College Football: No. 3 Louisville at No. 5 Clemson Highlights Three Top 10 Throwdowns on ESPN/ABC’s Historic Week 5 Schedule

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College Football: No. 3 Louisville at No. 5 Clemson Highlights Three Top 10 Throwdowns on ESPN/ABC’s Historic Week 5 Schedule

  • Three Top 10 Conference Matchups in Same Week for First Time in Nearly 40 Years
  • ESPN Blankets the Marquee Games with SportsCenter, College Football Countdown, and College GameDay Built by The Home Depot

A historic weekend is on tap for college football as three Top 10 throwdowns – all between conference opponents – will be played in the same week for the first time in nearly 40 years and ESPN/ABC will air all three games: No. 3 Louisville at No. 5 Clemson on ABC’s Saturday Night Football, No. 7 Stanford at No. 10 Washington on Friday night (ESPN) and No. 8 Wisconsin at No. 4 Michigan (ABC) on Saturday afternoon.

No. 7 Stanford at No. 10 Washington

  • 7 Stanford at No. 10 Washington on Friday, Sept. 30, (9 p.m. ET on ESPN) faceoff in a Pac-12 North Division showdown. Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe will be in Seattle to call the game from Husky Stadium. Prior to the game, SportsCenter (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.) will have a presence from the stadium with anchors Jay Crawford and reporter Shelley Smith. College Football Countdown (8 p.m.) will lead into kick off.

 No.8 Wisconsin at No. 4 Michigan

  • 8 Wisconsin at No. 4 Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 1, (3:30 p.m. on ABC) features a matchup of undefeated Big Ten foes. Dave Flemming or Steve Levy** will call the game, alongside Brian Griese and Todd McShay from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. Zubin Mehenti and Dan Murphy will be on location to provide reports for SportsCenter on Saturday morning.

ABC’s Saturday Night Football: No. 3 Louisville at No. 5 Clemson

  • ABC’s Saturday Night Football will feature dueling Heisman quarterback contenders when Lamar Jackson and the No. 3 Louisville Cardinals travel to face Deshaun Watson and the No. 5 Clemson Tigers (8 p.m.) in an ACC Atlantic Division showdown. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Samantha Ponder will be at Memorial Stadium for the call. Saturday morning, SportsCenter (7 a.m.) will have Matt Barrie, Marty Smith and Jeannine Edwards on-location, leading into College GameDay Built by the Home Depot (9 a.m. – noon) which makes its second consecutive week 5 appearance in Clemson (Notre Dame at Clemson in 2015).

Week 5 is the earliest in a season that a single week has featured three Top 10 matchups – in or out of conference play. The last season the scheduled feature three Top 10 games in a single week was in 2002.

Additional ESPN/ABC Week 5 Highlights

In addition to the Top 10 matchups, ESPN’s networks will also air No. 1 Alabama, No. 6 Houston, and No. 9 Texas A&M this week:

  • 1 Alabama will host Kentucky in the Crimson Tide’s first SEC home game of the season (7 p.m. on ESPN).
  • 6 Houston will host Connecticut on Thursday, Sept. 29, as the Cougars attempt to avenge their only loss from the 2015 season (8 p.m. on ESPN).
  • 9 Texas A&M, coming off back-to-back SEC victories, will be on the road at South Carolina (4 p.m. on SEC Network).

Also, No. 12 Florida State hosts North Carolina (ESPN) and No. 15 Nebraska will play Illinois (ESPN2) in key ACC and Big Ten matchups. Both games kick off at 3:30 p.m.

