ESPN’s College Football Week 11: No. 3 Notre Dame and the Undefeated, Tenth-Ranked Miami Hurricanes Meet on ABC’s Saturday Night Football with Major College Football Playoff Implications at Stake

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ESPN’s College Football Week 11: No. 3 Notre Dame and the Undefeated, Tenth-Ranked Miami Hurricanes Meet on ABC’s Saturday Night Football with Major College Football Playoff Implications at Stake

  • Fighting Irish-Hurricanes: Renew Historic Rivalry in Miami for First Time Since 1989
  • Additional Top CFP Impact Games:
    • 2 Alabama at No. 16 Mississippi State
    • 4 Clemson Welcomes Rival Florida State
    • 9 Wisconsin Hosting Upset-Minded Iowa Hawkeyes
  • ESPN’s 30 for 30: Catholics vs. Convicts Re-Airs This Week
  • New College Football Playoff Rankings Announced Tuesday on ESPN

ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Walmart will feature one of college football’s most historic rivalries in a clash that has a major 2017 College Football Playoff implications as No. 3 Notre Dame travels to meet undefeated and No.10 Miami. The Fighting Irish are expected to remain in the CFP selection committee’s top 3 when the newest rankings are revealed on ESPN Tuesday at 7 p.m. (see below) and Miami should improve from its No. 10 ranking after defeating No. 13 Virginia Tech in week 10 and other top 10 teams losing their matchups. The winner of this game will further boost its resume as every team in the sport begins the final stretch of their schedule.  College GameDay Built by the Home Depot will televise from the University of Miami campus on Saturday morning (9 a.m. ET)

Heisman Trophy Campaign, Miami’s Resurgence Provide Subplots
In addition the CFP implications, the game is littered with subplots, as Notre Dame running back Josh Adams is in the thick of the Heisman Race, with nearly 1,200 yards rushing and nine touchdowns on the year thus far. Adams’ head coach, Brian Kelly, has the Fighting Irish at 8-1 on the year, after finishing just 4-8 last season. Meanwhile, Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt is in his second year at his alma mater and has them in the national spotlight this deep in the season for the first time in over a decade as one of the college football’s traditional powerhouses continues its resurgence onto the national stage. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Tom Rinaldi, and Maria Taylor will have the call of the game from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Hurricanes-Fighting Irish Rivalry Renewed
This weekend will be the Fighting Irish’s first time in Miami since 1989 and just the two schools’ fourth meeting since 1990. In the 1980s, it was one of the most contentious rivalries in the country, which was captured in ESPN’s 30 for 30: Catholics vs. Convicts which debuted last year. The film will be shown on ESPN2 and ESPNU this week in addition to being available on demand, via the ESPN app, starting Wednesday.

Day Time Network
Monday, Nov. 6 10 p.m. ESPNU
Tuesday, Nov. 7 11:30 p.m. ESPN2
Thursday, Nov. 9 10:30 p.m. ESPNU
Friday, Nov. 10 4 p.m. ESPNU
Saturday, Nov. 12 6 a.m. ESPN2
Sunday, Nov. 13 8 p.m. ESPNU

No. 2 Alabama Hits the Road; No. 4 Clemson Can Clinch Trip to Conference Championship Game
ESPN will have also have two major College Football Playoff impact games, as No. 2 Alabama travels to No. 16 Mississippi State in prime time (7 p.m.) and Florida State is at No. 4 Clemson in the late afternoon (3:30 p.m.). The Crimson Tide is looking to remain undefeated on the season, while simultaneously pushing their winning streak against the Bulldogs to double digits.  The Tigers can clinch a trip to the ACC Championship with a win, as they conclude their conference schedule this weekend. Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, and Tom Luginbill will be in Starkville, Ms., while Steve Levy, Brian Griese, and Todd McShay will be in Clemson, S.C.

Wisconsin Looks to Remain Unbeaten, Hawkeyes Eying Second Consecutive Upset
No. 9 Wisconsin, the Big Ten’s lone undefeated team, will host Iowa, as the Badgers’ quest to their first ever College Football Playoff continues. Wisconsin can clinch a trip to the Big Ten Championship game with a victory; on the other hand, the Hawkeyes can cause more disruption as they look for their second consecutive top 10 upset after beating Ohio State last weekend. Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe will be in Madison, Wisc.

Additional ESPN Week 11 Highlights:

  • 11 Oklahoma State at No. 15 Iowa State (noon, ABC or ESPN2)*
  • 20 NC State at Boston College (noon, ABC or ESPN2)*
  • Arkansas at No. 19 LSU (noon, ESPN)
  • Oregon State at No. 22 Arizona (10 p.m., ESPN2)

*Reverse-mirror game

Please note: Last week’s College Football Playoff Rankings were used in this release. Rankings will be updated on Tuesday night

Second College Football Playoff Ranking Reveled Tuesday on ESPN; Instant Reaction Across TV, Twitter and Radio Immediately Follows
The second College Football Playoff rankings will be exclusively revealed on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. on College Football Playoff: Top 25 Presented by Goodyear on ESPN. The one-hour special is the second of five preliminary rankings before the final rankings are revealed on Sunday, Dec. 3. Complete details are here.

