College Football Week 6: ABC’s Saturday Night Football — Undefeated No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 24 Virginia Tech Under the Lights at Lane Stadium

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College Football Week 6: ABC’s Saturday Night Football — Undefeated No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 24 Virginia Tech Under the Lights at Lane Stadium

  • SNF: Fighting Irish Face Toughest Road Challenge to Date this Season in First Trip to Lane Stadium 
  • No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Clemson on the Road; No. 8 Auburn and No. 9 West Virginia at Home 
  • ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC: Ranked Teams in Every Saturday Game Window

ABC’s Saturday Night Football will feature undefeated No. 6 Notre Dame in its toughest road challenge to date as the Fighting Irish will match up against No. 24 Virginia Tech under the lights at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va., (8 p.m. ET) for the first time in the school’s storied history.

The prime-time, ranked matchup highlights an ESPN/ABC schedule which will include a ranked team on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 in every Saturday game window, including No. 1 Alabama (ESPN), No. 4 Clemson (ESPN), No. 8 Auburn (ESPN2) and No. 9 West Virginia (ESPN2).  SEC Network will also televise No. 2 Georgia, as 14 ranked teams in total will be featured on an ESPN network.

Exit Light, Enter The Fighting Irish: Ranked Virginia Tech Welcomes Notre Dame for First Time in Prime Time
The Fighting Irish have two wins against ranked teams this season, however, the Hokies will be Notre Dame’s first ranked road opponent of the season. Adding to the challenge, the matchup is the Fighting Irish’s first game in prime-time outside of South Bend, Indiana, this season and, as mentioned, its first trip to Virginia Tech. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will call the game.

Highly Ranked Teams on the Road Versus Conference Opponents Highlight ESPN Slate
ESPN’s first three games on Saturday will feature highly ranked teams on the road in conference play, beginning with No. 1 Alabama at Arkansas (noon), followed by No. 4 Clemson at Wake Forest (3:30 p.m.) and No. 13 Kentucky at Texas A&M (7 p.m.). Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy and Tom Luginbill will call the Crimson Tide-Razorbacks, while Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, and Rocky Boiman will be in Winston-Salem, N.C. with Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe in College Station, Texas. The network will conclude the day with No. 14 Stanford hosting Utah (10:30 p.m.), as Adam Amin, Rod Gilmore, and Quint Kessenich will be in Stanford Stadium.

No. 17 Miami Hosts Rival Florida State and No. 15 Michigan in Big Ten Play Lead into Saturday Night Football
ABC will be the network for ranked teams at home in week 6, as No. 15 Michigan welcomes in Maryland (noon) and No. 17 Miami hosts its rival Florida State (3:30 p.m.) leading into the aforementioned Hokies hosting Notre Dame. Steve Levy, Brian Griese, and Todd McShay will be in Ann Arbor, Mich., while Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, and Allison Williams will be in Miami Gardens, Fla.

No. 8 Auburn, No. 9 West Virginia and No. 25 Oklahoma State in Conference Play all Showcased on ESPN2
The Big 12 will be showcased on ESPN2 to begin Saturday, as No. 9 West Virginia hosts Kansas (noon) and No. 25 Oklahoma State welcomes in Iowa State (3:30 p.m.). The network’s tripleheader concludes with No. 8 Auburn heading to Mississippi State (7:30 p.m.)

Additional ESPN Network Week 6 Highlights:

  • Prime-time Bulldogs: No. 2 Georgia will host Vanderbilt in prime time on SEC Network (7:30 p.m.)
  • Looking to Stay Perfect: 23 NC State hosts Boston College on ACC Network Extra (12:20 p.m.) and No. 12 UCF welcomes in SMU on ESPNU (7 p.m.) as both the Wolfpack and Knights look to stay undefeated.

Conference Matchups in the Ivy League, MAC, Missouri Valley, Ohio Valley, Southern, and Sun Belt Pepper the ESPN+ Schedule
ESPN+ will continue the college football conference play theme, as 15 conference matchups from the Ivy League, MAC, Missouri Valley, Ohio Valley, Southern and Sun Belt will be streamed this coming week as part of the subscription platform’s nearly 20 game schedule in week 6.

Date Time Matchup/Commentators Network
Thu, Oct 4 7:30 p.m. Georgia State at Troy
Dave LaMont, Ray Bentley
  8 p.m. Tulsa at Houston
Dave Flemming, Greg McElroy, Laura Rutledge
Fri, Oct 5 6 p.m. Dartmouth at Yale
Chris Cotter, Jack Ford
  7 p.m. Georgia Tech at Louisville
Clay Matvick, Dan Orlovsky, Paul Carcaterra
  9 p.m. Utah State at BYU
Mark Neely, John Congemi, Quint Kessenich
Sat, Oct 6 Noon Maryland at No. 15 Michigan
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
  Alabama at Arkansas
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
  Kansas at No. 9 West Virginia

Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones

  Tulane at Cincinnati

Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey

  East Carolina at Temple
Bill Roth, Ray Bentley
  Missouri at South Carolina
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Kris Budden
SEC Network
  Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan
Chris Vosters, Marcus Ray
  12:20 p.m. Syracuse at Pittsburgh ESPN3
  12:30 p.m. Boston College at No. 23 NC State ESPN3
  3 p.m. Northern Illinois at Ball State
Jim Barbar, Bobby Carpenter
  3:30 p.m. Florida State at No. 17 Miami
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
  No. 4 Clemson at Wake Forest
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
  Iowa State at No. 25 Oklahoma State
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Dekker
  San Diego State at Boise State
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison
  South Alabama at Georgia Southern ESPN3
  Bowling Green at Toledo
Sean Kenney, Dustin Fox
  Ohio at Kent State
Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry
  Miami (Ohio) at Akron
Robert Lee, John Gregory
  4 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at Ole Miss
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
  7 p.m. No. 13 Kentucky at Texas A&M
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
  SMU at No. 12 UCF
Kevin Brown, Andre Ware
  UTSA at Rice ESPN3
  Louisiana at Texas State ESPN+
  7:30 p.m. Vanderbilt at No. 2 Georgia
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
  No. 8 Auburn at Mississippi State

Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

  8 p.m. No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 24 Virginia Tech
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
  10:30 p.m. Utah at No. 14 Stanford
Adam Amin, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
  Fresno State at Nevada
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia

Please note: Not all digital games are exclusive


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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