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College Football Week #7: CBS has #3 Georgia at #2 Alabama in primetime; Busy Saturday on tap


With baseball off its programming charts, ESPN begins college football this weekend on Wednesday with Coastal Carolina at #21 Louisiana

Beth Mowins calls the SMU at Tulane game. She’s an ESPN vet who called her first college game for the network in 2005. She’s also done soccer, volleyball, softball and the Women’s College World Series. A graduate of Lafayette College where she captained the basketball team, Mowins earned her Masters from Syracuse.

It was announced that the Florida-LSU game in Gainesville has been postponed. Earlier the Associated Press reported 19 positive Covid tests at Florida and that the school administration had shut down the football facility. Earlier in the roller coaster week, Gators’ coach Dan Mullen told the media that he was hoping to “pack the Swamp,” following the guidelines of the governor who opened things up in the Sunshine State.

As such, the Florida-LSU game on ESPN at 4p is replaced by #11 Texas A&M at Mississippi State.

Fox’ college football schedule is thin. This week it has only one game on its schedule, Kansas at West Virginia. It means there’s room for only one crew and that the talented duo of Tim Brando and Spencer Tillman have the week off. When the Big Ten schedule kicks in beginning on October 26th Fox will have more games to go around.

It should be noted that when the Pac-12 starts, it will no have football games on its in-house Pac-12 Network

NBC’s Mike Tirico and Tony Dungy have a busy weekend. They’ll be at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday to call the game between the #4 Irish and and Louisville. They’ll then head to Connecticut to do studio work for Sunday Night Football.

Nice to see Bill Roth’s name on the roster of play-by-play announcers this weekend. He has UMass @ Georgia Southern on ESPN2. Bill was the longtime Voice of Virginia Tech and is identified with many of the school’s strong college football seasons.

ESPN, which presents more college football than any network, continues a mixed practice of its game production. Some have the announcers at their home studios. Still others, the voices are on site. These four are among those where the announcers are at stadiums.

#15 Auburn-South Carolina (ESPN, noon on Saturday); UCF-Memphis (ABC, 3:30 on Saturday); LSU-#10 Florida (ESPN, 4pm on Saturday) and #5 UNC-Florida State (ESPN, 7:30pm on Saturday)

Wednesday, Oct. 14

Coastal Carolina at No. 21 Louisiana | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN, Chris Cotter, Eric MacLain

Thursday, Oct. 15

Georgia State at Arkansas State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN, Matt Barrie, Mike Golic Jr.

Friday, Oct. 16

No. 17 SMU at Tulane | 6 p.m. | ESPN, Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison

No. 14 BYU at Houston | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN, Jason Benetti, Andre Ware

Saturday, Oct. 17

No. 1 Clemson at Georgia Tech | 12 p.m. | ABC, Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky,
Pitt at No. 13 Miami | 12 p.m. | ACC Network, Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich
No. 8 Cincinnati at Tulsa | 12 p.m. | ESPN2, Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill –POSTPONED
No. 15 Auburn at South Carolina | 12 p.m. | ESPN, Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy
Kentucky at No. 18 Tennessee | 12 p.m. | SEC Network, Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers
Navy at East Carolina | 12 p.m. | ESPN+, Lincoln Rose, Keith Moreland
Texas State at South Alabama | 12 p.m. | ESPNU, Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman 
South Florida at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPN+, Dave Leno, Ken Dunek
Liberty at Syracuse | 12 p.m. | ESPN3, Evan Lepler, Charles Arbuckle
Kansas at West Virginia | 12 p.m. | FOX, Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt
Army at UTSA | 1:30 p.m. | CBSSN, Dave Ryan, Corey Chavous
Western Kentucky at UAB | 1:30 p.m. | Stadium, Chris Hassel, AJ Hawk
Louisville at No. 4 Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC, Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy
Duke at NC State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3, Tom Werme, James Bates
UCF at Memphis | 3:30 p.m. | ABC, Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek
Ole Miss at Arkansas | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2, Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore
Eastern Kentucky at Troy | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3, Will Kollmeyer, Ben Stanfield
LSU at No. 10 Florida | 4 p.m. | ESPN, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit –POSTPONED
No. 11 Texas A&M at Mississippi State | 4 p.m. | ESPN, Dave Neal, D.J. Shockley
Virginia at Wake Forest | 4 p.m. | ACC Network, Wes Durham, Eric Wood
UMass at Georgia Southern | 4 p.m. | ESPN2, Bill Roth, Dustin Fox
North Texas at Middle Tennessee | 5 p.m. | Stadium, Chris Vosters, Max Starks
Marshall at Louisiana Tech | 6 p.m. | CBSSN, Rich Waltz, Aaron Murray
No. 5 North Carolina at Florida State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC, Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge
Southern Miss at UTEP | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2, Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer
No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama | 8 p.m. | CBS, Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson
Boston College at No. 23 Virginia Tech | 8 p.m. | ACC Network, Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck
FIU at Charlotte | 8 p.m. | ESPNU, Mike Couzens, Rene Ingoglia
Central Arkansas at Missouri State | 8 p.m. | ESPN3, Don West, D.J. Williams 
No. 7 Oklahoma State at Baylor — POSTPONED
Vanderbilt at Missouri — POSTPONED


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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