No. 1 Clemson Returning to Syracuse, Site of Tigers’ Last Regular Season Loss, to Highlight ESPN’s Week 3 College Football Schedule

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No. 1 Clemson Returning to Syracuse, Site of Tigers’ Last Regular Season Loss, to Highlight ESPN’s Week 3 College Football Schedule

  • Tigers Open Road Schedule; Orange Host First SNF Game at Carrier Dome
  • ESPN CFB150 Showcase Game: Pittsburgh at No. 13 Penn State in 100th Edition of the Rivalry
  • 3 Georgia, No. 8 Auburn and No. 9 Florida Showcased; No. 20 Washington State on Friday Night

The No. 1 Clemson Tigers returning to Syracuse, the scene of the defending College Football Playoff National Champions’ last regular season loss, highlights ESPN’s week 3 college football schedule. The slate also features the 100th meeting of Pittsburgh and No. 13 Penn State in the ESPN CFB150 Showcase Game, multiple top teams including No. 3 Georgia, No. 8 Auburn and No. 9 Florida, and 12 ranked teams overall.

ABC’s Saturday Night Football: Clemson’s 19-Game Regular Season Win Streak on the Line
Clemson comes into their 2019 road opener on a 19-game regular season winning streak, with the Tigers’ last regular season loss coming October 13, 2017, at the same site as this year’s game – against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. The ABC Saturday Night Football Presented by Wells Fargo matchup (7:30 p.m. ET) is the Orange’s second home appearance on the signature franchise, but first from the Carrier Dome.

Sean McDonough will call the game, as the Syracuse alum will be honored with the university’s Arents Award on Friday, Sept. 13. McDonough will team with Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor, who typically call SNF.

Pittsburgh at No. 13 Penn State Begins the Day on ABC; Chris Fowler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe from Beaver Stadium
Chris Fowler will be in Happy Valley, calling the 100th all-time meeting between Pittsburgh and No. 13 Penn State on ABC (noon) and teaming up in the booth with Todd Blackledge, the former Penn State national championship winning-quarterback. Holly Rowe will complete the broadcast trio. The Nittany Lions hold the all-time advantage, with a record of 52-43-4 against their in-state rivals, including winning the last two matchups (2017, 2018).

In the afternoon on ABC, No. 24 USC is at BYU (3:30 p.m.), the third all-time meeting between the two schools. The Trojans have won both previous matchups, in 2003 and 2004. Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy and Tom Luginbill will be at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah.

No. 17 UCF Hosting Stanford, No. 9 Florida at Kentucky Among ESPN’s Saturday Slate; No. 20 Washington State vs. Houston on Friday
ESPN will air No. 17 UCF hosting Stanford (3:30 p.m.), leading into No. 9 Florida at Kentucky (7 p.m.). Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek and Olivia Dekker will be in Orlando, Fla., with Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay and Molly McGrath in Lexington, Ky. Kansas State at Mississippi State (noon) starts off the tripleheader for ESPN. Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky and Allison Williams will be in Starkville, Miss.

Leading into Saturday, ESPN will televise No. 20 Washington State vs. Houston in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff from NRG Stadium in Houston on Friday, Sept. 13 (9:15 p.m.).  Dave Flemming, Louis Riddick and Paul Carcaterra will be on the call.

Additional ESPN Networks’ Week 3 Highlights:

  • No. 3 Georgia hosting Arkansas State (noon, ESPN2)
  • No. 8 Auburn at home vs Kent State (7 p.m., ESPN2)
  • No. 16 Texas A&M hosting Lamar (7 p.m., ESPNU)
  • No. 22 Boise State welcoming Portland State (10:15 p.m., ESPN2)
  • ESPN+ streams 25 games this week.

SEC Network Features No. 4 LSU; ACC Network has No. 25 Virginia
SEC Network will have No. 4 LSU welcoming in Northwestern State (7:30 p.m.) on SEC Saturday Night and ACC Network will have No. 25 Virginia hosting Florida State (7:30 p.m.) on ACC Network Primetime Football.


DATE Time Matchup Network
Fri, Sept. 13 6 p.m. North Carolina at Wake Forest
Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck, Pat McAfee, Molly McGrath
  7:30 p.m. Kansas at Boston College
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Kelsey Riggs
ACC Network
  9:15 p.m. 2019 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff: No. 20 Washington State vs. Houston (NRG Stadium)
Dave Flemming, Louis Riddick, Paul Carcaterra
Sat Sept. 14 Noon Pittsburgh at No. 13 Penn State
Chris Fowler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
  Kansas State at Mississippi State
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison Williams
  Arkansas State at No. 3 Georgia
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Lauren Sisler
  Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati
Kevin Brown, Andre Ware
  Furman at Virginia Tech
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
ACC Network
  Chattanooga at Tennessee
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
SEC Network
  12:30 p.m. Citadel at Georgia Tech ACC Network Extra
  2 p.m. Florida Atlantic at Ball State
Jay Barbar, Mark Herrmann
  Norfolk State at Coastal Carolina ESPN3
  3 p.m. Akron at Central Michigan
Chris Vosters, Marcus Ray
  3:30 p.m. No. 24 USC at BYU
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
  Stanford at No. 17 UCF
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Olivia Dekker
  Oklahoma State at Tulsa
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
  Memphis at South Alabama
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
  4 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at Miami
Bill Roth, John Congemi, Jerry Punch
ACC Network
  Colorado State at Arkansas
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
  Southeastern Louisiana at Ole Miss
Mike Morgan, Tom Ramsey, Taylor Davis
SEC Network Alternate
  5 p.m. Louisiana Tech at Bowling Green
Michael Reghi, Dustin Fox
  Idaho at Wyoming
Doug Sherman, Tyoka Jackson
  6 p.m. UMass at Charlotte ESPN+
  Southern Miss at Troy ESPN+
  Buffalo at Liberty ESPN+
  South Carolina State at South Florida

Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly

  7 p.m. No. 9 Florida vs. Kentucky
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay, Molly McGrath
  Kent State at No. 8 Auburn

Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden

  Lamar at No. 16 Texas A&M
Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf
  Georgia State at Western Michigan

Dan Gutowsky, Jerod Cherry

  New Hampshire at Florida International ESPN3
  Murray State at Toledo

Robert Lee, John Gregory

  Texas State at SMU
David Saltzman, Stan Lewter
  7:30 p.m. No. 1 Clemson at Syracuse

Sean McDonough, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor

Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones, and Ian Fitzsimmons

ABC and ESPN Radio
  Florida State at No. 25 Virginia
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
  Northwestern State at No. 4 LSU
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
  Southeast Missouri State at Missouri
Mark Neely, Hutson Mason, Taylor McGregor
SEC Network Alternate
  Texas Southern at Louisiana ESPN3
  8 p.m. Missouri State at Tulane
Joel Meyers, Jay Sonnhalter
  10:15 p.m. Portland State at No. 22 Boise State
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison
  10:30 p.m. Texas Tech at Arizona
Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich

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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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