College Football: 13 Ranked Teams, Headlined by No. 1 Florida State, Highlight Week 5 Schedule

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College Football: 13 Ranked Teams, Headlined by No. 1 Florida State, Highlight Week 5 Schedule

ESPN’s week 5 college football game schedule will feature 13 ranked teams in the Associated Press poll, including five top 10 teams, headlined by No. 1 Florida State playing its first ACC road game this season:

  • ABC will provide a split national telecast of No. 1 Florida State at NC State and Minnesota at Michigan (Saturday, Sept. 27 at 3:30 p.m. ET) with reverse mirror coverage on ESPN2. The top-ranked Seminoles are 1-0 in conference play, while the undefeated Wolfpack will open up ACC play Saturday
  • No. 5 Auburn, No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 9 Michigan State, and No. 10 Ole Miss are also in action across ESPN networks on Saturday

ESPN will televise three ranked teams, including a prime-time double-header, also on Saturday: No. 12 Georgia will host Tennessee (noon), No. 13 South Carolina is home against Missouri (7 p.m.) and No. 18 USC vs. Oregon State (10:30 p.m.) concludes the day.

Additional highlights:

  • The ABC Saturday Night Football showcase will feature No. 8 Notre Dame playing Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
  • SEC Network will feature a conference matchup, and two-ranked teams: Vanderbilt travels to Kentucky (noon), No. 5 Auburn hosts Louisiana Tech (4 p.m.) and No. 17 LSU is home against New Mexico State (7:30 p.m.)
  • ESPN2’s triple-header will begin with No. 9 Michigan State hosting Wyoming (noon) and conclude with Duke at Miami (Fla.)
  • ESPNU will televise four games beginning with No. 19 Wisconsin hosting South Florida (noon) followed by two ACC conference games: Wake Forest at Louisville (3:30 p.m.) and North Carolina at Clemson (7:00 p.m.)
  • ESPN3 will carry No. 10 Ole Miss hosting Memphis*, headlining a 17-game slate

ESPN’s week 5 college football slate will begin with No. 24 Oklahoma State hosting Texas Tech on the weekly Thursday night series (7:30 p.m.) as the Cowboys and Red Raiders open up Big 12 play. Also on Thursday, ESPN Radio will broadcast No. 11 UCLA at No. 15 Arizona State (9 p.m.).

ESPN Goal Line network will offer unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from numerous top college football games every Saturday noon to midnight. Zubin Mehenti will host the coverage with analyst Pete Najarian.

Every ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN3, SEC Network and Longhorn Network game will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE, Amazon FireTV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Roku devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

Video: Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury Talks About Playing on Thursdays
Texas Tech will travel to No. 24 Oklahoma State on Thursday to play in prime-time on ESPN. Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury spoke about the difference and the excitement of changing up the typical game week. Watch:

ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNEWS, SEC Network and ESPN Radio Schedule
Date Time (ET) Game/Announcers Network
Thu, Sept. 25 7:30 p.m. Texas Tech at No. 24 Oklahoma State
Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Ponder
7:30 p.m. Appalachian State at Georgia Southern
Ryan Ruocco & David Diaz-Infante
9 p.m. No. 11 UCLA at No. 15 Arizona State
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, & Joe Schad
ESPN Radio
Fri, Sept. 26 8 p.m. Fresno State at New Mexico
Dave Flemming, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams
Sat, Sept. 27 Noon Tennessee at No. 12 Georgia
Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Tom Luginbill
Noon Wyoming at No. 9 Michigan State
Bob Wischusen, Matt Millen & Quint Kessenich
Noon South Florida at No. 19 Wisconsin
Adam Amin & John Congemi
Noon Vanderbilt at Kentucky
Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
Noon Tulane at Rutgers
Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Paul Carcaterra
12:30 p.m. Western Michigan at Virginia Tech ESPN3*
12:30 p.m. Colorado State at Boston College ESPN3*
1:30 p.m. Akron at Pittsburgh ESPN3
2 p.m. Eastern Illinois at Ohio
Michael Reghi & Dustin Fox
2 p.m. Gannon at Clarion ESPN3*
3 p.m. Bowling Green at Massachusetts
Bob Picozzi & Matt Chatham
3 p.m. Liberty at Indiana State ESPN3*
3:30 p.m. No. 1 Florida State at NC State
Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Todd McShay
3:30 p.m. Minnesota at Michigan
Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
3:30 p.m. Wake Forest at Louisville
Clay Matvick & Anthony Becht
3:30 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at Buffalo
Doug Sherman & Jerod Cherry
3 p.m. Kent State at Virginia ESPN3
4 p.m. Louisiana Tech at No. 5 Auburn
Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer & Maria Taylor
SEC Network
4 p.m. Temple at Connecticut
Eamon McAnaney & Dan Hawkins
4 p.m. Nicholls State at Central Arkansas ESPN3*
5 p.m. South Alabama at Idaho
Peter Young & Darius Walker
5 p.m. Southern at Alcorn State
Mark Neely & Jay Walker
7 p.m. Missouri at No. 13 South Carolina
Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
7 p.m. North Carolina at Clemson
Anish Shroff, Kelly Stouffer & Cara Capuano
7 p.m. Troy at Louisiana-Monroe
Matt Stewart, Rocky Boiman, & Louisiana-Monroe
7 p.m. Central Michigan at Toledo ESPN3*
7 p.m. Valdosta State at North Alabama ESPN3
7:30 p.m. Duke at Miami (Fla.)
Joe Tessitore, Brock Huard & Shannon Spake
7:30 p.m. New Mexico State at No. 17 LSU
Tom Hart, Matt Stinchcomb & Heather Mitts
SEC Network
7:30 P.M. Memphis at No. 10 Ole Miss ESPN3*
8 p.m. No. 8 Notre Dame at Syracuse (East Rutherford, N.J.)
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit & Heather Cox
8 p.m. Texas State at Tulsa
Dave Lamont & Ray Bentley
8 p.m. UNLV at San Diego State ESPN3
10:30 p.m. Oregon State at No. 18 USC
TV: Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore & Jessica Mendoza
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, & Joe Schad

** Reverse mirror in which ESPN2 will regionalize two games on ABC to markets not receiving the telecast
* Local blackout may apply
^^ Televised on ESPNU at 10 p.m. ET


Derek Volner

I currently lead ESPN’s NFL Communications, including Monday Night Football, NFL Draft and studio programming. Previously, I did the same for ESPN’s vast college football portfolio. I have been with ESPN since 2013.
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