ESPN Airs The Herbies Pre-Season Special, College GameDay Season Preview, and More Leading into Week Zero Action

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ESPN Airs The Herbies Pre-Season Special, College GameDay Season Preview, and More Leading into Week Zero Action

  • Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Lee Corso Back Together for Saturday Morning Special
  • Herbstreit Hands Out Preseason Hardware; Heisman Winner Howard Previews Heisman Race
  • Thinking Out Loud Returns on SEC Network
  • ESPN and ESPN2 Air Week Zero Games; ESPN+ Streams First of More than 200 Games This Season

ESPN will air its signature college football preview shows as the network ramps up coverage in advance of its five-day, nearly 50 game Kickoff Week schedule (Aug. 30 – Sept. 3) which is highlighted by all six top ranked teams on ESPN’s networks, 14 ranked teams overall and three matchups of ranked teams facing off – including two occurring during special Sunday and Labor Day primetime specials. Ahead of next week’s game schedule, this weekend, ESPN and ESPN2 will both televise a week 0 game, while ESPN+ will stream the first of more than 200 games the new subscription service will carry this season.

College Football Programming This Week

  • Emmy Award Winner Kirk Herbstreit Hands out Preseason Hardware
    The Herbies Pre-Season Special with ESPN’s lead college football analyst and Emmy Award winner Kirk Herbstreit will debut tonight — Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Herbstreit, along with Rece Davis, will highlight players and teams he expects to have breakthrough performances this season.
  • College GameDay Airs its Annual Preview Edition
    College GameDay Season Preview Built by The Home Depot will air on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 11 a.m. on ESPN. Davis, Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Lee Corso will dive into the latest college football storylines and their season prognostications throughout the one hour special. College GameDay returns to its regular timeslot of 9 a.m. – noon on Saturday, Sept. 1, live from South Bend, Indiana.
  • The Path to College Football Playoff
    Championship Drive: Path to the Playoff Presented by Dr Pepper will once again air on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. on ESPN2, leading into College GameDay. Analysts Joey Galloway, Todd McShay and David Pollack, along with host Chris Cotter, examine the landscape for teams and conferences as they begin their 2018 season campaigns.
  • Heisman Winner Howard Previews the Heisman Race
    Heisman Trophy Preview Show Presented by Nissan will air Sunday, Aug. 26, at 3 p.m. on ESPN. Howard, who won the 1991 Heisman Trophy Award, will join host Adnan Virk and analyst Joey Galloway. The 30-minute special will focus on the college football players most likely to be in the running for the prestigious award, many of whom made ESPN.com’s 50 best players list.
  • Spears and McElroy Back for Second Season on SEC Network
    Thinking Out Loud with Greg McElroy and Marcus Spears is back for its second season on SEC Network, with its preview episode re-airing on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 10 p.m. on SEC Network. The weekly show regularly airs each Monday during the season at 7 p.m.
  • All-Access with Alabama 
    Training Days: Rolling with the Tide
    , a four-part series on the Alabama Crimson Tide football team, continues tonight, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 with episode three leading into The Herbies Pre-Season Special. The all-access programming goes inside practices and closed door meetings, and delve into the all-consuming effort of head coach Nick Saban, the assistant coaches and players as they prepare to defend their College Football Playoff National Championship.

Each show will re-air multiple times across ESPN’s networks and is available on demand via the ESPN App

Week Zero Features Three College Games Under the Lights; GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff Throughout the Weekend
Game action will also be available on Saturday, Aug. 25, as ESPN airs the 2018 Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff featuring No. 14 North Carolina A&T vs. No. 6 Jacksonville State on Aug. 25 (7 p.m.) followed by ESPN2 televising Wyoming at New Mexico State (10 p.m.). On ESPN+, Prairie View A&M will play Rice (7 p.m.).

Additionally, the 2018 GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff will feature a seven-game slate with 38 players ranked in the ESPN 300 and ESPN Jr. 300, including three in the top 10: No. 4 Pierce Quick (Hewitt-Trussville, Ala.), No. 6 Owen Pappoe and No. 7 Wanya Morris (both of Grayson, Ga.)

ESPN’s Week Zero Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game and Commentators Network
Sat, Aug. 25 7 p.m. 2018 Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff
North Carolina A&T vs. Jacksonville State
Taylor Zarzour, Greg McElroy, Cole Cubelic
ESPN
Prairie View A&M at Rice ESPN+
10 p.m. Wyoming at New Mexico State
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones
ESPN2

 

ESPN’s College Football Preview Shows

Date Time (ET) Show Network
Wed, Aug. 22 7 p.m. Training Days: Rolling with the Tide         
8 p.m. The Herbies Pre-Season Special

 

ESPN2
Thu, Aug. 23 10 p.m. Thinking Out Loud SEC Network
Sat, Aug. 25 10 a.m. Championship Drive: Path to the Playoff Presented by Dr Pepper

 

ESPN2
11 p.m. College GameDay Season Preview Special Built by The Home Depot

 

ESPN
Sun, Aug. 26 3:30 p.m. Heisman Trophy Preview Show Presented by Nissan

 

ESPN

Each show will re-air multiple times across ESPN’s networks and is available on demand via the ESPN App

All shows subject to scheduling changes

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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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