All games Saturday, Oct. 1 unless noted

ESPN/ABC College Football Week 5 Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Sept. 29 7 p.m. Mississippi College at Delta State ESPN3*
7:30 p.m. Hampton at North Carolina AT&T
Eric Clemons, Jay Walker
8 p.m. Connecticut at No. 6 Houston
Dave Flemming, Jesse Palmer, Laura Rutledge
Fri, Sept. 30 7 p.m. Georgetown at Harvard ESPN3*
9 p.m. No. 7 Stanford at No. 10 Washington
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
ESPN and ESPN Radio
10:15 p.m. Toledo at BYU
Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Molly McGrath
Sat, Oct. 1 Noon No. 22 Texas at Oklahoma State
Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch
Notre Dame at Syracuse
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams  
No. 14 Miami at Georgia Tech
Allen Bestwick, Mike Bellotti, Kris Budden
Northwestern at Iowa
Eamon McAnaney, John Congemi
No. 23 Florida at Vanderbilt
Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Cole Cubelic  
SEC Network
Alcorn State at No. 20 Arkansas
Mike Morgan, Clint Stoerner, Kevin Weidl
SEC Network Alternate
SMU at Temple
Mike Couzens, Dan Hawkins
Georgia State at Appalachian State ESPN3*
MidAmerica Nazarene at Grand View ESPN3*
12:30 p.m. Virginia at Duke ACC Network Extra*
1 p.m. Buffalo at Boston College
Alex Faust, Matt Chatham
ACC Network Extra
Duquesne at Jacksonville ESPN3
1:30 p.m. Mercer at VMI ESPN3
2 p.m. Illinois State at North Dakota State ESPN3*
Edinboro at Clarion ESPN3*
2:30 p.m. Ohio at Miami (Ohio) ESPN3*
3 p.m. Wofford at Samford ESPN3
Missouri State at Indiana State ESPN3
Kennesaw State at Furman ESPN3
Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green
Jim Barber, John Gregory
Tennessee-Martin at Tennessee State ESPN3
3:30 p.m. No. 8 Wisconsin at No. 4 Michigan
Steve Levy or Dave Flemming, Brian Griese and Todd McShay
North Carolina at No. 12 Florida State
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
Illinois at No. 15 Nebraska
Dave Lamont, Kelly Stouffer, Paul Carcaterra
Kansas State at West Virginia
Clay Matvick, Dusty Dvoracek  
Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn
Taylor Zarzour, Jordan Rodgers, Lauren Sisler
SEC Network Alternate
Wake Forest at NC State ACC Network Extra*
Akron at Kent State
Michael Reghi, Dustin Fox
Northern Illinois at Ball State ESPN3*
No. 11 Tennessee at No. 25 Georgia
Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN Radio
The Citadel at Western Carolina ESPN3
4 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at South Carolina
David Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Olivia Harlan
SEC Network
Stephen F. Austin at Sam Houston State from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas ESPN3
Southern Illinois at Northern Iowa ESPN3*
South Dakota at Youngstown State ESPN3*
5 p.m. Troy at Idaho
Shawn Kenney, Al Groh
6 p.m. Sacred Heart at Wagner ESPN3
Catawba at Newberry ESPN3
7 p.m. Kentucky at No. 1 Alabama
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
Memphis at No. 16 Ole Miss
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks
ESPN2 or SEC Network Alternate**
South Florida at Cincinnati
Mark Neely, Ray Bentley
Western Illinois at South Dakota State ESPN3
Nicholls at McNeese ESPN3*
Robert Morris at Liberty ESPN3*
West Georgia at North Alabama ESPN3
7:30 p.m. Missouri at LSU
Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Kaylee Hartung
SEC Network
Marshall at Pittsburgh ACC Network Extra*
Incarnate Word at Texas State ESPN3*
8 p.m. No. 3 Louisville at No. 5 Clemson
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder
No. 19 San Diego State at South Alabama
Joel Meyers, Brian Kinchen
Louisiana-Lafayette at New Mexico State
Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly
Southeastern Louisiana at Lamar ESPN3
10:15 p.m. Utah State at No. 24 Boise State
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey
Wyoming at Colorado State
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
10:30 p.m. Arizona at UCLA
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman

*ESPN3 or ACC Network Extra Non-Exclusive Game

** If no World Cup of Hockey Finals Game 3 is needed, Memphis at No. 16 Ole Miss will air on ESPN2 and Steve Levy will work with his regular college football crew for the Wisconsin-Michigan game. If Game 3 is needed, than Tigers-Rebels matchup airs on SEC Network Alternate and Dave Flemming calls Badgers-Wolverines matchup.


Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner

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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