No. 2 Clemson Under the Lights at Texas A&M Highlights ESPN’s Week 2 Schedule

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No. 2 Clemson Under the Lights at Texas A&M Highlights ESPN’s Week 2 Schedule

  • Analyst Kirk Herbstreit and Reporter Maria Taylor in College Station; Rece Davis Calls Play-by-Play, Filling in for Chris Fowler
  • Ranked Teams in Every Game Window, Including No. 1 Alabama on Saturday Afternoon; 15 Ranked Teams Overall
  • ESPN+ Streams 24 Games, Features Maryland and Kansas on the Road

ESPN College Football Primetime Presented by Hampton By Hilton  features No. 2 Clemson under the lights at Texas A&M (7 p.m. ET), highlighting a schedule featuring No. 1 Alabama, at least one ranked team in every game window on Friday, Sept. 7, and Saturday, Sept. 8, and 15 ranked teams overall.

Dabo Swinney, Jimbo Fisher Square Off for Ninth Consecutive Year
The Tigers-Aggies matchup pits head coaches Dabo Swinney (Clemson) and Jimbo Fisher (Texas A&M) against each other for the ninth straight year, but the first non-conference matchup between the two national championship coaches. Over the previous eight meetings, when Fisher was in the ACC, each coach won four times vs the other.

ESPN’s Emmy-winning analyst Kirk Herbstreit will be in the booth, with Maria Taylor on sidelines. Rece Davis will call the action, filling in for Chris Fowler who will call the US Open. Davis, Herbstreit, Taylor  will be in College Station for College GameDay Built by The Home Depot earlier the same day (9 a.m. – noon).

ABC’s Saturday Night Football Features 99th Meeting between No. 13 Penn State and Pitt
ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Wells Fargo will feature the 99th meeting between No. 13 Penn State and Pitt (8 p.m.) in a rivalry that was renewed the last two seasons, with both schools winning on their home field. Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will be at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. for the call.

ESPN2 Airs No. 1 Alabama and No. 11 LSU in Home Openers
ESPN2 features a pair of highly-ranked SEC teams in their home opener, as the top ranked Crimson Tide returns to Bryant-Denny Stadium to host Arkansas State (3:30 p.m.). Later that night, No. 11 LSU will play in Tiger Stadium, as they welcome in Southeastern Louisiana (7 p.m.).

Nebraska’s Scott Frost Set to Make Debut at Alma Mater; Cornhuskers and Frost Renew Rivalry vs. Colorado
Nebraska coach Scott Frost is set to make his debut at his alma mater on ABC, as Colorado heads to Lincoln, Neb. (3:30 p.m.). This marks the first time the Buffaloes will take on the Cornhuskers since 2010 and 70th matchup overall. For Frost, Colorado is a familiar opponent, as he led the Cornhuskers to victories over the Buffaloes in 1996 and 1997 as the quarterback for his school. The Cornhuskers week 1 game was cancelled due to weather.

Ranked Teams Pepper the ESPN Slate
ESPN will bookend the Clemson-Texas A&M game with ranked teams on the road, as No. 18 Mississippi State heads to Kansas State (noon) and No. 15 Michigan State travels to Arizona State (10:45 p.m.).

Additional Week 2 Highlights:

  • Additional Ranked SEC Teams Featured: 7 Auburn hosting Alabama State (SECN Alternate) and No. 25 Florida welcoming in Kentucky (SEC Network) will both kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
  • ACCNE Features Ranked ACC Teams: 12 Virginia Tech hosting William & Mary (2 p.m.) and No. 22 Miami hosting Savannah State (6 p.m.) will be on ACC Network Extra
  • ESPN3 Showcases UCF: The No. 19 Knights will be on ESPN3 as they host South Carolina State (6 p.m.)
  • Friday Night Lights: 16 TCU heads to SMU (Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2) for the Horned Frogs first road test of the season
  • Texas Home Opener on Longhorn Network: Texas will play the first of two games on Longhorn Network this season as UT welcomes Tulsa ( 8 p.m.) to Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium

ESPN+ Features Maryland Following Their Upset of Texas; Kansas on the Road One of the 24 Games on the Subscription Service
ESPN+ will feature Maryland one week after they upset then-ranked Texas, as the Terrapins will be at Bowling Green (6 p.m.). Kansas will also be featured, as it heads to Central Michigan (3 p.m.).  Overall the subscription service will stream 24 games in week 2, bringing its season total to 75 games.

