Current weekend schedule click here: October 5-6 Wknd NFL Week #5: CBS and Fox regional geography; Schedules for the 4 networks; and full list of announcers
And you wonder why, there was only one Keith Jackson. For one thing, he was the best. His command of the language, his ease, his warmth and his comfort behind the microphone.
But until 1984 when the Supreme Court ended the NCAA’s monopoly over college football regular season telecasts, there was generally only one national telecast each Saturday. ESPN, just five years young then, hopped right on the opportunity and in time the number of college football telecasts exploded. In time too, ESPN spread its wings, ESPN2, U, Classic and News. In time too, there was Fox and it family of collaborators, the vertical sports networks, satellite services and online video.
By my count, there are 61 DI telecasts alone this weekend and probably more involving other schools. It means some 122 announcers. ABC’s Jackson and Chris Schenkel before him had the canvas to themselves.
Anyhow, here you go. Announcers for all 61 telecasts!
One name I came across was Roger Twibell, an institution in Boston for decades. He’ll be 70 next month an he’s doing the Southern Illinois-Arkansas State game on ESPN+. I thought he had retired. Always, a solid broadcaster who had also done done work for ABC Sports.
Anyhow. good viewing, whether you remember these announcers names or not.
Jake Baskin profiles Carter Blackburn, who’s behind Brad Nessler on the CBS depth chart for college football announcers. He’s got the Auburn at Texas A&M game
Thursday, Sept. 19
Houston at Tulane | 8 p.m. | ESPN Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck
Friday, Sept. 20
Florida International at Louisiana Tech | 8 p.m. | CBSSN, Jason Horowitz, Mailk Zaire
Air Force at (20) Boise State | 9 p.m. | ESPN2, Dave Flemming, Jim Mora
(10) Utah at Southern California | 9 p.m. | FS1, Joe Davis, Brock Huard
Saturday, Sept. 21
(4) LSU at Vanderbilt | 12 p.m. | SEC Network, Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers
Morgan State at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN, Ben Holden, Ross Tucker
Tennessee at (9) Florida | 12 p.m. | ESPN, Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky
Boston College at Rutgers | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network, Joe Beninati, Shaun O’Hara
(11) Michigan at (13) Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | FOX, Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt
Elon at Wake Forest | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra, Evan Lepler, Takeo Spikes
Southern Miss at (2) Alabama | 12 p.m. | ESPN2, Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer
UL Monroe at Iowa State | 12 p.m. | FS1, Brian Custer, Robert Smith
Western Michigan at Syracuse | 12 p.m. | ACC Network, Wes Durham, Roddy Jones
UConn at Indiana | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network, Lisa Byington, J. Leman
(23) California at Ole Miss | 12 p.m. | ESPNU, Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf
Michigan State at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | ABC, Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy
Coastal Carolina at UMass | 1 p.m. | FloSports/NESB, Josh Maurer, Andy Gresh
Louisiana at Ohio | 2 p.m. | ESPN+, Jay Barbar, John Gregory
Troy at Akron | 3 p.m. | ESPN+, Doug Sherman, Forrest Conoly
SMU at (25) TCU | 3:30 p.m. | FS1, Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman
(8)Auburn at (17) Texas A&M | 3:30 p.m. | CBS, Carter Blackburn, Rick Neuheisel, Aaron Murray
Central Connecticut at Eastern Michigan | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3, Chris Voster, Marcus Ray
Bowling Green at Kent State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3, Mike Reghi, Dustin Fox
South Alabama at UAB | 3:30 p.m. | NFL Network, Rhett Lewis, Max Starks
Louisville at Florida State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN, Mark Jones, Dusty, Dvoracek
Wyoming at Tulsa | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN, John Sadak, Randy Cross
(15) UCF at Pitt | 3:30 p.m. | ABC/ESPN2, Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore
Temple at Buffalo |3:30 p. m. |ESPNU, Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
Miami (OH) at (6) Ohio State | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network, Brandon Gaudin, James Laurinatis
(22) Washington at BYU | 3:30 p.m. | ABC/ESPN2, Steve Levy, Brian Griese
Appalachian State at North Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network Extra, Tom Werme, James Bates
Kentucky at Mississippi State | 4 p.m. | SEC Network, Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb
Central Michigan at Miami | 4 p.m. | ACC Network, Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich
South Carolina at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network, Mike Morgan, Ray Bentley
New Mexico State at New Mexico | 4:30 p.m. | AT&T Sportsnet, Brad Thompson, Sed Bonner
West Virginia at Kansas | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+, Dave Lamont, Mike Golic, Jr.
William & Mary at East Carolina | 6 p.m. | ESPN3, Joel Meyers, Stan Lewter
Hampton at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN+, Matt Warner, Joe Jauch
Wagner at Florida Atlantic | 6 p.m. | ESPN+, Frank Forte, Jason Pugh
Baylor at Rice | 7 p.m. | CBSSN, DaveRyan, Corey Chavous
Southern Illinois at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3, Roger Twibell, Pete Cordelli
Ball State at N.C. State | 7 p.m. | ESPNU, Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks
Old Dominion at (21) Virginia | 7 p.m. | ESPN2, Kevin Brown, Andre Ware
Georgia State at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+, Brant Freeman, Joplo Bartu
(16) Oregon at Stanford | 7 p.m. | ESPN, Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge
San Jose State at Arkansas | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network, Dave Neal, D. J. Shockley
Charlotte at (1) Clemson | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network, Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck
UTSA at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | Stadium on Facebook, Chris Hassel, AJ Hawk
Oklahoma State at (12) Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ABC, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit
(7) Notre Dame at (3) Georgia | 8 p.m. | CBS, Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson
Nebraska at Illinois | 8 p.m. | Big Ten Network, Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen
Nevada at UTEP | 8 p.m. | ESPN3, Andy Morgan, Trevor Vittatoe
Sacramento State at Fresno State | 10 p.m. | Facebook, Ari Wolfe, David Carr
Colorado at (24) Arizona State | 10 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks, Ted Robinson, Yogi Ruth
Toledo at Colorado State | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2, Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison
Utah State at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSSN, Rich Waltz, Aaron Taylor
UCLA at (19) Washington State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN, Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht
Central Arkansas at Hawai’i | 11:59 p.m. | Spectrum Sports, Robert Kekaula, Rich Mian
Carter Blackburn has the call on the early game of CBS’s Saturday doubleheader, Auburn and Texas A&M, his first broadcast on the big network this season. He is working this game alongside former Colorado, Washington, and UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel and former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, the latter of whom is making his broadcast television debut.
Blackburn has been calling games since he was in high school, becoming the sports director of a radio station in his hometown of Kerrville, Texas as a junior. A couple years after graduating from Syracuse, he was hired by CSTV, now the CBS Sports Network, as a football, basketball, and baseball announcer. He would call his first NCAA Tournament game for CBS in 2008 before his 29th birthday, as a fill-in for Dick Enberg.
Blackburn made his NFL broadcasting debut in 2005 at the age of 26 for Fox, making him one of the youngest announcers to call an NFL game. ESPN lured him away from CBS in 2009 in a multi-sport role that also included college softball and lacrosse, but CBS brought him back in 2014 as the lead announcer for the CBS Sports Network and their #2 college football voice.