ESPN’s College Football Thanksgiving Week: College Football Playoff Contenders Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin on the Road Facing Rivals; Miami and Oklahoma with Important Conference Matchups

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ESPN’s College Football Thanksgiving Week: College Football Playoff Contenders Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin on the Road Facing Rivals; Miami and Oklahoma with Important Conference Matchups

  • Thanksgiving Night and Black Friday Football Lead Into Full Saturday Slate

  • Six of Top 8 Ranked Teams in the College Football Playoff

  • Numerous Classic Rivalries: Clemson at South Carolina, Florida at Florida State, Georgia at Georgia Tech, Notre Dame at Stanford, Oregon State at Oregon, South Florida at UCF, Virginia at Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin at Minnesota 

Beginning with games on Tuesday and continuing on Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Saturday, ESPN’s networks will provide the college football to the sports fans’ Thanksgiving week cornucopia. The four-day offering fills your plate with a main dish of College Football Playoff hopefuls facing their rivals on the road or concluding their regular season conference schedules and side dishes of traditional rivalries throughout the sport.

Black Friday: Miami on the Road and UCF at Home Put Perfect Records on the Line
ABC will air a doubleheader on Black Friday (Nov. 24) which has College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six implications. Miami at Pittsburgh (noon) begins the day as the Hurricanes look to cap an undefeated regular season before they take on Clemson in the ACC Championship (Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. on ABC). Immediately after the Hurricanes-Panthers contest, UCF will host South Florida as the Knights attempt to undefeated, keeping them on track to represent the Group of 5 in the New Year’s Six.  Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, and Allison Williams will be in Pittsburgh, while Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek and Molly McGrath will be in Orlando, Fla.   Overall, ESPN’s networks will carry eight games on Black Friday (see schedule below).

Saturday: Georgia at Georgia Tech, Wisconsin at Minnesota, Notre Dame at Stanford and Clemson at South Carolina
Saturday’s slate (Nov. 25) begins with Georgia at Georgia Tech (noon, ABC) as the Bulldogs look for their 11th win of the season, which will keep them in contention for the College Football Playoff. The Bulldogs-Yellow Jackets in-state rivalry began in 1893 and Georgia holds the all-time advantage (65-41-5), but the Yellow Jackets will be looking to get their second consecutive win in the series. Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy and Tom Luginbill have the call from Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.

Following the clash in Atlanta, No. 5 Wisconsin will be at Minnesota (3:30 p.m., ABC) as the two schools meet for the 127th time. The Badgers, already headed for the Big Ten Championship game, will be looking to stay undefeated on the season. Minnesota head coach PJ Fleck and the Golden Gophers are looking to splinter their rivals’ season by capturing the Paul Bunyan Axe.  Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, and Quint Kessenich will be in Minneapolis for the call.

Saturday Night Football Presented by Walmart will cap ABC’s tripleheader as Notre Dame goes to Stanford (8 p.m.).  The Cardinal has won six of the last eight matchups between the two schools, including the last two. A win this week will bolster the Fighting Irish’s resume in the team’s final game of the regular season.  Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will be at Stanford Stadium for the call.

On ESPN in prime time, Clemson will face its in-state rival South Carolina as the Tigers look for the 11th victory on the season before they face the Hurricanes in the ACC Championship game. The Tigers have won three consecutive matchups in a rivalry that dates back to 1896; however, the Gamecocks are looking for an upset, having won eight games this season already. Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will in Columbia, S.C.

Oklahoma Concludes Conference Regular Season Hosting West Virginia
Oklahoma, which is in the thick of the College Football Playoff picture, will host West Virginia (3:45, ESPN) as the Sooners conclude its regular season conference slate before playing in the Big 12 Championship game. The game will also be the final home game for Sooners senior quarterback Baker Mayfield; however, the Heisman favorite will not start the game. Steve Levy, Brian Griese, and Todd McShay will be in Norman, Okla., for the call.

