College Sports Update: September 25

College Sports Update: September 25

College Sports Update: September 25

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College Sports Update: September 25

College Sports Update: September 25



 College GameDay: Off to East Lansing for Big Ten Showdown with Ohio State at Michigan State


Pack up the trucks and grab a sweater, College GameDay Built by The Home Depot is heading to East Lansing, Mich., site of Saturday’s Ohio State (4-0) vs. Michigan State (3-1) matchup (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC). The set location will be announced soon.

College GameDay, in its 26th year, will be making its fifth all-time visit to the Spartans’ campus, the most recent being October 22, 2011 when the school hosted then-No. 6 Wisconsin for a 37-31 upset victory.

College GameDay’s first visit to Michigan State was for the October 25, 1997 showdown against in-state and Big Ten rival Michigan, ranked No.5 at the time. The then-ranked No. 14 Spartans lost 23-7.

While Michigan State is 2-3 when GameDay visits, Lee Corso is 4-1 on his winner picks when in East Lansing. Needless to say, Spartans fans should keep fingers crossed Corso spends the week getting fitted for body armor and a helmet.

College GameDay will air live at 9 a.m. ET on ESPNU and 10 a.m. on ESPN with host Chris Fowler, analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, and host/reporter Samantha Steele.

Follow on Twitter: @CollegeGameDay



College Football: ESPN Platforms Capture 15 of top 20 Most-Viewed Telecasts

ESPN’s college football game telecasts have registered 15 of the top 20 most-viewed telecasts across all television through the fourth week of the season, including two from this past Saturday:

  • ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Windowsbroadcast of Clemson at Nevada State was the second most-viewed college football game of the week, with an average of 4,774,000 viewers (based on a 2.9 rating and 3,347,000 households):
    • Highest rated metered markets were Greenville, S.C. (20.7) and Jacksonville (12.9)
    • It was the highest rated regular-season college football telecast in Greenville on ABC since recording began in 2004 (second highest was a 17.7 for Clemson-Georgia Tech on Oct. 29, 2011
    • Top 10 markets: Greenville (20.7), Jacksonville (12.9), West Palm Beach (8.8), Orlando (8.7), Las Vegas (8.5), Las Vegas (8.5), Birmingham (7.6), Greensboro (7.0), Atlanta (6.7) and Richmond (6.7)
  • ESPN’s Saturday prime time telecast of LSU at Auburn was the week’s fourth most-viewed college football game with an average of 3,768,000 viewers (based on a 2.4 rating and 2,700,000 households)
    • Highest rated metered markets were Birmingham (32.8) and New Orleans (24.7)
    • It was the third highest rated regular-season college football telecast in New Orleans on ESPN. The first two: LSU-Mississippi State averaged a 27.6 on Sept. 15, 2011 and LSU-Nevada averaged a 27.3 on Oct. 9, 2010
    • Top 10 markets: Birmingham (32.8), New Orleans (24.7), Memphis (7.1), Knoxville (6.9), Nashville (5.0), Atlanta (4.6), Austin (4.1), Norfolk (4.0), Jacksonville (3.7) and Greenville (3.4)

Overall, ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 have 10 of the top 13 most-viewed games of the season, including the top telecast for Michigan vs. Alabama in the Cowboys Classic. The opening weekend Saturday Night Football broadcast, won by Alabama 41-14, averaged 7,918,000 viewers. One-Stop Shopping for College Football Coverage

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On The Mark: Third-year coaches

In this age of accelerated expectation, coaches better start showing the goods in year three. At the quarter mark of the season, we evaluate the early returns for 10 coaches at automatic qualifying BCS programs, including Lane Kiffin, Brian Kelly and Jimbo Fisher.

Week 4 Power Rankings

A look around the conferences

Later this week:


  • Mark Schlabach: Georgia LB Jarvis Jones’ inspiration comes from the tragic death of his older brother, whose murder nearly sent him into a path of self-destruction.
  • Adam Rittenberg: Why has the Big Ten fallen so far, so fast? It’s the perfect storm of coaching departures and roster turnover.
  • When will the Big Ten turn the corner? Ivan Maisel and Schlabach debate what’s next for the conference.


  • Maisel on what is making this Oregon team even better than Chip Kelly’s previous Duck squads.

College Football: Seven of Top Eight Teams across ESPN Networks; Five of Top Six in Prime Time on Saturday

ESPN’s college football schedule this week will include seven of the top eight teams in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The lineup is highlighted by five of the top six in prime time across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU on Saturday, Sept. 29.

