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College football week #10, TV schedule; All announcers, networks, times and notes

CBS has historic Georgia - Florida, Saturday at 3:30; ESPN brings Game Day to Memphis' Beale Street

We move along to week #10 of the college football season.

Some Halby mouthfuls 

  • Lee Corso brings his helmet to Beale Street in Memphis, one of the great spots in America and the capital of Blues. Then Herbie brings his pulpit to the broadcast booth for the primetime matchup between the Tigers and SMU. Good times in Memphis. Coach Penny Hardaway is building a fine basketball program at his alma mater.
  • Chris Cotter who hollers a bit too much for my taste better bring his bag of stories to the Wofford-Clemson broadcast. It’s an unlikely to be a competitive game.
  • The talented Valpo alum, Adam Amin launches the weekend tomorrow with West Virginia at Baylor.
  • You’ve got to figure that the best game of the weekend is #8 Georgia vs.#6 Florida in Jacksonville, an enthusiastic pageantry of alcohol and colorful fans.
  • Bob Wischusen is at Florida State for the rivalry game with Miami. Years ago, both programs were top ranked. Bob will go form there to Miami for Sunday’s radio broadcast, Dolphins-Jets. Meanwhile, 74 year old Gene Deckerhoff, Voice of the Seminoles, has to get to Seattle the next day for his radio call of Bucs-Seahawks. I asked Gene for a coming interview if he would have to give up one or the other, Florida State or Bucs, which would it be. He said, “I’d have to play Solomon.”
  • Fox proudly released its ratings for last week’s telecast of the Ohio State win over Wisconsin. The network says it did a 4.6, the highest rated college game of the day on any network.
  • Meanwhile, ESPN released this regarding its ABC’s Saturday Night game, featuring Notre Dame and Michigan, saying,  it “was the most-watched Big Ten controlled game of the week across all networks, as the Fighting Irish-Wolverines averaged more than 6.7 million viewers for the one-sided Wolverines victory.” In other words, it’s all about positioning. 

Jake Baskin profiles Cory Provus, who calls Twins games in addition to his college football work for Fox. It’s just below the schedule.

 

Thursday, Oct. 31

West Virginia at No. 12 Baylor | 8 p.m. | ESPN  Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck

Georgia Sthn at No. 20 Appalachian State | 8 p.m. | ESPNU  Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia

 

Friday, Nov.

Princeton at Cornell | 6 p.m. | ESPNU  Bill Spaulding, Jack Ford

Navy at UConn | 8 p.m. | ESPN2  Dave LaMont, Jim L. Mora

 

Saturday, Nov. 2

No. 14 Michigan at Maryland | 12 p.m. | ABC   Steve Levy, Brian Griese

UTSA at Texas A&M | 12 p.m. | SEC Network  Dave Neal, D.J. Shockley

Buffalo at Eastern Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPNU  Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison

St. Francis at Duquesne | 12 p.m. |ESPN3  Paul Dottino, Rasheed Marshall

Nebraska at Purdue | 12 p.m. | FOX  Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman

Northern Illinois at Central Michigan | 12 p.m. | CBSSN  John Sadak, Randy Cross

Houston at UCF | 12 p.m. | ESPN2  Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht

N.C. State at No. 23 Wake Forest | 12 p.m. | ESPN  Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy

Boston College at Syracuse | 12 p.m. | ACC Network  Wes Durham, Roddy Jones

Old Dominion at Florida International | 12 p.m. | ESPN+ A. J.Ricketts, Kenny Kelly

Liberty at UMass | 12 p.m. | FloSports  Josh Maurer, Andy Gresh

Dartmouth at Harvard | 1 p.m. | ESPN+  Alex Vispoli, Ben Altsher

Akron at Bowling Green | 2 p.m. | ESPN+  Michael Reghi, Dustin Fox

Virginia Tech at No. 16 Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC  Mike Tirico, Doug Flutie

Troy at Coastal Carolina | 3 p.m. | ESPN3  Jeff McCarragher, Nate Ross

No. 8 Georgia vs. No. 6 Florida (Jaxvl) | 3:30 p.m. | CBS  Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson

TCU at Oklahoma State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN  Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek

