Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol: Virginia Tech vs. No. 17 Tennessee from Bristol Motor Speedway on ABC’s Saturday Night Football Highlights ESPN/ABC’s Week 2 Schedule

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Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol: Virginia Tech vs. No. 17 Tennessee from Bristol Motor Speedway on ABC’s Saturday Night Football Highlights ESPN/ABC’s Week 2 Schedule

  • Rece Davis Fills in for Chris Fowler on Saturday Night Football, Joins Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder, Dr. Jerry Punch and Marty Smith for Historic Game in Front of More than 150,000 Fans 
  • Grammy Award-Winning Superstar Sibling Trio The Band Perry Performs at Halftime of the Battle at Bristol 
  • Nation’s Top 6 Teams and 16 Ranked Teams in Action; More than 35 Games

College football history will be made when the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol game featuring Virginia Tech and No. 17 Tennessee from Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn., on ABC’s Saturday Night Football (September 10 at 8 p.m.) is played in front of a crowd of more than 150,000 people, the largest college football crowd in United States history.

Rece Davis will call the Battle at Bristol, filling in for Chris Fowler who is working the US Open. Joining Davis will be lead analyst Kirk Herbstreit and reporter Samantha Ponder. Additionally, Marty Smith and Dr. Jerry Punch, both with extensive NASCAR backgrounds, will be a part of the telecast.

On Saturday morning, College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will be live from the Speedway.

Additional Week 2 ESPN/ABC College Football Highlights:

  • Top Teams, 16 Ranked Teams: ESPN/ABC’s schedule has the top 6 teams in the nation, led by No. 1 Alabama in its home opener vs. Western Kentucky (3:30 p.m. on ESPN2). Overall, 16 ranked teams play on ESPN’s networks this weekend.
  • Friday Night Lights: 13 Louisville travels to Syracuse (8 p.m. on ESPN2) on Friday, September 9 to begin week 2.
  • Rivalry Renewed: Penn State and Pittsburgh renew their rivalry for the first time in 16 years (Noon on ESPN), having last played on September 16, 2000 when the Panthers won 12-0. Overall, this will be the two teams’ 97th meeting with the Nittany Lions leading the all-time series 50-42-1.
  • Football Returns to Baton Rouge: LSU will host Jacksonville State in the Tigers’ home opener (7:30 p.m. on ESPNU). Baton Rouge native Kaylee Hartung will work the game, as she helps document the return of football to the city as the area continues to heal from severe flood waters this summer.
  • College Networks: SEC Network and SEC Network Alternate will each air triple headers on Saturday (Noon, 4 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) and the Longhorn Network will televise No. 11 Texas hosting UTEP (7 p.m.)

All games are Saturday, Sept. 10, unless noted

The Band Perry at Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol
ESPN will feature The Band Perry performing “Comeback Kid” from the Honda Ridgeline stage during halftime of the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol.  Additionally, ESPN will be featuring the song throughout the college football season. Later this season, an additional song titled “In This Together” from the band will also be used on ESPN’s college football coverage. The band’s fiddle player, Jason Fitz, recently joined ESPNU as a commentator on College Football Daily each Monday.

