College Football Week 5: ESPN’s Networks to Feature the Majority of Top 10 Teams; No. 1 Clemson, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 7 Auburn and No. 8 Wisconsin in Conference Play

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College Football Week 5: ESPN’s Networks to Feature the Majority of Top 10 Teams; No. 1 Clemson, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 7 Auburn and No. 8 Wisconsin in Conference Play


  • ABC’s Saturday Night Football in Lincoln, Neb., for First Time since 2012; Buckeyes at Huskers also Site of College GameDay Built by The Home Depot
  • Big 12 Now on ESPN+ Streams Kansas State at Oklahoma State in a Primetime Conference Game

ESPN’s networks will feature the majority of the AP Top 10 teams during college football’s week 5 slate, including ESPN’s primetime game and in each of ABC’s three game windows. In those games, No. 1 Clemson, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 7 Auburn, and No. 8 Wisconsin will be on upset alert, as they face conference opponents. SEC Network will also feature No. 9 Florida at home in a non-conference matchup and, across all ESPN’s networks, numerous other ranked teams will be in action, including No. 24 Kansas State via Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

Nebraska Hosts ABC’s Saturday Night Football for First Time Since 2012; No. 5 Ohio State Looks to Remain Unbeaten
ABC’s Saturday Night Footbal Presented by Wells Fargol returns to Lincoln, Neb., for the first time since 2012 as the signature college football franchise features No. 5 Ohio State at the Huskers (7:30 p.m. ET), who come in with a 3-1 record. The matchup is the Buckeye’s third ever trip to Memorial Stadium, having played there in 2017 and 2011. The Big Ten game features two of the county’s most-dynamic quarterbacks, as Ohio State’s Justin Fields has 13 passing touchdowns and 0 INTs on the year and Nebraska’s Adrian Martinez has 10 total touchdowns. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will have the call of the game.

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot (9 a.m. – noon) will set the scene, televising live from Lincoln for the first time since 2007.

Top Ranked Clemson Tries to Extend Winning Streak; No. 8 Wisconsin Looks to Extend Hot Start to Season
Top-ranked Clemson travels to North Carolina (3:30 p.m.) and No. 8 Wisconsin hosts Northwestern (noon) rounding out ABC’s tripleheader of top teams. Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy and Tom Luginbill will be in Chapel Hill, N.C. to see if the Tigers can extend their 19 game winning streak, while Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky and Allison Williams are in Madison, Wisc., as the Badgers look to remain unbeaten on the year.

No. 7 Auburn Opens Home SEC Slate in Primetime on ESPN; No. 23 Texas A&M vs. Arkansas in ESPN CFB150 Showcase Game
ESPN’s primetime action will feature No. 7 Auburn hosting Mississippi State (7 p.m.), as the Tigers begin their home conference slate against a 3-1 Bulldogs team. The network’s slate begins with the ESPN CFB150 Showcase Game featuring No. 23 Texas A&M vs. Arkansas (noon) from AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will be on the call for the primetime matchup and Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek and Olivia Dekker call the Aggies-Razorbacks.

ESPN’s afternoon slate features a Big 12 matchup as Iowa State is at Baylor (3:30 p.m.) and its primetime slate features the Pac-12 as UCLA is at Arizona (10:30 p.m.).

Big 12 Now on ESPN+ Features Undefeated, No. 24 Kansas State at Oklahoma State
Big 12 Now on ESPN+ features No. 24 Kansas State at Oklahoma State (7 p.m.) as the undefeated Wildcats open up conference play. The game is the latest for the new Big 12 platform.

Additional ESPN Network Highlights:

  • 15 Cal hosts Arizona State on Friday, Sept. 27 (10:30 p.m., ESPN)
  • 14 Iowa welcomes Middle Tennessee State (noon, ESPN2)
  • 22 UCF at home vs. UConn (7 p.m., ESPN2)

All games in release are on Saturday, Sept. 28 unless noted

ESPN College Football 150 Weekly Theme: Integration
As much as any other sport, the history of college football tells the history of American race relations. It is hard to appreciate the sport’s complexities without knowing how long the road has been, and continues to be, towards equal rights. The third episode of The American Game delves into the sport’s history Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.


College football has also offered some of the best inspirational moments in sport’s history. The Greatest on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. on ESPN will look at the sport’s most inspiring moments.


Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Thu, Sept. 26 7:30 p.m. Delaware State at North Carolina A&T

Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker

8 p.m. Navy at Memphis

Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck/Pat McAfee, Molly McGrath

Fri, Sept. 27 7 p.m. Brown at Harvard
Bill Spaulding, Jack Ford
Duke at Virginia Tech
Dave LaMont, Gene Chizik, Dr. Jerry Punch
10:30 p.m. Arizona State at No. 15 California
Dave Flemming, Louis Riddick, Paul Carcaterra
Sat, Sept. 28 Noon Northwestern at No. 8 Wisconsin
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison Williams
No. 23 Texas A&M vs. Arkansas from Arlington
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Olivia Dekker
Middle Tennessee at No. 14 Iowa
Kevin Brown, Andre Ware
Buffalo at Miami (Ohio)
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison
Northern Illinois at Vanderbilt
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
Holy Cross at Syracuse
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
BYU at Toledo
Michael Reghi, Dustin Fox
12:30 p.m. Delaware at Pittsburgh ACC Network Extra
3:30 p.m. No. 1 Clemson at North Carolina
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
Iowa State at Baylor
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay/Molly McGrath
Minnesota at Purdue
Marc Kestecher, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
Wake Forest at Boston College
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Kelsey Riggs
Ole Miss at No. 2 Alabama
Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN Radio
Coastal Carolina at Appalachian State ESPN+
4 p.m. SMU at South Florida
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden
Towson at No. 9 Florida
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
SEC Network
6 p.m. Arkansas State at Troy ESPN+
Louisiana at Georgia Southern ESPN+
New Mexico at Liberty ESPN+
East Carolina at Old Dominion ESPN+
7 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 7 Auburn

Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

UConn at No. 22 UCF
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Lauren Sisler
Louisiana Tech at Rice ESPN3
Southern at Arkansas-Pine Bluff ESPN3
Nicholls at Texas State ESPN3
No. 24 Kansas State at Oklahoma State
Mark Neely, Ray Bentley, Ed Aschoff
Big 12 Now on ESPN+
South Alabama at Louisiana-Monroe ESPN+
UTEP at Southern Mississippi ESPN+
UAB at Western Kentucky ESPN+
7:30 p.m. No. 5 Ohio State at Nebraska
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
Kentucky at South Carolina
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
NC State at Florida State
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Lericia Harris
8 p.m. UNLV at Wyoming
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
10:30 p.m. UCLA at Arizona
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
Hawaii at Nevada
Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf

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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