College Football Week 8: ESPN/ABC to Feature Five Undefeated Teams, Including No. 16 NC State at No. 3 Clemson in the Sport’s Only Matchup of Unbeaten Squads

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College Football Week 8: ESPN/ABC to Feature Five Undefeated Teams, Including No. 16 NC State at No. 3 Clemson in the Sport’s Only Matchup of Unbeaten Squads

  • Road Warriors: Undefeated No. 2 Ohio State, No. 10 UCF and No. 20 Cincinnati all Traveling; Buckeyes on ABC’s Saturday Night Football
  • Under the Lights in Death Valley: No. 22 Mississippi State at No. 5 LSU in Prime-Time

The ESPN/ABC college football week eight schedule will feature five undefeated teams, including No. 16 NC State at No. 3 Clemson matching up in a key ACC Atlantic Division showdown. ABC’s Saturday Night Football will also feature an unbeaten squad, as No. 2 Ohio State faces another Big Ten road test, while No. 10 UCF and No. 20 Cincinnati will both be traveling to conference foes. Overall, ESPN/ABC will feature 11 ranked teams, including three of the top 5 as No. 5 LSU hosts No. 22 Mississippi State under the lights in Death Valley on ESPN.

Undefeated ACC Showdown: No. 16 NC State at No. 3 Clemson
ESPN will air the only matchup of undefeated teams this week when the Wolfpack and Tigers face off (3:30 p.m.). NC State will be trying to reverse history, as they are winless at Clemson since 2002, including an overtime loss in 2016, and have just one victory against the Tigers in the last 14 matchups. Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe will be at Clemson Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. for the call.

Under the Lights: No. 22 Mississippi State at No. 5 LSU in Prime-Time
ESPN will feature another matchup of ranked conference foes in primetime, as No. 5 LSU hosts No. 22 Mississippi State in an SEC West showdown under the lights of Tiger Stadium (7 p.m.). The two teams have split their last four meetings, including the Bulldogs earning their most decisive victory in the 111 matchups between the two squads last season with a 37-7 victory. Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, and Tom Luginbill will be in Baton Rouge, La., for the call.

ABC’s Saturday Night Football: No. 2 Ohio State Looks to Remain Perfect
ABC’s Saturday Night Football features No. 2 Ohio State at Purdue (7:30 p.m.) in a Big Ten matchup, as the Buckeyes look to remain undefeated on the season. The matchup represents the third time this season Ohio State will be the road team on the signature franchise, having previously defeated TCU and Penn State. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will be in Ross-Ade Stadium for the call of the game.

Ranked Teams Featured Throughout the Day across ESPN’s Networks and ABC
Leading into the primetime game, ABC will feature a pair of ranked teams to begin the day, as No. 9 Oklahoma heads to TCU (noon) and No. 18 Penn State goes to Indiana (3:30 p.m.).  Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, and Allison Williams will be in Fort Worth, Texas, while Steve Levy, Brian Griese, and Todd McShay will be in Bloomington, Ind.

ESPNU will begin its day featuring one of the five undefeated teams as No. 20 Cincinnati is at Temple (noon) and ESPN2 will follow suit in primetime as No. 10 UCF plays at East Carolina (7 p.m.). To begin its day, ESPN2 will air No. 19 Iowa hosting Maryland (noon), while SEC Network will air Vanderbilt at No. 14 Kentucky on SEC Saturday Night.

200 and Beyond for ESPN+

ESPN+ will stream 25 more games this week, bringing the total for the season to more than 200 in the subscription services’ first season of college football. Complete schedule of games can be found at


Date Time (ET) Matchups/Commentators Network
Thu, Oct 18 7:30 p.m. Georgia State at Arkansas State
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
  9 p.m. Stanford at Arizona State
Dave Flemming, Brock Huard, Laura Rutledge
Fri, Oct 19 7 p.m. Yale at Penn
Marc Kestecher, Ross Tucker
  9 p.m. Colorado State at Boise State
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Dekker
Sat, Oct 20 Noon No. 9 Oklahoma at TCU
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
  Auburn at Ole Miss
Adam Amin, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
  Maryland at No. 19 Iowa
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath
  No. 20 Cincinnati at Temple
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones
  Tulsa at Arkansas
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Kris Budden
SEC Network
  Buffalo at Toledo ESPN+
  12:20 p.m. North Carolina at Syracuse ACC Network Extra
  12:30 p.m. Virginia at Duke ACC Network Extra
  2 p.m. Bowling Green at Ohio

Doug Sherman, John Gregory

  Idaho State at Liberty ESPN3
  3 p.m. Charlotte at Middle Tennessee ESPN3
  Eastern Michigan at Ball State
Jim Barbar, Bobby Carpenter
  Western Michigan at Central Michigan
Chris Vosters, Marcus Ray
  3:30 p.m. No. 18 Penn State at Indiana
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
  No. 16 NC State at No. 3 Clemson
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
  Wake Forest at Florida State
Clay Matvick, Dan Orlovsky, Paul Carcaterra
  SMU at Tulane
Kevin Brown, Andre Ware
  UTEP at Louisiana Tech ESPN+
  Akron at Kent State
Michael Reghi, Dustin Fox
  Louisiana at Appalachian State ESPN+
  4 p.m. Memphis at Missouri
Mike Morgan, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
  7 p.m. No. 22 Mississippi State at No. 5 LSU
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom LuginbillRadio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
  No. 10 UCF at East Carolina
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
  UTSA at Southern Mississippi ESPN+
  Texas State at Louisiana-Monroe ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. No. 2 Ohio State at Purdue
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
  Vanderbilt at No. 14 Kentucky
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
  Fresno State at New Mexico
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison
  Rice at Florida International ESPN+
  Old Dominion at Western Kentucky ESPN+
  10:30 PM Arizona at UCLA
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey, Ed Aschoff

Please note: Not all digital 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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