Top Teams Play Here: No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 LSU, No. 6 Oklahoma, and No. 8 Wisconsin All on ESPN’s Networks in Week 6

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Top Teams Play Here: No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 LSU, No. 6 Oklahoma, and No. 8 Wisconsin All on ESPN’s Networks in Week 6

  • Buckeyes Host No. 25 Michigan State on ABC’s Saturday Night Football
  • Bulldogs Hit the Road in SEC Action in Prime-time on ESPN
  • 11 Texas, No. 12 Penn State, No. 15 Washington Also in Conference Action

The first Saturday in October features nearly every top team playing on an ESPN network throughout the day, beginning with No. 5 LSU, No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 8 Wisconsin and No. 12 Penn State all in the noon window. The trend continues into the late afternoon with No. 11 Texas and in prime-time where No. 4 Ohio State plays its first ranked opponent of the season in No. 25 Michigan State and No. 3 Georgia travels for a SEC showdown. Overall, ESPN’s networks have the four highest ranked teams which are in action this weekend and seven of the top 10.

ABC’s Saturday Night Football: No. 4 Ohio State Hosting No. 25 Michigan State
The fourth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will face No. 25 Michigan State (7:30 p.m. ET) on ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Wells Fargo, as Ohio State opens up the home portion of their Big Ten East schedule. Both teams are 2-0 in conference play and the Spartans have won two of the last three meetings in Columbus, Ohio.  Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will be at Ohio Stadium for the call of the game.

Nearly Every ESPN Network with a Top Ranked Team in the Noon Window
Sixth-ranked Oklahoma and No. 12 Penn State will be in conference action, as the Sooners travel to Kansas on ABC (noon) and the Nittany Lions welcome in Purdue on ESPN (noon). Both Oklahoma and Penn State are undefeated on the season and are looking for their second conference victory. Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy and Tom Luginbill will be in Lawrence, Kan., while Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky and Allison Williams will be in University Park, Pa.

In the same window, the No. 5 LSU Tigers welcome in Utah State on SEC Network (noon) and No. 8 Wisconsin will host Kent State on ESPNU (noon) as both ranked teams look to remain undefeated.  Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport will be in Baton Rouge, La., and Clay Matvick and Ryan Leaf, are in Madison, Wisc.

No. 3 Georgia, No. 11 Texas, and No. 15 Washington on the Road in Conference Action
The theme of top teams is prevalent throughout the day on all ESPN networks, as No. 11 Texas Longhorns travel to West Virginia (ABC, 3:30 p.m.), No. 3 Georgia will be at Tennessee in primetime (ESPN, 7 p.m.), and No. 15 Washington heads to Stanford in the final game window (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.).

Texas and West Virginia are both 3-1 overall and 1-0 in Big 12 action, while Georgia hasn’t lost a conference road game in nearly a calendar year. For the Huskies and Cardinal, the matchup is the 90th all-time, with Washington holding a slight 43-42 advantage. There have been four ties in the series.

Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay and Molly McGrath will be in Morgantown, W.V., while Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe will be in Knoxville, Tenn., for the ESPN CFB150 Showcase Game, and Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, and Quint Kessenich will be in Stanford.

ESPN’s Networks Additional Highlights:

  • 18 UCF is at Cincinnati (8 p.m.) in a matchup of top American Athletic Conference teams Friday, Oct. 4, on ESPN (8 p.m.)
  • 24 SMU will play its first game as a ranked team since 1986 as they host Tulsa on ESPNU (7:30 p.m.)

All games are Saturday, Oct. 5 unless noted


Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Thu, Oct. 3 7:30 p.m. Georgia Southern at South Alabama
Kevin Brown, Andre Ware
  8 p.m. Temple at East Carolina
Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck/Pat McAfee, Molly McGrath
Fri, Oct. 4 7 p.m. Dartmouth at Penn
Bill Spaulding, John Congemi
  8 p.m. No. 18 UCF at Cincinnati
Chris Cotter, Jim Mora/Mark Herzlich, Paul Carcaterra
Sat, Oct. 5 Noon No. 6 Oklahoma at Kansas
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
  Purdue at No. 12 Penn State
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison Williams
  TCU at Iowa State
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Lauren Sisler
  Kent State at No. 8 Wisconsin
Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf
  Utah State at No. 5 LSU
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
  12:30 p.m. Boston College at Louisville ACC Network Extra
  3 p.m. Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan
Chris Vosters, Marcus Ray
  3:30 p.m. No. 11 Texas at West Virginia
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay/Molly McGrath
  Virginia Tech at Miami
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Olivia Dekker
  Baylor at Kansas State
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
  Ball State at Northern Illinois
Sean Kenney, Forrest Conoly
  Ohio at Buffalo
Michael Reghi, Dustin Fox
  Western Michigan at Toledo
Doug Sherman, Tyoka Jackson
  Arkansas State at Georgia State ESPN+
  3:45 p.m. Memphis at Louisiana-Monroe
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
  4 p.m. Troy at Missouri
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
SEC Network
  North Carolina at Georgia Tech
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
  6 p.m. Western Kentucky at Old Dominion ESPN+
  7 p.m. No. 3 Georgia at Tennessee
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
  Rice at UAB ESPN+
  UMass at Florida International ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. No. 25 Michigan State at No. 4 Ohio State
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria TaylorRadio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones, Ian Fitzsimmons
ABC and ESPN Radio
  Vanderbilt at Ole Miss
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
  Tulsa at No. 24 SMU
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden
  8 p.m. Pittsburgh at Duke
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
  10 p.m. San Diego State at Colorado State
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison, Taylor McGregor
  10:30 p.m. No. 15 Washington at Stanford
Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
  Morgan State at Bethune-Cookman
Dave LaMont, Jay Walker

Not all digital games are exclusive

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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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