ESPN College Football Week 3: TV Schedule, College GameDay in Tuscaloosa, ESPN Radio in Baton Rouge and a Week 2 Ratings Update

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ESPN College Football Week 3: TV Schedule, College GameDay in Tuscaloosa, ESPN Radio in Baton Rouge and a Week 2 Ratings Update

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Six of Top Nine Teams Highlighted by No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 15 Ole Miss
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ESPN’s college football game schedule for this week will include six of the top nine ranked programs, highlighted by an ESPN Saturday night doubleheader featuring two of the teams on September 19: No. 7 Georgia vs. South Carolina at 6 p.m. ET followed by No. 2 Alabama against No. 15 Ole Miss at 9:15 p.m.

Saturday also includes an ABC tripleheader with a top six program in each game: No. 4 Michigan State against Air Force at noon, No. 1 Ohio State against Northern Illinois at 3:30 p.m. and No. 6 USC against Stanford at 8 p.m. ESPN Radio will broadcast the ABC Saturday Night Football game and No. 18 Auburn at No. 13 LSU at 3:30 p.m.

In addition to top teams on Saturday, ESPN will televise ACC showdowns on Thursday and Friday night, both involving a ranked team. The Thursday night matchup on September 17 will pit No. 11 Clemson at Louisville at 7:30 p.m. and the Friday contest on September 18 will feature No. 9 Florida State at Boston College at 8 p.m.

Full Schedule:  http://es.pn/1YcVSed

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College  GameDay Returns to Tuscaloosa for an SEC Showdown: No. 15 Ole Miss vs. No. 2 Alabama
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ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – college football’s longest running and most celebrated pregame show – returns to Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama for the 11th time on Saturday, Sept. 19. The Emmy Award-winning show – airing Saturday from 9 a.m.-Noon on ESPN – is the precursor for No. 15 Ole Miss at No. 2 Alabama (9:15 p.m. on ESPN).

H­ost Rece Davis – in his first season at the College GameDay desk – is joined by analysts Lee CorsoKirk HerbstreitDesmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as contributors Samantha PonderTom RinaldiGeorge Whitfield and Gene Wojciechowski. In her second season as resident DJ, Cait “Babi Mac” McMahan, continues to provide entertainment for fans on site.

College Football Live will originate from the College GameDay set on Friday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 with Ponder, Howard and Pollack at the desk. Chris Fowler and Herbstreit will be on the call of the Rebels-Crimson Tide matchup, along with reporter Heather Cox.

Full Release:  http://es.pn/1FgMaRG

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ESPN Radio’s College GameDay is live from Baton Rouge on Saturday
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ESPN Radio’s College GameDay will head to Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday, Sept. 12, for an SEC matchup – Auburn at LSU. The show will be hosted by Doug Kezirian with Brad Edwards and Trevor Matich. Maria Taylor. Joey Galloway and Andrea Adelson serve as weekly contributors. Additional stops will be announced at a later date.

Full Release:  http://es.pn/1KCe3pE

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ESPN College Football Week 2: Television’s Four Most Watched Games, Led by ABC Saturday Night Football
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Coming off a record-breaking opening week of the 2015 College Football season, ESPN continued the momentum by airing television’s four most-watched games of Week 2, led by ABC Saturday Night Football featuring then-No. 7 Oregon at No. 5 Michigan State on ABC at 8 p.m. ET (7,898,000 viewers).  Additionally, on WatchESPN, the season’s first top-10 matchup had an average minute audience of 81,000 users totaling 18,400,000 live minutes viewed, both Week 2 highs.

No. 9 Notre Dame’s come-from-behind victory at Virginia on ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET was the week’s second most-watched game (5,744,000 viewers) followed by No. 19 Oklahoma at No. 23 Tennessee on ESPN at 6 p.m. (4,129,000 viewers), and No. 14 LSU at No. 25 Mississippi State on ESPN at 9:15 p.m. (3,121,000 viewers). The Sooners-Volunteers double overtime-thriller was up 14% (3,632,000 viewers) from their 2014 matchup (Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. on ABC).

Please note: Oregon State at Michigan (Noon on ABC) viewership number is not available until Thur, Sept. 17, and thus not accounted for in this release. All games referenced were on Sat, Sept. 12.

ESPN Season to Date
ESPN/ABC has televised the five most-watched games of 2015 season and year-to-date average viewership is up 23% compared to the first two weeks of last season

Full Release:  http://es.pn/1OeZybU

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Derek Volner

I work in college sports, which includes football and basketball, with an emphasis on Olympic Sports. Additionally, I handle ESPN’s coverage of high school athletics and recruiting.
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