All Games Saturday, Sept. 8 unless noted

Date Time Game/Commentators Network
Thu, Sept 6 7 p.m. Kennesaw State at Tennessee Tech
Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker
Fri, Sept 7 8 p.m. No. 16 TCU at SMU
Clay Matvick, Dan Orlovsky, Paul Carcaterra
Sat, Sept 8 Noon Arizona at Houston
Steve Levy, Todd McShay, Paul Carcaterra
Georgia Tech at USF
Adam Amin, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
No. 18 Mississippi State at Kansas State
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath
Nevada at Vanderbilt
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
Duke at Northwestern
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Dekker
Towson at Wake Forest ACC Network Extra
1 p.m. Holy Cross at Boston College ACC Network Extra
2 p.m. William & Mary at No. 12 Virginia Tech ACC Network Extra
3 p.m. Kansas at Central Michigan ESPN+
3:30 p.m. Colorado at Nebraska
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
Arkansas State at No. 1 Alabama
Kevin Brown, Andre Ware, Alex Corddry
North Carolina at East Carolina
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
Buffalo at Temple ESPN3
Wagner at Syracuse ACC Network Extra
Howard at Kent State ESPN+
Morgan State at Akron ESPN+
No. 3 Georgia at No. 23 South Carolina
Bob Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN Radio
4 p.m. East Tennessee State at Tennessee
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Kris Budden
SEC Network
Southern Illinois at Ole Miss
Mike Morgan, John Congemi, Alyssa Lang
SEC Network Alternate
6 p.m. Savannah State at No. 22 Miami
Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly
ACC Network Extra
South Carolina State at No. 19 UCF
Eric Rothman, Doug Graber
Maryland at Bowling Green ESPN+
UMass at Georgia Southern ESPN+
Appalachian State at Charlotte ESPN+
6:30 p.m. Eastern Kentucky at Marshall ESPN+
7 p.m. No. 2 Clemson at Texas A&M
Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
Southeastern Louisiana at No. 11 LSU
Anish Shroff, Ray Bentley, Roddy Jones
Wyoming at Missouri
Dave Lamont, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
Indiana State at Louisville
Jim Barbar, John Gregory
ACC Network Extra
Texas Southern at Texas State ESPN3
Louisiana-Monroe at Southern Mississippi ESPN3
Florida A&M at Troy ESPN+
UAB at Coastal Carolina ESPN+
UT Martin at Middle Tennessee ESPN+
Southern at Louisiana Tech ESPN+
7:30 p.m. Kentucky at No. 25 Florida
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
Alabama State at No. 7 Auburn
Mark Neely, Barrett Jones, Taylor Davis
SEC Network Alternate
Utah at Northern Illinois
Bill Roth, Mike Golic Jr.
Maine at Western Kentucky ESPN+
Incarnate Word at North Texas ESPN+
8 p.m. No. 13 Penn State at Pittsburgh
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
Tulsa at Texas
Lowell Galindo, Ahmad Brooks, Jen Lada
Longhorn Network
Nicholls at Tulane ESPN3
Cincinnati at Miami (Ohio) ESPN3
10:15 p.m. California at BYU
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey
UConn at No. 20 Boise State
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison


10:45 p.m. No. 15 Michigan State at Arizona State
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

Note all ESPN+ and ESPN3 games are 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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