College Football Week 3: No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 15 TCU on ABC’s Saturday Night Football Headlines ESPN Networks’ Slate Featuring the Top Six Ranked Teams

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College Football Week 3: No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 15 TCU on ABC’s Saturday Night Football Headlines ESPN Networks’ Slate Featuring the Top Six Ranked Teams

  • Top 10 Team Featured in Every Saturday Game Window:
    • 1 Alabama, No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 10 Washington Open Up Conference Play on the Road
    • 2 Clemson and No. 3 Georgia Back-to Back on ESPN2
    • 6 Wisconsin Welcomes in BYU, Looks to Finish Non-Conference Play Undefeated

  • 17 Boise State at No. 24 Oklahoma State in Critical Non-Conference Matchup

  • 14 Ranked Teams on the Slate; ESPN+ with Scores of Intra-Conference Games, Ivy League Football Makes Debut

ESPN’s networks college football week 3 slate will feature the nation’s top six teams, including No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 15 TCU on ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Wells Fargo, and No. 1 Alabama and No. 5 Oklahoma opening up conference play on the road. The second-ranked Clemson Tigers, No. 3 Georgia and No. 6 Wisconsin will all welcome in non-conference opponents. Every ESPN network game window on Saturday will feature a top team, including No. 10 Washington traveling to open up their Pac-12 schedule.

No. 4 Ohio State Leaves Columbus for First Time This Season, Faces No. 15 TCU  
The Buckeyes-Horned Frogs non-conference, ranked matchup (8 p.m., ABC) will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, just hours after College GameDay Built by The Home Depot is live from the TCU campus (9 a.m. – noon). The showdown will be just the seventh-ever matchup between the two schools and their first matchup outside of Columbus, Ohio. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will be on the call.

No. 1 Alabama Heads to Hostile Territory
ESPN’s prime-time matchup features the top ranked Crimson Tide in their first true road game of the year as they head to Ole Miss (7 p.m., ESPN). The Rebels will attempt to defeat Alabama for the third time in five years as both teams begin their SEC slate. Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe will be in Oxford for the call.

No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 10 Washington Open Up Conference Play
ABC will begin the day with a top team on the road in its conference opener at No. 5 Oklahoma heads to Iowa State (noon, ABC) as the Sooners look to avenge last year’s upset win by the Cyclones. ESPN will conclude its day also with a conference matchup as No. 10 Washington heads to Utah (10 p.m., ESPN). Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, and Tom Luginbill will be in Ames, Iowa, while Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Todd McShay will be in Salt Lake, Utah.

No. 17 Boise State Looks for Statement Win at No. 24 Oklahoma State; No. 6 Wisconsin Finishes Non-Conference Schedule
ESPN’s late afternoon window features No. 17 Boise State at No. 24 Oklahoma State (3:30 p.m.) in a showdown of ranked teams that is likely to have postseason implications with the Broncos coming into the matchup as the highest-ranked Group of Five team. On ABC in the same timeslot, No. 6 Wisconsin host BYU on ABC, as the Badgers will look to finish their non-conference schedule undefeated. Adam Amin, Rod Gilmore, and Quint Kessenich will be in Stillwater, Okla., while Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams in Madison, Wisc.

Additional College Football Week 3 Highlights:

  • ESPN2 Features Triple Header of Ranked Teams: 21 Miami at Toledo (noon), No. 2 Clemson at home vs. Georgia Southern (3:30 p.m.), and No. 3 Georgia hosting Middle Tennessee (7:15 p.m.)
  • ESPNU Airs Two Ranked Teams on the Road: 18 UCF at North Carolina (noon) and No. 14 West Virginia at NC State (3:30 p.m.)
  • ACC Network Showcases Hokies: 13 Virginia Tech hosts East Carolina (12:20 p.m.)
  • SEC Network Alternate Televises Bulldogs: 16 Mississippi State hosting Louisiana (7:30 p.m.)


ESPN+ Features MAC, Southern and Sun Belt Conference Matchups; Ivy League Makes Debut
ESPN+ will feature intra-conference matchups in the MAC, Southern, Southland, and Sun Belt this week, as well as the Ivy League’s football debut on the subscription service, highlighting a week where fans can stream 25 games on the platform.

Date Time Matchup/Commentators Network
Thu, Sept 13 7:30 p.m. Boston College at Wake Forest
Dave Flemming, Brock Huard, Laura Rutledge
Fri, Sept 14 7 p.m. Georgia State at Memphis
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Dekker
Sat, Sept 15 Noon No. 5 Oklahoma at Iowa State
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
    Florida State at Syracuse
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath
    No. 21 Miami at Toledo
Kevin Brown, Andre Ware
    No. 18 UCF at North Carolina
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison
    UTEP at Tennessee
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
    Murray State at Kentucky
Mike Morgan, John Congemi, T.Davis
SEC Network Alternate
    Rhode Island at UConn ESPN3
  12:20 p.m. East Carolina at No. 13 Virginia Tech ACC Network Extra
  12:30 p.m. Georgia Tech at Pittsburgh ACC Network Extra
  3 p.m. Ohio at Virginia
Joel Meyers, Forrest Conoly
ACC Network Extra
  3:30 p.m. BYU at No. 6 Wisconsin
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
    No. 17 Boise State at No. 24 Oklahoma State
Adam Amin, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
    Georgia Southern at No. 2 Clemson
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Alex Corddry
    No. 14 West Virginia at NC State
Clay Matvick, Dan Orlovsky, Paul Carcaterra
    Central Michigan at Northern Illinois
Shawn Kenney, Al Groh
    Southern Mississippi at Appalachian State ESPN+
  4 p.m. Colorado State at Florida
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Kris Budden
SEC Network
    North Texas at Arkansas
Dave LaMont, Ray Bentley, Tera Talmadge
SEC Network Alternate
    Eastern Kentucky at Bowling Green
Jim Barber, John Gregory
  6 p.m. Old Dominion at Charlotte ESPN3
    Eastern Michigan at Buffalo
Doug Sherman, Marcus Ray
    Norfolk State at Liberty ESPN3
    North Carolina Central at South Carolina State
Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker
  7 p.m. No. 1 Alabama at Ole Miss
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
    Alabama A&M at Cincinnati
Michael Reghi, Dustin Fox
    Campbell at Coastal Carolina ESPN3
    Oregon State at Nevada
Trey Bender, Tyoka Jackson
    Delaware State at Western Michigan
Dan Gutowsky, Jerod Cherry
    Texas State at South Alabama ESPN+
  7:15 p.m. Middle Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
  7:30 p.m. Marshall at South Carolina
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey
    Louisiana-Monroe at Texas A&M
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
    Louisiana at No. 16 Mississippi State
Mark Neely, Barrett Jones, Olivia Dekker
SEC Network Alternate
    Western Kentucky at Louisville ACC Network Extra
  8 p.m. No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 15 TCU from AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ABC and ESPN Radio
  10 p.m. No. 10 Washington at Utah
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

All games are not exclusive


Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner


Derek Volner

I currently lead ESPN’s NFL Communications, including Monday Night Football, NFL Draft and studio programming. Previously, I did the same for ESPN’s vast college football portfolio. I have been with ESPN since 2013.
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