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College football week #11: Full TV schedule; All networks, times, every announcer, CBS has LSU-Alabama

Saturday announced a doubleheader next Saturday, the 16th: Florida at Missouri and Georgia at Auburn


  • Well, no more complaining please. We have it down to a five-day work week. College football begins on a Tuesday and ends on a Saturday. That’s five straight days on the college gridiron. It’s the first time this season that between the NFL and college, there are live games every day of the week
  • Some compelling games this weekend, none bigger than rivals (2) LSU and (1) Alabama. It airs at 3:30 on CBS. Wondering why it wasn’t moved to primetime. Wouldn’t CBS have preferred it in  prime? Was there an issue between CBS and the SEC?
  • Lisa Byington goes back to the sideline for Illinois at Michigan State. A good reporter, she’s better suited there than in the play-by-play chair
  • Dave Ryan is doing a couple games this weekend, one for CBS Sports, Tuesday’s Kent State at Toledo and then Saturday’s UAB at Southern Miss game, aired on NFL Network
  • Mark Jones stays home in South Florida for Louisville at Miami telecast
  • Tim Brando has already been assigned basketball by Fox. He and partner Spencer Tillman are in Madison for football Saturday, Iowa at Wisconsin
  • There’s nothing like a rivalry with great heritage when the opponents are highly ranked. CBS says  that its coverage of the Georgia-Florida game last Saturday scored big. The telecast attracted an average of 6.978 million viewers and was Saturday’s most-watched college football game on any network. Moreover, CBS Says, Georgia-Florida was the most-watched meeting between the teams in 32 years. I would imagine that the Georgia-Florida numbers will be topped this Saturday when the Tiffany Network runs the LSU-Alabama showdown.
  • Next Saturday, November 16th, CBS runs an SEC doubleheader beginning at high noon. Carter Blackburn and Aaron Taylor preside over Florida at Missouri and Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson will have Georgia at Auburn
  • Ryan Leaf crawled through darkness as a young adult. A number two pick overall from Washington State, he was addicted to drugs and emerged as a bust in the NFL. He says he’s on the recovery trail and now lectures against addiction. ESPN has given him work this collegiate season as an analyst. Last week, I had a chance to listen. Ryan’swell spoken but will need to prepare more thoroughly. If he does he’s got a shot at getting steady work. There are lots of openings each Saturday. With streaming, there are well over 100 games available available on some platform
  • Brian Custer and Robert Smith hope to rebound from a challenging broadcast last Saturday night. They lacked fill material in covering Indiana’s blowout win on FS1 over Northwestern. They have Baylor at TCU this Saturday
  • Sideliners?  CBS’ Jamie Erdahl is on LSU at Alabama; Fox’ Jenny Taft is on Maryland at Ohio State; the highly praised Maria Taylor is with ESPN’s A team for Clemson at North Carolina State and Kevin Harlan’s daughter, Olivia Decker has Louisville at Miami on ESPN
  • Game Day will be as you’d  expect in Tuscaloosa. It means that Kirk (Herbie Pulpit) charters from there to Raleigh for the ABC’s  primetime telecast, Clemson at N. C. State

Jake Basin profiles Roy Philpott, just below the full schedule

Tuesday, Nov. 5

Kent State at Toledo | 7 p.m. | CBSSN  Dave Ryan, Corey Chavous

Ball State at Western Michigan | 8 p.m. | ESPN2  Mark Neely, Tom Ramsey

Wednesday, Nov. 6

Miami (OH) at Ohio | 8 p.m. | ESPN2  Matt Barrie, Desmond Howard

Thursday, Nov. 7

Louisiana at Coastal Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU  Dave LaMont, Ray Bentley

Temple at South Florida | 8 p.m. | ESPN  Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck

Friday, Nov. 8

UCF at Tulsa | 7 p.m. | ESPN2  Dave Flemming, Gene Chizik

Washington at Oregon State | 10:30 p.m. | FS1  Cory Provus, Shane Vereen, Petros Papadakis

Saturday, Nov. 9

Penn State at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ABC  Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge

Vanderbilt at Florida | 12 p.m. | ESPN   Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky

Florida State at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network  Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood

Maryland at Ohio State | 12 p.m. | FOX  Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt

