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College Football Week #12; CBS, ESPN, Fox, NBC +; All Times, All Games, All Announcers

CBS runs an SEC doubleheader beginning at high noon; Fowler and Herbie have #10 Oklahoma and #13 Baylor in primetime on ABC

WEEK #12

  • We’re getting there. The Bowl season is almost upon us. Doesn’t the college football season zip by in lightning speed?
  • CBS has a doubleheader, coming off its big hit last week, LSU-Alabama, which produced a 9.7; the highest-rated regular-season college football game (excluding conference championships) on any network in eight years.
  • Another 5 day college football weekend, Tuesday through Saturday, November 12 through 16.
  • Notre Dame and Navy have had some interesting games through the years. Mike Tirico will be flanked by Doug Flutie and Chris Simms who’s added some more life to the broadcast. Kathryn Tappen will work sidelines. You’ve seen her good work on NBC’s NHL telecasts. 
  • Big Ten Network gives Lisa Byington another shot at play-by-play on little UMass at Northwestern. She’s best as a reporter. UMass is a 39 point underdog in the game. And mind you, they’re playing Northwestern, not exactly the powerhouse of the Big Ten. Since going to DI, the Minutemen are 19-75. Oy!
  • Good to see Matt Millen working regularly again after open heart surgery. He’ll have #14 Wisconsin at struggling Nebraska. Kugler, one of the best radio broadcasters technically, lives in Omaha, so he gets a break from travel this Saturday.
  • Did you know that former Michigan offensive tackle Jim Brandstatter does Wolverines play-by-play on radio. He did color on Lions radio for 31 seasons. Lots of suffering, I suppose covering the Lions.  His color commentator is ex Michigan standout Dan Dierdorf who spent a dozen years doing Monday Night Football with Al Michaels. Michigan and Michigan State go at it this Saturday. The Michigan State radio announcer George Blaha has done the Pistons on radio and/or TV for over forty years.
  • Aaron Goldsmith is assigned by Fox to the Arizona State at Oregon State game. He works Seattle Mariners broadcasters.

Jake Baskin profiles Aaron Goldsmith who’s on assignment for Fox this weekend, Arizona State at Oregon State. See immediately below the schedule

Here’s the college football schedule for Week #12:


Tuesday, Nov. 12

Western Michigan at Ohio | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2  Mark Neely, Rocky Boiman

Eastern Michigan at Akron | 8 p.m. | ESPNU  Mike Morgan, Ray Bentley

Wednesday, Nov. 13

Bowling Green at Miami (OH) | 8 p.m. | ESPNU  Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich

Northern Illinois at Toledo | 8 p.m. | ESPN2  Anish Shroff, John Congemi,

Thursday, Nov. 14

Buffalo at Kent State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN   Dave Ryan, Aaron Murray

North Carolina at Pitt | 8 p.m. | ESPN   Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck, Pat McAfee, 

Friday, Nov. 15

Louisiana Tech at Marshall | 7 p.m. | CBSSN  Jason Horowitz, Malik Zaire

Fresno State at San Diego State | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN2  Dave Flemming, Tom Ramsey

Saturday, Nov. 16

Indiana at No. 9 Penn State | 12 p.m. | ABC  Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore

Kansas at No. 22 Oklahoma State | 12 p.m. | FS1   Dan Hellie, Ben Leber

No. 5 Alabama at Mississippi State | 12 p.m. | ESPN  Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay,

No. 11 Florida at Missouri | 12 p.m. | CBS  Carter Blackburn, Rick Neuheisel, Aaron Taylor

Michigan State at No. 15 Michigan | 12 p.m. | FOX  Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt

Tulane at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPNU  Kevin Brown, Andre Ware

Alabama State at Florida State | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra   Tom Werme, James Bates

UMass at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network  Lisa Byington, J Leman

TCU at Texas Tech | 12 p.m. | ESPN2    Dave Neal, D.J. Shockley

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

No. 14 Wisconsin at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network  Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen

UTEP at UAB | 1 p.m. | ESPN3  Curt Bloom, Chad Pilcher

Navy at No. 16 Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC   Mike Tirico, Doug Flutie, Chris Simms

