- Longhorns Host Saturday Night Football for Second Time in Three Weeks; No. 15 UCF at Pitt and No. 22 Washington at BYU also on ABC
- No. 16 Oregon Opens Conference Play at Stanford on ESPN in Primetime
- ESPN College Football 150 Weekly Theme: Evolution; The American Game and The Greatest Weekly Series Continues
ESPN’s networks will showcase No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama in non-conference games as well as No. 4 LSU, No. 9 Florida, No. 12 Texas, No. 16 Oregon, No. 19 Washington State, and No. 20 Boise State in conference matchups during college football’s week 4. The slate will play out during ESPN College Football 150’s “Evolution” week, as the weekly episodes of The American Game and The Greatest examine how the sport has progressed throughout the years.
ABC’s Saturday Night Football: Undefeated Oklahoma State at No. 12 Texas in a Big 12 Opener for Both Teams
The No. 12 Texas Longhorns will host ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Wells Fargo for the second time in three weeks after not hosting the premier franchise since 2013. The undefeated Oklahoma State Cowboys come to Austin (7:30 p.m. ET), as both teams play in their first Big 12 game of the season. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, and Maria Taylor will call the game from Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
ESPN CFB150 Showcase Game: No. 9 Florida Hosting Tennessee
ESPN will begin its day with No. 9 Florida hosting Tennessee (noon) in the ESPN CFB150 Showcase Game, as the Volunteers-Gators continue a series which began more than 100 years ago. Florida has won 13 of the last 14 matchups, dating back to 2005. Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, and Allison Williams will be in Gainesville, Fla., for the call.
No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama Non-Conference Games; No. 4 LSU in its SEC Opener
- 1 Clemson hosts Charlotte on ACC Network Primetime Football (7:30 p.m.)
- 2 Alabama at home vs. Southern Mississippi on ESPN2 (noon)
- 4 LSU at Vanderbilt in the Tigers’ conference opener on SEC Network (noon.)
No. 15 UCF at Pittsburgh, No. 22 Washington at BYU Featured in Afternoon
ABC will feature two ranked teams on the road in the afternoon, as No. 15 UCF travels to Pittsburgh and No. 22 Washington is at BYU (3:30 p.m.). Both games will be on ABC or ESPN2, depending on viewer location. Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, and Quint Kessenich will be in Pittsburgh, while Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay, and Molly McGrath will be in Provo, Utah.
Michigan State at Northwestern (noon) begins the day on ABC, as the Spartans and Wildcats open Big Ten play. Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, and Tom Luginbill call the game in Evanston, Ill.
Back-to-Back Signature Pac-12 Games Conclude ESPN Quadrupleheader
The No. 16 Oregon Ducks at Stanford (7 p.m.) and UCLA at No. 19 Washington State (10:30 p.m.) will conclude ESPN’s Saturday with two signature Pac-12 games as the Ducks, Bruins and Cougars open their conference slates. Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe will be in Stanford, Calif., and Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, and Rocky Boiman are in Pullman, Wash.
Additional ESPN Week 4 Highlights
- 20 Boise State welcoming Air Force on ESPN2 (Friday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m.)
- 23 Cal at Ole Miss on ESPNU (Noon)
- 21 Virginia hosting Old Dominion on ESPN2 (7 p.m.)
- Big 12 Now on ESPN+ features West Virginia at Kansas (4:30 p.m.)
ESPN College Football 150 Theme: Evolution
ESPN College Football 150 theme this week is “Evolution,” as ESPN’s multi-platform content will look at how the sport has evolved throughout the years. Highlighting the programming is episode two of The American Game and The Greatest, on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, at 7 p.m.
- The American Game Presented by Cintas: Over 150 years, college football has evolved in so many different and transformative ways, from a rugby-like scrum in the nineteenth century to the wide-open, thrilling game we enjoy today. All throughout its history, the sport’s constant evolutions have had common threads, with officials and coaches striving to make it safer, more exciting, and more entertaining. Episode includes Nick Saban, Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer, Sally Jenkins, Holly Rowe, Charles Davis, and Mark Harmon.
- The Greatest Presented by Xfinity: ESPN’s panel will look at the top innovations of the sport.
