Thirteen Ranked Squads, 100+ Games Slated for ESPN Platforms in College Football’s Week 3

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Thirteen Ranked Squads, 100+ Games Slated for ESPN Platforms in College Football’s Week 3

  • 22 Colorado Readies for First of Back-to-Back Appearances on ESPN and ABC
  • Third Saturday in September (No. 11 Tennessee/Florida), Backyard Brawl (Pittsburgh/West Virginia) Rivalries in Primetime

Following a wild first two weeks of the 2023 college football season, 13 top 25 teams and more than 100 matchups are set for ESPN platforms in Week 3, including ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, ACC Network, Big 12 Now on ESPN+, Longhorn Network, ESPN+ and SEC Network+.

ESPN’s primetime presentation features an SEC East showdown, as the No. 11 Tennessee Vols visit The Swamp to take on the Florida Gators at 7 p.m. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Holly Rowe will provide commentary on ESPN, with Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer and Ian Fitzsimmons calling the game for ESPN Radio. The Third Saturday of September showdown is this week’s 4K Game of the Week.

In Pac-12 After Dark play on ESPN, No. 22 Colorado looks to continue its winning ways in a Rocky Mountain matchup against Colorado State at 10 p.m. Mark Jones, Louis Riddick and Quint Kessenich will commentate the all-Colorado clash – and College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will originate from Boulder that morning. This is the first of two back-to-back appearances on ESPN platforms for the Buffs.

On ABC Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital One in Week 3, the 106th edition of the Backyard Brawl takes center stage as West Virginia plays host to Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m. Sean McDonough, Greg McElroy and Molly McGrath will team up on the mic for one of the sport’s oldest rivalries.

In the afternoon on ABC, No. 3 Florida State battles with Boston College at noon from Alumni Stadium, with Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek and Tom Luginbill announcing the action. No. 10 Alabama travels to Tampa to face off against South Florida at 3:30 p.m. on ABC, with the matchup marking the third straight week the Crimson Tide will be featured on ESPN platforms. Bob Wischusen, Robert Griffin III and Kris Budden will call the afternoon ABC action.

In addition to the primetime and late night windows, ESPN has a full afternoon of ranked teams set for the spotlight Saturday. At noon on ESPN, Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer and Katie George will call No. 14 LSU on the road at SEC West foe Mississippi State. The conference showcase will feature first-year head coach Zach Arnett’s first SEC test. At 3:30 p.m., Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison and Stormy Buonantony have No. 20 North Carolina at home against Minnesota on ESPN.

ESPN College Networks Notch Quartet of Top 25 Teams
No. 4 Texas takes on Wyoming in Longhorn Network’s final football game, with Lowell Galindo, Fozzy Whittaker and Morgan Uber on the mic at 8 p.m. A pair of Top 25 teams are set for SEC Network Saturday. On SEC Saturday Night, No. 17 Ole Miss hosts Georgia Tech at 7:30 p.m. Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers and Cole Cubelic are scheduled to announce the action. At noon, No. 15 Kansas State is on the road against Missouri on SECN, with Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb and Alyssa Lang teaming up on the CoMo call. At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich and Sherree Burruss will commentate No. 21 Duke playing host to Northwestern on ACC Network.

ESPN+ Presents Impressive Slate in Week 3
ESPN+ boasts a 60+ game schedule this weekend. Big 12 Now on ESPN+ features a trio of 7 p.m. showdowns in Week 3, including Oklahoma State hosting South Alabama at 7 p.m. (Drew Carter, Dustin Fox), Texas Tech taking on Tarleton State (Noah Reed, Ryan Leaf, Tori Petry), and Cincinnati facing off against in-state foe Miami (Ohio) with Shawn Kenney and Brad Hopkins on the call. On SECN+ and ESPN+, Auburn plays host to cross-state rival Samford at 7 p.m., as Clay Matvick and Aaron Murray provide commentary from The Plains. Full ESPN+ schedule.

Additional Spotlighted Matchups

  • Thursday:
    • 7:30 p.m. | ESPN: Navy at Memphis
      • Commentators: Matt Barrie, Dan Mullen, Harry Lyles Jr.
    • 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network: Bethune-Cookman at No. 22 Miami
      • Commentators: Jorge Sedano, Orlando Franklin, Marilyn Payne
    • Friday:
      • 7 p.m. | ESPN: Army at UTSA
        • Commentators: Anish Shroff, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
      • Saturday:
        • 11:30 a.m. | ESPN Radio: No. 7 Penn State at Illinois
          • Commentators: Mike Couzens, Max Starks, Mike Peasley
        • 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2: No. 19 Oklahoma at Tulsa
          • Commentators: Dave Flemming, Brock Osweiler, Kayla Burton
        • 8 p.m. | ACC Network: Florida Atlantic at Clemson
          • Commentators: Wes Durham, Tim Hasselbeck, Taylor Tannebaum

