B1G Battle of the Unbeatens: No. 5 Penn State at No. 13 Minnesota Highlights Full Slate of College Football Playoff Implication Games on ESPN’s Networks in Week 11

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B1G Battle of the Unbeatens: No. 5 Penn State at No. 13 Minnesota Highlights Full Slate of College Football Playoff Implication Games on ESPN’s Networks in Week 11


  • Undefeated No. 4 Clemson at NC State on ABC’s Saturday Night Football
  • 6 Georgia, No. 10 Florida on ESPN; No. 15 Notre Dame at Duke on ACC Network
  • First College Football Playoff Committee Rankings Revealed
  • Two ESPN CFB150 Showcase Games: Miami (Ohio) at Ohio to be Played on Sport’s 150th Birthday – Nov. 6; Undefeated Princeton vs. Undefeated Dartmouth from Yankee Stadium on Nov. 9

ESPN will televise and cover college football’s biggest matchups in week 11, headlined by the Big Ten matchup of undefeated teams when No. 5 Penn State travels to No. 13 Minnesota in the Samsung QLED 4K Game of the Week. The early November College Football Playoff implication matchup begins a game slate in which No. 4 Clemson’s perfect record is on the line at NC State on ABC’s Saturday Night Football and No. 6 Georgia hosts Missouri as both teams remain in contention for an SEC Championship trip. Saturday begins with College GameDay Built by The Home Depot and SEC Nation both originating from Tuscaloosa, Ala. in advance of No. 1 LSU at No. 2 Alabama.

This weekend’s slate will be played under the backdrop of the sport’s 150th birthday, which is Wednesday, Nov. 6, and following the first College Football Playoff rankings reveal on Tuesday, Nov. 5 (approx. 9 p.m.). More details on both can be found below and also here.

Please note: This release utilizes AP rankings. After Tuesday’s reveal of the College Football Playoff rankings, ESPN will use the CFP rankings exclusively through the remainder of the season

Undefeated No. 13 Minnesota Boasts Best Start Since 1941,No. 5 Nittany Lions’ Best in More than a Decade ABC’s Saturday slate begins with the Nittany Lions-Golden Gophers matchup (noon ET), as Minnesota (8-0) looks to build upon its best start since 1941. The Nittany Lions’ start (8-0) represents their best since 2008 and is the fourth time the Nittany Lions have won their first eight games since 1993. Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will be at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for the call of the game.

No. 4 Clemson Faces Final Conference Road Test of the Season
ABC’s Saturday Night Football features the undefeated No. 4 Clemson Tigers (9-0), as the reigning CFP National Champions travel to NC State (7:30 p.m.) for their final conference road test of the season. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will be in Raleigh, N.C. for the call of the game. A Pac-12 showdown between USC and Arizona State (3:30 p.m.) will lead into the ACC Matchup on ABC. Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore and Quint Kessenich will be in Tempe, Ariz., for the call.

No. 6 Georgia Sits Atop SEC East, Hosts Missouri Who Remains in Contention; No. 10 Florida Leads into No. 20 Kansas State
Georgia sits alone atop the SEC East while the Missouri Tigers could play their way back into SEC Championship picture when the two schools meet on ESPN (7 p.m.). Beginning the day, No. 10 Florida will host Vanderbilt (noon) followed by No. 20 Kanas State at Texas (3:30 p.m.). Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay and Molly McGrath will be in Athens, Ga., while Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky and Allison Williams are in Gainesville, Fla.. Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy and Tom Luginbill will be in Austin.

No.15 Notre Dame at Duke on ACC Network
The No. 15 Fighting Irish will travel to Duke (7:30 p.m) for ACC Network Primetime Football on ACC Network with Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck and Katie George on the call from Durham, N.C. The Huddle will originate from Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday morning (11 a.m. – noon)


Additional Highlights on ESPN’s Networks


  • 21 Boise State hosting Wyoming at 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)
  • 22 Wake Forest at Virginia Tech at 3:30 p.m. (ACC Network)
  • 23 SMU hosting East Carolina at noon (ESPNU)
  • 24 San Diego State hosting Nevada at 10:30 p.m. (ESPN2)



ESPN Celebrates College Football’s 150th Birthday by Unveiling Sport’s 150 Greatest Games, Amplifying Season-Long CFB150 Initiative

College football’s 150th birthday is Wednesday, Nov. 6, and to mark the occasion ESPN will amplify its season-long, multi-platform College Football 150 celebration throughout the week. The sport’s 150 greatest games were revealed this morning, beginning a week that will include ESPN’s Monday Night Football recognizing the anniversary; The American Game examining “Games of the Century”; The Greatest debating the sport’s biggest upsets; and a special ESPN CFB150 Showcase Game between MAC East Division leaders Miami (Ohio) and Ohio on the night of the anniversary, among many other elements. Complete details can be found here.


