College Football Week 9: Top 10 Teams in Key Conference Games Throughout the Day on Saturday Highlight ESPN’s Networks Slate

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College Football Week 9: Top 10 Teams in Key Conference Games Throughout the Day on Saturday Highlight ESPN’s Networks Slate

  • Georgia Tech at No. 7 Clemson and Texas Tech at No. 10 Oklahoma in Prime Time
  • 11 Oklahoma State at No. 22 West Virginia and No. 4 TCU at No. 25 Iowa State Highlight Afternoon Slate
  • Thursday: Heisman Candidate Bryce Love and No. 20 Stanford at Oregon State
  • Saturday: No. 5 Wisconsin, No. 8 Miami, No. 12 Washington, No. 13 Virginia Tech, No. 17 South Florida, No. 18 UCF, and No. 21 USC all in Action

ESPN’s networks will feature top 10 teams in key conference games, including a top 5 team on the road vs. a ranked opponent, throughout the day on Saturday, highlighting the industry-leading week 9 schedule. Overall, more than half the ranked teams will play on ESPN’s networks in the final week of play before the first College Football Playoff rankings are released (Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. on ESPN).

ABC’s Saturday Night Football: No. 7 Clemson or No. 10 Oklahoma at Home in Conference Matchups
Two top 10 teams hosting conference opponents will be featured on ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Walmart as the premier network series features either No. 7 Clemson at home against Georgia Tech or No. 10 Oklahoma welcoming in Texas Tech. All fans will have access to both games, as the two games will air nationally on either ABC or ESPN2 in every market.

The Clemson Tigers return to action after suffering their first conference – and only – loss of the season against Syracuse in week 7 and welcome in the Yellow Jackets, who also only has one conference loss, which was to undefeated Miami.  Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will be in Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C., for the call of the game.

The Sooners have worked their way back into the top 10 after back-to-back victories and now welcome in the Red Raiders. Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield once played for Texas Tech before transferring to Oklahoma and will be facing his former team for the final time. Oklahoma is on a five-game winning streak in the series they have dominated all-time (18-6 record).  Steve Levy, Brian Griese, and Todd McShay will be in Norman, Okla.

Marquee Matchups All Afternoon Lead into Prime Time Slate
Saturday’s slate begins with a marquee matchup as No. 11 Oklahoma State is at No. 22 West Virginia (noon, ABC) in a Big 12 showdown matching teams up with 3-1 conference records. Both teams only loss of the year came to No. 4 TCU, who remains undefeated. Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe will be in Morgantown, W.V. for the call of the game.

In the same timeslot, ESPN and ESPN2 will feature a pair of undefeated teams, as No. 5 Wisconsin travels to Illinois (ESPN) and No. 8 Miami heads to North Carolina (ESPN2). Both teams will be playing in only their second conference road game of the year.

The high-stakes matchups continue into the late afternoon as No. 4 TCU at No. 25 Iowa State (3:30 p.m.) and UCLA at No. 12 Washington (3:30 p.m.) will be show throughout the country on either ABC or ESPN2.

The Cyclones will be looking for their second top 5 win of the season as they previously beat then-ranked No. 3 Oklahoma (Oct. 7), propelling them to a three-game winning streak which has them ranked for the first time since 2005.  The Horned Frogs look to maintain their perfect record on the season and their domination in conference play, which has seen them outscore their opponents 144-61. Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy and Tom Luginbill will be in Ames, Iowa, for the game.

The Huskies, coming off their first loss of the season, host the Bruins in Pac-12 matchup. UCLA is looking for their first conference road win of the year.  Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard and Allison Williams will be in Seattle.

Also in the 3:30 p.m., No. 16 Michigan State will be at Northwestern (ESPN) as the Spartans look to remain undefeated in the Big Ten. Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks and Roddy Jones will be in Evanston, Ill.

Heisman Hopeful Takes Center Stage on Thursday Night
ESPN’s Thursday night telecast (Oct. 26) features Heisman hopeful Bryce Love as No. 20 Stanford is at Oregon State (9 p.m.). The junior running back has nearly 1,400 yards rushing on the season including toping more than 250 yards twice and 300 yards once in a single game. He has helped the Cardinal bounce back from two early season losses and has them at 5-2 on the season and tied atop the Pac-12 North.

