ESPN/ABC’s Thanksgiving Week College Football: Notre Dame Seeks College Football Playoff Berth Via Undefeated Season on ABC’s Saturday Night Football; Big 12, American Athletic, Mountain West, and Sun Belt All Host “Win and In” Games for Conference Championship Berths

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ESPN/ABC’s Thanksgiving Week College Football: Notre Dame Seeks College Football Playoff Berth Via Undefeated Season on ABC’s Saturday Night Football; Big 12, American Athletic, Mountain West, and Sun Belt All Host “Win and In” Games for Conference Championship Berths

  • ABC’s Saturday Night Football: Fighting Irish Looks to Win at USC for First Time Since 2012
  • ‘Win and In’ Conference Championship Berths:
    • 6 Oklahoma-West Virginia on ESPN
    • Houston-Memphis on ABC
    • 23 Utah State-No. 25 Boise State on ESPN
    • Troy-Appalachian State on ESPN+
  • 2018 NCAA Division I Football Championship Playoffs Begin on ESPN3

ESPN’s Thanksgiving week college football slate (Nov. 20-24) will see a College Football Playoff berth on the line for No. 3 Notre Dame and multiple conference championship game matchups decided, including the definitive “win and in” scenarios for both teams in Big 12, American Athletic, Mountain West, and Sun Belt matchups.

ABC’s Saturday Night Football: Notre Dame Looks to Conclude Regular Season Undefeated, Earn a Likely College Football Playoff Berth
ABC’s Saturday Night Football will air the 87th all-time meeting between No. 3 Notre Dame and USC (8 p.m. ET), as the Fighting Irish conclude their regular season schedule. A win would be Notre Dame’s 12th on the year, resulting in an undefeated regular season and a likely College Football Playoff berth. It would also mark the team’s first time achieving an undefeated regular season since the 2012 which coincides with the last year the Fighting Irish won in Los Angeles and went on to play for a national championship. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will be at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the game.

Black Friday Conference Championship Impact Games:

  • Oklahoma-West Virginia Conclude Big 12 Championship Race on ESPN Prime-time Showdown
    ESPN’s Black Friday prime-time matchup will decide a berth to the Big 12 Championship game, as No. 6 Oklahoma plays at No. 9 West Virginia (8 p.m.). The winner of the game will play in the conference championship game, while the Sooners are also among the top-ranked teams in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s rankings and look to continue to boost their resume with another marquee victory. Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will be in Morgantown, W.V.
  • Houston at Memphis to Decide AAC West; UCF Looks to Extend Nation’s Longest Winning Streak
    The American Athletic Conference will have two significant games on Black Friday, beginning with Houston at Memphis (noon) on ABC and then UCF at USF (4:15 p.m.) on ESPN. The Cougars-Tigers matchup is for the AAC West Division, with the winner of the game set to face East Division champion UCF next week. The Knights have plenty on the line this week as they look to extend their winning streak to 24 games and remain undefeated on the season. Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht and Rocky Boiman will be in Memphis and Clay Matvick, Dan Orlovsky and Paul Carcaterra in Tampa, Fla.
  • Buffalo Looks to Clinch MAC East Division
    Buffalo controls its own destiny for a berth in the MAC Championship as the Bulls travel to Bowling Green (noon) on ESPNU. Tiffany Greene and Jay Walker will be in Ohio for the call.

ESPN Primetime Saturday Night:

  • Unbeaten Clemson Takes on South Carolina; Mountain West Championship Berth Decided between Utah State-Boise State
    ESPN will conclude Saturday with a key rivalry game, as No. 2 Clemson hosts South Carolina (7 p.m.), and a defacto conference division championship game, as 23 Utah State is at No. 25 Boise State (10:15 p.m.). The Tigers will look to extend their winning streak over their in-state rivals to five straight, while simultaneously continuing their undefeated season. The Aggies and Broncos are in a “win and in” game for the Mountain West Championship, as the winner will earn the Mountain Division title. Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Todd McShay will be in Clemson with Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey and Ed Aschoff in Boise, Idaho.

