FULL COLLEGE SCHEDULE – ALL TALENT
Another weekend of college football, All announcers, for a weekend full of games beginning Thursday, 62 games!
With sideline reporters, some 150 announcers get work this weekend. Not all make tons of dough. For some, it’s beer money and for others, it goes to tuition for their kids’ colleges.
- Adim Amin who’s climbing the ESPN ladder starts the weekend off with one of the Hasselbeck boys, Matt, covering Navy at Memphis. There’s brother Tim who’s in broadcasting too.
- Happy to see Dave Lamont and his commanding voice on ESPN this weekend, calling Duke-Virginia Tech. They have some of these guys on ESPN U, ESPN +, ESPN 3, watched essentially by parents and die-hard alumni. LaMont is good and somewhat different.
- Frankly, I’ve never heard of many of these fellows on the mic but God bless them. I do know the name Tim Brando who’s tremendous. He has the rhythm, the storytelling the opinions and that distinct voice.
- And then there’s Jerry Punch. I hope that ESPN will forgive me for not calling him Dr. Jerry Punch. Dick Enberg had a PHD but never insisted that he be formally called Dr. Dick Enberg. So no Dr. in Punch’s listing. I’m married to a medical doctor and have been for 32 years. I told her that when she introduces herself as Dr. So and So to use her maiden name. She does and we’re still married. Does Punch’s media credential say, Dr. Jerry Punch? I do remember the fine Boston College and Iowa basketball coach being referenced accordingly as Dr. Tom Davis. Yes, there’s Doc Emrick but he doesn’t go by Dr. Michael Emrick. If you’re wondering Punch has his medical degree from Wake Forest and specializes in emergency medicine. It’s where quick decisions are critical. Punch is Lamont’s partner this week along with Gene Chizik on Duke at Virginia Tech.
- And then there’s Andre Ware who has to be thankful that he has a high noon game at Iowa on Saturday. Remember he does the Texans games on radio so he has to be back in Houston with time to spare. Getting in and out of Iowa ain’t easy. He’ll have the up and comer Kevin Brown with him in Iowa. Kevin’s solid. Kevin does Orioles too.
- Mark Kestecher, an ESPN Radio regular, gets a TV game this weekend. He has Minnesota at Purdue.
- ESPN’s #1 team, Chris Fowler and the didactic lecturer, Kirk Herbstreit are headed to Nebraska for the ABC prime-timer, Ohio State at Nebraska. Warren Buffett is a big Nebraska fan. Maybe he’ll drop by the booth. If so, Herbie might tell the Oracle of Omaha how to invest his dough. Then again, Berkshire Hathaway is having a tough year. It’s trailing the Dow and S&P badly this year.
- Taylor Zarzour is getting some ESPN play this collegiate football season. He grew up in Alabama and has been a radio host in the Carolinas.
- Leveling off: What’s happened to Gus Johnson’s career? He had the world over a barrel. When he left CBS, he gave up the NFL and what made him famous, his shrieking and emoting calls of the NCAA Tournament. Many fans liked it. Other didn’t. Politics, sports and broadcasting, we all have opinions.
Jake Baskin’s profile of Justin Kutcher is below the schedule
Here we go:
Thursday, September 26
Navy (2-0) at Memphis (3-0), 8 p.m. ET, ESPN Adim Amin, Matt Hasselbeck, Pat McAfee
Delaware State (1-20) at North Carolina A&T (2-1) 7:30p.m. ET, ESPNU Tiffany Green, Jay Walker
Friday, September 27
Duke (2-1) at Virginia Tech (2-1), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN Dave Lamont, Gene Chizik, Jerry Punch
Brown (1-0) at Harvard (0-1), 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN News Bill Spaulding, Jack Ford
No. 12 Penn State (3-0) at Maryland (2-1), 8 p.m. ET, FS1 Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman
San Jose State (2-1) at Air Force (2-1), 8 p.m. ET, CBSSN John Sadak, Randy Cross
Arizona State (3-1) at No. 15 California (4-0), 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Dave Flemming, Louis Riddick
Saturday, September 28
Texas Tech (2-1) at No. 6 Oklahoma (3-0), 12 p.m. ET, Fox Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt
Northwestern (1-2) at No. 8 Wisconsin (3-0), 12 p.m. ET, ABC Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky
Middle Tennessee (1-2) at No. 14 Iowa (3-0), 12 p.m. ET, ESPN2 Kevin Brown, Andre Ware
Rutgers (1-2) at No. 20 Michigan (2-1), 12 p.m. ET, BTN Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Lisa Byington
No. 23 Texas A&M (2-2) vs.Arkansas (2-2), 12 p.m. ET, ESPN, Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek
Holy Cross (1-2) at Syracuse (2-2), 12 p.m. ET, ACCN, Wes Durham, Roddy Jones
Northern Illinois (1-2) at Vanderbilt (0-3), 12 p.m. ET, SECN, David Neal, SJ Shockley
Kansas (2-2) at TCU (2-1), 12 p.m. ET, FS1, Brian Custer, Robert Smith
BYU (2-2) at Toledo (2-1), 12 p.m. ET, ESPN+ Michael Reghi, Dustin Fox
Buffalo (2-2) at Miami (OH) (1-3), 12 p.m. ET, ESPNU Mike Couzins, Kirk Morrison
Central Michigan (2-2) at Western Michigan (2-2), 12 p.m. ET, CBSSN Jason Horowtiz, Danny Kanell
Delaware (3-1) at Pittsburgh (2-2), 12:30 p.m. ET, ACCNX , Tom Werme, Jim Bates
No. 1 Clemson (4-0) at North Carolina (2-2), 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy
Ole Miss (2-2) at No. 2 Alabama (4-0), 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson
No. 18 Virginia (4-0) at No. 10 Notre Dame (2-1), 3:30 p.m. ET, NBC Mike Tirico, Doug Flutie
No. 21 USC (3-1) at No. 17 Washington (3-1), 3:30 p.m. ET, FOX Joe Davis, Brock Huard
Indiana (3-1) at No. 25 Michigan State (3-1), 3:30 p.m. ET, BTN Brandon Gaudin, James Laurinaitis
Florida Atlantic (2-2) at Charlotte (2-2), 3:30 p.m. ET, NFLN, Dan Hellie, Max Starks
Georgia Tech (1-2) at Temple (2-1), 3:30 p.m. ET, CBSSN Rich Waltz, Aaron Murray
Wake Forest (4-0) at Boston College (3-1), 3:30 p.m. ET, ACCN, Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich
Iowa State (2-1) at Baylor (3-0), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, Steve Levy, Brian Girese, Todd McShay
Minnesota (3-0) at Purdue (1-2), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2 Mark Kestecher, Rod Gilmore
Coastal Carolina (3-1) at Appalachian State (3-0), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+ Harrison Battle, Pierre Banks
Akron (0-4) at UMass (0-4), 3:30 p.m. ET, FloFootball Josh Maurer, Andy Gresh
Towson (3-1) at No. 9 Florida (4-0), 4 p.m. ET, SECN, Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb
SMU (4-0) at South Florida (1-2), 4 p.m. ET, ESPNU Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks
Cincinnati (2-1) at Marshall (2-1), 5 p.m. ET Ben Holden, Ross Tucker
New Mexico (2-1) at Liberty (2-2), 6 p.m. ET, ESPN+ Matt Warner, Joe Jauch
East Carolina (2-2) at Old Dominion (1-2), 6 p.m. ET, ESPN+ Ted Alexander, Andy Mashaw
Arkansas State (2-2) at Troy (2-1), 6 p.m. ET, ESPN+ Matt Stewart, Wayne Gandy
Louisiana (3-1) at Georgia Southern (1-2), 6 p.m. ET, ESPN+ Greg Tabott, Danny Waugh
Mississippi State (3-1) at No. 7 Auburn (4-0), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN, Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge
UConn (1-2) at No. 22 UCF (3-1), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2 Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer
No. 24 Kansas State (3-0) at Oklahoma State (3-1), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN+ Mark Neely, Ray Bentley
South Alabama (1-3) at UL Monroe (1-2), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN+ Lyn Rollins, Chris Mycoskie
Nicholls (2-1) at Texas State (1-3), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3, Brant Freeman, Joplo Bartu
UTEP (1-2) at Southern Miss (2-2), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN+ Jason Baker, Marchant Kenney,
UAB (3-0) at Western Kentucky (1-2), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN+ Nate Gatter, Brandon Doughty
Louisiana Tech (3-1) at Rice (0-4), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3, David Saltzman, ND Kalu
Stanford (1-3) at Oregon State (1-2), 7 p.m. ET, PAC12N Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron
No. 5 Ohio State (4-0) at Nebraska (3-1), 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit
NC State (3-1) at Florida State (2-1), 7:30 p.m. ET, ACCN, Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck
Kentucky (2-2) at South Carolina (1-3), 7:30 p.m. ET, SECN, Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers
Colorado State (1-3) at Utah State (2-1), 7:30 p.m. ET, CBSSN, Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor
UNLV (1-2) at Wyoming (3-1), 8 p.m. ET, ESPNU, Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
Fresno State (1-2) at New Mexico State (0-4), 8 p.m. ET, Flo Football Adam Young, Danny Knee
Houston (1-3) at North Texas (2-2), 8 p.m. ET, CBSSN Dave Ryan, Corey Chavous
Washington State (3-1) at No. 19 Utah (3-1), 10 p.m. ET, FS1 Justin Kutcher, Petros Papadakis, Shane Vereen
UCLA (1-3) at Arizona (2-1), 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht
Hawaii (3-1) at Nevada (3-1), 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf
Justin Kutcher is on the call for the FS1 nightcap between Washington State and Utah alongside former USC captain Petros Papadakis and recently-retired NFL running back Shane Vereen. The 39-year-old Connecticut native is one of the most versatile broadcasters in Fox’ system, and continues to be rewarded with more big assignments each year.
Kutcher, a Boston University graduate, first worked with Fox in the early 2000s as a statistician and runner, primarily for baseball. He bounced around teams and networks during the early part of his play-by-play career before landing at ESPN in 2008 as a college sports broadcaster and studio host. Although football, basketball, and baseball were his primary sports, he would also spend time behind the mic for softball, soccer, volleyball, and hockey during his time with the Worldwide Leader.
Fox scooped Kutcher up in 2012 for their college football and basketball coverage, and he quickly rose up the ladder, calling his first Major League Baseball game in April of 2013 and his first NFL game eight months later.
Kutcher did play-by-play for Fox’s coverage of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2016 Copa America, and he’s also hosted the Westminster Dog Show for the last five years.
This past July, it was announced that he was appointed as the new television voice of the Washington Wizards. Whether the new job allows him to continue at Fox beyond this season remains to be seen.