Nation’s Top Teams Playing in Prime Time – No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 2 Ohio State and No. 13 Auburn at No. 3 Clemson – Highlight ESPN’s Networks Week 2 Schedule

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Nation’s Top Teams Playing in Prime Time – No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 2 Ohio State and No. 13 Auburn at No. 3 Clemson – Highlight ESPN’s Networks Week 2 Schedule

  • No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Penn State Also on ESPN’s Networks; 18 Ranked Teams Overall
  • Number of Games Changes Due Hurricane Irma  

College football fans will have multiple prime time options on ESPN’s networks on Saturday, Sept. 9, as ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Wells Fargo will air No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 2 Ohio State (7:30 p.m. ET) and ESPN will televise No. 3 Clemson hosting No. 13 Auburn (7 p.m.). The two high-stakes games highlight the networks’ week 2 schedule which also features No. 1 Alabama at home vs. Fresno State (ESPN2) and No. 4 Penn State hosting Pitt (ABC), both at 3:30 p.m. ET. Overall, ESPN’s networks will showcase 18 ranked teams in the sport’s second week, which includes all the aforementioned top 5 teams.

**Game Updates Due to Hurricane Irma**

Hurricane Irma has impacted a number of games this weekend across ESPN’s networks. Changes are:

  • No. 16 Miami at Arkansas State has been canceled; Indiana at Virginia will now air on ESPNU in its place on Saturday, Sept. 9 (3:30 p.m.).
  • Louisiana-Monroe at No. 10 Florida State has been moved to noon, remaining on Saturday, Sept. 9. It will be a non-exclusive game on ACC Network Extra.
  • No. 21 South Florida at UConn has moved to 10:30 a.m. and remains on Saturday, Sept. 9 on ESPNEWS
  • Memphis at UCF has been moved to Friday, Sept. 8, starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. The game will now air on ESPNU.
  • Northern Colorado at No. 22 Florida has been moved to noon, remaining on Saturday, Sept. 9. The game will be streamed exclusively on SEC Network +. Chattanooga at No. 12 LSU moves from SEC Network Alternate to SEC Network
  • New Hampshire at Georgia Southern moves to 4 p.m., remaining on Saturday, Set. 9. The game will be played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., remains on ESPN3.


ABC’s Saturday Night Football Features Top 5 Matchup for Second Consecutive Week
ABC’s Saturday Night Football telecast of the Sooners-Buckeyes will be the second consecutive top 5 matchup for ESPN’s networks signature franchise as the opening week’s Florida State-Alabama telecast set numerous records. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will be in Columbus for the Big 12-Big Ten Showdown, as the two schools meet for just the fourth time ever, with Ohio State winning the last two matchups (1983, 2016). It will be Oklahoma’s first trip to Columbus in 40 years, when the Sooners beat Ohio State 29-28. College GameDay Built By The Home Depot (9 a.m. on ESPN) will be onsite to set the scene early in the day.

No. 3 Clemson Hosts Long Time Rival, No. 13 Auburn Under the Lights
The College Football Playoff National Champion and No. 3 Clemson Tigers play their first game of the season under the lights in Death Valley when they host No. 13 Auburn. The two rivals have a storied history, first playing in 1902 and meeting 50 times overall. Auburn holds the upper hand with 34 wins in the series and two ties; however, they haven’t won in Memorial Stadium since 1970. Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Todd McShay will have the call.

Additional ESPN/ABC Week 2 Highlights:

  • The Battle of Pennsylvania: Penn State and Pittsburgh play for the 98th time in the schools’ histories; however, the Panthers travel to State College, Pa., for the first-time since 1999. The Nittany Lions lead the all-time series with 50 wins, 43 losses and four ties, but the Panthers have won the last two meetings, including delivering the Nittany Lions one of their two losses last season. Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will be in Happy Valley for the telecast.
  • Non-Conference Showdowns: 8 Michigan’s home opener vs. Cincinnati (noon on ABC), Iowa at Iowa State (Noon on ESPN2) and Boise State at No. 20 Washington State (10:30 p.m. on ESPN) are among ESPN’s additional non-conference games. Full commentator list is below.
  • Battle in the Beehive State:One of the sport’s best rivalries is renewed when Utah travels to face BYU (10:15 p.m. on ESPN2). The Utes have won the last six meetings between the two schools separated by approximately 50 miles and 56 of their 91 overall meetings. Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville and Paul Carcaterra will call the game.
  • Lamar Jackson, Louisville Begin ACC Schedule: Lamar Jackson and the No. 17 Louisville Cardinals will travel to North Carolina (noon) as the two teams open their ACC schedule. Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, and Tom Luginbill will call the game.
  • Longhorn Network Airs First of Two Texas Games
    Longhorn Network will televise the first of its two Texas games this week when the Longhorns host San Jose State (3:30 p.m.).   More details on LHN’s production can be found here.
  • SEC Network and SEC Network Alternate
    SEC Network will carry six games this weekend, including the aforementioned No. 22 Florida Gators hosting Northern Colorado on SEC Network + and two games on SEC Network Alternate. A full schedule is below and for assistance finding SEC Network Alternate, please visit


