
Bethune-Cookman at North Carolina A&T ESPN3
Morgan State at Howard ESPN3
1:30 p.m. Mercer at Furman ESPN3
Western Carolina at VMI ESPN3
Samford at Wofford ESPN3
2 p.m. Northern Illinois at Bowling Green

Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry

Kent State at Ohio
Dave Weekley, John Gregory
Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan
Dan Gutowsky, Marcus Ray
Troy at Georgia State
Matt Stewart, Wayne Gandy
West Alabama at Florida Tech ESPN3
Youngstown State at Northern Iowa ESPN3
The Citadel at Chattanooga ESPN3
Albany State at Clark Atlanta ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Buffalo at Miami (Ohio)
Doug Sherman, Tyoka Jackson
3 p.m. Central Michigan at Ball State
Jim Barbar, Hutson Mason
Jacksonville State at Eastern Illinois ESPN3
South Dakota at Illinois State ESPN3
South Dakota State at Missouri State ESPN3
3:30 p.m. Indiana at No. 18 Michigan State
Dave Flemming, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
Syracuse at No. 8 Miami
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
North Carolina at No. 14 Virginia Tech

Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra

Coastal Carolina at Appalachian State ESPN3
Western Illinois at North Dakota State ESPN3
4 p.m. SMU at Cincinnati
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
Kentucky at Mississippi State
Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan
SEC Network
Southern Illinois at Indiana State ESPN3
Houston Baptist at Stephen F. Austin ESPN3
Lamar at Sam Houston State ESPN3
Bloomsburg at East Stroudsburg ESPN3
5 p.m. North Texas at Florida Atlantic ESPN3
Louisiana-Monroe at South Alabama
Brock Bowling, Watson Brown
7 p.m. Gardner-Webb at Kennesaw State ESPN3
No. 16 South Florida at Tulane
Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison
7:15 p.m. No. 24 LSU at Ole Miss
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
7:30 p.m. No. 19 Michigan at No. 2 Penn State
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Tom Rinaldi, Maria Taylor
Wake Forest at Georgia Tech
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones
No. 21 Auburn at Arkansas
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
8 p.m. Tarleton State at Texas A&M-Kingsville ESPN3
10:15 p.m. Wyoming at Boise State
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey
10:45 p.m. Colorado at No. 15 Washington State
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman

Please note:  Note all ESPN3 and ACC Network Games are Exclusive


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