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
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
Cory 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.