College Football Week 12: ABC/ESPN Feature Major College Football Playoff Implication Matchups in Every Game Window Saturday including Oklahoma at Undefeated Baylor and Unbeaten LSU at Ole Miss in Primetime


  • Alabama and Penn State Begin Saturday; Clemson in Late Afternoon and Oregon in Final Game Window
  • SEC Network Offers SkyCam View for Entire Alabama-Mississippi State Matchup
  • Second College Football Playoff Committee Rankings Revealed Tuesday
  • ESPN College Football 150 Continues: Bowls, Polls and Champions Examined

ESPN/ABC’s Week 12 college football schedule will feature a major College Football Playoff implication game in all four Saturday windows, including both undefeated LSU and Baylor in primetime. The Bears will host the Oklahoma Sooners, another CFP contender, on ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, while Alabama, Clemson and Penn State play in the afternoon with Oregon featured in the final game window. Adding in Memphis and Boise State — two of the three highest-ranked Group of Five teams — ESPN’s networks have a full Saturday slate of CFP signature games.

Big 12 Championship Preview? Oklahoma at Baylor on ABC’s Saturday Night Football
The Big 12’s two top teams will matchup on ABC’s Saturday Night Football, as one-loss Oklahoma travels to undefeated Baylor (7:30 p.m. ET) in a potential conference championship game preview. The Bears are 9-0 for just the second time in school history and are currently riding an 11-game winning streak, the second best in school history. The Sooners control their own destiny to a conference championship game berth. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will be in Waco, Texas for the call of the game.

LSU in Primetime, Oregon in Final Game Window Concludes Week for ESPN
ESPN’s Saturday night matchups feature unbeaten LSU at Ole Miss (7 p.m.) in Samsung QLED 4K Game of the Week followed by Oregon hosting Arizona (10:30 p.m.). The Tigers and Ducks are both in the driver’s seat for a berth in their respective conference championship games, as the Tigers are 9-0 and the Ducks are 8-1, including a perfect record in conference play. Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will be in Oxford, Miss. for the CFB150 Showcase Game, while Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy and Tom Luginbill are in Eugene, Ore.

Undefeated Clemson Rides 25-Game Winning Streak into Wake Forest Matchup
Undefeated Clemson will host Wake Forest on ABC in the late afternoon (3:30 p.m.) as the Tigers enter the game on a 25-game winning streak, the school’s longest winning streak ever. The Demon Deacons look to build upon a season which has them 7-2 on the year. Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky and Allison Williams will be in Memorial Stadium for the call.

Penn State and Alabama Begin Day on ABC and ESPN, Respectively
ABC and ESPN’s noon game will feature Penn State and Alabama, respectively, as both teams look to rebound from their first loss of the season.  The Nittany Lions host Indiana (7-2) and continue to control their own destiny in the Big Ten. Alabama heads to Mississippi State, as the Crimson Tide seek their 12th straight victory in the series.  Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore and Quint Kessenich travel to State College, Pa., while Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay and Molly McGrath are in Starkville, Miss.

SEC Network features Live Skycam coverage option for Entire Alabama-Mississippi State Game
SEC Network will offer an alternative production presentation of the Alabama-Mississippi State game featuring full time coverage of live game action exclusively from the SkyCam vantage point. The SkyCam has been a staple of ESPN’s coverage for more than a dozen years and since 2007 has been featured as a standalone option on ESPN3 for select games and now available for multiple games each week.   This Saturday, the view from right behind the quarterback will be provided on the SEC’s linear network with an enhance audio presentation combining natural stadium sound with the public address announcements of each play.  SEC Network’s Peter Burns will host pregame and halftime with Gene Chizik and Chris Doering, and provide studio updates and highlights of other games throughout the telecast.

Memphis and Boise State in the Hunt for a New Year’s Six Game
ESPN2 will feature Memphis and Boise State in conference matchups, as both continue to vie for positioning into a New Year’s Six bowl. The Tigers travel to Houston (3:30 p.m.), while the Broncos host New Mexico (10:15 p.m.).