For updates to programming schedules and game assignments, please visit

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Platform
Thu, Sep 14 7:30 p.m. Navy at Memphis
Matt Barrie, Dan Mullen, Harry Lyles Jr.
7:30 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at No. 22 Miami
Jorge Sedano, Orlando Franklin, Marilyn Payne
ACC Network
Fri, Sep 15 7 p.m. Army at UTSA
Anish Shroff, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
Sat, Sep 16 11:30 a.m. No. 7 Penn State at Illinois
Mike Couzens, Max Starks, Mike Peasley
ESPN Radio
Noon No. 3 Florida State at Boston College
Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek, Tom Luginbill
Noon No. 14 LSU at Mississippi State
Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer, Katie George
Noon Wake Forest at Old Dominion
Roy Philpott, Roddy Jones, Taylor McGregor
Noon Iowa State at Ohio
John Schriffen, Rocky Boiman, Dawn Davenport
Noon No. 15 Kansas State at Missouri
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
SEC Network
Noon Long Island at Baylor
Peter Sousa, LaDarrin McLane
Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Noon Central Connecticut at Kent State
Anthony Lima, Jerod Cherry
2 p.m. Norfolk State at Temple
Bill Spaulding, Barrett Brooks
2 p.m. Indiana State at Ball State
Jim Barbar, Bob Gennarelli
2 p.m. UMass at Eastern Michigan
Doug Sherman, Marcus Ray
3:30 p.m. No. 10 Alabama at South Florida
Bob Wischusen, Robert Griffin III, Kris Budden
3:30 p.m. Minnesota at No. 20 North Carolina
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Stormy Buonantony
3:30 p.m. No. 19 Oklahoma at Tulsa
Dave Flemming, Brock Osweiler, Kayla Burton
3:30 p.m. Northwestern at No. 21 Duke
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Sherree Burruss
ACC Network
3:30 p.m. Hampton at Howard*
Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker
3:30 p.m. East Carolina at Appalachian State ESPN+
4 p.m. Tulane at Southern Miss
Jay Alter, Rene Ingoglia
4 p.m. UL Monroe at Texas A&M
Dave Neal, Derek Mason, Taylor Davis
SEC Network
6 p.m. Georgia State at Charlotte
Alex Perlman, Reggie Walker, Smacker Miles
6:30 p.m. Villanova at UCF
Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly
Big 12 Now on ESPN+
7 p.m. No. 11 Tennessee at Florida
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Holly Rowe
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer, Ian Fitzsimmons
7 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati
Shawn Kenney, Brad Hopkins
Big 12 Now on ESPN+
7 p.m. South Alabama at Oklahoma State
Drew Carter, Dustin Fox
Big 12 Now on ESPN+
7 p.m. Tarleton at Texas Tech
Noah Reed, Ryan Leaf, Tori Petry
Big 12 Now on ESPN+
7 p.m. Samford at Auburn
Clay Matvick, Aaron Murray
7 p.m. Louisiana at UAB
James Westling, Doc Holiday
7 p.m. Texas Southern at Rice
Richard Cross, Taylor McHargue
7 p.m. Prairie View A&M at SMU
Ted Emrich, Stanford Routt
7 p.m. San Jose State at Toledo
Michael Reghi, Ryan Cavanaugh
7 p.m. North Texas at Louisiana Tech ESPN+
7 p.m. Stony Brook at Arkansas State ESPN+
7 p.m. Murray State at Middle Tennessee ESPN+
7 p.m. Duquesne at Coastal Carolina ESPN+
7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at West Virginia
Sean McDonough, Greg McElroy, Molly McGrath
7:30 p.m. BYU at Arkansas
Brian Custer, Rod Gilmore, Lauren Sisler
7:30 p.m. Akron at Kentucky
Courtney Lyle, Hutson Mason
7:30 p.m. Georgia Tech at No. 17 Ole Miss
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
8 p.m. Florida Atlantic at Clemson
Wes Durham, Tim Hasselbeck, Taylor Tannebaum
ACC Network
8 p.m. Wyoming at No. 4 Texas
Lowell Galindo, Fozzy Whittaker, Morgan Uber
Longhorn Network
8:30 p.m. Jackson State at Texas State ESPN+
10 p.m. Colorado State at No. 18 Colorado
Mark Jones, Louis Riddick, Quint Kessenich

*Tape-delayed on ESPNU

Amanda Brooks

Amanda is the Senior Director of Communications overseeing publicity strategy for ESPN’s entire college sports portfolio, including college football and the College Football Playoff, 40 NCAA Championships and ESPN's college networks. Amanda is a proud alum of Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., and earned her master's in ethics from Vanderbilt University. A native of Kent, Ohio, she is a die-hard Cleveland Guardians fan.
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