- An early start to the weekend on Wednesday hosted by Clay Matvick and ex-quarterback Ryan Leaf, hoping to make a name for himself as a television commentator. He was the number two pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. He had starred at Washington State but failed badly in the NFL, playing for four teams in five years.
- Dave Lamont has finally made it to Princeton, after all these years. He and John Congemi will call Friday night’s Ivy League non-conference matchup, the Tigers ans Lafayette.
- After being heaped with praise for his baseball work this post-season, Adam Amin goes to the gridiron for a Thursday night ACCer, Syracuse and NC State.
- On Friday night, a couple other fellows who are good baseball announcers ,will be calling football, Joe Davis and Dave Flemming. The understated Davis will have an eye on how the Dodgers are doing. He does their games on TV. Flemming calls the baseball Giants.
- Fox’ lead team of Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt, who’s also known for his golf work, have the Red River Classic in Dallas.
- Dave Pasch has a tight connection Saturday. He’ll be at Illinois for ESPN and then has to get back to Phoenix where he does radio for the Cardinals.
- Steve Levy and Brian Griese will have #2 Clemson on Saturday. All eyes will be on the Tigers after almost falling victim to North Carolina.
- Talking of that game, the inimitable Gene Deckerhoff, longtime radio voice of the Seminoles, will have to figure out how to get from South Carolina to London the next day for Tampa Bay Bucs game. He’ll make Pasch’s weekend travel look like a piece of cake.
- The erudite Mark Jones and partner Dusty Dvoracek are at West Virginia for Iowa State. Dvoracek is good. He has some spunk to him.
- USC and Notre Dame, two traditional powers and rivals, play in South Bend on NBC. Mike Tirico and Doug Flutie preside. ND should coast.
- Two lawyers are back together in the booth, both solid broadcasters too. Jason Benetti and Rod Gilmore have Ole Miss and Missouri. Ralph Lawler, the wonderful, longtime and now retired voice of the Clippers would show me his real estate broker’s license. Just in case, he’d say. It’s always good to have credentials.
- Carter Blackburn, top of the depth chart for CBS Sports Network (cable), another Newhouse grad ,will be in San Diego with Aaron Taylor for the Aztecs and Washington.
Jake Baskin has a profile of a favorite, Bob Wischusen – see below the schedule
Wednesday, Oct. 9
Appalachian State at Louisiana | 8 p.m. | ESPN2 Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf
Thursday, Oct. 10
Bethune-Cookman at N. C. Central | 6 p.m. | ESPNU Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker
Syracuse at N.C. State | 8 p.m. | ESPN | Adam Amin Matt Hasselbeck, Pat McAfee
UL Monroe at Texas State | 9:15 p.m. | ESPNU Mark Neely, Roddy Jones
Friday, Oct. 11
Lafayette at Princeton | 7 p.m. | ESPNU Dave LaMont, John Congemi
Colorado State at New Mexico | 8 p.m. | CBSSN John Sadak, Randy Cross
No. 20 Virginia at Miami | 8 p.m. | ESPN Dave Flemming, Louis Riddick, Paul Carcaterra
Colorado at No. 13 Oregon | 10 p.m. | FS1 Joe Davis, Brock Huard
Saturday, Oct. 12
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Texas (Dallas, TX) | 12 p.m. | FOX Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt
Mississippi State at Tennessee | 12 p.m. | SEC Network Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb
No. 16 Michigan at Illinois | 12 p.m. | ABC Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy
Maryland at Purdue | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network Brandon Gaudin, James Laurinaitis
No. 23 Memphis at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPN2 Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks,
South Carolina at No. 3 Georgia | 12 p.m. | ESPN Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky
Miami (OH) at Western Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPNU Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison
Rutgers at Indiana | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network Lisa Byington, J Leman
Toledo at Bowling Green | 12 p.m. | CBSSN Ben Holden, Ross Tucker,
Georgia Tech at Duke | 12:30 p.m. | ACC Network Extra Tom Werme, James Bates
Ball State at Eastern Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+ Robert Lee, Forrest Conoly
Old Dominion at Marshall | 2:30 p.m. | Stadium Noah Coslov, Max Starks
New Mexico State at Central Michigan | 3 p.m. | ESPN3 Sean Kenney, Marcus Ray
