Thirteen Top 25 Teams Set for the Spotlight Across ESPN Platforms in College Football’s Week 9

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Thirteen Top 25 Teams Set for the Spotlight Across ESPN Platforms in College Football’s Week 9

College football is in the thick of conference action, with Week 9 featuring a bevy of battles with postseason implications. ESPN platforms will spotlight a baker’s dozen of Top 25 squads in Week 9, including both ranked-vs-ranked matchups with No. 8 Oregon at No. 13 Utah on ESPN Radio and No. 20 Duke at No. 18 Louisville on ESPN. In total, more than 75 showdowns are slated for ESPN platforms in Week 9, including on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, ACC Network, ESPN+ and ESPN Radio.

On ABC Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital One, Colorado looks to bounce back on the road against No. 23 UCLA at 7:30 p.m. ET. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Holly Rowe will be on the mic for the Pac-12 primetime presentation. At noon, Bob Wischusen, Robert Griffin III and Kris Budden will announce the all-ACC clash between No. 4 Florida State and Wake Forest at noon on ABC. At 3:30 p.m., BYU takes on new Big 12 foe No. 7 Texas at 3:30 p.m., featuring Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek and Tom Luginbill on the ABC call.

ESPN is slated for a quartet of conference contests Saturday, including No. 21 Tennessee on the road at SEC East rival Kentucky at 7 p.m. Mike Monaco, Jesse Palmer and Katie George are set for ESPN commentary. At 3:30 p.m., No. 18 Louisville hosts No. 20 Duke on ESPN, with Sean McDonough, Greg McElroy and Molly McGrath announcing the ACC action. The Blue Devils/Cardinals clash is also this week’s 4K Game of the Week. At 10:30 p.m. Brian Custer, Rod Gilmore and Lauren Sisler are slated for Pac-12 After Dark play, as Arizona hosts No. 11 Oregon State at 10:30 p.m. Kicking off the day on ESPN is an SEC showdown between South Carolina and Texas A&M, with Mark Jones, Louis Riddick and Quint Kessenich teaming up for the call. Supplementing the Gamecocks/Aggies action is a Command Center on SEC Network.

Additional ranked squads active on ESPN platforms Saturday include No. 22 Tulane on the road at Rice, with Drew Carter, Brock Osweiler and Kayla Burton calling the action. No. 8 Oregon and No. 13 Utah are set for ESPN Radio at 3 p.m. Saturday, as the top team of Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer and Ian Fitzsimmons broadcast the Pac-12 battle. On SEC Network, No. 12 Ole Miss welcomes Vanderbilt to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium with the SEC Saturday Night crew of Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers and Cole Cubelic on the mic at 7:30 p.m. At 8 p.m., No. 17 North Carolina looks for a return to form against ACC foe Georgia Tech on ACC Primetime Football. Wes Durham, Tim Hasselbeck and Taylor Tannebaum are set for the ACCN call. Undefeated and No. 25 James Madison hosts Old Dominion at 8 p.m. on ESPNU, as Taylor Zarzour and Dustin Fox call the action.

Two of the top HBCU teams in the country – North Carolina Central and Florida A&M – are set for home showdowns on ESPNU in Week 9, with ESPN’s lead HBCU commentator pairing of Tiffany Greene and Jay Walker on the call. On Thursday, South Carolina State and MEAC leader North Carolina Central face off at 7:30 p.m., before the SWAC’s top squad Florida A&M plays host to Prairie View A&M at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Both halftime performances will also be featured on the ESPN App.

Action on ESPN kicks off in Week 9 with an all-ACC contest Thursday featuring Matt Barrie, Dan Mullen and Harry Lyles Jr. live from Blacksburg for Syracuse at Virginia Tech at 7:30 p.m.

ESPN+ Highlights – Week 9
Nearly 50 matchups are set for ESPN+ in Week 9, including Iowa State at Baylor on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ and more than half of the FCS Top 25. Full ESPN+ schedule.

For updates to programming schedules and game assignments, please visit

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Platform
Tue, Oct 24 7:30 p.m. Liberty at Western Kentucky
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
Wed, Oct 25 8 p.m. UTEP at Sam Houston
Clay Matvick, Aaron Murray
Thu, Oct 26 7:30 p.m. Syracuse at Virginia Tech
Matt Barrie, Dan Mullen, Harry Lyles Jr.
7:30 p.m. Georgia State at Georgia Southern
Courtney Lyle, Hutson Mason, Taylor Davis
7:30 p.m. South Carolina State at North Carolina Central
Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker
Fri, Oct 27 7 p.m. Brown at Penn
Eric Frede, Jack Ford
7:30 p.m. Florida Atlantic at Charlotte
Anish Shroff, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
Sat, Oct 28 Noon No. 4 Florida State at Wake Forest
Bob Wischusen, Robert Griffin III, Kris Budden
Noon South Carolina at Texas A&M
Mark Jones, Louis Riddick, Quint Kessenich
ESPN/SEC Network
Noon Houston at Kansas State
Lowell Galindo, Kirk Morrison, Stormy Buonantony
Noon Tulsa at SMU
John Schriffen, Rocky Boiman, Dawn Davenport
Noon UConn at Boston College
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Sherree Burruss
ACC Network
Noon Howard at Delaware State
Shawn Kenney, Forrest Conoly
1 p.m. Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan
Michael Reghi, Marcus Ray
3 p.m. No. 8 Oregon at No. 13 Utah
Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN Radio
3 p.m. Memphis at North Texas
James Westling, LaDarrin McLane, Morgan Uber
3:30 p.m. BYU at No. 7 Texas
Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek, Tom Luginbill
3:30 p.m. No. 20 Duke at No. 18 Louisville
Sean McDonough, Greg McElroy, Molly McGrath
3:30 p.m. Mississippi State at Auburn
Dave Neal, Derek Mason, Taylor Davis
SEC Network
3:30 p.m. Virginia at Miami
Jorge Sedano, Orlando Franklin, Marilyn Payne
ACC Network
3:30 p.m. Iowa State at Baylor
Mark Neely, Barrett Brooks, Tori Petry
Big 12 Now on ESPN+
3:30 p.m. East Carolina at UTSA
Ted Emrich, Doc Holiday, Smacker Miles
3:30 p.m. Southern Miss at Appalachian State ESPN+
4 p.m. No. 22 Tulane at Rice
Drew Carter, Brock Osweiler, Kayla Burton
4 p.m. Prairie View A&M at Florida A&M
Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker
5 p.m. Louisiana at South Alabama ESPN+
5 p.m. Arkansas State at UL Monroe ESPN+
7 p.m. No. 21 Tennessee at Kentucky
Mike Monaco, Jesse Palmer, Katie George
7 p.m. Troy at Texas State ESPN+
7:30 p.m. Colorado at No. 23 UCLA
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Holly Rowe
7:30 p.m. Vanderbilt at No. 12 Ole Miss
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
8 p.m. Cincinnati at Oklahoma State
Roy Philpott, Roddy Jones, Taylor McGregor
8 p.m. Old Dominion at No. 25 James Madison
Taylor Zarzour, Dustin Fox
8 p.m. No. 17 North Carolina at Georgia Tech
Wes Durham, Tim Hasselbeck, Taylor Tannebaum
ACC Network
10:30 p.m. No. 11 Oregon State at Arizona
Brian Custer, Rod Gilmore, Lauren Sisler

*Tape-delayed on ESPNU at 11 p.m.

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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