Additional Games of Note:

  • Thanksgiving Night: 21 Mississippi State at Ole Miss on Thanksgiving Night (7:30 p.m.)
  • SEC Network Features Top Teams: SEC Network will feature two top teams facing their rivals, as No. 5 Georgia hosts Georgia Tech (noon) and 7 LSU plays at Texas A&M (7:30 p.m.)
  • Sunshine State: 13 Florida at Florida State airs on ABC (noon)


Sun Belt East Division Decided on ESPN+; Subscription Service Streamed More than 300 Games in First College Football Season
ESPN+ will stream two key games which will help determine the matchup of the inaugural Sun Belt Championship, as the Troy at Appalachian State (2:30 p.m.) winner will win the East Division and Louisiana at Louisiana-Monroe (3 p.m.) will play a significant role in deciding the West Division winner. The key Sun Belt games will help conclude the subscription service’s first ever college football regular season, which saw more than 300 college football games streamed.

2018 NCAA Division I Football Championship First Round Streams on ESPN3
ESPN3 will stream all eight 2018 NCAA Division I Football Championship first round games on Saturday, with the complete bracket and schedule here.

Please note: College Football Playoff selection committee rankings from Nov. 13 were used in this release. New rankings will be revealed on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.


Date Time (ET) Matchups/Commentators  Network
Tue, Nov 20 7 p.m. Northern Illinois at Western Michigan
Mark Neely, Ray Bentley, Quint Kessenich
Ball State at Miami (Ohio)
Jim Barbar, Dustin Fox
Thu, Nov 22 7:30 p.m. No. 21 Mississippi State at Ole Miss
Dave Flemming, Greg McElroy, Laura Rutledge
Fri, Nov 23 Noon Houston at Memphis
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
Buffalo at Bowling Green
Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker
Central Michigan at Toledo
Dan Gutowsky, Mark Herrmann
Eastern Michigan at Kent State
David Wilson, Jerod Cherry
3 p.m. Coastal Carolina at South Alabama


3:30 p.m. Virginia at Virginia Tech
Adam Amin, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
4:15 p.m. No. 11 UCF at South Florida
Clay Matvick, Dan Orlovsky, Paul Carcaterra
8 p.m. No. 6 Oklahoma at No. 9 West Virginia
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
8:30 p.m. No. 18 Washington at No. 8 Washington State
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey, Ed Aschoff
Sat, Nov 24 Noon No. 13 Florida at Florida State
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
No. 12 Syracuse at No. 20 Boston College

Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

Purdue at Indiana

Mark Neely, John Congemi, Alex Corddry

Navy at Tulane
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
Georgia Tech at No. 5 Georgia

Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

SEC Network
No. 4 Michigan at No. 10 Ohio State

Mark Kestischer, Barrett Jones, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN Radio
12:20 p.m. NC State at North Carolina ACC Network Extra
12:30 p.m. Wake Forest at Duke ACC Network Extra
1 p.m. Old Dominion at Rice


2 p.m. New Mexico State at Liberty


Georgia Southern at Georgia State


FCS Playoffs: Duquesne at Towson
Mark Reghi, Dustin Fox
FCS Playoffs: Elon at Wofford
Jonathan Yardley, Stan Lewter
FCS Playoffs: Stony Brook at Southeast Missouri State
Jim Barbar, John Gregory
2:30 p.m. Troy at Appalachian State


3 p.m. Louisiana at Louisiana-Monroe


UAB at Middle Tennessee


FCS Playoffs: Incarnate Word at Montana State
Trey Bender, Doug Graber
FCS Playoffs: Delaware at James Madison
Robert Lee, Matt Chatham
Southern Mississippi at UTEP


3:30 p.m. Maryland at No. 14 Penn State
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath
Pittsburgh at Miami
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones
Minnesota at Wisconsin
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Dekker
Temple at Connecticut
Bill Roth, Mike Golic Jr
4 p.m. Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
FCS Playoffs: San Diego at Nicholls
Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly
Arkansas State at Texas State


5 p.m. FCS Playoffs: Lamar at Northern Iowa
Sean Kenney, Marcus Ray
7 p.m. South Carolina at No. 2 Clemson
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
No. 17 Kentucky at Louisville
Kevin Brown, Andre Ware
San Jose State at Fresno State
Jay Alter, Ray Bentley
North Texas at UTSA


7:30 p.m. No. 7 LSU at Texas A&M
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Kris Budden
SEC Network
FCS Playoffs: East Tennessee State at Jacksonville State
Mike Watts, Tyoka Jackson
8 p.m. No. 3 Notre Dame at USC
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria TaylorRadio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie
ABC & ESPN Radio
10:15 p.m. No. 23 Utah State at No. 25 Boise State
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey, Ed Aschoff
10:30 p.m. Hawaii at San Diego State
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison

Note 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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