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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

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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