The Big Ten takes the spotlight this weekend.
After being shut down for Covid19, the league is on the football field for the first time in 2020. There will be a renewal of Ohio State and Michigan after all! Ohio State has won the last eight against its biggest rival. The programs will clash on December 12th.
In this improvised season, each Big Ten school will play an eight-game Conference-only schedule starting Friday. A ninth game, engaging all 14 teams, is slated during a newly developed Big Ten Champions Week, the weekend of December 19th.
The Big Ten Network runs the opener this Friday night when #14 Wisconsin hosts Illinois. Last October, the Illini shocked the then #6 Badgers, 24-23.
The Mountain West Conference also starts its delayed season this Saturday.
Fox which holds some Big Ten rights runs six telecasts this weekend on either Big Fox or FS1.
A Fox spokesperson says that the network generally travels its announcers to the site but not all the time. Its number one college broadcast team, Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt open Saturday with a high-noon game, Nebraska at #5 Ohio State.
ESPN which travels its on-air crew to feature games and to some others each week is telling us that its voices will be on site for these special games this weekend, Oklahoma at TCU, Notre Dame at Pittsburgh, Baylor at Texas and Michigan at Minnesota.
Chris Fowler and Herbie, both of whom didn’t work last week because LSU-Florida was postponed due to Covid-19 will have the Saturday night ABC game when the Gophers host the Wolverines.
Women who will work in the booth this weekend: Fox is using Lisa Byington and the steady Beth Mowins will be in place for ESPN.
The Pac-12 season starts an abbreviated slate starting on November 7th.
CBS announced proudly this week that its primetime college football game last Saturday between #2 Alabama and #3 Georgia scored with an average of 9.611 million viewers, making it the most-watched college football game of the season on any network.
Joe Tessitore sounds comfortable and relaxed back in the college play-by-play booth after a couple seasons calling Monday Night Football.
Cory Provus working Purdue at Iowa for the Big Ten Network is one of the radio voices of the Minnesota Twins. He’s a cousin of the Dallas Cowboys’ legendary announcer, Brad Sham.
Football is in full swing. There are eleven 12 noon games alone, this Saturday. No shortage of what to watch.
If the name Randy Cross, 66, sounds familiar, it’s because he was heard and seen prominently on the main CBS Network and NBC for years as an analyst on NFL broadcasts. Cross was an offensive linesman for the 49ers in the 70s and 80s. He now does college games for CBS Sports Network. His partner is John Sadak. They’ll be on Houston at Navy this Saturday.
Here’s the weekend’s full schedule:
Thursday, Oct. 22
Arkansas State at Appalachian State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN, Matt Barrie, Mike Golic Jr.,
Friday, Oct. 23
Jacksonville State at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN3, A.J. Ricketts, Cam Lynch
Tulsa at South Florida | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN, Jason Benetti, Andre Ware
Illinois at No. 14 Wisconsin | 8 p.m. | Big Ten Network, Brandon Gaudin, James Laurinaitis
Louisiana at UAB | 8 p.m. | CBSSN, Dave Ryan, Corey Chavous
Saturday, Oct. 24
Syracuse at No. 1 Clemson | 12 p.m. | ACC Network, Wes Durham, Roddy Jones
No. 23 NC State at No. 14 North Carolina | 12 p.m. | ESPN, Dave Pasch, Mike Golic
Nebraska at No. 5 Ohio State | 12 p.m. | FOX, Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt
Auburn at Ole Miss | 12 p.m. | SEC Network, Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers
Rutgers at Michigan State | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network, Lisa Byington, Matt Millen
Oklahoma at TCU | 12 p.m. | ABC, Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy
Temple at Memphis | 12 p.m. | ESPN+, Lincoln Rose, Keith Moreland
UTEP at Charlotte | 12 p.m. | ESPN+, Dave Friedman, Reggie Walker
Georgia Southern at No. 25 Coastal Carolina | 12 p.m. | ESPNU, Courtney Lyle, Rene Ingoglia
Florida State at Louisville | 12 p.m. | ESPN3, Tom Werme, James Bates
Kansas at No. 20 Kansas State |12 p.m.| FS1, Eric Collins, Ben Leber
Southern Miss at Liberty | 1 p.m. | ESPN3, Matt Warner, Joe Jauch
Mercer at Army | 1:30 p.m. | CBSSN, Ben Holden, Ross Tucker
Tulane at UCF | 2 p.m. | ESPN2, Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer
Florida Atlantic at No. 22 Marshall | 2:30 p.m. | Sinclair, Chris Hassel, A.J. Hawk
No. 2 Alabama at Tennessee | 3:30 p.m. | CBS, Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson
No. 3 Notre Dame at Pitt | 3:30 p.m. | ABC, Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge
No. 17 Iowa State at No. 6 Oklahoma State | 3:30 p.m. | FOX, Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman
No. 8 Penn State at Indiana | 3:30 p.m. | FS1, Aaron Goldsmith, Mark Helfrich
No. 19 Virginia Tech at Wake Forest | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3, Evan Lepler, Brian Jordan
Middle Tennessee at Rice | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3, David Saltzman, Taylor McHargue
Houston at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN, John Sadak, Randy Cross
Baylor at Texas | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN, Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek
Iowa at Purdue | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network, Cory Provus, Anthony Herron
Georgia State at Troy | 4 p.m. | ESPNU, Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
Georgia Tech at Boston College | 4 p.m. | ACC Network, Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich
Chattanooga at Western Kentucky | 4 p.m. | ESPN3, Graham Doty, Brandon Doughty
Kentucky at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network, Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb
West Virginia at Texas Tech | 5:30 p.m. | ESPN2, Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill
South Carolina at LSU | 7 p.m. | ESPN, Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky
Utah State at Boise State | 7 p.m. | FS1, Kevin Fitzgerald, Robert Smith
Wyoming at Nevada | 7 p.m. | CBSSN, Rich Waltz, Aaron Murray
UL Monroe at South Alabama | 7 p.m. | ESPN+, JD Byars, Pat Greenwood
Hawai’i at Fresno State | 7:30 p.m., SPEC PPV, Robert Kekaula, Rich Miano
No. 18 Michigan at No. 21 Minnesota | 7:30 p.m. | ABC, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit
Maryland at Northwestern | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network, Chris Vosters, J Leman
Virginia at No. 11 Miami | 8 p.m. | ACC Network, Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck
Louisiana Tech at UTSA | 8 p.m. | ESPNU, Mike Couzens, Jay Walker
No. 9 Cincinnati at No. 16 SMU | 9 p.m. | ESPN2, Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison
Texas State at No. 12 BYU | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN, Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore
UNLV at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN, Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor
Air Force at San Jose State | 10:30 p.m. | FS1, Alex Faust, Petros Papadakis
New Mexico at Colorado State — POSTPONED