Multiple Ranked Matchups, Top Teams throughout the Day, Signature Conference Showdowns and Unrivaled Atmospheres: ESPN’s Week 8 College Football Schedule Showcases the Best of the Sport

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Multiple Ranked Matchups, Top Teams throughout the Day, Signature Conference Showdowns and Unrivaled Atmospheres: ESPN’s Week 8 College Football Schedule Showcases the Best of the Sport

  • White Out Conditions: ABC’s Saturday Night Football Features No. 7 Penn State Hosting No. 16 Michigan in Big Ten East Showdown; No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington Leads In
  • No. 1 Alabama in Special Primetime Kickoff; No. 3 Clemson Begins the Day at Noon; Overall, 16 Ranked Teams Across ESPN’s Networks including ESPN+

ESPN’s week 8 college football schedule features the sport’s marquee matchups — No. 16 Michigan at No. 7 Penn State and the Samsung QLED 4K Game of the Week featuring No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington — and a showcase of ranked teams across every game window and on nearly every one of its networks. Throughout Saturday, 16 ranked teams, including No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Clemson, will play on ESPN’s networks, with ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN+, SEC Network and Longhorn Network joining ABC in showcasing the sport’s ranked teams as we enter the middle of the season.

White Out Forecast for ABC’s Saturday Night Football; Game Ends Signature Day on the Network
ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s will feature Penn State’s annual White Out game, as the Nittany Lions welcome in the Wolverines (7:30 p.m. ET) in a pivotal Big Ten East Division matchup. Penn State is undefeated, including a 3-0 conference record, and is atop the standings with Ohio State. Michigan is 5-1 on the season and a victory would put them back in the hunt for the conference championship. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will be inside Beaver Stadium for the call of the game. Earlier on Saturday, College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will set the scene for the matchup, televising live from State College, Pa.

The Ducks and the Huskies (3:30 p.m.) on ABC is the ESPN CFB150 Showcase Game and will lead into SNF, as Oregon looks to remain undefeated in conference play. The third-ranked Clemson Tigers visit Louisville to begin the day for ABC (noon). Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will be live from Seattle, while Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, and Allison Williams have the call from Cardinal Stadium.

ESPN Features Top 10 Trio Headlined by No. 1 Alabama
ESPN will feature three top 10 teams on Saturday, including No. 1 Alabama in a special primetime game (9 p.m.) as the Crimson Tide continue its long, storied rivalry with Tennessee. Leading into the Volunteers-Crimson Tide matchup, No. 10 Georgia will host Kentucky (6 p.m.) and, to start the day, No. 9 Florida is at South Carolina (noon). The Gamecocks will be looking to pull back-to-back top 10 upsets, while Georgia and Florida look to bounce back this week. Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay and Molly McGrath are in Tuscaloosa, Ala., while Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore and Quint Kessenich head to Athens, Ga. and Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy and Tom Luginbill call the game in Columbia, S.C.

Ranked Teams on Nearly Every Network
ESPN2 and SEC Network present multiple windows of ranked teams on Saturday, while Longhorn Network, ESPN+ and ESPNU will also get in on the ranked team action:

  • ESPN2’s lineup begins with No. 23 Iowa hosting Purdue (noon), continues with No. 19 SMU at home vs. Temple (3:30 p.m.) and then concludes the day with No. 14 Boise at BYU (10:15 p.m.).
  • SEC Network starts with No. 11 Auburn at Arkansas (noon) followed by No. 22 Missouri at Vanderbilt (4 p.m.).
  • ESPN+ features No. 24 Appalachian State, as they puts their undefeated record on the line at home vs. Louisiana Monroe (3:30 p.m.).
  • Longhorn Network highlights No. 15 Texas hosting Kansas (7 p.m.). More on the network’s presentation can be found here.
  • ESPNU features No. 21 Cincinnati welcoming Tulsa (3:30 p.m.).

ESPN College Football 150 Weekly Theme: Television
The history of college football on TV is its own saga, featuring big names, big deals and countless evolutions that have made watching the games more entertaining than ever. The American Game delves into its history on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m.

The Greatest on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. on ESPN will look at the best voices, both television and radio, around the sport of college football.


Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Wed, Oct 16 8 p.m. South Alabama at Troy
Chris Cotter, Ray Bentley
Thu, Oct 17 7:30 p.m. Louisiana at Arkansas State
Mark Neely, Cole Cubelic
9 p.m. UCLA at Stanford
Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck, Pat McAfee, Molly McGrath
Fri, Oct 18 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Syracuse
Dave Flemming, Jim Mora, Paul Carcaterra
Sat, Oct 19 Noon No. 3 Clemson at Louisville
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison Williams
No. 9 Florida at South Carolina
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
Purdue at No. 23 Iowa
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
Houston at UConn
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
No. 11 Auburn at Arkansas
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
SEC Network
Georgia Tech at Miami
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
ACC Network
NC State at Boston College ACC Network Extra
2 p.m. Central Michigan at Bowling Green
Shawn Kenney, Forrest Conoly
Toledo at Ball State
Michael Reghi, Dustin Fox
2:30 p.m. Northern Illinois at Miami (Ohio)
Jay Barbar, John Gregory
3 p.m. Coastal Carolina at Georgia Southern ESPN3
Jackson State at Mississippi Valley State
Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker
3:30 p.m. No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly RoweRadio: Marc Kestecher, Barrett Jones, Ian Fitzsimmons
ABC and ESPN Radio
Temple at No. 19 SMU
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Olivia Dekker
Tulsa at No. 21 Cincinnati
Kevin Brown, Andre Ware, Taylor Davis
3:30 p.m. Duke at Virginia
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Kelsey Riggs
ACC Network
Buffalo at Akron
Doug Sherman, Jerod Cherry
North Carolina at Virginia Tech ACC Network Extra
Louisiana-Monroe at No. 24 Appalachian State ESPN+
4 p.m. No. 22 Missouri at Vanderbilt
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
Charlotte at Western Kentucky ESPN+
Old Dominion at UAB ESPN+
6 p.m. Kentucky at No. 10 Georgia
Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
Rice at UTSA ESPN3
Maine at Liberty ESPN+
7 p.m. Tulane at Memphis
Anish Shroff, John Congemi
Colorado at Washington State
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Lauren Sisler
UTEP at Florida International ESPN+
Army at Georgia State ESPN+
Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan
Chris Vosters, Marcus Ray
Kansas at No. 15 Texas
Lowell Galindo, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden
Longhorn Network
7:30 p.m. No. 16 Michigan at No. 7 Penn State
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
Texas A&M at Ole Miss
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
Florida State at Wake Forest
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
9 p.m. Tennessee at No. 1 Alabama
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay, Molly McGrath
10:15 p.m. No. 14 Boise State at BYU
Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf, Taylor McGregor
Nevada at Utah State
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison

Note: Not all digital games are exclusive
^: Tape-delay: will air at 1:15 a.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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