ESPN Announces College Football Week 3 Broadcast Schedule

September 12, 2017 by: Shauna O'Donnell

Courtesy: ESPN

By Philip Sayblack

ESPN has announced its broadcast schedule for its networks’ coverage for the second week of the 2017 – ’18 college football season.

The second week of the 2017 – ’18 college football season launches Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN with a matchup between New Mexico and Boise State.  The weekend’s schedule continues at 7 p.m. Friday as No. 22 South Florida plays host to Illinois on ESPN.

Saturday’s daylong schedule will be highlighted on television with a showdown between No. 3 Clemson and No. 14 Louisville on ABC’s Saturday Night Football presented by Wells Fargo.  Coverage is currently scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.  Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will cover Saturday night’s game live from Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Along with Saturday night’s game between the Tigers and Cardinals, No. 9 Oklahoma is scheduled to take on Pittsburg at noon Saturday.  No. 10 Wisconsin will face BYU at 3:30 p.m. College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will precede Saturday’s games beginning at 9 a.m. live on site in Louisville, KY.

Saturday night’s game between the Cardinals and Tigers is the weekend’s feature game due to the effects of Hurricane Irma.  The game was originally scheduled to air at 3:30 p.m., with Miami and Florida State originally scheduled for the 8 p.m. slot.  That game was postponed and re-scheduled for Oct. 7, leading the Louisville – Clemson game to fill Saturday night’s headline matchup.

Also shifted as a result of Hurricane Irma was a matchup between Notre Dame and Boston College.  That game was originally scheduled for noon, but was moved to a 3:30 p.m. start time on ESPN.

Hurricane Irma’s impact also led Saturday’s matchup between Georgia Tech and USF (scheduled for 7:30 p.m on ESPNNEWS) to be canceled.  Other games have also been moved to other networks and times due to the far-reaching effects of Hurricane Irma.  The ESPN networks’ full Week 3 college football broadcast schedule is noted below.

All Games are Saturday, Sept. 16 unless noted


Time (ET)



Thu, Sept. 14

8 p.m. New Mexico at Boise State
Dave Flemming, Brock Huard, Laura Rutledge
Fri, Sept. 15 7 p.m. Illinois at No. 22 South Florida
Dave Lamont, Mack Brown, Jen Lada
Massachusetts at Temple
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia

10:15 p.m.

Arizona at UTEP
Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath

Sat, Sept. 16 Noon No. 25 UCLA at Memphis

Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman


No. 9 Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbilll


UConn at Virginia
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Kris Budden


Kansas at Ohio
Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison


Louisiana at Texas A&M
Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport

SEC Network

Edinboro at West Chester


Peru State at Missouri Valley


12:20 p.m. Furman at NC State ACC Network Extra
12:30 p.m.

Baylor at Duke

ACC Network Extra
1:00 p.m. Grand Valley State at Michigan Tech ESPN3
Walsh at Jacksonville ESPN3
The Citadel at East Tennessee State ESPN3
2:00 p.m. Central Connecticut State and Youngstown State ESPN3
3:00 p.m. North Dakota at South Dakota ESPN3
Tennessee Tech at Ball State

Jim Barbar, Mark Herrmann


Utah State at Wake Forest

Bill Roth, Christian Ponder

ACC Network Extra
3:30 p.m.

No. 10 Wisconsin at BYU
Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carceterra


Notre Dame at Boston College
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay


North Texas at Iowa
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones


SMU at No. 20 TCU
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey

Central Michigan at Syracuse

Doug Sherman, Matt Chatham

ACC Network Extra
4:00 p.m. Purdue at Missouri
Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan
SEC Network
Mercer at No. 15 Auburn
Joel Meyers, Brian Kinchen, Gabe Gross
SEC Network Alternate
6:00 p.m.

Colgate at Buffalo
Greg Mescall, Marcus Ray

Carson-Newman at Wingate ESPN3
Dartmouth at Stetson ESPN3
Villanova at Lafayette ESPN3
Indian State at Liberty ESPN3
Tennessee-Martin at Chattanooga ESPN3
7:00 p.m. No. 12 LSU at Mississippi State
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
Colorado State at No. 1 Alabama
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
Idaho at Western Michigan
Dan Gutowsky, Tyoka Jackson
Tulsa at Toledo ESPN3
Appalachian State at Texas State
Tyler Denning, Stan Lewter
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Arkansas State
Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly
Southern Miss at Louisiana-Monroe
David Saltzman, Watson Brown
Alabama A&M at South Alabama
Matt Stewart, Doug Graber
North Alabama at Valdosta State ESPN3
Houston Baptist at Abilene Christian ESPN3
Incarnate World at Stephen F. Austin ESPN3
Lamar at Northwestern State ESPN3
Tusculum at Limestone ESPN3
Monmouth at Albany ESPN3
Drake at South Dakota State ESPN3
Jackson State at Grambling State*
Eric Clemons, Jay Walker
7:30 p.m. No. 18 Kansas State at Vanderbilt
Mike Couzens, John Congemi
Kentucky at South Carolina
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
Samford at No. 13 Georgia
Mike Morgan, Barrett Jones, Desmond Purnell
SEC Network Alternate
8:00 p.m. No. 3 Clemson at No. 14 Louisville
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
Rice at Houston
Robert Lee, Stanford Routt
Troy at New Mexico State ESPN3
Cincinnati at Miami (Ohio) ESPN3

8:30 p.m.

Texas at No. 4 USC
Bill Rosinski, Dusty Dvoracek, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN Radio
10:00 p.m.

San Jose State at Utah
Mark Neely, Ray Bentley, Alex Corddry

10:30 p.m.

Ole Miss at California
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison WIlliams


*Airing on-delay at 10 p.m. on ESPNU
Not all ESPN3 and ACC Network Extra games are exclusive

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