College Football’s First Top 10 Matchup of the Season Highlights ESPN/ABC’s Week 3 Schedule

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College Football’s First Top 10 Matchup of the Season Highlights ESPN/ABC’s Week 3 Schedule

  • ACC Showdown: No. 2 Florida State at No. 10 Louisville on ABC; ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot and SportsCenter in Town
  • Pac-12 on ABC’s Saturday Night Football: USC at No. 7 Stanford
  • Thursday Night Football: No. 6 Houston on the Road at Cincinnati

ABC televises college football season’s first top 10 matchup of the season when No. 2 Florida State travels to No. 10 Louisville (Noon ET) with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Samantha Ponder calling the game from Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.  Herbstreit and Ponder will work the game immediately following their regular duties on College GameDay Built by The Home Depot (9 a.m. on ESPN). Additionally, SportsCenter will have a presence from the ACC showdown as anchor Sara Walsh and reporter Michael Eaves will be in Louisville on Saturday, Sept. 17 (7 a.m. on ESPN).

ABC’s Saturday Night Football will feature a Pac-12 battle between USC and No. 7 Stanford (8 p.m.) from Stanford Stadium. Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will be on the call of the Trojans-Cardinal’s 94th all-time meeting.

Overall, ESPN/ABC will televise 16 ranked teams in action this week. Additional game highlights:

  • Houston on the Road: 6 Houston will travel outside of its city for the first time this season as they head to Cincinnati on Thursday, Sept. 15 (7:30 p.m. on ESPN).
  • SEC in Prime Time: No. 17 Texas A&M at Auburn (ESPN at 7 p.m.), Mississippi State at No. 20 LSU (ESPN2 at 7 p.m.), and No. 16 Georgia at Missouri (SEC Network at 7:30 p.m.) begins conference play for the Aggies, Bulldogs and the trio of Tigers: Auburn, LSU and Missouri. No. 24 Arkansas will host Texas State (SEC Network Alternate at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Pac-12 vs. Big Ten: 24 Oregon heads to undefeated Nebraska (3:30 p.m. on ABC) with the two schools matching up for the first time since 1986 and just the seventh time ever.
  • Big 12 vs. Pac-12: 11 Texas will face their first road test of the season when they travel to California (10:30 p.m. on ESPN).

All games are Saturday, Sept. 17, unless noted

Week 3

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Sept. 15 7:30 p.m. No. 6 Houston at Cincinnati
Dave Flemming, Jesse Palmer, Laura Rutledge 
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Alcorn State
Eric Clemons, Jay Walker
Fri, Sept. 16 8 p.m. No. 21 Baylor at Rice
Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Molly McGrath
9:30 p.m. Arizona State at Texas-San Antonio
Mark Neely, Ray Bentley
Sat, Sept. 17 Noon No. 2 Florida State at No. 10 Louisville
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder
Radio: Bill Rosinksi, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ABC and ESPN Radio
No. 25 Miami at Appalachian State
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
North Dakota State at No. 13 Iowa
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
Kansas at Memphis
Eamon McAnaney, John Congemi 
Ohio at No. 15 Tennessee
Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
New Mexico at Rutgers
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
South Carolina State at No. 5 Clemson ACC Network Extra
Middle Tennessee at Bowling Green ESPN3
Dayton at Duquesne ESPN3
MidAmerica Nazarene at Benedictine ESPN3
12:30 p.m. Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech ACC Network Extra
1:30 p.m. Virginia at UConn ESPN3
2 p.m. North Carolina A&T at Tulsa
Drew Fellios, Watson Brown
3 p.m. Eastern Kentucky at Ball State
Jim Barbar, Mark Herrmann
Fresno State at Toledo ESPN3
UNLV at Central Michigan
Dan Gutowsky, Dustin Fox
Eastern Illinois at Illinois State ESPN3
Johnson C. Smith at Wofford ESPN3*
3:30 p.m. No. 24 Oregon at Nebraska
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
Pittsburgh at No. 21 Oklahoma State
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Paul Carcaterra
Boston College at Virginia Tech
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks
Monmouth at Kent State ESPN3*
Western Kentucky at Miami (Ohio) ESPN3
South Florida at Syracuse
Doug Sherman, Al Groh
ACC Network Extra*
James Madison at North Carolina ACC Network Extra
Florida International at UMass ESPN3
4 p.m. East Carolina at South Carolina
David Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Olivia Harlan
SEC Network
New Mexico State at Kentucky
Taylor Zarzour, Jordan Rodgers, Kevin Weidl  
SEC Network Alternate
Western Michigan at Illinois
Mike Couzens, Dan Hawkins
Robert Morris at Youngstown State ESPN3
Tennessee Tech at Mercer ESPN3*
6 p.m. Old Dominion at NC State
Shawn Kenney, Forrest Conoly
ACC Network Extra*
Louisiana-Monroe at Georgia Southern
Matt Stewart, Stan Lewter
6:30 p.m. Delaware at Wake Forest
Dave Weekley, Tom O’Brien
ACC Network Extra*
7 p.m. No. 17 Texas A&M at Auburn
Dave Flemming, Brian Griese, Todd McShay 
Mississippi State at No. 20 LSU
Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch
Liberty at SMU
Brett Dolan, Chad Brown
Navy at Tulane ESPN3
Grambling at Jackson State
Eric Clemons, Jay Walker
South Alabama at Louisiana-Lafayette ESPN3*
Edward Waters at Jacksonville ESPN3*
Murray State at Southern Illinois ESPN3*
Cal Poly at South Dakota State ESPN3
Tennessee-Chattanooga at Furman ESPN3*
Northern Michigan at Grand Valley State ESPN3
Stephen F. Austin at McNeese ESPN3
7:30 p.m. North Texas at No. 23 Florida
Clay Matvick, Dusty Dvoracek  
No. 16 Georgia at Missouri
Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Kaylee Hartung
SEC Network
Texas State at No. 24 Arkansas
Roy Philpott, Clint Stoerner
SEC Network  Alternate
8 p.m. USC at No. 7 Stanford
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
Sam Houston State at Lamar ESPN3*
West Texas A&M at Texas Permian Basin ESPN3*
10:15 p.m. UCLA at BYU
Allen Bestwick, Mike Bellotti, Kris Budden
10:30 p.m. No. 11 Texas at California
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich  

*ESPN3 or ACC Network Extra Exclusive
Rankings are per the Associated Press (Sept. 11)


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


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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