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College Football, Week #14: #1 Alabama, #2 ND, #3 Clemson and #4 Ohio State all play, all favored


#Week 14

Here you go. As in previous weeks, we’ll see what sticks. Notes:

Carter Blackburn, seen more on CBS Sports Network, gets an over-the air CBS assignment this Saturday, Texas A&M at Auburn.

Working remotely, makes late cancellations less costly for the networks and perhaps less emotionally draining for the announcers. Don’t get me wrong. It’s been a difficult year for the talent, particularly those freelancing who are paid by the game.

Sean McDonough is in football/basketball mode. He did Michigan State win over Duke at Cameron last night.

Mike Tirico has three football games this week. Did Sunday Night on NBC, has this afternoon’s odd-timed  Ravens-Steelers game and Notre Dame on Saturday. Tirico thrives on work. The more the merrier. He can handle it.

As we know, Kirk Herbstreit doesn’t stop talking. When that’s the case, you’ll say something regrettable. On ESPN’s college rankings show, he suggested that Michigan “waves the white flag and potentially avoids playing Ohio State next week,” using Covid protocol reasoning to do so. He later issued an apology.

Underrated: Dave O’Brien, ESPN/ACC Network, is turning into a solid football announcer.

Featured games: ESPN will have its top crews live at these four: Texas A&M – Auburn, Oklahoma State – TCU, Indiana – Wisconsin and Clemson – Virginia Tech

CBSSN and Fox occasionally do remote broadcasts of college football. CBSSN is doing so with select college basketball too.

(Schedule is fluid as we well know and this listing is unofficial.)

Also feel free to double check Eye on Sky and Sports for latest schedule changes

Thursday, Dec. 3

Louisiana Tech at North Texas | 6 p.m. | CBSSN, Chris Hassel, Sed Bonner

Air Force at Utah State | 9:30 p.m. | CBSSN, Ed Cohen, Ross Tucker

Friday, Dec. 4

No. 25 Louisiana at Appalachian State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2, Jason Benetti, Andre Ware

Boise State at UNLV | 9:30 p.m. CANCELLED

Southern Miss at UTEP — CANCELLED

Saturday, Dec. 5

No. 4 Ohio State at Michigan State | 12 p.m. | ABC,  Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky

No. 5 Texas A&M at Auburn | 12 p.m. | ESPN,  Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge

Texas at Kansas State | 12 p.m. | FOX,  Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt

No. 15 Oklahoma State at TCU | 12 p.m. | ESPN2, Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek

Nebraska at Purdue | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network, Cory Provus,  Anthony Herron

Western Carolina at No. 17 North Carolina | 12 p.m. | ACC Network, Wes Durham, Roddy Jones

Penn State at Rutgers | 12 p.m. | BTN, Mark Followill, Matt Millen

Arkansas at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network, : Dave Neal, DJ Shockley

Kansas at Texas Tech | 12 p.m. | FS2, Guy Haberman, Charles Arbuckle

Rice at No. 21 Marshall | 12 p.m. | ESPN+, : Jake Griffith, Dave Wilson

Memphis at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ESPN+ David Saltzman, Keith Moreland

Kent State at Miami (Ohio) | 12 p.m. |CANCELLED

Toledo at Northern Illinois | 12 p.m. | ESPN3, Shawn Kenney, Bob Chmiel

Liberty at No. 18 Coastal Carolina | CANCELLED

Bowling Green at Akron | 2 p.m. | ESPN3,  Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry

Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+,  Dan Gutowsky, Devin Gardner

Troy at South Alabama | 2 p.m. | ESPN3, : J.D. Byars, Pat Greenwood

Syracuse at No. 2 Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC, Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy

UL Monroe at Arkansas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3, Roger Twibell, Pete Cordelli

No. 6 Florida at Tennessee | 3:30 p.m. | CBS, Carter Blackburn, Aaron Murray

Maryland at Michigan | 3:30 p.m. | CANCELLED

West Virginia at No. 9 Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN, Dave Pasch, Mike Golic

No. 12 Indiana at No. 16 Wisconsin | 3:30 p.m. | ABC, Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy

No. 19 Iowa at Illinois | 3:30 p.m. | FS1, Eric Collins, Ben Leber

Boston College at Virginia | 3:30 p.m. | RSN, Tom Werme, James Bates

Buffalo at Ohio | 3:30 p.m. | CANCELLED

No. 24 Tulsa at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2, Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill

Stanford at No. 22 Washington | 4 p.m. | FOX, Joe Davis, Mark Helfrich

Vanderbilt at No. 8 Georgia | 4 p.m. | CANCELLED

Georgia Tech at NC State | 4 p.m. | ACC Network, Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich

Hawai’i at San Jose State | 4 p.m. | Spectrum Sports, Robert Kekaula, Rich Miano

Ball State at Central Michigan | 5:30 p.m. | ESPNU, Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman

No. 13 BYU at No. 18 Coastal Carolina | 5:30 p.m. | ESPNU, Bill Roth, Dustin Fox

Florida Atlantic at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3,  Matt Stewart, Danny Waugh

No. 23 Oregon at Cal | 7 p.m. | ESPN, Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore

Colorado State at San Diego State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN, Rich Waltz, Aaron Taylor

Colorado at Arizona | 7 p.m. | FS1, Alex Faust, Evan Moore

No. 3 Clemson at Virginia Tech | 7:30 | ABC, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit

South Carolina at Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network,  Tom Hart, Jordan Rodger

No. 1 Alabama at LSU | 8 p.m. | CBS, Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson

No. 10 Miami at Duke | 8 p.m. | ACC Network, Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck

Baylor at No. 11 Oklahoma | 8 p.m. | FOX, Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman

Houston at SMU | 9 p.m. | ESPNU, CANCELLED

UCLA at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | FS1, Aaron Goldsmith, Brady Quinn

Oregon State at Utah | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN, Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison

Wyoming at New Mexico | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN, John Sadak, Randy Cross

Fresno State at Nevada | 10:30 p.m. | FS2,  Anthony LaPanta, Ron Johnson

Florida State at Duke — POSTPONED

No. 14 Northwestern at Minnesota — CANCELLED

Sunday, Dec. 6

Western Kentucky at Charlotte | 12 p.m. | ESPN3, Bobby Rosinski, Reggie Walker 

UAB at Middle Tennessee State | 2:30 p.m. | CANCELLED

Washington State at No. 20 USC | 9 p.m. | FS1, Alex Faust, Petros Papadakis

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.

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