- 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.