College Football Playoff Committee Rankings Exclusively Revealed
ESPN will exclusively reveal the College Football Playoff committee’s updated rankings on Tuesday, Nov. 12 (7 p.m.). Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Joey Galloway, Jesse Palmer and David Pollack will be on the air, with College Football Playoff committee chairman Rob Mullens joining the show following the announcement of the new rankings.

Bowls, Polls and Champions Examined as Part of ESPN College Football 150
ESPN College Football 150’s theme this week is Bowls, Polls and Champions as the history of how the sport has crowned a national champion is examined. For generations, America seemed content to agree to disagree when it came to picking a college football national champion. Tactics ranged from polls to computers to the creation of the BCS. Now, the College Football Playoff brings a clearer process. The American Game will delve into this history (Tuesday, 8 p.m. ESPN), while The Greatest (Thursday, 7 p.m., ESPN) will look at sport’s biggest ‘What-Ifs’.

 

A partial schedule is below; all games are here; CFP rankings from Nov. 5 utilized in table below

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Tue, Nov 12  6 p.m. Eastern Michigan at Akron
Mike Morgan, Ray Bentley
ESPNEWS
  6:30 p.m. Western Michigan at Ohio
Mark Neely, Rocky Boiman
ESPN2
Wed, Nov 13 8 p.m. Northern Illinois at Toledo
Anish Shroff, John Congemi, Kris Budden
ESPN2
  Bowling Green at Miami (Ohio)
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich
ESPNU
Thu, Nov 14 8 p.m. North Carolina at Pittsburgh
Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck/Pat McAfee, Molly McGrath
ESPN
Fri, Nov 15 9:30 p.m. Fresno State at San Diego State
Dave Flemming, Tom Ramsey, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
Sat, Nov 16 Noon Indiana at No. 4 Penn State

Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich

ABC
No. 3 Alabama at Mississippi State
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay/Molly McGrathSkyCam on SEC Network
ESPN and SEC Network
TCU at Texas Tech
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
ESPN2
Tulane at Temple
Kevin Brown, Andre Ware
ESPNU
Merchant Marine Academy at Coast Guard Academy Robert Lee, Matt Chatham ESPN3
No. 10 Florida at Missouri
Marc Kestecher, Ben Hartstock
ESPN Radio
Alabama State at Florida State ACCNX
1 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at North Carolina A&T
Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker
ESPN3
UTEP at UAB ESPN3
3 p.m. Idaho State at BYU ESPN3
Troy at Texas State ESPN3
Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State ESPN+
Louisiana-Monroe at Georgia Southern ESPN+
3:30 p.m. No. 19 Wake Forest at No. 5 Clemson
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison Williams
ABC
West Virginia at No. 16 Kansas State
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Olivia Dekker
ESPN
No. 21 Memphis at Houston
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
ESPN2
Kentucky at Vanderbilt
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
SEC Network
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech ACC Network Extra
4 p.m. Wyoming at Utah State
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison
ESPNU
Syracuse at Duke
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
ACC Network
4:30 p.m. Rice at Middle Tennessee ESPN+
5 p.m. Louisiana at South Alabama ESPN+
6 p.m. Southern Mississippi at UTSA ESPN+
7 p.m. No. 2 LSU at Ole Miss
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
ESPN
Air Force at Colorado State

Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Lauren Sisler

ESPN2
7:30 p.m. Appalachian State at Georgia State
Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf
ESPNU
South Carolina at Texas A&M
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
Louisville at NC State
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACCN
No. 9 Oklahoma at No. 12 Baylor
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria TaylorRadio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ABC and ESPN Radio
10:15 p.m. New Mexico at No. 22 Boise State
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
ESPN2
10:30 p.m. Arizona at No. 7 Oregon
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
ESPN
Bethune-Cookman at North Carolina A&T* ESPNU

*Tape delayed; Not all digital games are exclusive

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