Texas Tech at West Virginia | 12 p.m. | ESPN2 Beth Mowins, Anthony Bech

Purdue at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network  Brandon Gaudin,  James Laurinaiti

UMass at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN  Ben Holden, Ross Tucker

East Carolina at SMU | 12 p.m. | ESPNU/FLIPCARD  Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison

Western Kentucky at Arkansas | 12 p.m. | SEC Network  Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb

Baylor at TCU | 12 p.m.  | FS1   Brian Custer, Robert Smith

Georgia Tech at Virginia | 12:30 p.m. | ACC Network Extra  Tom Werme, James Bates,

Air Force at New Mexico | 2 p.m. | AT&T Sportsnet   Drew Goodman, Sed Bonner, 

UTSA at Old Dominion | 2 p.m. | ESPN3   Ted Alexander, Andy Mashaw

Stanford at Colorado | 3 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks  Guy Haberman, Anthony Herron

Charlotte at UTEP | 3 p.m. | ESPN+  Andy Morgan, Trevor Vittatoe

South Alabama at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3  Brant Freeman, Joplo Bartu

LSU at Alabama | 3:30 p.m. | CBS  Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson

Illinois at Michigan State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1  Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen

Southern California at Arizona State | 3:30 p.m. | ABC  Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore

UAB at Southern Miss | 3:30 p.m. | NFL Network Dave Ryan, Michael Robinson

Louisville at Miami | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2  Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek

Wake Forest at Virginia Tech | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network  Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich

Kansas State at Texas | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN  Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy

Georgia Southern at Troy | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+   Matt Stewart, Wayne Gandy

UConn at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN    Rich Waltz, Aaron Murray

New Mexico State at Ole Miss | 4 p.m. | SEC Network  Dave Neal, D.J. Shockley

Iowa at Wisconsin | 4 p.m. | FOX  Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman

North Texas at Louisiana Tech | 4 p.m. | Stadium/Facebook  Chris Hassell, AJ Hawk

Georgia State at UL Monroe | 5 p.m. | ESPN+  Doug Anderson, Chris Mycoskie

Florida International at Florida Atlantic | 6 p.m. | Stadium   Noah Coslov, Max Starks

Missouri at Georgia | 7 p.m. | ESPN  Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

Washington State at California | 7 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks  Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth

Appalachian State at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN2  Anish Shroff, John Congemi

Utah State at Fresno State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN  Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor

Clemson at N.C. State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC  Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit,

Notre Dame at Duke | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network Dave O’Brien , Tim Hasselbeck,

Liberty at BYU | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU  Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia

Tennessee at Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network  Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers

Iowa State at Oklahoma | 8 p.m. | FOX  Joe Davis, Brock Huard,

Wyoming at Boise State | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN  Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer

Nevada at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN+   Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf

San Jose State at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | Spectrum Sports  Robert Kekaula, Rich Miano, Scott Robbs


Roy Philpott by Jake Baskin

Roy Philpott has the call for ESPN’s mid-major nightcap between Wyoming and 22nd-ranked Boise State on Saturday night. He’s is in his first season as one of ESPN’s main Saturday rotation and has veteran analyst and former Colorado State quarterback Kelly Stouffer by his side.

Philpott, 44, graduated from Clemson with a degree in computer engineering. He got his start in sports media as a web developer, launching a website dedicated to Clemson athletics in 2001. The site was soon affiliated with Fox Sports and it allowed him to write under a national banner. He continued in his role as the publisher of the site into his tenure with ESPN.

Roy started his on-air career in 2003 as a radio host in his home state of South Carolina, and got his first television job as the play-by-play announcer for the ABC affiliate in Asheville, North Carolina, that covered high school and college football as well as Minor League Baseball. He also returned to his alma mater as the radio voice of Clemson baseball and women’s basketball and as pre- and post-game host for Tigers football and men’s basketball.

ESPN brought Philpott into the fold in 2013 as a play-by-play announcer for college football, basketball, and baseball. He has quickly risen up the ranks in football, spending three seasons with Tom Ramsey in ESPN’s secondary Saturday rotation before being promoted to the primary group in 2019.




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 and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.

Jake Baskin

Jake Baskin is a graduate of Dean College who majored in sports broadcasting. 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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