ESPN College Sports Update – Sept. 18

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ESPN College Sports Update – Sept. 18

College GameDay: Headed Back to Tallahassee for Clemson-Florida State Matchup
ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot is headed to Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 22, in advance of No.10 Clemson at No. 4 Florida State. The set will be on the Langford Green outside of Doak Campbell Stadium on FSU’s campus.

The show has visited the Florida state capital eight previous times (seven for FSU, one for Florida A&M) – most recently last season for then-No. 1 Oklahoma vs. then-No. 5 Florida State on September 17.

College GameDay will air live at 9 a.m. ET on ESPNU and at 10 a.m. on ESPN with host Chris Fowler, analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, and host/reporter Samantha Steele. ABC will air the game at 8 p.m. with Brent Musburger and Herbstreit calling all the action along with reporting by Heather Cox.

This week’s featured segments include: FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher and his six-year old son, who has a rare blood disorder; Scott Van Pelt meets up with Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein to find out about life in the Little Apple; and Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez gets wired.

Coach Fisher helped the GameDay crew tape one of this year’s promotional commercials, and Coach Corso was not happy he didn’t earn his Seminole stickers.

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College Football: ESPN and ABC Post Top Two Most-Viewed College Football Games of the Week
ESPN and ABC combined to televise the top two most-viewed college football games of the week on Saturday, Sept. 15. ESPN led the way with 5,076,000 total viewers for Florida’s 37-20 victory over SEC rival Tennessee. The ABC Saturday Night Football broadcast – a 20-3 Notre Dame win over Michigan State – was the week’s second most-viewed game, averaging 4,977,000 viewers.

In addition, ESPNU’s coverage of Pittsburgh’s 35-17 upset over then-No. 13 Virginia Tech was ESPNU’s most-viewed college football game in the noon window, averaging 679,000 viewers. Overall, ESPN2 and ESPNU are posting viewership growth for its game telecasts over the same point last year. ESPN2 is averaging 1,437,000 viewers for an increase of 10% (vs. 1,301,000) while ESPNU is averaging 511,000 viewers, marking an increase of 2% (vs. 500,000).

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On The Mark: Don’t call it a comeback… yet
Fast starts are a welcome sight at several traditional powers hoping to climb back among the elite. Mark Schlabach looks at how much stock should we place in these 3-0 starts?

Week 3 Power Rankings
This combo could be good with Alabama-LSU back on top of the power rankings/polls.

Chris Low: Drumbeat begins for Alabama-LSU
What does the college football establishment least want to see? You got it. We’re already headed down the road of another Alabama-LSU national championship.

Check for additional stories this week:

  • Tuesday: Gene Wojciechowski looks at the football future of Notre Dame and the ACC, dissects USC’s loss to Stanford, talks storming the field in Utah, ranks his Heisman contenders and more.
  • Wednesday: Mark Schlabach and Ivan Maisel debate whether Notre Dame’s ACC ties mean a temporary moratorium on conference realignment.
  • Thursday: Rece Davis looks at the Kansas State-OU Big 12 showdown, while the bloggers make predictions and point out what to watch in Week 4.
  • Friday: Heather Dinich on Clemson and Florida State separating themselves in the ACC, but both are eyeing even bigger prizes.

College Football Schedule: Four of Top Five Teams in Prime Time This Saturday
ESPN’s college football schedule for Saturday, Sept. 22 will be highlighted by four of the top five teams in prime time across ESPN, ABC and ESPN2. In addition, ESPN3 will cover No. 1 Alabama against Florida Atlantic at 5 p.m. For a complete schedule with commentator assignments:

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ESPNU Road Trip: Fleeing to Michigan State on Tuesday
ESPNU Road Trip pulled into East Lansing, Mich., as the Michigan State Spartans hosted the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame this past weekend. Hosts Niki Noto and Ali Nejad spend some one-on-one time with Sparty around campus, keep time with the Spartans’ marching band and teaching Zeke the Wonder Dog a new trick.

Next week the crew is packing up and heading to Eugene for the Pac-12 showdown of Arizona at Oregon. ESPNU Road Trip airs every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

Join the conversation and follow on Twitter: @ESPNURoadTrip, @NikiNoto, @Ali_Nejad

NCAA Volleyball Wednesday: No. 1 UCLA at No. 2 USC
ESPNU Wednesday Night Women’s Volleyball will feature the top two teams in the nation – No. 1 UCLA at No. 2 USC on Wednesday at 10 p.m. The network currently has 13 regular-season matchups scheduled in the weekly series which spans 10 weeks.

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Recruiting:  High School State Champions in Super-Sized Friday Matchup
On Friday, the lights will go up in Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis and champions will take the field. The 2011 High School State champions Trinity (Ky) and Cathedral (Ind.) will face off on ESPN2 as the featured game in Week 4 of the GEICO ESPN High School Showcase live from the Colts’ home field. Trinity is currently ranked No.5 in the ESPN 25 Power Rankings.

Next week ESPNU’s recruiting director Tom Luginbill and Adam Amin will travel to Florida to voice Glades Day (Fla.) at Yulee (Fla.).

Follow on Twitter: @ESPNU; @TomLuginbill, @AdamAmin

College Football Live: Daily Destination for All the Headlines
College Football Live continues to be the daily destination for college football news and updates at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN and 4 p.m. on ESPNU. The show primarily utilizes four hosts – Joe Tessitore (Monday & Wednesday), Chris Fowler (Tuesday), John Saunders (Thursday) and Tom Rinaldi (Friday), which originates from the site of College GameDay.

Trevor Matich will be live in-studio this week. Also included in the rotation of expert analysts are Desmond Howard (Monday) and Kirk Herbstreit (Tuesday), who are available via satellite weekly.

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Rachel Margolis Siegal

As part of the College Sports PR team at ESPN, it has been an exciting adventure for me since I joined the worldwide leader in July 2010, working on college football, college basketball, college lacrosse and WNBA properties. I began my love of sports as the manager of several high school sports teams and continued that hobby into college. While at Quinnipiac, I worked in the Sports Information Department, which led me to a summer internship at the New Haven Ravens, a AA baseball team, and an eventual job with the Athletic Communications Department at the University of Connecticut. After my five-year stint at Connecticut, I spent six years as Director of Communications at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. before joining ESPN.