Monster Primetime Matchups of No. 7 Florida at No. 5 LSU and No. 10 Penn State at No. 17 Iowa Headline ESPN’s College Football Week 7 Schedule

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Monster Primetime Matchups of No. 7 Florida at No. 5 LSU and No. 10 Penn State at No. 17 Iowa Headline ESPN’s College Football Week 7 Schedule

  • Gators-Tigers Battle in the Week’s Highest Ranked Matchup; Showdown Saturday Night in Death Valley
  • Nittany Lions Face Toughest Road Test to Date on ABC’s Saturday Night Football
  • 2 Clemson Hosting FSU, No. 3 Georgia Home vs. South Carolina Highlights a Saturday with Top Team in Each Game Window

ESPN will televise two marquee primetime matchups on Saturday when No. 7 Florida travels to No. 5 LSU which airs alongside ABC’s Saturday Night Football between No.10 Penn State and No. 17 Iowa. The signature action highlights a full slate – including No. 3 Georgia at noon ET and No. 2 Clemson at 3:30 p.m., both in home conference matchups. Overall, ESPN networks feature half of the top 10 teams and a top 20 team in every time slot, beginning Friday night.

Saturday Night in Baton Rouge
ESPN’s telecast of the Gators and Tigers (8 p.m.) will feature the lead commentating team of Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor, and Tom Rinaldi as the quartet call the game from Tiger Stadium. Both teams come into the game undefeated and will face off as top 10 teams for just the second time in 10 years. College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will originate from LSU earlier in the morning (9 a.m. – noon), setting the scene for the sport’s biggest game of the day.

ABC’s Saturday Night Football Features BIG Showdown
ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Wells Fargo (7:30 p.m.) will feature the Nittany Lions at the Hawkeyes, as Penn State looks to remain unbeaten on the season after cracking the top 10 for the first time this season. The Hawkeyes, who only have one loss on the season, are looking for their first win against Penn State since 2010. The last time these two matched up on Saturday Night Football, Penn State scored a touchdown on the final play, giving the Nittany Lions a 21-19 victory. Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will be in Kinnick Stadium for the call of the game.

No. 3 Georgia and No. 16 Michigan Begin the Day
ESPN begins the day with South Carolina at No. 3 Georgia (noon), as the Bulldogs return home and continue conference play. No. 16 Michigan is at Illinois on ABC in the ESPN CFB150 Showcase Game, as the Wolverines-Fighting Illini meet for the 96th time. Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky and Allison Williams will be in Columbia, S.C., while Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy and Tom Luginbill are in Champaign, Ill.

No. 2 Clemson Comes off Bye Week, Hosts Florida State
The second-ranked Clemson Tigers will host FSU in the late afternoon, as the Tigers come off their bye week.  The Seminoles have won back-to-back games and will look to break Clemson’s 20-game win streak. Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay and Molly McGrath call the game.

ESPN’s First Take will televise from Clemson’s Bowman Field on Friday, October 11, with Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and host Molly Qerim Rose on hand. The show’s first two hours will air on ESPN (10 a.m. – noon) and an additional half hour will air exclusively on ACC Network (12-12:30 p.m.). The show is free and open to the public, featuring giveaways and a full lineup of special guests. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

Undefeated Boise State Concludes Saturday’s Action
In Saturday’s final game window, undefeated No. 14 Boise State hosts Hawai’i (4-1) on ESPN2 (10:15 p.m.). Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, and Lauren Sisler will be in Albertsons Stadium for the call.

Additional highlights:

  • 20 Virginia is at Miami on Friday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. on ESPN
  • 23 Memphis is at Temple at noon on ESPN2
  • 25 Cincinnati is at Houston at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2

ESPN College Football 150 Weekly Theme: Recruiting
Since college football’s earliest days, recruiting has been one of the most critical and controversial aspects of the sport. There’s no denying the role the process has in determining the power structure of the sport. The American Game delves into its history on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.

Recruiting has also led to some great stories of walk-ons. The Greatest on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. on ESPN will look into the best players to not receive a scholarship.


Date Time Matchup/Commentators Network
Wed, Oct 9 8 p.m. Appalachian State at Louisiana
Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf
Thu, Oct 10 6 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at North Carolina Central
Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker
  8 p.m. Syracuse at NC State
Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck/Pat McAfee, Molly McGrath
  9:15 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at Texas State
Mark Neely, Roddy Jones
Fri, Oct 11 7 p.m. Lafayette at Princeton
Dave LaMont, John Congemi
  8 p.m. No. 20 Virginia at Miami
Dave Flemming, Louis Riddick, Paul Carcaterra
Sat, Oct 12 Noon No. 16 Michigan at Illinois
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
  South Carolina at No. 3 Georgia
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison Williams
  No. 23 Memphis at Temple
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden
  Miami (Ohio) at Western Michigan
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison
  Mississippi State at Tennessee
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
SEC Network
  12:30 p.m. Georgia Tech at Duke ACC Network Extra
  2 p.m. Ball State at Eastern Michigan
Robert Lee, Forrest Conoly
  Florida A&M at South Carolina State ^
Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker
  3 p.m. New Mexico State at Central Michigan
Sean Kenney, Marcus Ray
  3:30 p.m. Florida State at No. 2 Clemson
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay/Molly McGrath
  No. 25 Cincinnati at Houston
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
  Kent State at Akron
Michael Reghi, Dustin Fox
  Northern Illinois at Ohio
Doug Sherman, John Gregory
  3:45 p.m. UConn at Tulane
Kevin Brown, Andre Ware
  4 p.m. Iowa State at West Virginia
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Olivia Dekker
  UNLV at Vanderbilt
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
  Rhode Island at Virginia Tech
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Kelsey Riggs
ACC Network
  Middle Tennessee at Florida Atlantic ESPN+
  5 p.m. Georgia State at Coastal Carolina ESPN+
  6 p.m. UAB at UTSA ESPN+
  7 p.m. Ole Miss at Missouri
Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
  UMass at Louisiana Tech ESPN3
  Prairie View A&M at Southern ESPN3
  Charlotte at Florida International ESPN+
  7:30 p.m. No. 10 Penn State at No. 17 Iowa
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
  Arkansas at Kentucky
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
  Louisville at No. 19 Wake Forest
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
  Navy at Tulsa
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
  8 p.m. No. 7 Florida at No. 5 LSU
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor/Tom RinaldiRadio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones, Ian Fitzsimmons
  10:15 p.m. Hawai’i at No. 14 Boise State
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Lauren Sisler

Note: Not all digital games are exclusive
^: Tape-delay: will air at 10:30 p.m. on ESPNU


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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