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College Football Week #14; ESPN, Fox, CBS and other nets run rivalry dandies, like Ohio State-Michigan

Weekend games also include Oregon State-Oregon, Clemson-South Carolina, Georgia-Ga. Tech, N.C. State-N.C. and Wash State-Washington

  • Week # 13 is upon us. It begins with two games tonight, one Thanksgiving night, more than a dozen on Friday and a heavy slate Saturday
  • Fox is proud of its numbers. Last week’s Ohio State’s 28-17 win did a 6.3. The network said it was the second highest of the season overall, behind the game of the season, the LSU win over Alabama on CBS which did a whopping 9.7
  • Double duty fellows this week include Tim Brand, Dave LaMont, Michael Reghi and Joe Davis. Joe needs a little more life to his broadcast. He’s solid, weaves in a story and is spot-on. A little more enthusiasm please!
  • Predominantly a soccer broadcaster John Strong works Maryland at Michigan State football game for Fox Saturday
  • Drew Goodman who calls games out in the Rocky Mountains also does the Rockies. Other baseball guts working this weekend include, Jason Benetti, Dave O’Brien and Dave Flemming. They’re all good calling all sports
  • Ted Robinson’s  still doing games. He lost Niners job and doesn’t do NBC work anymore.  He and Roxy Bernstein are the two lead voices for the Pac-12 Network
  • I hadn’t seen Ari Wolfe’s name in a while. He got an assignment this week.

Jake Baskin has a thumbnail profile of broadcaster Chris Vosters

 Tuesday, Nov. 26

Ohio at Akron | 7 p.m. | ESPN+ Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry

Western Michigan at Northern Illinois | 7 p.m. | ESPNU  Dave LaMont, Dustin Fox

Thursday, Nov. 28

Ole Miss at Mississippi State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN  Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck, Pat McAfee

Friday, Nov. 29

Virginia Tech at Virginia | 12 p.m. | ABC  Dave Flemming, Jim Mora

Texas Tech at Texas | 12 p.m. | FOX  Joe Davis, Brock Huard,

Toledo at Central Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPNU  Jay Alter, Rocky Boiman

Kent State at Eastern Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN+  Michael Reghi, Jay Sonnhalter

Miami (OH) at Ball State | 12 p.m. | CBSSN  Jason Knapp, Randy Cross

Bowling Green at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | ESPN+ David Wilson, Matt Chatham

Iowa at Nebraska | 2:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network  Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen

Missouri at Arkansas (Little Rock, AR) | 2:30 p.m. | CBS  Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor, Rick Neuheisel

Cincinnati at Memphis | 3:30 p.m. | ABC  Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore

Boise State at Colorado State | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN  Rich Waltz, Aaron Murray,

West Virginia at TCU | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN  Mark Neely, Mike Golic Jr.

Washington State at Washington | 4 p.m. | FOX  Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman

Appalachian State at Troy | 6 p.m. | ESPN+  Matt Stewart, Wayne Gandy

South Florida at UCF | 8 p.m. | ESPN  Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer

Saturday, Nov. 30

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

Clemson at South Carolina | 12 p.m. | ESPN   Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

Georgia at Georgia Tech | 12 p.m. | ABC Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky

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

Indiana at Purdue | 12 p.m. | ESPN2  Anish Shroff, John Congemi

Florida International at Marshall | 12 p.m. | CBSSN  Dave Ryan, Corey Chavous, Amanda

Northwestern at Illinois | 12 p.m. | FS1 Chris Vosters, Ben Leber

Wake Forest at Syracuse | 12:30 p.m. | RSN  Tom Werme, James Bates

Tulsa at East Carolina | 12 p.m. | ESPNU  Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison

Texas State at Coastal Carolina | 12 p.m. | ESPN+  Jeff McCarragher, Nate Ross

Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky | 2 p.m. | ESPN+  Graham Doty, Brandon Doughty

New Mexico State at Liberty | 2 p.m. | ESPN+   Matt Warner, Joe Jauch

Charlotte at Old Dominion | 2 p.m. | ESPN+ Ted Alexander, Andy Mashaw

Wyoming at Air Force | 2 p.m. | Facebook  Noah Coslov, Max Starks

UNLV at Nevada | 3 p.m. | AT&T Sportsnet  Drew Goodman, Sed Bonner, Brad Thompson