Thanksgiving Night: ESPN Televises the Egg Bowl – Ole Miss at Mississippi State
On Thanksgiving Night, the 114th edition of the Egg Bowl will take place as Ole Miss travels to Mississippi State (7:30 p.m., ESPN). The Bulldogs will be looking for back-to-back victories in the rivalry for the first time since the 2011-12 seasons. Dave Flemming, Greg McElroy, and Laura Rutledge be in Starkville, Miss., for the call of the game.

Rivalries Take Center Stage
ESPN’s networks will also air numerous other rivalry games this week. Among those include:

  • Virginia Tech at Virginia on Friday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. on ESPN
  • Florida State at Florida on Saturday, Nov. 25 at noon on ESPN
  • Oregon State at Oregon on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. on ESPN2
  • Texas A&M at LSU on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. on SEC Network and ESPN Radio.

ESPN’s Week 13 Schedule:
Please note: College Football Playoff Rankings from Nov. 14 are used below. New rankings will be revealed on ESPN at 7 p.m. on Nov. 21

Date Time Game Network
Tue, Nov. 21 7 p.m. Kent State at Akron
Mike Corey, Tom Luginbill
  Bowling Green at Eastern Michigan
Jim Barbar, Marcus Ray
  Miami (Ohio) at Ball State
Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry
Thu, Nov. 23  7:30 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 16 Mississippi State
Dave Flemming, Greg McElroy, Laura Rutledge
Fri, Nov. 24 11:30 a.m. Western Michigan at Toledo
Shawn Kenney, Rene Ingoglia
  Noon Baylor at No. 12 TCU
Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN Radio
  No. 3 Miami at Pittsburgh
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
  Navy at Houston
Dave LaMont, Mack Brown, Jen Lada 
  1 p.m. Ohio at Buffalo
Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry
  3:30 p.m. South Florida at No. 15 UCF
Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath
  4 p.m. Texas State at Troy
Brett Dolan, Ken Dunek
  8 p.m. Virginia Tech at Virginia
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Kris Budden
Sat, Nov. 25 Noon No. 7 Georgia at Georgia Tech
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
  Florida State at Florida
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Rene Ingoglia
  Indiana at Purdue
Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra
  East Carolina at No. 21 Memphis
Ryan Ruocco, Ray Bentley
  Connecticut at Cincinnati
Bill Roth, Brian Kinchen
  Louisville at Kentucky
Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan
SEC Network
  12:20 p.m. Boston College at Syracuse ACC Network Extra
  12:30 p.m. Duke at Wake Forest ACC Network Extra
  1 p.m. North Texas at Rice ESPN3
  2 p.m. Appalachian State at Georgia State
Brock Bowling, Wayne Gandy
  3 p.m. Old Dominion at Middle Tennessee ESPN3
  Arkansas State at Louisiana-Monroe
Jeff McCarragher, Stan Lewter
  3:30 p.m. No. 5 Wisconsin at Minnesota
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
  Iowa State at Kansas State
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones
  North Carolina at No. 19 NC State
Mike Couzens, John Congemi
  3:45 p.m. West Virginia at No. 4 Oklahoma
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
  4 p.m. Vanderbilt at Tennessee
Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
  Temple at Tulsa
Jay Alter, Craig Haubert
  Idaho at New Mexico State
Greg Mescall, Watson Brown
  5 p.m. Wyoming at San Jose State
Wayne Randazzo, Jay Taylor
  Georgia Southern at Louisiana
Bernie Guenther, Doug Graber
  7 p.m. Oregon State at Oregon
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey, Alex Corddry
  7:30 p.m. No. 2 Clemson at South Carolina
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
  UT San Antonio at Louisiana Tech
Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison
  Texas A&M at No. 20 LSU
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole CubelicRadio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
SEC Network & ESPN Radio
  8:00 p.m. No. 8 Notre Dame at No. 22 Stanford
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
  10:15 p.m. Utah State at Air Force
Mike Corey, Mike Golic Jr.



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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