Marshall at Rice | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium on Facebook  Chris Hassel, AJ Hawk

No. 22 Kansas State at Kansas | 3:30 p.m. | FS1  Cory Provus, Petros Papadakis

UTEP at North Texas | 3:30 p.m. | NFL Network  Dave Ryan, Ben Leber

UNLV at Colorado State | 3:30 p.m. | AT&T Sportsnet  Drew Goodman, Sed Bonner

Army at Air Force | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN  Ben Holden, Ross Tucker

Middle Tennessee at Charlotte | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3  Bobby Rosinski, Reginald Walker

Rutgers at Illinois | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network  Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen

Miami at Florida State | 3:30 p.m. | ABC  Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky

No. 9 Utah at Washington | 4 p.m. | FOX   Joe Davis, Brock Huard

Wofford at No. 4 Clemson | 4 p.m. | ACC Network  Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich

Mississippi State at Arkansas | 4 p.m. | SEC Network  Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb

Pitt at Georgia Tech | 4 p.m. | ACC Network Extra  Tom Werme, James Bates

Florida Atlantic at Western Kentucky | 4 p.m. | ESPN+  Nate Gatter, Brandon Doughty

Tulsa at Tulane | 4 p.m. | ESPN2  Anish Shroff, John Congemi

Oregon State at Arizona | 4:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks  Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron

Texas State at Louisiana | 5 p.m. | ESPN+  Dan McDonald, Eric Mouton

Arkansas State at UL Monroe | 5 p.m. | ESPNU  Kevin Brown, Ray Bentley

UAB at Tennessee | 7 p.m. | ESPNU  Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer

Northwestern at Indiana | 7 p.m. | FS1  Brian Custer, Robert Smith

No. 17 Cincinnati at East Carolina | 7 p.m. | CBSSN  Rich Waltz, Aaron Murra

Ole Miss at No. 11 Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN   Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge

No. 15 SMU at No. 24 Memphis | 7:30 p.m. | ABC  Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit

Vanderbilt at South Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Net  Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers

Virginia at North Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network  Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck

No. 7 Oregon at Southern California | 8 p.m. | FOX   Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt

Colorado at UCLA | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks  Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth

BYU at Utah State | 10 p.m. | ESPN2  Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore

No. 21 Boise State at San Jose State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN  Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor

New Mexico at Nevada | 10:30 p.m. | ESPNU  Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf

Fresno State at Hawai’i |11:59 p.m. | Spectrum Sports  Robert Kekaula, Rich Miano

 

 

Image result for cory provusCory Provus has the call for the Sunflower Showdown rivalry game between Kansas State and Kansas, televised on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday afternoon. With Justin Kutcher now broadcasting for the Washington Wizards, Provus will call the game with Kutcher’s usual partners, Petros Papadakis and Shane Vereen.

Provus, 41, is primarily known as the radio voice of the Minnesota Twins. The Syracuse graduate has reached his greatest heights in baseball, getting his first Major League job in 2007 with his hometown Chicago Cubs as the pregame and postgame host on radio. In 2009, he moved to Milwaukee to become the secondary radio play-by-play announcer for the Brewers, working alongside Bob Uecker. When John Gordon retired following the 2011 season, Provus was tabbed to replace him in Minnesota, and he has spent the last eight seasons next to former Twins outfielder Dan Gladden in the team’s booth.

Provus also has a long history calling college sports. After spending his first few years following graduation receiving reps with various ACC schools, he moved to Alabama in 2006 to become the voice of UAB athletics, a role he held for one season before breaking into professional baseball. Fox Sports’ executives took notice of Provus and brought him in to call a schedule of Midwest-based college basketball games for FS1 and the Big Ten Network during the 2013–14 season. He broadcast his first college football games on national television the following season.

Provus is a cousin of Brad Sham, the longtime radio play-by-play announcer of the Dallas Cowboys.

 

 

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David J. Halberstam
David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History.

Jake Baskin
Jake Baskin

Jake Baskin is a college student studying sports communication. He does play-by-play for Northeast Sports Network and previously wrote about hockey for various SB Nation blogs. He loves the history and evolution of sports broadcasting and dreams of being a national-level announcer.

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