Week 2

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Fri, Sept. 9 8 p.m. No. 13 Louisville at Syracuse
Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Molly McGrath
Sat, Sept. 10 Noon Central Florida at No. 5 Michigan
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
Penn State at Pittsburgh
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
Wyoming at Nebraska
Anish Shroff, Kelly Stouffer, Paul Carcaterra
NC State at East Carolina
Dave Lamont, Tom Ramsey
Nicholls at No. 9 Georgia
David Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Olivia Harlan
SEC Network
Prairie View A&M at No. 20 Texas A&M
Roy Philpott, Clint Stoerner, Kevin Weidl
SEC Network Alternate
Indiana State at Minnesota
Mike Couzens, Dan Hawkins 
Lamar at No. 6 Houston ESPN3
Boston College at Massachusetts ESPN3
Baker at William Penn ESPN3
Slippery Rock at Westchester ESPN3
12:30 p.m. Troy at No. 2 Clemson ACC Network Extra
Charleston Southern at No. 3 Florida State  ACC Network Extra
1 p.m. Stony Brook at Temple
Doug Sherman, Matt Chatham
1:30 p.m. Shaw at Wingate ESPN3*
3 p.m. Weber State at South Dakota ESPN3
Mercer at Georgia Tech
Matt Stewart, Al Groh
ACC Network Extra*
Clarion at Bloomsburg ESPN3
3:30 p.m. Tulsa at No. 4 Ohio State
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
Western Kentucky at No. 1 Alabama
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
Wake Forest at Duke
Eamon McAnaney, John Congemi  
North Dakota at Bowling Green ESPN3
Eastern Illinois at Miami (Ohio)
Jim Barber, John Gregory
Old Dominion at Appalachian State ESPN3
Eastern Washington at North Dakota State ESPN3
Kentucky at Florida
Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN Radio
4 p.m. Wofford at No. 19 Ole Miss
Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
Middle Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Mike Morgan, Jordan Rodgers, Tiffany Greene
SEC Network    Alternate
Ball State at Indiana
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
Northern Arizona at Western Illinois ESPN3
5 p.m. Montana at Northern Iowa ESPN3
6 p.m. Florida Atlantic at No. 25 Miami (Fla.)
Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly
ACC Network Extra*
North Carolina A&T at Kent State
Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry
Furman at The Citadel ESPN3*
IUPUI at East Stroudsburg ESPN3
7 p.m. Arkansas at No. 15 TCU
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
South Carolina at Mississippi State
Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Laura Rutledge
UTEP at No. 11 Texas
Lowell Galindo, Ahmad Brooks, Keith Moreland, Dawn Davenport
Longhorn Network
Maine at Toledo
Dave Weekley, Dustin Fox
North Carolina Central at Western Michigan
Dan Gutowsky, Marcus Ray  
Alabama State at Alcorn State
Eric Clemons, Jay Walker
West Alabama at Stephen F. Austin ESPN3*
Georgia Southern at South Alabama ESPN3
McNeese at Louisiana-Lafayette ESPN3
Jacksonville at Liberty ESPN3
Warner at Stetson ESPN3
Drake at South Dakota State ESPN3
SW Minnesota State at Northern State ESPN3*
7:30 p.m. Jacksonville State at No. 21 LSU
Clay Matvick, Dusty Dvoracek, Kaylee Hartung
Arkansas State at Auburn
Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Jeannine Edwards
SEC Network
Eastern Michigan at Missouri
Mark Neely, Ray Bentley, Alex Corddry
SEC Network Alternate
8 p.m. Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol: Virginia Tech vs. No. 17 Tennessee from Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn.
Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder, Dr. Jerry Punch, Marty Smith
Southern at Tulane
Joel Meyers, Brian Kinchen
New Mexico at New Mexico State ESPN3
10:15 p.m. Washington State at Boise State
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich 
10:30 p.m. Virginia at No. 24 Oregon
Allen Bestwick, Mike Bellotti, Kris Budden  

*ESPN3 or ACC Network Extra Exclusive


About The Band Perry
Grammy®Award winning superstar sibling trio The Band Perry are an unstoppable presence in music. On their 2010 self-titled debut, they delivered five hit singles: the sextuple-platinum chart-topper “If I Die Young” (whose video is now Vevo-certified for reaching 100 million plays), the platinum-selling “You Lie” and “All Your Life” (a #1 single), “Hip to My Heart,” and the gold-certified “Postcard from Paris.” For their gold-certified 2013 follow-up “Pioneer,” The Band Perry offered up the platinum-selling #1 singles “Better Dig Two” and “DONE.” (a first for Reid and Neil as songwriters), as well as smash hits “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” and “Chainsaw.” In February 2015, The Band Perry won their first Grammy®Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and have also earned multiple awards from the likes of The Country Music Association, CMT Music Awards, the American Country Awards, and the Academy of Country Music. Recently named ambassadors for Teen Cancer America (a charity founded by The Who’s Roger Daltrey), The Band Perry recently launched a million-dollar fundraising campaign with the nonprofit to benefit Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital to expand the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer program in Nashville.   They recently signed a new recording contract, a joint venture with Interscope Records and Mercury Nashville.  Their single “Live Forever” was the official song of Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.  On August 1st The Band Perry released their highly anticipated single “Comeback Kid” which they performed live for the first time on the Today Show live from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.  They are currently putting the finishing touches on their third studio album. For tour dates and more on TBP, visit ‪thebandperry.com.

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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