via press release:

ESPN Announces 14 BIG EAST College Football Telecasts for 2011

ESPN announced 14 of its BIG EAST Conference college football selections for the 2011 season, including three Thursday and four Friday night telecasts, two non-conference Saturday showdowns, two Championship Saturday matchups, two games on the Friday after Thanksgiving, and a Wednesday prime-time contest. Additional games will be announced in the coming months. Highlights:

  • Every conference team will be featured in at least one of the 14 games, highlighted by five Pittsburgh appearances, four of West Virginia, and three each of defending BIG EAST champion Connecticut, Louisville and West Virginia.
  • Two Saturday non-conference telecasts on ESPN, ABC or ESPN2 will feature BIG EAST teams against teams ranked in an early pre-season poll for 2011: West Virginia against No. 4 LSU from the SEC and Pittsburgh against No. 14 Notre Dame.
  • ESPN’s popular Thursday night ESPN College Football Primetime series will include three telecasts involving BIG EAST teams, all at 8 p.m. ET, highlighted by South Florida twice: at Pittsburgh on Sept. 29 and against West Virginia on Dec. 1.
  • ESPN will showcase Connecticut at Pittsburgh Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. Connecticut defeated Pittsburgh 30-28 last year.
  • Two BIG EAST games will be featured the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25 including Pittsburgh at West Virginia in the 104th Backyard Brawl and Louisville at South Florida.
  • ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise four Friday BIG EAST showdowns in prime time, including Connecticut against Big 12 conference member Iowa State (Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2) and South Florida at Syracuse (Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2).

2011 BIG EAST Schedule as of Feb. 25 (additional selections will be announced):

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Fri, Sep 9 7 p.m. Florida International at Louisville ESPN
Fri, Sep 16 8 p.m. Iowa State at Connecticut ESPN or ESPN2
Thu, Sep 22 8 p.m. NC State at Cincinnati * ESPN
Sat, Sep 24 TBA No. 14 Notre Dame at Pittsburgh ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
TBA No. 4 LSU at West Virginia ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Thu, Sep 29 8 p.m. South Florida at Pittsburgh ESPN
Fri, Oct 21 8 p.m. Rutgers at Louisville ESPN
Wed, Oct 26 8 p.m. Connecticut at Pittsburgh ESPN
Fri, Nov 11 8 p.m. South Florida at Syracuse ESPN2
Fri, Nov 25 TBD Pittsburgh at West Virginia ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
TBD Louisville at South Florida ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Thu, Dec 1 8 p.m. West Virginia at South Florida ESPN
Sat, Dec 3 TBD Connecticut at Cincinnati ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
TBD Syracuse at Pittsburgh ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

* Previously announced

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