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College Football Week #5: CBS has #12 Texas A&M at #2 Alabama, ESPN #7 Auburn at #4 Georgia in primetime

The schedule is still thin  and will be until the Big Ten and Mountain West start on October 24th. The Pac-12 and Mid-Atlantic will follow.

One game postponed this week, Troy at South Alabama.

Fox’ lead team, Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt have TCU at #9 Texas.

CBS’ SEC game this week is #13 Texas A&M at #2 Alabama. While last week’s upset win by Mississippi State over LSU did an overall season high rating of 2.5, more than any game on any network this year, it marked a drop of 17% vs. the corresponding SEC opener last year, Alabama-South Carolina (per Sports Media Watch)

Baseball announcers turn to college football this weekend, Dave Flemming, Giants; Joe Davis, Dodgers; Jason Benetti, White Sox and Sean McDonough and Dave O’Brien, Red Sox. All, other than Davis, have a Syracuse University degree.

Jordan Rodgers of the SEC Network is the younger brother of the Packers’ standout, Aaron Rodgers.

ESPN will again have a mix this weekend. Some broadcasters will work live from the site. Others call the game from the convenience of their homes.

Week #5

Friday, Oct. 2

Campbell at Wake Forest | 7 p.m. | ACC Network, Mike Morgan, Eric MacLain

Louisiana Tech at No. 22 BYU | 9 p.m. | ESPN2, Dave Flemming, Andre Ware

Saturday, Oct. 3

TCU at No. 9 Texas | 12 p.m. | FOX,  Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt

South Carolina at No. 3 Florida | 12 p.m. | ESPN, Mark Jones, Dusty Dvorace

Missouri at No. 21 Tennessee | 12 p.m. | SEC Network, Dave Neal, DJ Shockley

NC State at No. 24 Pitt | 12 p.m. | ACC Network, Wes Durham, Roddy Jones

East Carolina at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPNU, Mike Couzens, Dustin Fox

Baylor at West Virginia | 12 p.m. | ABC, Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsk

UTSA at UAB | 12:30 p.m. | Stadium, Chris Vosters, Max Stark

North Alabama at Liberty | 1 p.m. | ESPN3, Matt Warner, Joe Jauch

Abilene Christian at Army | 1:30 p.m. | CBSSN, Ben Holden, Ross Tucker

Arkansas State at Coastal Carolina | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN2, Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison

No. 13 Texas A&M at No. 2 Alabama | 3:30 p.m. | CBS, : Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson

No. 12 North Carolina at Boston College | 3:30 p.m. | ABC, : Joe Tessitore, Greg McElro

South Florida at No. 15 Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+,  David Saltzman, Keith Moreland

No. 17 Oklahoma State at Kansas | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN, Dave Pasch, Mike Golic

No. 25 Memphis at SMU | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2, Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill

Texas Tech at Kansas State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1, Joe Davis, Mark Helfrich

Virginia Tech at Duke | 4 p.m. | ACC Network, Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich

Ole Miss at Kentucky | 4 p.m. | SEC Network, Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb

Charlotte at Florida Atlantic | 4 p.m. | ESPNU, Mike Corey, Jay Walker

Jacksonville State at Florida State | 4 p.m. | ESPN3, Tom Werme, James Bates

Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee | 5 p.m. | ESPN3, Jake Rose, Jeremy Kellem

Navy at Air Force | 6 p.m. | CBSSN, Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor

Georgia Southern at UL Monroe | 7 p.m. | ESPN+, Chris Harris, Mike Hammett

No. 18 Oklahoma at Iowa State |7:30 p.m. | ABC, Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge

No. 7 Auburn at No. 4 Georgia | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit

No. 20 LSU at Vanderbilt | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network, Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers

Tulsa at No. 11 UCF | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2, Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore

Southern Miss at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | Stadium, Chris Hassel, AJ Hawk

Arkansas at No. 16 Mississippi State | 7:30 p.m. | SEC ALT, Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer

Virginia at No. 1 Clemson | 8 p.m. | ACC Network, Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck
Troy at South Alabama — POSTPONED

When do the other leagues start?

Big Ten – October 24

Mountain West – October 24

Pac 12 – November 6

Mid-Atlantic – November 6


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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