Texas-Sized Non-Conference Showdowns: No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Texas and No. 1 Clemson Hosting No. 12 Texas A&M on ABC Highlight Early Season Impact Week across ESPN’s Networks

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Texas-Sized Non-Conference Showdowns: No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Texas and No. 1 Clemson Hosting No. 12 Texas A&M on ABC Highlight Early Season Impact Week across ESPN’s Networks

  • Tigers-Longhorns in First Top 10 Matchup of the Season; Defending Champion Clemson Welcomes in its First Ranked Opponent

  • No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia Begin Home Slates; No. 5 Ohio State Against Cincinnati

  • ESPN CFB 150 Showcase Game: No. 23 Stanford at USC

  • Big 12 Now on ESPN+ Features Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State’s Home Opener, Les Miles and Kansas’ Second Non-Conference Matchup

In back-to-back games, ABC will air No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Texas on Saturday Night Football Presented by Wells Fargo (7:30 p.m. ET) and No. 1 Clemson welcomes in No. 12 Texas A&M in the late afternoon (3:30 p.m.) as the network televises two of the most-impactful non-conference games of the entire season on Saturday, Sept. 7. The resume building games are the backbone of a Week 2 slate which includes No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia’s home openers and No. 5 Ohio State hosting Cincinnati.

Tigers Make First Visit to Austin Since 1954; College GameDay Built by The Home Depot Sets the Scene
Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will be in Austin, Texas, for the top 10 showdown between the Tigers and Longhorns at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. For LSU, the trip will be its first visit to Austin since 1954 and represents just the third meeting between the two schools since Texas’ victory that year. College GameDay Built by The Home Depot (9 a.m. – noon) will begin the day from Austin, setting up inside the LBJ Lawn.

Note: Davis calls the game for Chris Fowler, who will be calling ESPN’s final weekend coverage of the US Open.

Texas A&M-Clemson in a Rematch of the 2018 Classic
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will be at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C., as the Aggies and Tigers face off in a rematch of last year’s instant classic. In that showdown, Clemson took a 28-13 lead into the fourth quarter, only to see the home squad nearly tie the game, missing on a two-point conversion with under a minute to go and resulting in a 28-26 Tiger victory. The SEC-ACC showdown will mark Texas A&M’s third ever visit to Clemson.

ABC begins the day with No. 5 Ohio State hosting Cincinnati (noon), the schools’ 17th all-time meeting. The Buckeyes come into the game riding an 11-game winning streak. For Bearcat head coach Luke Fickell, the game will mark a return to Ohio State, where he was a standout player and later an assistant coach for more than 15 seasons. Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, and Allison Williams will be in Ohio Stadium.

ESPN Bookends its Day with No. 21 Syracuse at Maryland and ESPN CFB150 Showcase Game featuring No. 23 Stanford at USC
ESPN’s slate begins with No. 21 Syracuse at Maryland (noon) and concludes with ESPN CFB150 Showcase Game featuring No. 23 Stanford at USC (10:30 p.m.). ESPN2 airs a pair of top teams as No. 3 Georgia hosts Murray State (4 p.m.) and No. 10 Auburn hosts Tulane (7:30 p.m.).

Additional ESPN’s Networks Week 2 Highlights  

  • 24 Boise State hosting Marshall on Friday, Sept. 6 (9 p.m.).
    • Jim Mora makes his Friday night analyst debut, working with Dave Flemming and Paul Carcaterra.
  • 2 Alabama vs. New Mexico State on SEC Network (4 p.m.)
  • 11 Florida hosting UT Martin on ESPNU (7:30 p.m.)
  • Big 12 Now on ESPN+ Features Two Games:
    • McNeese at Oklahoma State (7 p.m.)
    • Coastal Carolina at Kansas (7 p.m.)


All Games Saturday, Sept. 7 unless Noted

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Fri, Sept. 6 8 p.m. William & Mary at Virginia
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden
ACC Network
  9 p.m. Marshall at No. 24 Boise State
Dave Flemming, Jim Mora, Paul Carcaterra
Sat, Sept. 7 11 a.m. Ohio at Pittsburgh
Clay Matvick, John Congemi, Jerry Punch
ACC Network
  Noon Cincinnati at No. 5 Ohio State
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison Williams
  No. 21 Syracuse at Maryland
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Olivia Dekker
  West Virginia at Missouri
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Lauren Sisler
  Old Dominion at Virginia Tech
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison
  Charleston Southern at South Carolina
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
  Kennesaw State at Kent State
Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry
  Southern at Memphis ESPN3
  12:30 p.m. Western Carolina at NC State ACC Network Extra
  2 p.m. South Florida at Georgia Tech
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
ACC Network
  Fordham at Ball State
Jim Barbar, Mark Herrmann
  2:30 p.m. Tennessee Tech at Miami (Ohio)

Robert Lee, Dustin Fox

  3:30 p.m. No. 12 Texas A&M at No. 1 Clemson
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
  Southern Miss at Mississippi State
Kevin Brown, Andre Ware
  Charlotte at Appalachian State ESPN+
  Richmond at Boston College
Doug Sherman, Matt Chatham
ACC Network Extra
  4 p.m. Murray State at No. 3 Georgia

Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman

  New Mexico State at No. 2 Alabama
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
SEC Network
  5 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at Florida State
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Ed Aschoff
ACC Network
  6 p.m. North Carolina A&T at Duke
Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly
ACC Network Extra
  Maine at Georgia Southern ESPN+
  Gardner-Webb at East Carolina

Matt Stewart, Stan Lewter

  7 p.m. BYU at Tennessee
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
  Western Kentucky at Florida International ESPN+
  Coastal Carolina at Kansas
Mark Neely, Mike Golic, Jr.
Big 12 Now on ESPN+
  McNeese at Oklahoma State
Dave Lamont, Barrett Brooks
Big 12 Now on ESPN+
  Wyoming at Texas State ESPN+
  Eastern Kentucky at Louisville
Sean Kenney, John Gregory
ACC Network Extra
  Furman at Georgia State ESPN3
  Tennessee State at Middle Tennessee State ESPN3
  Jackson State at South Alabama ESPN3
  North Texas at SMU

David Saltzman, Doug Graber

  7:30 p.m. No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Texas
Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
  Tulane at No. 10 Auburn
Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
  UT Martin at No. 11 Florida
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
  Arkansas at Ole Miss
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
  Eastern Michigan vs. Kentucky
Mike Morgan, Hutson Mason, Taylor Davis
SEC Network Alternate
  Liberty at Louisiana ESPN+
  8 p.m. Miami at North Carolina
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
  Prairie View A&M at Houston
Joel Meyers, Tyoka Jackson
  9 p.m. Tulsa at San Jose State
Trey Bender, Al Groh
  10:30 p.m. No. 23 Stanford at USC
Adam Amin, Todd McShay, Molly McGrath

Please note: Not all digital games are exclusive


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