All Games Saturday, Sept. 21, unless noted
|Thur, Sept. 19||8 p.m.||Houston at Tulane
Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck, Pat McAfee, Molly McGrath
|Fri, Sept. 20||9 p.m.||Air Force at No. 20 Boise State
Dave Flemming, Jim Mora, Paul Carcaterra
|No. 10 Utah at USC
Marc Kestecher, Ben Hartsock
|Sat Sept. 21||Noon||Michigan State at Northwestern
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
|Tennessee at No. 9 Florida
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison WilliamsTed Emrich, Barrett Jones, Ian Fitzsimmons
|ESPN and ESPN Radio|
|Southern Mississippi at No. 2 Alabama
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Lauren Sisler
|No. 23 California at Ole Miss
Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf, Taylor Davis
|Western Michigan at Syracuse
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
|No. 4 LSU at Vanderbilt
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
|Elon at Wake Forest||ACC Network Extra|
|Graceland at Central Methodist||ESPN3|
|Findlay at Ohio Dominican||ESPN3|
|1 p.m.||Eastern Kentucky at Presbyterian||ESPN+|
|Eastern Illinois at Indiana State||ESPN+|
|Dartmouth at Jacksonville||ESPN+|
|Mercer at Furman||ESPN+|
|Holy Cross at Yale||ESPN+|
|1:30 p.m.||Robert Morris at VMI||ESPN+|
|2:00 p.m.||Howard at Delaware State||ESPN3|
|Louisiana at Ohio
Jay Barbar, John Gregory
|West Virginia State at Southeast Missouri State||ESPN+|
|3 p.m.||Central Connecticut at Eastern Michigan
Chris Vosters, Marcus Ray
|Troy at Akron
Doug Sherman, Forrest Conoly
|Kennesaw State at Missouri State||ESPN+|
|Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Tennessee State||ESPN+|
|3:30 p.m.||No. 15 UCF at Pittsburgh
Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
|ABC or ESPN2|
|No. 22 Washington at BYU
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay, Molly McGrath
|ABC or ESPN2|
|Louisville at Florida State
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Olivia Dekker
|Temple at Buffalo
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
|Appalachian State at North Carolina||ACC Network Extra|
|Bowling Green at Kent State
Michael Reghi, Dustin Fox
|UC Davis at North Dakota State||ESPN+|
|4 p.m.||Central Michigan at Miami||ACC Network|
|Kentucky at Mississippi State
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
|South Carolina at Missouri
Mike Morgan, Ray Bentley, Tera Talmadge
|SEC Network Alternate|
|James Madison at Chattanooga||ESPN+|
|Tennessee Tech at Western Illinois||ESPN3|
|4:30 p.m.||West Virginia at Kansas||Big 12 Now on ESPN+|
|5:00 p.m.||Idaho State at Northern Iowa||ESPN+|
|Butler at Princeton||ESPN+|
|6:00 p.m.||William & Mary at East Carolina||ESPN3|
|Prairie View A&M at Alcon State||ESPN3|
|Wagner at Florida Atlantic||ESPN+|
|Hampton at Liberty||ESPN+|
|Southern at Florida A&M||ESPN3|
|Davidson at Campbell||ESPN+|
|Western New England at Stetson||ESPN+|
|Charleston Southern at The Citadel||ESPN+|
|Gardner-Webb at Wofford||ESPN+|
|7:00 p.m.||No. 16 Oregon at Stanford
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
|Old Dominion at No. 21 Virginia
Kevin Brown, Andre Ware, Ed Aschoff
|Ball State at NC State
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden
|Southern Illinois at Arkansas State||ESPN3|
|McPherson College at Bethel College||ESPN3|
|Alabama A&M at Samford||ESPN3|
|Georgia State at Texas State||ESPN+|
|Southern Utah at South Dakota State||ESPN+|
|North Alabama at Jacksonville State||ESPN+|
|Morehead State at Murray State||ESPN+|
|McNeese at Abilene Christian||ESPN+|
|7:30 p.m.||Oklahoma State at No. 12 Texas
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
|Charlotte at No. 1 Clemson
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
|San Jose State at Arkansas
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
|Northern Arizona at Illinois State||ESPN+|
|Austin Peay at East Tennessee State||ESPN+|
|8 p.m.||Nevada at UTEP||ESPN3|
|Lamar at SE Louisiana||ESPN+|
|10:15 p.m.||Toledo at Colorado State
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison
|10:30 p.m.||UCLA at No. 19 Washington State
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
Note: Not all digital games are exclusive
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