Rice at UTEP | 3 p.m. | ESPN3  Andy Morgan, Trevor Vittatoe

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

Wisconsin at Minnesota | 3:30 p.m. | ABC  Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit

Rutgers at Penn State | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network  Brandon Gaudin, James Laurinaitis

Southern Miss at Florida Atlantic | 3:30 p.m. | NFL Network  Dan Hellie, Michael Robinson

UTSA at Louisiana Tech | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+  Lyn Rollins, Chris Mycoskie

Maryland at Michigan State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1  John Strong, Evan Moore

UConn at Temple | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN  John Sadak, Malik Zaire

Boston College at Pitt | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network  Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich

Miami at Duke | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2  Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood

Baylor at Kansas | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN  Beth Mowins , Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman

UAB at North Texas | 4 p.m. | Stadium  Chris Hassel, AJ Hawk

Notre Dame at Stanford | 4 p.m. | FOX  Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman

Vanderbilt at Tennessee | 4 p.m. | SEC Network  Dave Neal, D.J. Shockley

Oregon State at Oregon | 4 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks  Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth,

Utah State at New Mexico | 4 p.m. | Facebook  Ari Wolfe, Jordan Palmer,

Tulane at SMU | 4 p.m. | ESPNU  Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf

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

Grambling vs. Southern | 5 p.m. | NBC Sports  Todd Harris, Charles Arbuckle, Anthony Herron

Georgia State at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN+  Greg Talbott, Danny Waugh

Texas A&M at LSU | 7 p.m. | ESPN  Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge

Iowa State at Kansas State | 7 p.m. | FS1  Brian Custer, Robert Smith

Navy at Houston | 7 p.m. | ESPN2  Mike Morgan, Andre Ware

North Carolina at N.C. State | 7 p.m. | ACC Network  Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck

Colorado at Utah | 7:30 p.m. | ABC  Steve Levy, Brian Griese, 

UL Monroe at Louisiana | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU  Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia

Florida State at Florida | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network  Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers

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

BYU at San Diego State | 9 p.m. | CBSSN   Dave Ryan, Corey Chavous,

California at UCLA | 10:30 p.m. | FS1  Cory Provus, Petros Papadakis, Shane Vereen

Arizona at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek

Fresno State at San Jose State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN2  Dave LaMont, Ray Bentley

Army at Hawaii | 12:30 a.m. (Sunday, Dec. 1) | CBSSN  Ben Holden, Ross Tucker


Jake Baskin’s thumbnail: Chris Vosters:


Image result for chris vostersChris Vosters gets a turn in the Fox Sports (FS1) rotation on the early Saturday afternoon Big Ten matchup between in-state rivals Northwestern and Illinois. His partner is former Kansas State and NFL linebacker Ben Leber. The two worked together in Weeks #1 and #2.

Vosters, 28, grew up in the Milwaukee area and attended the University of Wisconsin, graduating in 2013. While in Madison, he participated in Big Ten Network’s Student U program, which allows students to get experience on TV-style broadcasts. He was the first graduate of Student U to call men’s basketball and football for BTN.

Out of college, Vosters got his first on-air work in Minor League Baseball. He spent a year as the #2 voice of the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders before taking over as the lead announcer for the Single-A Great Lakes Loons. He worked with the Loons for four seasons, and during the baseball offseason, he would call high school and college sports in the Midland, Michigan area. (Gary Gerould, the radio voice of the Sacramento Kings, was born in Midland.)

Over the course of the last two years, Vosters has worn many play-by-play hats. He has called games under the Fox, NBC, and ESPN banners and has built his niche on the Big Ten Network, working games in every sport thrown in front of him. This season, his schedule has included volleyball, soccer, and hockey, both field and ice, in addition to football and basketball.

Winter sports are where Vosters has had his most high-profile assignments thus far. He was tabbed by BTN to call the 2019 Frozen Four, the national championship of NCAA women’s hockey. He also worked the 4K telecast on figure skating for NBC Sports during their coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics.

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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