No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 8 Oklahoma & No. 11 Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama in Prime Time

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October 23rd, 2012

via press release:

No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 8 Oklahoma & No. 11 Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama in Prime Time
ESPN’s college football schedule this week will be highlighted by two Saturday night telecasts matching ranked teams with all four in the top 11 of the BCS standings:
  • ABC will broadcast undefeated No. 5 Notre Dame at one-loss No. 8 Oklahoma as part of the Saturday Night Football series at 8 p.m. ET. Notre Dame has defeated Oklahoma eight of the nine all-time meetings against the Sooners, including the last meeting in 1999.
  • ESPN will televise No. 11 Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama in a showdown of unbeaten SEC teams at 8:30 p.m. Mississippi State, at 7-0, has had its best start to a season since 1999 and won its first seven games for only the second time in 113 years of playing football. Alabama has won eight of the last 10 games against the Bulldogs.
Overall, ESPN platforms will offer coverage of seven of the remaining 11 undefeated teams: No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 11 Mississippi State, No. 15 Rutgers, No. 16 Louisville, No. 24 Ohio and Ohio State. Additional highlights:
  • An ESPN Friday night matchup on October 26 will pit one-loss Cincinnati at undefeated BIG EAST foe No. 16 Louisville at 8 p.m.
  • ESPN will televise unbeaten Ohio State at a Penn State squad that has won five straight since opening the season 0-2 on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 5:30 p.m.
  • ESPN3 will provide coverage of Kent State, with a 6-1 record, at undefeated No. 15 Rutgers on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN 3D and ESPN Radio Schedule
Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Network
Tue, Oct 23 8 p.m. Arkansas State at Louisiana-Lafayette

Joe Tessitore & Desmond Howard
Thu, Oct 25 7:30 p.m. No. 18 Clemson at Wake Forest

Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Steele
  7:30 p.m. Delaware State at Morgan State

Joe Davis & Jay Walker
  7:30 p.m. Valdosta State at Shorter ESPN3
Fri, Oct 26 8 p.m. Cincinnati at No. 16 Louisville

Carter Blackburn, Rod Gilmore & Jemele Hill
Sat, Oct 27 Noon Tennessee at No. 13 South Carolina

Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Jenn Brown
  Noon Iowa at Northwestern

Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Lewis Johnson
  Noon Kentucky at Missouri

Tom Hart & John Congemi
  Noon Ole Miss at Arkansas

Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano
ESPN3 & SEC Network
  Noon Temple at Pittsburgh

Eamon McAnaney, David Diaz-Infante & Paul Carcaterra
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  Noon Northern Illinois at Western Michigan

Michael Reghi & Doug Graber
  12:30 p.m. NC State at North Carolina ESPN3 * & ACC Network
  1 p.m. Maryland at Boston College

Shawn Kenney & John Bunting
  1 p.m. Stony Brook at Presbyterian ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. The Citadel at Wofford ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. Presbyterian at Charleston Southern ESPN3
  2 p.m. Utah State at Texas-San Antonio

Jonathan Yardley & Forrest Conoly
  2 p.m. South Dakota at Indiana State ESPN3
  3 p.m. BYU at Georgia Tech ESPN3
  3 p.m. Youngstown State at South Dakota State ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Michigan State at No. 25 Wisconsin

Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
    No. 9 USC at Arizona

Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Maria Taylor
  3:30 p.m. Duke at No. 12 Florida State

Anish Shroff, Dan Hawkins & Tom Luginbill
  3:30 p.m. Kent State at No. 15 Rutgers

Mike Corey & Rene Ingoglia
  3:30 p.m. No. 24 Ohio at Miami (Ohio) ESPN3 *
  3:30 p.m. Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green

Greg Franke & Tom Cole
  3:30 p.m. North Texas at Middle Tennessee ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Liberty at Coastal Carolina ESPN3
  4 p.m. Sam Houston State at Lamar ESPN3
  5:30 p.m. Ohio State at Penn State

Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Quint Kessenich
  6 p.m. Western Kentucky at Florida International

Drew Fellios & Warrick Dunn
  7 p.m. No. 20 Texas A&M at Auburn

Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb & Allison Williams
  7 p.m. Syracuse at South Florida

Mike Gleason & John Gregory
  7 p.m. Massachusetts at Vanderbilt ESPN3 *
  8 p.m. No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 8 Oklahoma

Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Heather Cox
  8 p.m. No. 22 Michigan at Nebraska

ESPN: Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Jessica Mendoza
ESPN Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN2 & ESPN Radio
  8 p.m. Louisiana Tech at New Mexico State ESPN3
  8 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at McNeese State ESPN3
  8 p.m. West Texas A&M at West Georgia ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. No. 11 Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama

Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
  10:30 p.m. Magic City Classic: Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State (from Birmingham)

Joe Davis & Jay Walker
* Local blackout may apply
** Reverse mirror in which ESPN2 will regionalize two games on ABC to markets not receiving the telecast
*** Live on ESPN3 at 3:30 p.m. ET & same day delay on ESPNU
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