ESPN’s Networks Week 2 Schedule as of 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thur, Sept. 7 7:30 p.m. Sam Houston State at Prairie View A&M
Eric Clemons, Jay Walker
Fri, Sept. 8 6:30 p.m. Memphis at UCF ESPNU
8 p.m. No. 11 Oklahoma State at South Alabama
Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath
Sat, Sept. 9 10:30 a.m. No. 21 South Florida at UConn
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
Noon Cincinnati at No. 8 Michigan
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
No. 17 Louisville at North Carolina
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
Iowa at Iowa State
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Julia Stewart-Binks
Northwestern at Duke
Mike Couzens, John Congemi
Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky
Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan
SEC Network
Tennessee-Martin at Ole Miss
Mike Morgan, Barrett Jones, Richard Cross
SEC Network Alternate
Northern Colorado at No. 22 Florida
Joel Meyers, Brian Kinchen,
SEC Network +
Louisiana-Monroe at No. 10 Florida State ACC Network Extra
12:30 p.m. Jacksonville at Georgia Tech ACC Network Extra
1 p.m. Wake Forest at Boston College
Robert Lee, Matt Chatham
ACC Network Extra
3 p.m. UAB at Ball State
Jim Barbar, Hutson Mason
3:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at No. 4 Penn State
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
Fresno State at No. 1 Alabama
Adam Amin, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
Indiana at Virginia
Dave Weekley, John Gregory
San Jose State at Texas
Lowell Galindo, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden
Longhorn Network
Howard at Kent State
Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry
Eastern Illinois at Northern Illinois
Jordan Bernfield, Marcus Ray
Savannah State at Appalachian State
Brock Bowling, Stan Lewter
Austin Peay at Miami (Ohio)
Jeff McCarrigher, Bobby Carpenter
Villanova at Temple
Greg Mescall, Tyoka Jackson
Middle Tennessee at Syracuse
Doug Sherman, Doug Graber
ACC Network Extra
Delaware at Virginia Tech
Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly
ACC Network Extra
4 p.m. Indiana State vs. No. 25 Tennessee
David Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
Alabama A&M vs. Vanderbilt
Mark Neely, Jay Walker, Desmond Purnell
SEC Network Alternate
Louisiana at Tulsa
David Saltzman, George Wrighster
New Hampshire at Georgia Southern
Matt Stewart, Wayne Gandy
6 p.m. South Dakota at Bowling Green
Dan Dutowsky, Watson Brown
Alabama State at Troy
Tiffany Greene, Rene Nadeau
Marshall at NC State
Kevin Fitzgerald, Dustin Fox
ACC Network Extra
6:30 p.m. Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Akron
David Wilson, Travis Tannahill
7 p.m. No. 13 Auburn at No. 3 Clemson
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
South Carolina at Missouri
Anish Shroff, Mike Golic, Jr, Roddy Jones
Nicholls at Texas A&M
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey
North Texas at SMU
David Raymond, Stanford Routt
Toledo at Nevada
Trey Bender, Jay Taylor
7:30 p.m. No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 2 Ohio State
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
Radio: Bill Rosinski, Dusty Dvoracek, Ian Fitzsimmons
ABC and ESPN Radio
Chattanooga vs. No. 12 LSU
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
8:30 p.m. No. 14 Stanford at No. 6 USC
Marc Kestecher, David Norrie
ESPN Radio
9 p.m. UNLV at Idaho ESPN3
10:15 p.m. Utah at BYU
Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra
10:30 p.m. Boise State at No. 20 Washington State
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
Houston at Arizona
Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison



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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