ESPN to Televise Alabama, Clemson and Georgia’s Spring Games; 18 Games Available across ESPN Networks

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ESPN to Televise Alabama, Clemson and Georgia’s Spring Games; 18 Games Available across ESPN Networks

ESPN will pull back the curtain for a sneak peek of the 2018 college football season when its networks carry 18 spring games throughout March and April as teams take the first step toward the College Football Playoff semifinals on ESPN (December 29). The five-week slate kicks off on Saturday, March 24 and continues with multiple games nearly every weekend, highlighting’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 heading into the 2018 season.

Top three teams live on ESPN
No. 1 Clemson kicks off coverage on ESPN on Saturday, April 14 at 2:30 p.m. ET with Chris Fowler, Brock Huard and Tom Luginbill on the call from Memorial Stadium. No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia, the two teams left standing at the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship, play their spring games back-to-back on ESPN, Saturday, April 21. Adnan Virk, Kirk Herbstreit, Joey Galloway and Holly Rowe will call the action live from Tuscaloosa at 2 p.m., with Bob Wischusen, Todd Blackledge and Maria Taylor following at 4 p.m. between the hedges in Athens.

ESPN commentators serve as referees for South Carolina’s Garnet-Black Spring Game
ESPN is surrounding No. 25 South Carolina’s Garnet-Black Spring Game with additional commentators and an writer to shadow and participate as referees throughout the day. Steve Coughlin, Cole Cubelic, Mike Golic, Jr., Booger McFarland, Jordan Rodgers and’s Ryan McGee, along with reporter Laura Rutledge, will take fans inside prep meetings, referee positioning & roles, as well as game calls. The ESPN referees will have hat cams at different points throughout the afternoon to give viewers a unique first-person perspective of the game.

Longhorn Network features full day of Texas athletics
Longhorn Network will give Texas fans a full Forty Acres experience Saturday, April 21. Texas Softball (Oklahoma State, 1 p.m.) and Texas Baseball (New Orleans, 3:30 p.m.) precede spring game action and lead into Texas GameDay at 6:30 p.m. Kickoff inside DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium is at 7:30 p.m. with full highlights and analysis on Texas GameDay Final, airing for an hour following the conclusion of the game.

Digital coverage enhances spring game slate
ACC Network Extra will carry spring games at No. 18 Florida State and Boston College as part of ESPN’s digital coverage. All 18 spring games will be available to stream on the ESPN App.

In addition to televised action, will have additional spring game coverage to complement its daily coverage of the sport.

Please note: All team rankings are per’s “Way-Too-Early Top 25” (Feb. 12)

Date Time (ET) Programming Network
Sat, Mar 24 5 p.m. Vanderbilt: Spring Football Showcase

Talent: Dawn Davenport, Jordan Rodgers

SEC Network
Sat, Mar 31 Noon South Carolina: Garnet-Black Spring Game

Talent: Clay Matvick, Gene Chizik, Matt Stinchcomb

SEC Network
Sat, Apr 7 2 p.m. Ole Miss: Grove Bowl

Talent: Mike Couzens, Andre Ware, Peter Burns

Arkansas: Red-White Spring Game

Talent: Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Chris Doering

Note: Game played at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock

SEC Network
4 p.m. Auburn: A-Day

Talent: Clay Matvick, Jordan Rodgers, Laura Rutledge

SEC Network
Fri, Apr 13 6:30 p.m. Kentucky: Kentucky Blue-White Game

Talent: Taylor Zarzour, Cole Cubelic, Paul Carcaterra

SEC Network
Sat, Apr 14 11:30 a.m. Boston College: Jay McGillis Memorial Spring Game ACC Network Extra
  1 p.m. Missouri: Black & Gold Game

Talent: Matt Schick, Chris Doering, Kris Budden

SEC Network
  2:30 p.m. Clemson: Orange & White Spring Game

Talent: Chris Fowler, Brock Huard, Tom Luginbill

3 p.m. Florida: Orange & Blue Game

Talent: Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

SEC Network
5 p.m. Texas A&M Spring Game

Talent: Chris Cotter, Greg McElroy, Laura Rutledge

SEC Network
  6 p.m. Florida State: Garnet and Gold Spring Football Game ACC Network Extra
Sat, Apr 21 2 p.m. Alabama: A-Day

Talent: Adnan Virk, Kirk Herbstreit, Joey Galloway, Holly Rowe

Tennessee: Orange & White Game

Talent: Dave Neal, Greg McElroy, Gene Wojciechowski

SEC Network
4 p.m. Georgia: G-Day

Talent: Bob Wischusen, Todd Blackledge, Maria Taylor

Mississippi State: Maroon-White Game

Talent: Clay Matvick, Dusty Dvoracek, Rocky Boiman

SEC Network
6 p.m. LSU: National L-Club Day

Talent: Roy Philpott, Booger McFarland, Marcus Spears

SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. Texas: Orange-White Spring Game

Talent: Lowell Galindo, Mack Brown, Rod Gilmore, Emmanuel Acho

Longhorn Network

Please note: This was updated on Thursday, April 12 with changes to the original press release

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Media contact: Amanda Brooks at 704-973-5042; [email protected] and @BrooksAD


Amanda Brooks

Amanda is the Senior Director of Communications overseeing publicity strategy for ESPN’s entire college sports portfolio, including college football and the College Football Playoff, 40 NCAA Championships and ESPN's college networks. Amanda is a proud alum of Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., and earned her master's in ethics from Vanderbilt University. A native of Kent, Ohio, she is a die-hard Cleveland Guardians fan.
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