College Football Week #9; 7 Top-20 teams play at noon; #3 Ohio St-#18 Penn St in prime on ABC
Fox’ fine announcer Chris Myers is off the NFL this weekend. Fox runs only five NFL games this weekend so the former ESPNer is assigned to Hawaii at Wyoming. Fox has its largest college schedule to date this weekend, 8 games.
Things get even busier next weekend. That’s when the Pac-12 finally opens. It will add six more games to the slate. Oregon is the highest ranked team in the league at #14. USC follows at #21.
The Mid-American Conference checks in for the first time next weekend too.
Not all announcers travel to the site of ESPN telecasts. Some call their assigned games from their homes. Many do so nonchalantly and viewers couldn’t likely tell the difference. Talent for these ESPN games will be on site: Ohio State-Penn State, Mississippi State-Alabama, Boston College-Clemson and Memphis-Cincinnati.
Tim Brando (left) and Spencer Tillman get a Fox prime-timer Saturday night, Oklahoma #24 Oklahoma @ Texas Tech. Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit are on ESPN’s prime-timer, Penn State at Ohio State on ABC.
The addition of the Big Ten to last week’s games boosted ratings for ESPN, ABC and Fox.
David Saltzman calls UCF at Houston. He’s Houston based. When the pandemic hit, Saltzman helped raise money for TV technicians and the sort who were hard by the pandemic.
Talk of a commanding voice. Remember Ron Franklin? Longtime ESPNer is retired. He’s 78 and lives in the Austin, Texas area. He’s active in his local church.
Eric Collins gets a Fox game this week. He’s the TV voice of the Charlotte Hornets.
Fox’ Alex Faust is the TV Voice of the Los Angeles Kings and will do football this weekend.
Bill Roth is assigned an ESPN game this weekend. He’s the ex-longtime voice of Virginia Tech football and basketball.
SiriusXM has a ton of games. Schedule and channel locator here
Thursday, Oct. 29
South Alabama at Georgia Southern | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN, Matt Barrie, Mike Golic Jr.
Colorado State at Fresno State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN, Ben Holden, Ross Tucker
Friday, Oct. 30
No. 19 Marshall at FIU | 7 p.m. | CBSSN, POSTPONED
Minnesota at Maryland | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN, Jason Benetti, Andre Ware
East Carolina at Tulsa | 9 p.m. | ESPN2, Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
Hawaii at Wyoming | 9:45 p.m. | FS1, Chris Myers, Petros Papadakis
Saturday, Oct. 31
Boston College at No. 1 Clemson | 12 p.m. | ABC, Joe Tessitore Greg McElroy
No. 5 Georgia at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network, Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers
Memphis at No. 7 Cincinnati | 12 p.m. | ESPN, Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek
Michigan State at No. 13 Michigan | 12 p.m. | FOX, Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt
No. 16 Kansas State at West Virginia | 12 p.m. | ESPN2, Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer
No. 20 Coastal Carolina at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPNU, Mike Corey, Jay Walker
Wake Forest at Syracuse | 12 p.m. | ACC Network, Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich
Purdue at Illinois | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network, Brandon Gaudin, James Laurinaitis
UTSA at Florida Atlantic | 12 p.m. | Stadium, Chris Vosters, Max Starks
Temple at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ESPN+, Lincoln Rose, Keith Moreland
No. 23 Iowa State at Kansas |12 p.m. | FS1, : Eric Collins, Ben Lebe
UCF at Houston | 2 p.m. | ESPN+, David Saltzman Stan Routt
North Texas at UTEP | 2 p.m. | CBSSN, Chris Vosters, Max Starks
Rice at Southern Miss | 3 p.m. | ESPN3, Jason Baker, Dustin Almond
Troy at Arkansas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3, Roger Twibell, Pete Cordelli
No. 4 Notre Dame at Georgia Tech | 3:30 p.m. | ABC, Dave Pasch, Mike Golic
No. 9 Wisconsin at Nebraska | 3:30 p.m. | FS1, POSTPONED
UAB at Louisiana Tech | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium, Chris Hassel, Max Browne
LSU at Auburn | 3:30 p.m. | CBS, Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson
No. 17 Indiana at Rutgers | 3:30 p.m. | FS1, Joe Beninati, Matt Millen
Northwestern at Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN, Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky
TCU at Baylor | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2, Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore
Texas at No. 6 Oklahoma State | 4 p.m. | FOX, Joe Davis, Brock Huard
Virginia Tech at Louisville | 4 p.m. | ACC Network, Wes Durham, Craig Swabek
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt | 4 p.m. | SEC Network, Dave Neal, DJ Shockle
Appalachian State at UL Monroe | 4 p.m. | ESPNU, Bill Roth, Dustin Fox
No. 25 Boise State at Air Force | 6 p.m. | CBSSN, Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor
Mississippi State at No. 2 Alabama | 7 p.m. | ESPN, Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge
Charlotte at Duke | 7 p.m. | ESPN3, : Tom Werme, James Bates
New Mexico at San Jose State | 7 p.m. | FS1, Guy Haberman, Charles Arbuckle
No. 3 Ohio State at No. 18 Penn State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit
Arkansas at No. 8 Texas A&M | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network, Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb
Missouri at No. 10 Florida | 7:30 p.m. | SEC ALT, Mike Morgan, Hutson Mason
Navy at No. 22 SMU | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2, Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill
No. 15 North Carolina at Virginia | 8 p.m. | ACC Network, Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck
Louisiana at Texas State | 8 p.m. | ESPNU, Mike Couzens, Rene Ingoglia
No. 24 Oklahoma at Texas Tech | 8 p.m. | FOX, Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman
San Diego State at Utah State | 9:30 p.m. | CBSSN, Rich Waltz, Aaron Murray
Western Kentucky at No. 11 BYU | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN, Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison
Nevada at UNLV | 10:30 p.m. | FS1, Alex Faust, Petros Papadakis