ESPN College Football Week 6: TV Schedule Update, College GameDay in Utah, SEC Nation in Knoxville, SportsCenter in North Dakota, Trojan War Premieres and a Week 5 Ratings Update

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ESPN College Football Week 6: TV Schedule Update, College GameDay in Utah, SEC Nation in Knoxville, SportsCenter in North Dakota, Trojan War Premieres and a Week 5 Ratings Update

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Schedule Update: No. 7 LSU vs. South Carolina Moves to 3:30 p.m. on ESPN; Complete Schedule
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ESPN has collaborated with the SEC, Big Ten and American Athletic conferences to make several schedule changes for Saturday, Oct. 10, in light of the on-going recovery from the recent historic flooding in the state of South Carolina. Six games are effected; five remain in their original time slot and venue with only the TV network changing.

South Carolina’s home game against No. 7 LSU, originally scheduled for noon ET on ESPN, will now be played in Baton Rouge and be televised live on ESPN at 3:30 p.m.

“It is important to recognize and thank our conference partners at the American Athletic Conference and Big Ten for their cooperation and understanding,” said Ilan Ben-Hanan, ESPN vice president, college sports programming. “The college sports community is great at lending each other a helping hand when changes like these need to be made.”

Full Updated Schedule:  http://es.pn/1N1Mtja

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College  GameDay Back to Utah
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ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – college football’s longest running and most celebrated pregame show – will make its third-ever stop on the campus of the University of Utah on Saturday, Oct. 10. The Emmy Award-winning show – airing Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon on ESPN from Presidents Circle – is the precursor for the ESPN College Football presented by Capital One matchup between No. 5 Utah and No. 23 California at 10 p.m.  Dave Pasch, Brian Griese and Tom Luginbill will have the call of the game.

H­ost Rece Davis – in his first season at the College GameDay desk –  is joined by analysts Kirk HerbstreitLee CorsoDesmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as contributors Samantha PonderTom RinaldiGeorge Whitfield and Gene Wojciechowski.

College Football Live will originate from the College GameDay set Friday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. on ESPN with Ponder, Howard and Pollack at the desk.

Full Release:  http://es.pn/1VGl3a5

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SEC Nation Re-Routes to Tennessee for Saturday   
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SEC Nation is heading to Knoxville, Tenn. this Saturday, Oct. 10 to preview the Georgia at Tennessee football game. The traveling pre-game show was originally scheduled to visit South Carolina this weekend, but in light of recent flooding has worked with both schools to adjust.

“Our hearts go out to the South Carolina community as they recover from the devastating floods,” said Stephanie Druley, ESPN Senior Vice President, college networks production. “We look forward to returning to South Carolina at a better time.”

SEC Nation’s Tennessee show will be live from the same location as last year, in front of Ayres Hall on “The Hill” at the University of Tennessee, beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

Full Release:  http://es.pn/1FURGK7
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SportsCenter on the Road Visits North Dakota State
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SportsCenter on the Road will capture the homecoming spirit at North Dakota State with a two-hour program Saturday, Oct. 10, from Fargo, N.D. Hosted by Matt Barrie and Sara Walsh, the program will begin at 7 a.m. and will lead into College GameDay at 9 a.m. In addition to regularSportsCenter news, highlights and analysis, the program also will have some special guests to preview that day’s North Dakota State vs. Northern Iowa football game and capture the flavor of the campus

Full Release:  http://es.pn/1LjJ400

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ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Volume III  Begins with Trojan War Premiering October 13  
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ESPN Films’ Peabody and Emmy Award-winning 30 for 30 documentary series returns with “Trojan War” on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. The film, which kicks off 30 for 30 Volume III, is the first in the five-film fall slate premiering every Tuesday in prime time on ESPN through November 10.

When Pete Carroll took over the football program at USC after the 2000 season, the once-great Trojans were under siege. But thanks to his football knowledge, upbeat personality and recruiting skills, Southern Cal was soon back atop the college football world. Home attendance skyrocketed, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush won Heismans and the Trojans put together a 34-game winning streak.

As it would be later discovered, though, the program was committing sins that would result in lost scholarships, victories and one of those Heismans. But those revelations didn’t come until after the national championship game in the 2006 Rose Bowl between USC and the University of Texas. Featuring interviews with Carroll, Leinart and others inside the USC program at the time, “Trojan War” looks at Carroll’s nine-year USC reign through the prism of that game, considered one of the greatest in college football history. It was also the beginning of the end. Preview clip: http://es.pn/1j5jH7E

Full Release:  http://es.pn/1P0jkZ0

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ESPN College Football Week 5 Viewership: ABC Televises Most-Viewed Prime-Time and Afternoon Games of the Week
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ESPN/ABC has been the No. 1 prime-time destination for college football fans throughout the 2015 season and week 5 continued the trend. ABC’s Saturday Night Football featuring then-No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 12 Clemson (8 p.m. ET) was the most-watched game on Saturday, averaging 7,647,000 viewers – the fourth most-watched game of the 2015 season across all networks and up 93% over the similar window in 2014 (Notre Dame at Syracuse).

ABC also televised the most-watched afternoon window when No. 1 Ohio State at Indiana and Texas Tech vs. No. 5 Baylor (3:30 p.m.) , regionalized,  earned 7,298,000 viewers, the second-most-watched game of the day behind the Irish-Tigers matchup and up 36% from the 2014 comparable window (Florida State at North Carolina State and Minnesota at Michigan). Additionally, on WatchESPN, the regionalized window added 101,000 average minute impressions to the TV audience, with 471,000 unique viewers and 23,200,000 live minutes viewed, up 59%, 45%, and 60%, respectively, compared to the same 2014 regional window.

Through week 5, ESPN/ABC has televised the top 6 most-watched games of the 2015 season: 

Full Release:  http://es.pn/1jdbWN4

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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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