The 2016 College Football Season Begins on ESPN

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The 2016 College Football Season Begins on ESPN

  • Game Action: Hawaii vs. California and Charleston Southern at North Dakota State
  • Full Week of College Football Previews Shows including College GameDay Season Preview Special

The 2016 college football season begins on ESPN with two games and a number of previews shows leading into the sport’s best opening week ever over Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 1-Sept. 5).

Week 0 Games
Hawaii and California will begin the season on Friday, Aug. 26, (10 p.m. ET) from ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia. ESPN will televise the game with Allen Bestwick, Mike Bellotti and Warren Smith on the call. The following night, ESPN airs the third annual FCS Kickoff event in primetime with defending Big South champions and No. 6 Charleston Southern visiting five-time defending champion and No. 1 North Dakota State (7:30 p.m.). Adam Amin, Mack Brown and Molly McGrath will be on the call from Fargo, N.D., in their first appearance as a commentating team.

College Football Preview Shows
The two games will be wrapped around a series of preview shows across ESPN’s networks:

  • The newly revamped College Football Live debuts this week. The daily show (1:30 p.m.) will continue on weekdays throughout the season.
  • The Herbies Pre-Season Special (Wed., Aug. 24, at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2): Kirk Herbstreit makes his preseason selections for both individual and team accolades. Rece Davis will host.
  • College GameDay Season Preview Special Built by The Home Depot (Sat., Aug. 27 at 11 a.m. on ESPN): Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Lee Corso (via satellite) come together to preview the season in an one-hour special before their week 1 show from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc for No. 5 LSU vs. Wisconsin
  • The Heisman Trophy Preview Show Presented by Nissan (Sun., Aug. 28 at 1 p.m. on ESPN): Joe Tessitore, along with Desmond Howard and Danny Kanell, analyze and preview the nation’s top players heading into the season.
  • Championship Drive: College Football Season Preview (Sun., Aug. 28 at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN): Rece Davis sits down with some of college football’s top coaches including Alabama’s Nick Saban, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Florida States’ Jimbo Fisher, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops and Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze.

Additionally, ESPNU will air one-hour preview shows for each of the power five conferences this week, beginning with the SEC and ACC (Aug. 22), then continuing with the Big Ten and Big 12 (Aug. 23) and concluding with the Pac-12 (Aug. 24). The SEC Network will also have team specific shows at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. each night.

ESPN College Football Preview Programming (Aug. 22-28)

Date Time (ET) Show Commentators   Network
Mon, Aug. 22 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. 2016 SEC College Football Preview Show Matt Schick, Tom Luginbill, Kevin Carter ESPNU
  8 p.m. – 9 p.m. 2016 ACC College Football Preview Show Anish Shroff, Mike Bellotti, Charles Arbuckle ESPNU
Tue, Aug. 23 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. 2016 Big Ten College Football Preview Show Brendan Fitzgerald, Tom Luginbill, Jason Sehorn ESPNU
  8 p.m. – 9 p.m. 2016 Big 12 College Football Preview Show Anish Shroff, Kevin Carter, Jason Sehorn ESPNU
Wed, Aug. 24 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. 2016 Pac-12 College Football Preview Show Brendan Fitzgerald, Mike Bellotti, Charles Arbuckle ESPNU
  8 p.m. – 9 p.m. National College Football Preview Matt Schick, Mike Bellotti, Tom Luginbill ESPNU
  8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The Herbies Preseason Special Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit ESPN2
Sat, Aug. 27 11 a.m. – noon College GameDay Season Preview Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, Lee Corso (via satellite) ESPN
Sun, Aug. 28 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Heisman Trophy Preview Show Joe Tessitore, Desmond Howard, Danny Kanell ESPN
  1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Championship Drive: College Football Season Preview Rece Davis ESPN

SEC Network’s schedule can be found here.

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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.
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