Idaho State at BYU | 3 p.m. | ESPN3  Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler

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

UL Monroe at Georgia Southern | 3 p.m. | ESPN+  Greg Talbott, Danny Waugh

Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+  Roger Twibell, Pete Cordelli,

No. 4 Georgia at No. 12 Auburn | 3:30 p.m. | CBS  Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson

No. 2 Ohio State  at Rutgers | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network  Brandon Gaudin, James Laurinaitis

West Virginia at No. 24 Kansas State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN  Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoreck

Wake Forest at No. 3 Clemson | 3:30 p.m. | ABC   Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky

Kentucky at Vanderbilt | 3:30 p.m. | SEC Network  Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb,

No. 19 Texas at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1  Brian Custer, Robert Smith

No. 18 Memphis at Houston | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2   Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman

Central Michigan at Ball State | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN  John Sadak, Randy Cross

Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech | 3:30 p.m. | RSN   Evan Lepler, Dave Archer

No. 8 Minnesota at No. 20 Iowa | 4 p.m. | FOX  Joe Davis, Brock Huard,

Wyoming at Utah State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU   Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison

Syracuse at Duke | 4 p.m. | ACC Network   Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood

Incarnate Word at New Mexico State | 4 p.m. | FloSports  Adam Young, Danny Knee

Stanford at Washington State | 4:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network  Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth

Rice at Middle Tennessee | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+  Jake Rose, Alex Myers

Louisiana at South Alabama | 5 p.m. | ESPN+  J.D. Byars, Pat Greenwood,

Hawai’i at UNLV | 5 p.m. | Spectrum Sports  Robert Kekaula, Rich Miano

Southern Miss at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+   Lincoln Rose, LaDarrin McLane,

No. 1 LSU at Ole Miss | 7 p.m. | ESPN  Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge

Air Force at Colorado State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2  Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffe

No. 17 Cincinnati at South Florida | 7 p.m. | CBSSN   Rich Waltz, Corey Chavous,

No. 25 Appalachian State at Georgia State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU  Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf

No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 13 Baylor | 7:30 p.m. | ABC  Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit

Arizona State at Oregon State | 7:30 p.m. | FS1  Aaron Goldsmith, Jordan Palmer

Louisville at N.C. State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network   Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck

South Carolina at Texas A&M | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network  Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers,

UCLA at No. 7 Utah | 8 p.m. | FOX  Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman

New Mexico at No. 21 Boise State | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2  Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia

Arizona at No. 6 Oregon | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN  Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, 

Southern California at California | 11 p.m. | FS1  Cory Provus, Petros Papadakis, Shane Vereen

Jake Baskin profiles Aaron Goldsmith:

Aaron Goldsmith has the call for FS1’s 7:30 ET Pac-12 matchup between Arizona State and Oregon State, working his first college football game of the season. His partner is former UTEP and NFL quarterback Jordan Palmer, the younger brother of 2002 Heisman Trophy winner Carson.

Goldsmith, 36, has had a quick rise up the play-by-play ranks, belying his fairly late start in broadcasting. After graduating from small Principia College in 2006 with a history degree, he returned to his hometown of St. Louis and took classes at the Broadcast Center to learn the trade. He broke into the business through baseball, landing internships in the Cape Cod League, the independent Frontier League, and Minor League Baseball with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs before finally landing his first full-time position in 2010 with the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders.

After two seasons as the lead voice and broadcasting director in Frisco, he advanced to Triple-A with the Pawtucket Red Sox, whose radio network has a long history of sending announcers to the Major Leagues. Gary Cohen of the Mets traces his roots through Pawtucket. After one year in Pawtucket, Goldsmith got his chance, joining the Seattle Mariners in 2013 as a radio announcer. Since 2015, he has split time between radio and television on Mariners broadcasts, with the number of games he calls on TV increasing each year.

Goldsmith joined Fox in 2013 as a college basketball announcer for the then-fledgling FS1 channel, and would work his first national MLB games starting the following season. Since 2016, he has called college football games on a fill-in basis for Fox, after previously serving as a regular Saturday voice for the Sports USA Radio Network.

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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