Additional Ranked Teams on ESPN’s Networks

  • Houston at No. 17 South Florida at 3:45 p.m. on ESPNU
  • Austin Peay at No. 18 UCF at 5 p.m. on ESPN3
  • Duke at No. 13 Virginia Tech at 7:20 p.m. on ACC Network Extra
  • 21 USC at Arizona State at 10:45 p.m. on ESPN

All games Saturday, Oct. 28, unless noted

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Oct 26 6 p.m. Clark Atlanta at Miles College (AL) ESPN3
  7 p.m. Toledo at Ball State
Jim Barbar, Mark Herrman
  Shorter at West Georgia ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. South Alabama at Georgia State
Mark Neely, Ray Bentley
  9 p.m. No. 20 Stanford at Oregon State
Dave Flemming, Brock Huard, Laura Rutledge
Fri, Oct 27 8 p.m. Florida State at Boston College
Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Jen Lada
  9 p.m. Tulsa at SMU
Dave Lamont, Dusty Dvoracek, Alex Corddry
Sat, Oct 28 Noon No. 11 Oklahoma State at No. 22 West Virginia
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
  No. 5 Wisconsin at Illinois
Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carceterra
  No. 8 Miami at North Carolina
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Kris Budden
  Texas at Baylor
Mike Couzens, John Congemi
  Arkansas at Ole Miss
David Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
  Bryant at Wagner ESPN3
  Benedictine at William Penn ESPN3
  12:20 p.m. Louisville at Wake Forest ACC Network Extra
  12:30 p.m. Virginia at Pittsburgh ACC Network Extra
  1 p.m. Rhode Island at Albany ESPN3
  San Diego at Stetson ESPN3
  Florida A&M at Morgan State ESPN3
  2 p.m. Illinois State at Youngstown State ESPN3
  South Dakota State at Western Illinois ESPN3
  VMI at The Citadel ESPN3
  East Stroudsburg at West Chester ESPN3
  3 p.m. San Jose State at BYU ESPN3
  Southern Arkansas at Henderson State ESPN3
  Indiana State at Missouri State ESPN3
  Chattanooga at Samford ESPN3
  Eastern Illinois at Tennessee-Martin ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. UCLA at No. 12 Washington
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
  No. 4 TCU at No. 25 Iowa State
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
  No. 16 Michigan State at Northwestern
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones
  Florida vs. No. 3 Georgia from Jacksonville
Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN Radio
  Georgia Southern at Troy
Matt Stewart, Watson Brown
  Furman at Western Carolina ESPN3
  Northern Iowa at North Dakota State ESPN3
  Alabama A&M at Alabama State ESPN3
  3:45 p.m. Houston at No. 17 South Florida
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
  4 p.m. Vanderbilt at South Carolina
Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan
SEC Network
  Southern Illinois at South Dakota ESPN3
  Azusa Pacific at Central Washington ESPN3
  Northern Michigan at Grand Valley State ESPN3
  5 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at Idaho
Trey Bender, George Wrighster
  Austin Peay at No. 18 UCF
Shawn Kennedy, Forrest Conoly
  West Florida at West Alabama ESPN3
  6 p.m. Texas State at Coastal Carolina

Jeff McCarrigher, Stan Lewter

  Monmouth at Charleston Southern ESPN3
  Newberry at Wingate ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Old Dominion at North Texas ESPN3
  7 p.m. McNeese at Central Arkansas ESPN3
  Stephen F. Austin at Lamar ESPN3
  7:15 p.m. Mississippi State at Texas A&M
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
  7:20 p.m. Duke at No. 13 Virginia Tech ACC Network Extra
  7:30 p.m. New Mexico at Wyoming
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey
  Tennessee at Kentucky
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
  8 p.m. Georgia Tech at No. 7 Clemson
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
  Texas Tech at No. 10 Oklahoma
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
  Arkansas State at New Mexico State ESPN3
  Sam Houston State at Southeastern Louisiana ESPN3
  10:45 p.m. No. 21 USC at Arizona State
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
  11:15 p.m. San Diego State at Hawaii
Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison

Please note: Not all ESPN3 and ACC Network Extra Games are Exclusive


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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