Wolverines, Spartans Headline ESPN Networks College Football Week 6 Broadcast Schedule

October 4, 2017 by: Shauna O'Donnell

Courtesy: ESPN

By Philip Sayblack

The Wolverines and Spartans will go head-to-head live Saturday night under the lights on ABC.

The in-state rivals will headline the ESPN networks’ broadcast schedule for the sixth week of the 2017 – ’18 college football season on ABC’s Saturday Night Football presented by Wells Fargo. Coverage is expected to start at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. It will mark the first time ever that the teams will have faced off under the lights and on prime time.

Michigan State has had the edge on the Spartans’ in the teams’ ongoing rivalry with the Spartans taking seven of the teams’ last nine games.  Michigan comes into Saturday’s matchup undefeated so far this season and has allowed no more than 17 points scored against the team, meaning Saturday’s matchup will be just as big as the teams’ previous showdowns.

While the Wolverines – Spartans matchup is the headliner for this week’s broadcast schedule across the ESPN networks, it is not the networks’ only game on tap.  Arkansas State and Georgia Southern open Week Six tonight at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

Millersville takes on East Stroudsburg to open the ESPN networks’ Thursday college football coverage.  Broadcast is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.  Alcorn State and Alabama State follow at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU while No. 17 Louisville and No. 24 N.C. State round out the night on ESPN beginning at 8 p.m.

The UConn Huskies play host to the Memphis Tigers to open Friday’s college football coverage on ESPN beginning at 7 p.m. Morgan State and South Carolina State follow at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU.  Boise State and BYU finish off the night at 10:15 on ESPN.

The ESPN networks’ college football coverage continues Saturday with a near daylong schedule that kicks off at noon with Northwestern hosting No. 4 Penn State on ABC, No. 5 Georgia on the road against Vanderbilt on ESPN, No. 2 Clemson hosting Wake Forest on ESPN2, No. 12 Auburn hosting Ole Miss on the SEC Network, East Carolina hosting Temple on ESPN and Graceland on the road against Evangel on ESPN3.

The gridiron action runs late into the night as Southwest Baptist and Truman State are currently scheduled to finish off the weekend’s coverage.  The full broadcast schedule for this weekend’s games is noted below.


Time (ET)



Wed, Oct 4

8 p.m. Arkansas State at Georgia Southern

Kevin Negandhi, Rocky Boimain

Thu, Oct 5 7 p.m. Millersville at East Stroudsburg ESPN3

7:30 p.m.

Alcorn State at Alabama State

Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker

8 p.m.

No. 17 Louisville at No. 24 NC State

Dave Flemming, Tim Hasselbeck, Matt Hasselbeck, Laura Rutledge

Fri, Oct 6 7 p.m.

Memphis at UConn

Dave Lamont, Mack Brown, Jen Lada

7:30 p.m.

Morgan State at South Carolina State

Eric Clemons, Jay Walker

10:15 p.m.

Boise State at BYU

Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath


Sat, Oct 7 Noon No. 4 Penn State at Northwestern

Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

No. 5 Georgia at Vanderbilt

Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra


Wake Forest at No. 2 Clemson

Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman


Ole Miss at No. 12 Auburn

Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

SEC Network
Temple at East Carolina

Mike Couzens, John Congemi

Graceland at Evangel ESPN3
12:20 p.m. Duke at Virginia ACC Network Extra
12:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Syracuse ACC Network Extra
1 p.m. Georgetown at Princeton ESPN3
North Dakota State at Indiana State ESPN3
Davidson at Jacksonville ESPN3
Brown at Stetson


1:30 p.m. Samford at VMI ESPN3
Yale at Dartmouth ESPN3
Western Carolina at Wofford ESPN3
2 p.m. Central Michigan at Ohio

Dave Weekley, John Gregory

Valdosta State at West Georgia ESPN3
California (PA) at Indiana (PA) ESPN3
Mercer at The Citadel ESPN3
Sam Houston State at Stephen F. Austin ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Bowling Green at Miami (Ohio)

Jim Barbar, Doug Graber

Kutztown at Bloomsburg ESPN3
3 p.m. Florida International at Middle Tennessee ESPN3
Louisiana-Monroe at Texas State

Shawn Kenney, Stanford Routt

Youngstown State at South Dakota ESPN3
3:30 p.m. No. 22 Notre Dame at North Carolina

Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

No. 13 Miami at Florida State

Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

Minnesota at Purdue

Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Kris Budden

Kent State at Northern Illinois

Dan Gutowsky, Marcus Ray

Ball State at Akron

Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry

Western Michigan at Buffalo

Doug Sherman, Dustin Fox

New Mexico State at Appalachian State

Matt Stewart, Stan Lewter

4 p.m. Tulsa at Tulane

Mark Neely, Ray Bentley

Arkansas at South Carolina

David Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport

SEC Network
Furman at Chattanooga ESPN3
Oregon State at No. 14 USC

Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN Radio
5 p.m. Louisiana at Idaho

Joel Meyers, Watson Brown

Western Illinois at Northern Iowa ESPN3
6 p.m. UNC-Pembroke at Wingate ESPN3
6:30 p.m. Georgia State at Coastal Carolina

Jeff McCarrigher, Tyoka Jackson

7 p.m. Southern Illinois at South Dakota State ESPN3
7:15 p.m. No. 1 Alabama at Texas A&M

Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe


No. 16 Virginia Tech at Boston College

Mike Corey, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones

7:30 p.m. No. 7 Michigan State at Michigan

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor

Missouri at Kentucky

Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan

SEC Network

Northwestern State at Nicholls

Fresno State at San Jose State ESPN3
8 p.m. No. 25 UCF at Cincinnati

Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey

10:45 PM

California at No. 6 Washington

Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessinich

No. 19 San Diego State at UNLV

Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison


Southwest Baptist at Truman State


Please note: Not all ESPN3 and ACC Network games are exclusive

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