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College Football Weekend#5, Full TV Schedule: CBS, Fox, ESPN +; All talent and networks, Over 60 games!

Dave Lamont and Jerry Punch are in the main mix; Dave O'Brien has the ACCN prime game, NC State @ Fl State; Profile of Justin Kutcher



Halby’s mouthfuls:

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 

Image result for justin kutcherJustin 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.

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

After all the recent articles on this website about Sideline Reporters (which have been fascinating reads), I find it disappointing that so few Sideline Reporters were mentioned on this rundown.