College Football Week 12: College Football Playoff’s Top Contenders Showcased on ESPN’s Networks

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College Football Week 12: College Football Playoff’s Top Contenders Showcased on ESPN’s Networks

  • Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Miami, Ohio State and USC at Home; Oklahoma and Heisman Favorite Baker Mayfield Face Conference Road Test

  • Exclusive Reveal of Newest CFP Selection Committee Rankings Tuesday Live from Chicago

ESPN’s week 12 college football Saturday schedule is packed with College Football Playoff’s top contenders including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Miami and Oklahoma. Teams still in the hunt such as Ohio State and USC, will also be showcased as the college football schedule enters the stretch run of the regular season.

Noon Slate Features Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Miami at Home
Saturday’s slate begins at noon ET with Alabama, Miami and Auburn all at home across ESPN’s networks. The Hurricanes, coming off their convincing win over Notre Dame, host Virginia (ABC) as the Canes look to extend their 14 game winning streak and continue their perfect 2017 season. Miami has locked up its first ever trip to the ACC Championship game and has played themselves into one of the CFP’s top contenders. Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will be at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., for the call of the game.

The Auburn Tigers have played their way into the thick of the SEC West and CFP race after winning three consecutive games, including beating Georgia this past week. The Tigers host Louisiana-Monroe (noon, ESPN2) and attempt to avoid a letdown with a marquee matchup vs. Alabama on the horizon. Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer and Kris Budden will at Jordan-Hare Stadium for the call of the game.

The undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide will conclude its home schedule with Mercer (noon, SEC Network). Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers and Cole Cubelic will be in Tuscaloosa, Ala. for the game.

The top 5-ranked Clemson Tigers, who have concluded their conference schedule, will host The Citadel on Senior Day (12:20 p.m., ACC Network Extra).

Ohio State and Oklahoma Featured in the Late Afternoon; Sooners QB Baker Mayfield Continues Heisman Campaign
Saturday’s late afternoon window features Ohio State hosting Illinois (3:30 p.m., ABC) and Oklahoma at Kansas (3:30 p.m., ESPN). The Buckeyes can clinch a berth in the Big Ten Championship game with a win, while the Sooners continue to push toward a Big 12 Championship game appearance. The Buckeyes, coming off a dominant victory against Michigan State, are climbing back into the CFP picture. Oklahoma, coming off two top 10 victories, is in a prime spot for a CFP berth as they look to improve on its top 5 ranking. During this recent stretch of success, Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield has played his way into being the top candidate for the Heisman Trophy. Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Todd McShay will be in Columbus, Ohio, while Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy and Tom Luginbill will be in Lawrence, Kanas.

ABC’s Saturday Night Football Features a Classic Rivalry: UCLA at USC
ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Walmart will feature UCLA at USC in one of college football’s classic rivalries. The Trojans have won three straight games and clinched a berth in the Pac-12 championship game. Their cross town rival Bruins would derail any late-season hopes the Trojans have of getting into the CFP race with a victory. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will be at the LA Memorial Coliseum for the call of the game.

ESPN’s Networks Additional Games of Note:

  • Undefeated UCF at Temple (Noon, ESPNU)
  • Kansas State at Oklahoma State (3:30 p.m., ESPN2 and ESPN Radio)
  • LSU at Tennessee (7 p.m., ESPN)
  • Utah at Washington (10:30 p.m., ESPN)

Newest College Football Playoff Selection Committee Rankings Revealed at Champions Classic in Chicago
The College Football Playoff selection committee’s third of five in-season rankings will be announced in-between games of the Champions Classic on Tuesday night (approx. 9 p.m., ESPN). Rece Davis alongside college football analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Joey Galloway and Booger McFarland will exclusively reveal the new top 25 live from the United Center in Chicago.

ESPN’s State Farm Champions Classic will feature No. 1 Duke facing No. 2 Michigan State (7 p.m. ET, ESPN), followed by No. 7 Kentucky facing No. 4 Kansas (9:30 p.m., ESPN)

ESPN’s Week 12 College Football Schedule

Please note: CFP Rankings from Nov. 7 are used below

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Tue, Nov 14 7 p.m. Ohio at Akron
Matt Schick, Tom Luginbill
    Central Michigan at Kent State
Mike Couzens, Ray Bentley
Wed, Nov 15 7 p.m. Western Michigan at Northern Illinois
Chris Cotter, Desmond Howard, Quint Kessenich
  8 p.m. Toledo at Bowling Green
Kevin Negandhi, Rocky Boiman
Thu, Nov 16 7 p.m. Tennessee State at Jacksonville State ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Tulsa at South Florida
Dave Flemming, Jordan Rodgers, Laura Rutledge
Fri, Nov 17 9:30 p.m. UNLV at New Mexico

Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath

Sat, Nov 18 Noon Virginia at No. 7 Miami
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
    Texas at West Virginia
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
    Louisiana-Monroe at No. 10 Auburn
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Kris Budden
    No. 18 UCF at Temple
Mike Couzens, Jon Congemi
    SMU at No. 22 Memphis
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
    Mercer at No. 2 Alabama
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
    Delaware State at Florida State ACC Network Extra
    Robert Morris at Central Connecticut State ESPN3
    Missouri State at Youngstown State ESPN3
  12:20 p.m. The Citadel at No. 4 Clemson ACC Network Extra
    Pittsburgh at No. 17 Virginia Tech ACC Network Extra
  1 p.m. North Dakota State at Illinois State ESPN3
    North Carolina Central at North Carolina A&T
Eric Clemons, Jay Walker
  2 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at Florida A&M
Shawn Kenney, Forrest Conoly
ESPN Classic
    Rice at Old Dominion ESPN3
    Southern Illinois at Western Illinois ESPN3
    East Tennessee State at Chattanooga ESPN3
    Monmouth at Kennesaw State ESPN3
  3 p.m. Western Carolina at North Carolina
Dave Weekley, Stan Lewter
ACC Network Extra
    Texas State at Arkansas State
Mike Watts, Doug Graber
    South Alabama at Georgia Southern
Matt Stewart, Wayne Gandy
    South Dakota State at South Dakota ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Illinois at No. 13 Ohio State
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
    No. 5 Oklahoma at Kansas

Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

    Kansas State at No. 15 Oklahoma State

TV: Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones
Radio: Marc Kestecher,
Dusty Dvoracek

    Syracuse at Louisville
Mark Neely, Ray Bentley
    Georgia Tech at Duke ACC Network Extra
  4 p.m. Houston at Tulane
Joel Meyers, Brian Kinchen
    UAB at Florida
Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
    Wofford at South Carolina
Mike Morgan, Barrett Jones
SEC Network Alternate
  5 p.m. Coastal Carolina at Idaho ESPN3
    New Mexico State at Louisiana
David Saltzman, Hudson Mason
    Indiana State at Northern Iowa ESPN3
  7 p.m. No. 24 LSU at Tennessee
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
    Texas A&M at Ole Miss

Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra

  7:30 p.m. No. 23 NC State at Wake Forest

Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison

    Missouri at Vanderbilt
Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan
SEC Network
  8 p.m. UCLA at No. 11 USC
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
  10:15 p.m. Air Force at Boise State
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey
  10:30 p.m. Utah at No. 9 Washington
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich

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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