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College Football Week #15: ESPN features #17 UNC vs #10 Miami; Fox loses cancelled Michigan-Ohio State


College Football – Week #15

Plodding along, college football is hoping to eventually complete this stubborn journey through the regular season and set up a consensus four team playoff to determine a champion. Unfortunately, each week is speckled or marred with Covid related challenges. As of this Thursday morning, there are six postponements or cancellations already.

We know Jason Benetti and his wonderful talent across three sports, baseball, football and basketball. We also know that he’s a law school alum of Wake Forest. Then there’s Joe Beninati whose name is occasionally sprinkled on the roster of college football telecasts. Joe is from the New York area who’s the television voice of the Washington Caps.

With the growth of remote broadcasts, I’m waiting for a pair of voices to be assigned two games in one day. ESPN did it with MLB if memory serves me.

ESPN’s featured games this weekend are: Oklahoma-West Virginia (now cancelled), UNC-Miami, LSU-Florida and the traditional USC-UCLA rivalry. Announcers will be present at sites.

Love ESPN’s Bob Wischusen. He’s distinct and brings quickness and energy to the broadcasts. But partner Dan Orlovsky needs a muzzle. Less is more. Too many speeches. No need to talk after every play.

CBS’ Gary Danielson told us that the one game he’s gained an attachment to is Army-Navy. He and play-by-player Brad Nessler have it tomorrow. There won’t be the usual pomp. Only limited attendance this year and it will be played in West Point.

Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt were assigned the cancelled Ohio State-Michigan game. So the pair gets Utah at Colorado. That’s 12 noon ET, 10 a.m. in Boulder. The loss of Michigan-Ohio State this Saturday leaves a void for everyone.

These listings are unofficial and subject to change, particularly this season because of changing circumstances caused by the pandemic. You can also check for updates too at Eye on Sky and Air Sports


Thursday, Dec. 10

Florida Atlantic at Southern Miss | 6:30 p.m. | CBSSN,  Jason Knapp, Corey Chavous

Pitt at Georgia Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN3, Tom Werme, James Bates, Abby Labar

Friday, Dec. 11

North Texas at UTEP | 6 p.m. | ESPN3, Kyle Youmans, Hek’ma Harrison

Arizona State at Arizona | 7 p.m. | ESPN, Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Stormy Buonantony

Nevada at San Jose State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN, Dave Ryan, Randy Cross

Saturday, Dec. 12

No. 1 Alabama at Arkansas | 12 p.m. | ESPN, Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky
Illinois at No. 14 Northwestern | 12 p.m. | ESPN2, Kevin Brown, Mike Golic, Taylor 
No. 9 Georgia at No. 25 Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network, Dave Neal, DJ Shockley
Rutgers at Maryland | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network, Joe Beninati, James Laurinaitis
Minnesota at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | FS1, Eric Collins, Ben Leber
Wake Forest at Louisville | 12 p.m. | ACC Network, Wes Durham, Roddy Jones,
Utah at No. 21 Colorado |12 p.m. | Fox, Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt
Miami (Ohio) at Bowling Green | 12 p.m. | ESPN3, Shawn Kenney, Ryan Cavanaugh
Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN3, Dan Gutowsky, Devin Gardner
Houston at Memphis | 12 p.m. ET | ESPN+, David Saltzman, Keith Moreland
Western Michigan at Ball State | 12 p.m. | ESPN+,  Joel Godett, Jay Walker
UAB at Rice | 1 p.m. | ESPN3, Matt Pedersen, Taylor McHargue
Akron at Buffalo | 2:30 p.m. | CBSSN,  Ed Cohen, Malik Zaire
No. 13 Coastal Carolina at Troy | 3 p.m. | ESPN+, Will Kollmeyer, Ben Stanfield
Central Michigan at Toledo | 3 p.m. | ESPN3, Dave Wilson, Marcus Ray
Wisconsin at No. 16 Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | FS1, Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman
Michigan State at Penn State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN, Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore
No. 17 North Carolina at No. 10 Miami | 3:30 p.m. | ABC, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit
These listings are unofficial and subject to change, particularly this season because of changing circumstances caused by the pandemic. You can also check for updates too at Eye on Sky and Air Sports
Navy at Army | 3:30 p.m. | CBS, Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson
Tennessee at Vanderbilt | 4 p.m. | SEC Network, Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb
Duke at Florida State | 4 p.m. | ACC Network, Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich
Appalachian State at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3, Matt Stewart, Danny Waugh
Boise State at Wyoming | 6 p.m. | CBSSN, Rich Waltz, Aaron Murray
LSU at No. 6 Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN, Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge
No. 22 Oklahoma State at Baylor | 7 p.m. | ESPNU, Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
Louisiana Tech at TCU | 7 p.m. | FS1, Cory Provous, Robert Smith
No. 15 USC at UCLA | 7:30 p.m. | ABC, Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy
Auburn at Mississippi State | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network, Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers
Virginia at Virginia Tech | 8 p.m. | ACC Network, Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck
San Diego State at No. 18 BYU | 10 p.m. | ESPN2, Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison
Fresno State at New Mexico | 10:30 p.m. | FS2, Guy Haberman, Charles Arbuckle
Stanford at Oregon State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPNU, John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia
Cal at Washington State | 10:30 p.m. | FS1, Alex Faust, Petros Papadakis
UNLV at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | Spectrum Sports PPV, Robert Kekaula, Rich Miano
Michigan at Ohio State — CANCELLED
Ole Miss at Texas A&M — POSTPONED
Cincinnati at Tulsa — POSTPONED
Ohio at Kent State — CANCELLED
Charlotte at Marshall  – CANCELLED
Incarnate Word at Arkansas State –  CANCELLED
Purdue at No. 12 Indiana – CANCELLED
No. 11 Oklahoma at West Virginia  – CANCELLED
Miami (Ohio) at Bowling Green –  CANCELLED
No. 20 Texas at Kansas –  CANCELLED
Utah State at Colorado State-  CANCELLED
Washington at Oregon-  CANCELLED
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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