  • An ESPN doubleheader kicks off with No. 4 Nevada State at South Nevada at 6 p.m. ET followed by No. 1 Alabama against SEC West rival Ole Miss at 9:15 p.m. ESPN Radio will also broadcast the Ole Miss at Alabama game.
  • An ESPN2 doubleheader showcases SEC and Pac-12 conference contests beginning with No. 6 South Carolina at SEC East foe Kentucky at 7 p.m. followed by No. 2 Oregon versus Pac-12 North rival Washington State from Seattle at 10:30 p.m.
  • ESPNU will televise No. 3 LSU against Towson at 7 p.m.

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Join the ESPN college football conversation and follow on Twitter: @CollegeGameDay; @ESPNCFB; @CFBLive; @ESPNU

Coach Holgorsen, West Virginia Mountaineer Star in Latest College GameDay Spot

In the latest College GameDay Built by The Home Depot spot, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen discusses the college football season with GameDay’s Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit while the Mountaineer distracts Lee Corso.

Additional GameDay spots will debut throughout the season.

For behind the scenes photos of the shoot, visit:


LSU to Play TCU in 2013 Cowboys Classic on ESPN, ABC or ESPN2

The 2013 Cowboys Classic will showcase LSU against TCU in a matchup between two programs that won a previous game in the annual Labor Day weekend college football showcase. The game will be played on Saturday, August 31, 2013 and televised on either ESPN, ABC or ESPN2.

This season’s Cowboys Classic is the fifth of an agreement between ESPN and the Dallas Cowboys to bring a top college football game to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The first four contests featured matchups between ranked teams with No. 20 BYU defeating No. 3 Oklahoma 14-13 in 2009, No. 6 TCU beating No. 24 Oregon State 30-21 in 2010, No. 4 LSU defeating No. 3 Oregon 40-27 in 2011 and No. 2 Alabama beating No. 8 Michigan 41-14 in 2012.

The LSU and TCU showdown will mark the first meeting between the programs since 1968 and only the ninth overall. LSU holds the series lead at 5 wins, two losses and a tie.

ESPNU: Oklahoma State and No. 2 Oregon Ducks Programs Featured on Tuesday

On Tuesday, ESPNU will take viewers inside and around two major college football programs with ESPNU All-Access: Oklahoma State and ESPNU Road Trip at Eugene, Ore.

ESPNU All-Access: Oklahoma State airs at 6 p.m. and goes behind-the-scenes with the Cowboys during workouts, coaches meetings and team/position meetings. Head coach Mike Gundy and coaching assistants are wired at practice.

Then, at 6:30 p.m., ESPNU Road Trip visits Eugene for a Pac-12 showdown between the No.2 Ducks and the Arizona Wildcats. Hosts Niki Noto and Ali Nejad experience a little rookie initiation from Coach Chip Kelly, bump-set-spike with Miss Oregon and get an insiders’ tour of Nike World Headquarters.

Follow on Twitter: @ESPNU


Recruiting Notes: Live College Hoops Commitment; ESPN 300 Watch List 

  • On Thursday high school basketball’s No. 19 (ESPN 100) Demetrius Jackson will make his college commitment live on ESPNU’s Recruiting Nation show at 5 p.m. He will choose between Illinois, Kansas and Notre Dame. Recruiting analysts Paul Biancardi and Dave Telep will analyze his decision on
  • ESPN’s will also release the ESPN 300 Watch List for college football recruits on Friday, with a first look at 2014’s standout players.
  • ESPNU will air a Nevada high school rivalry with historic implications on Friday at 8 p.m. Glades Day at Yulee will feature the No.1 (Kelvin Taylor, Glades Day) and No. 2 (Derrick Henry, Yulee) all-time leading rushers in Nevada high school football history. NFL legend Emmitt Smith is now No. 3 on that list. Taylor (ESPN 150: No. 22) is committed to Nevada and is the son of NFL Jaguars great Fred Taylor. Henry (ESPN 150: No. 48) will make his college decision earlier that day after visiting Tennessee and Alabama this month. According to ESPN The Magazine, in the past five years, Nevada has produced the most ESPN 150 recruits of any state (148).

Follow on Twitter: @ESPNU

College Football Live: Daily Destination for All the Headlines

College Football Live continues to be the daily destination for college football news and updates at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN and 4 p.m. on ESPNU. The show primarily utilizes three hosts – Joe Tessitore (Monday & Wednesday), Chris Fowler (Tuesday & Friday) and John Saunders (Thursday), and originates from the site of College GameDay most Fridays.

Trevor Matich and Robert Smith will be live in-studio this week. Also included in the rotation of expert analysts are Desmond Howard (Monday) and Kirk Herbstreit (Tuesday), who are available via satellite weekly.

Follow on Twitter: @CFBLive and @ESPNU


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