College Football Playoff Committee Rankings Revealed Exclusively on ESPN

The night before the sport’s birthday, Tuesday, Nov. 5, ESPN will look to the immediate future, as the College Football Playoff committee’s first rankings will be revealed at approximately 9 p.m. between games of the Champions Classic exclusively on ESPN Tuesday night (approx. 9 p.m. ET).

ESPN CFB150 Showcase Games: Miami (Ohio) at Ohio and Princeton vs. Dartmouth from Yankee Stadium
ESPN will air two ESPN CFB150 Showcase Games this week, beginning with Miami (Ohio) at Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. (ESPN2) and continuing with Princeton vs. Dartmouth in a battle of Ivy League undefeated teams on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU) from Yankee Stadium.

Both games have intriguing storylines, as Ohio head coach Frank Solich enters the game with 110 conference victories, tying him for the most ever among MAC head coaches. A win will make him the all-time winningest coach in the conference.  For the Ivy League matchup, both teams enter the game with 7-0 overall records and 4-0 conference records. Additionally, the Tigers have won 17 consecutive games, while the Big Green have won 19 of the last 20, with their only blemish being against Princeton last season.  Overall, this will be the 98th matchup in a series which began in 1903, with the Big Green holding an 49-44-4 all-time advantage.

On Wednesday, a special College Football Countdown (7:30 p.m. on ESPN2) precedes the MAC game. Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard is in the booth along with Matt Barrie and Holly Rowe.  ESPN Senior Writer Ivan Maisel, the Editor-at-Large of ESPN College Football 150, will also join the telecast.

ESPN College Football Week 11 Schedule with Broadcasters

A partial schedule is below; all game can be found here

Date Time Matchup/Commentators Network
Tue, Nov 5 8 p.m. Ball State at Western Michigan
Mark Neely, Tom Ramsey
Wed, Nov 6 8 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at Ohio
Matt Barrie, Desmond Howard, Holly Rowe
Thu, Nov 7 7:30 p.m. Louisiana at Coastal Carolina
Dave LaMont, Ray Bentley
  8 p.m. Temple at South Florida
Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck/Pat McAfee, Molly McGrath
Fri, Nov 8 7 p.m. UCF at Tulsa
Dave Flemming, Gene Chizik, Paul Carcaterra
Sat, Nov 9 Noon No. 5 Penn State at No. 13 Minnesota
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
  Vanderbilt at No. 10 Florida
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison Williams
  Texas Tech at West Virginia
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
    East Carolina at No. 23 SMU
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison
  Western Kentucky at Arkansas
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
SEC Network
  Florida State at Boston College
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
  12:30 p.m. Georgia Tech at Virginia ACC Network Extra
  2 p.m. UTSA at Old Dominion ESPN3
  3 p.m. Charlotte at UTEP ESPN+
  South Alabama at Texas State ESPN3
  Alcorn State at Grambling ESPN3**
  3:30 p.m. USC at Arizona State
Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
  No. 20 Kansas State at Texas
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
  Louisville at Miami
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Olivia Dekker
  Princeton vs. Dartmouth  from Yankee Stadium
Kevin Brown, Andre Ware, Jack Ford
  No. 22 Wake Forest at Virginia Tech
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Kelsey Riggs
ACC Network
  3:30 PM Georgia Southern at Troy ESPN+
  4 p.m. New Mexico State at Ole Miss
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
  5 p.m. Georgia State at Louisiana-Monroe ESPN+
  7 p.m. Missouri at No. 6 Georgia
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay/Molly McGrath
  Appalachian State at South Carolina
Anish Shroff, John Congemi, Kris Budden
  Missouri at Georgia ESPN Radio
  7:30 p.m. No. 4 Clemson at NC State

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor

  Liberty at BYU
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
  Tennessee at Kentucky
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
  No. 15 Notre Dame at Duke
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
  10:15 p.m. Wyoming at No. 21 Boise State
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Lauren Sisler
  10:30 p.m. Nevada at No. 24 San Diego State
Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf

** Airing on ESPNU at 10:30 p.m.

Please note: Not all digital games are exclusive  


Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner

Derek Volner

I currently lead ESPN’s NFL Communications, including Monday Night Football, NFL Draft and studio programming. Previously, I did the same for ESPN’s vast college football portfolio. I have been with ESPN since 2013.
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