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College Football Week #7: Sixty telecasts, all announcers, all networks, times and notes

Nessler and Danielson have #1 Alabama at #24 Texas A&M on CBS; Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt in Dallas for Texas vs. Oklahoma

Week #8 link:

College Week #8: Fox, ESPN, ABC, CBS and conference networks air 80 games; All talent listed; Ratings up

  • 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.






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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4 years ago

The last FSU game (v. NC State on Sept 28) was 500th for Gene Deckerhoff. He started with FSU in 1979. Then began Double Duty with NFL’s Buccaneers in 1989.