Immediately following, fans will have access to immediate reactions across a variety of ESPN platforms. On ESPN, College Football Playoff: After the Rankings Presented by Goodyear will be hosted by Joe Tessitore, while on Twitter and ESPN Radio, Rankings Reactions will be hosted by Mike Golic, Jr. and Jason Fitz. The Twitter stream begins at 8 p.m., while the radio broadcast begins at 7 p.m. Both shows go to 9 p.m. ET.

Rankings Reactions will continue on Twitter each Tuesday in November after College Football Playoff: Top 25, with the final show to be streamed and aired on Sunday Dec. 3. The show will be streamed live on Twitter and connected devices via @ESPNCFB and Each show will also be accompanied with a Twitter timeline, featuring the related real-time conversation as fans and experts react to the latest college football rankings and news.

In addition to ESPN Radio, the full two-hour show will also be available on, the ESPN App, SiriusXM, Apple Music, Slacker Radio and TuneIn.

ESPN’s Week 11 College Football Programming Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Tues, Nov 7 7:30 p.m. Akron at Miami (Ohio)
Kevin Negandhi, Rocky Boiman, Quint Kessenich
    Bowling Green at Buffalo
Kevin Brown, Ray Bentley
Wed, Nov 8 7 p.m. Toledo at Ohio
Chris Cotter, Desmond Howard, Quint Kessenich
  8 p.m. Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan
Mike Corey, Tom Luginbill
Thu, Nov 9 7:30 p.m. North Carolina at Pittsburgh

TV: Dave Flemming, Joey Galloway, Booger McFarland, Laura Rutledge

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN and ESPN Radio
    Georgia Southern at Appalachian State

Mark Neely, Jay Walker

Fri, Nov 10 7 p.m. Temple at Cincinnati

Dave Lamont, Mack Brown, Jen Lada

  10:30 p.m. BYU at UNLV
Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath
Sat, Nov 11 Noon No. 11 Oklahoma State at No. 15 Iowa State
Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra
    No. 20 NC State at Boston College
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
    Arkansas at No. 19 LSU
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Julie Stewart-Binks
    Connecticut at UCF

Mike Couzens, John Congemi,

    Missouri Valley  at MidAmerica Nazarene ESPN3
    No.  24 Michigan State at No. 6 Ohio State
Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN Radio
    Louisiana at Ole Miss
Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
    Merchant Marine Academy at Coast Guard Academy
Dave Weekley, Matt Chatham
  12:10 p.m. Indiana PA at West Chester ESPN3
  12:20 p.m. No. 13 Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech ACC Network Extra
  1 p.m. Tiffin at Grand Valley State ESPN3
    Western Illinois at Indiana State ESPN3
    Stetson at Jacksonville ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. Wofford at VMI ESPN3
  2 p.m. Middle Tennessee at Charlotte ESPN3
    Youngstown State at Southern Illinois ESPN3
    The Citadel at Furman ESPN3
    Mercer at Western Carolina ESPN3
    Jacksonville State at Tennessee-Martin ESPN3
  3 p.m. Wake Forest at Syracuse ACC Network Extra
    Northern Iowa at Missouri State ESPN3
    Illinois State at South Dakota State ESPN3
    East Tennessee State at Samford ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Iowa at No. 9 Wisconsin
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
    Florida State at No. 4 Clemson
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
    West Virginia at Kansas State
Anish Shroff, Mike Golic Jr., Roddy Jones
    Virginia at Louisville
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
    Charleston Southern at Kennesaw State ESPN3
    South Dakota at North Dakota State ESPN3
  4 p.m. Kentucky at Vanderbilt
Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan
SEC Network
    San Jose State at Nevada

Shawn Kenney, Al Groh

    Georgia State at Texas State ESPN3
    Nicholls at Stephen F. Austin ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Troy at Coastal Carolina
Jim Barbar, John Gregory
  5 p.m. UTEP at North Texas ESPN3
    Arkansas State at South Alabama
Matt Stewart, Forrest Conoly
  6 p.m. Kansas at Texas
Lowell Galindo, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden
  7 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 16 Mississippi State

Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

Radio: Marc Kestecher, Barrett Jones

ESPN and ESPN Radio
    Purdue at Northwestern
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
    New Mexico at Texas A&M
Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison
    Florida Tech at Delta State ESPN3
    Northwestern State at McNeese ESPN3
    Sam Houston State at Abilene Christian ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Tennessee at Missouri
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
  8 p.m. No. 3 Notre Dame at No. 10 Miami
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
  10 p.m. Oregon State at No. 22 Arizona
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
  10:15 p.m. Wyoming at Air Force
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey

Not all ESPN3 and ACC Network Extra Games are Exclusive
*Reverse-mirror game



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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