Florida State at No. 2 Clemson | 3:30 p.m. | ABC Steve Levy, Brian Griese,
No. 1 Alabama at No. 24 Texas A&M | 3:30 p.m. | CBS Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson
Kent State at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3 Michael Reghi, Dustin Fox
Northern Illinois at Ohio | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+ Doug Sherman, John Gregory
Washington State at No. 18 Arizona State | 3:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth
Michigan State at No. 8 Wisconsin | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen
No. 25 Cincinnati at Houston | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2 Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht
BYU at South Florida | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN Dave Ryan, Corey Chavous
UConn at Tulane | 3:45 p.m. | ESPNU Kevin Brown, Andre Ware
Texas Tech at No. 22 Baylor | 4 p.m. | FS1 Justin Kutcher, Petros Papadakis
Georgia State at Coastal Carolina | 4 p.m. | ESPN+ Jeff McCarragher, Nate Ross
Iowa State at West Virginia | 4 p.m. | ESPN Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek
Rhode Island at Virginia Tech | 4 p.m. | ACC Network Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich
UNLV at Vanderbilt | 4 p.m. | SEC Network Dave Neal, DJ Shockley
Middle Tennessee at Florida Atlantic | 4 p.m. | ESPN+ Frank Forte, Jason Pugh
San Jose State at Nevada | 4 p.m. | AT&T Sportsnet Drew Goodman Sed Bonner
UAB at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+ Lincoln Rose, LaDarrin McLane
Army at Western Kentucky | 7 p.m. | Stadium Randy Lee, Leo Peckenpaugh
UMass at Louisiana Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN3 Lyn Rollins, Stan Humphries
North Texas at Southern Miss | 7 p.m. | Stadium on Facebook Chris Hassel, AJ Hawk
Ole Miss at Missouri | 7 p.m. | ESPN2 Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore
Charlotte at Florida International | 7 p.m. | ESPN+ AJ Ricketts, Kenny Kelly
Fresno State at Air Force | 7 p.m. | CBSSN Rich Waltz, Aaron Murray
No. 10 Penn State at No. 17 Iowa | 7:30 p.m. | ABC Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge
Southern California at No. 9 Notre Dame | 7:30 p.m. | NBC Mike Tirico, Doug Flutie
Louisville at No. 19 Wake Forest | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network, Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck
Nebraska at Minnesota | 7:30 p.m. | FS1 Brian Custer, Robert Smith
Arkansas at Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers
Navy at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
No. 7 Florida at No. 5 LSU | 8 p.m. | ESPN Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit
No. 15 Utah at Oregon State | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron
Hawai’i at No. 14 Boise State | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2 Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer
Wyoming at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor
Washington at Arizona | 11 p.m. | FS1 Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman
by Jake Baskin:
Bob Wischusen is on the call for this Saturday’s ESPN, SEC matchup between South Carolina and Georgia, alongside longtime NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky, a fast-rising star in football media.
Wischusen, who just turned 48, attended Boston College with fellow ESPN play-by-play announcers Joe Tessitore and Jon Sciambi. After graduation, he spent two years as a sports radio host in Miami before returning to his home market of New York as a host and anchor on WFAN, during which time he became the pre and post game host for the New York Jets. He got his first professional play-by-play opportunities doing the Arena Football League with the New York Dragons, and would fill in for the Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty on MSG Network in the 2000s.
Wischusen joined ESPN in 2005 as a college sports and arena football announcer. He has been part of its main Saturday rotation since the 2007 season, and is currently in his first year next to Orlovsky after his previous partner, Brock Huard, left for Fox this past May. Wischusen is also a major part of ESPN’s college basketball coverage, calling Big 12 games on Mondays and ACC games on Saturday. In addition, he has called the championship game of the NIT six out of the last seven years.
Wischusen was named the radio play-by-play announcer for the Jets in 2002, meaning that after the game in Athens, Georgia, he will fly back to New Jersey to call the Jets’ game against the Cowboys on Sunday.