ESPN/ABC College Football Week 12: Conference Championship Races Take Center Stage; College Football Playoff Push Continues for No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson

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ESPN/ABC College Football Week 12: Conference Championship Races Take Center Stage; College Football Playoff Push Continues for No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson

  • All Eyes on No. 12 UCF: Knights Hosts Cincinnati on ABC’s Saturday Night Football; College GameDay Built by The Home Depot Originates from Orlando, Fla., for First Time
  • No. 9 West Virginia and No. 10 Ohio State on the Road in Pivotal Conference Matchups; No. 1 Alabama on SEC Network and No. 2 Clemson on ESPN
  • No. 19 Texas Hosting No. 22 Iowa State on Longhorn Network
  • Yale-Harvard from Historic Fenway Park in Boston, Ma. on ESPN2

With conference championship games on the horizon, ABC and ESPN’s networks will feature eight teams in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s top 12 in week 11, including the nation’s longest winning streak garnering the spotlight on ABC’s Saturday Night Football.  In total, ABC will air a tripleheader of pivotal conference matchups on Saturday, Nov. 17,  highlighting a day in which ESPN, SEC Network and Longhorn Network all feature games with significant postseason implications and ESPN2 airs one of the sport’s most historic rivalries from one of sport’s most historic venues.

Nation’s Longest Winning Streak Garners Spotlight: No. 12 UCF on ABC’s Saturday Night Football and College GameDay Built by The Home Depot
All eyes will be on UCF, as the Knights will host Cincinnati in a pivotal American Athletic Conference game on ABC’s Saturday Night Football (8 p.m. ET), the first time the premier college football franchise has aired a game between two American Athletic teams. UCF holds the nation’s longest winning streak, 22 games in a row, and are 6-0 in conference play this season. The Knights would clinch a berth in the AAC Championship game with a victory, while a Bearcat victory would prolong the American Athletic East Division race.  Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, and Maria Taylor will be at Spectrum Stadium for the call.

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot (9 – 12 p.m.) will be on campus for the marquee game, paying homage to the Knights’ impressive winning streak and setting the scene for the American Athletic showdown. UCF is the 71st different school to host the 10-time Emmy Award-winning pregame show and Orlando is the 83rd different city where College GameDay will originate from.

No. 10 Ohio State and No. 9 West Virginia on the Road in Conference Play
ABC will have key conference matchups leading into Saturday Night Football, beginning with No. 10 Ohio State at Maryland (Noon) followed by No. 9 West Virginia at Oklahoma State (3:30 p.m.). The Buckeyes remain in contention for a Big Ten Championship berth, similar to the Mountaineers in the Big 12. Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy and Tom Luginbill will be in College Park, Md., while Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will be in Stillwater, Okla.

No. 2 Clemson on ESPN in Primetime; Duke Looks to Win at Clemson for First Time in Nearly 40 years
ESPN will feature No. 2 Clemson hosing Duke in primetime (7 p.m.), as the Tigers look to continue to remain undefeated on the season and the Blue Devils look to win in Clemson for the first time since 1980.  Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Todd McShay will be at Memorial Stadium.

No. 19 Texas Hosts No. 22 Iowa State on Longhorn Network
Longhorn Network will air No. 19 Texas hosting No. 22 Iowa State (8 p.m.) as both teams look to stay in the Big 12 conference championship race, coming in with identical 5-2 conference records. Lowell Galindo, Ahmad Brooks, and Kris Budden will be in Austin, Texas.

No. 1 Alabama and No. 5 Georgia on SEC Network 
SEC Network will air No. 1 Alabama and No. 5 Georgia in back to back games on Saturday, as the Crimson Tide plays The Citadel (noon) and the Bulldogs play UMass (4 p.m.). Overall, SEC Network and SEC Alternate will air six games in week 11.

The Game: Yale-Harvard Live from Fenway Park
One of college football’s most historic rivalries will air on ESPN2, as Yale and Harvard play in the 135th edition of The Game (noon) from Fenway Park in Boston, Ma. Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Jack Ford, and Olivia Dekker will be at the home of the World Series Champions for the call.

Please Note: Rankings from the College Football Playoff Selection Committee’s November 6 reveal were used in this release

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Tue, Nov 13 6 p.m. Western Michigan at Ball State
Matt Barrie, Rocky Boiman, Quint Kessenich
Wed, Nov 14 7 p.m. Buffalo at Ohio
Lowell Galindo, Tom Luginbill, Paul Carcaterra
  8 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at Northern Illinois
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey
Thu, Nov 15 8 p.m. Tulane at Houston
Dave Flemming, Jordan Rodgers, Laura Rutledge
Fri, Nov 16 9 p.m. Memphis at SMU
Anish Shroff, John Congemi, Roddy Jones
Sat, Nov 17 Noon No. 10 Ohio State at Maryland
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
  Arkansas at No. 16 Mississippi State
Adam Amin, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
  Yale vs Harvard
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Jack Ford, Olivia Dekker
  Idaho at No. 15 Florida
Kevin Brown, Andre Ware
  South Florida at Temple
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
  The Citadel at No. 1 Alabama
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
  Middle Tennessee at No. 11 Kentucky
Dave LaMont, Ray Bentley, Tera Talmadge
SEC Network Alternate
  Pittsburgh at Wake Forest ACC Network Extra
  12:20 p.m. No. 14 NC State at Louisville ACC Network Extra
  2 p.m. Florida A&M at Bethune-Cookman
Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker
ESPN Classic
  Florida International at Charlotte ESPN3
  VMI at Old Dominion ESPN+
  North Carolina A&T at North Carolina Central
Eric Clemons, Forrest Conoly
  2:30 p.m. Georgia State at Appalachian State ESPN+
  3 p.m. Western Carolina at North Carolina ACC Network Extra
  Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas State ESPN+
  3:30 p.m. No. 9 West Virginia at Oklahoma State
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
  Miami at Virginia Tech
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath
  No. 17 Boston College at Florida State
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
  Texas Tech at Kansas State
Jay Alter, Mike Golic Jr
  Bowling Green at Akron
Michael Reghi, John Gregory
  Texas State at Troy ESPN+
  Virginia at Georgia Tech ACC Network Extra
  Missouri at Tennessee
Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN Radio
  4 p.m. Air Force at Wyoming
Sean Kenney, Dustin Fox
  UMass at No. 5 Georgia
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
  Liberty at No. 24 Auburn
Richard Cross, Hutson Mason, Taylor Davis
SEC Network Alternate
  5 p.m. Nevada at San Jose State
Trey Bender, Al Groh
  South Alabama at Louisiana ESPN3
  Georgia Southern at Coastal Carolina ESPN+
  7 p.m. Duke at No. 2 Clemson
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
  UAB at Texas A&M
Clay Matvick, Dan Orlovsky, Paul Carcaterra
  7:30 p.m. Rice at No. 7 LSU
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison
  Ole Miss at Vanderbilt
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
  Chattanooga at South Carolina
Mike Morgan, Barrett Jones, Alyssa Lang
SEC Network Alternate
  8 p.m. Cincinnati at No. 12 UCF
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
  No. 22 Iowa State at No. 19 Texas
Lowell Galindo, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden
Longhorn Network
  10:15 p.m. New Mexico State at BYU
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey
  10:30 p.m. Arizona at No. 8 Washington State
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
  North Carolina A&T at North Carolina Central  ESPNU



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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