via press release:

2011 College Football Season Kicks off Thursday

 First Week of Season Includes 44 Games in Five Days, College GameDay Built by The Home Depot from Arlington

ESPN will kick off the 2011 college football season with 44 games in five days across ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU and as part of the fourth annual DICK’s Sporting Goods Kickoff Week Sept. 1-5. The season will conclude with all five post-season Bowl Championship Series bowls, highlighted by the Allstate BCS National Championship Jan. 9, at 8:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN,, ESPN 3D and ESPN Radio.

Schedule highlights

  • The season will kick off with 11 games Thursday, Sept. 1, including an ESPNU doubleheader: Murray State at Louisville at 6 p.m. followed by Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky from Nashville at 9:15 p.m.
  • will offer exclusive coverage of 13 games and 37 games overall.
  • First weekend will include two Saturday night telecasts pitting teams from the Associated Press top 25 preseason rankings against each other:
    • No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 4 LSU (in Cowboys Classic from Arlington) Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. on ABC
    • No. 5 Boise State vs. No. 19 Georgia (in Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game from Atlanta) Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. on ESPN and
  • Overall, the weekend will kick off with 16 teams from the preseason poll. Additional teams include:
    • No. 2 Alabama against Kent State Saturday, Sept. 3 at noon on
    • No. 6 Florida State against Louisiana-Monroe Saturday, Sept. 3, at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU
    • No. 11 Wisconsin against UNLV Thursday, Sept. 1, at 8 p.m. on ESPN, and ESPN 3D.
    • No. 12 South Carolina against East Carolina Saturday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. on
    • No. 13 Virginia Tech against Appalachian State Saturday, Sept. 3, at 12:30 p.m. on
    • No. 14 TCU at Baylor Friday, Sept. 2, at 8 p.m. on ESPN and
    • No. 15 Arkansas against Missouri State Saturday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. on
    • No. 18 Ohio State against Akron Saturday, Sept. 3, at noon on ESPN and
    • No. 22 Florida against Florida Atlantic Saturday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. on ESPNU
    • No. 23 Auburn against Utah State Saturday, Sept. 3, at noon on ESPN2 and
    • No. 24 West Virginia against Marshall Sunday, Sept. 4, at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN and
    • No. 25 USC against Minnesota Saturday, Sept. 3, at 3:30 p.m. on ABC and ESPN2 and
  • A Labor Day telecast Monday, Sept. 5 will feature an ACC showdown and debut of two new head coaches: Miami with Al Golden at Maryland, led by Randy Edsall, at 8 p.m. on ESPN,, ESPN 3D and ESPN Radio.

New elements

  • ACC: The first year of a 12-year agreement with the Atlantic Coast Conference providing ESPN extensive rights to games for Saturday, Thursday and Labor Day telecasts across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and
  • BYU: The first year of an eight-year agreement for exclusive rights to BYU home football games across multiple ESPN platforms. ESPN will televise the first game as an independent against Ole Miss Saturday, Sept. 3, at 4:45 p.m.

Goal Line and WatchESPN

  • Second year of ESPN Goal Line – currently available to Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV customers – will include unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from numerous games every Saturday beginning at noon.
  • Viewers can also watch live ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN Goal Line game action on smart phones or tablets through the WatchESPN app. The service – available to customers of Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks or Verizon FiOS TV – gives fans the ability to watch ESPN’s live networks, no matter where they are.

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot

  • College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on ESPNU and 10 a.m. to noon on ESPN – will open the season Sept. 3 from Arlington, Texas, site of the Cowboys Classic pitting No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 4 LSU (8 p.m. on ABC).
  • Chris Fowler will return as show host with analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard. Erin Andrews will anchor several segments of the first hour on ESPNU and contribute reports, interviews and features during the ESPN portion. David Pollack joins as a contributor.
  • The three-time Emmy Award-winning program is entering its 25th season and 19th consecutive year of originating from the site of one of the day’s best games or a game with the most compelling storyline.

2011 Season
The 2011 college football season on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN 3D,, ESPN Radio, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN Regional Television and ESPN GamePlan will total more than 400 regular-and post-season games, concluding with the entire Bowl Championship Series, including the AllState BCS National Championship, on ESPN. The schedule will include weekly Saturday night games on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, weekly ESPN and ESPNU Thursday night contests and telecasts every Friday and select Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU,, ESPN 3D, Longhorn Network and ESPN Radio Schedule
Note: All ABC split national, ESPN and ESPN2 games will be simulcast on

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Sep 1 6 p.m. Murray State at Louisville
Rob Stone, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams
  7 p.m. North Texas at Florida International
Kevin Corke & Doug Graber
  7 p.m. Villanova at Temple
Scott Graham & Chuck Cecil
  7 p.m. Western Illinois at Sam Houston State
  7:30 p.m. Western Carolina at Georgia Tech
Ryan Rose & Warrick Dunn
  7:30 p.m. Fordham at Connecticut
Bob Picozzi & Christian Fauria
  7:30 p.m. North Carolina Central at Rutgers
Dave Popkin & Rob Harley
  7:30 p.m. West Alabama at South Alabama
  8 p.m. UNLV at No. 11 Wisconsin
Rece Davis, Craig James, Jesse Palmer & Jenn Brown
ESPN 3D: Dave Lamont, Tim Brown & David Diaz-Infante
  8 p.m. Wake Forest at Syracuse
Dave Weekley & John Bunting
  9 p.m. Bowling Green at Idaho
  9:15 p.m. Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky (from Nashville)
Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano
Fri, Sep 2 8 p.m. No. 14 TCU at Baylor
Joe Tessitore, Rod Gilmore & Samantha Steele
Sat, Sep 3 Noon Akron at No. 18 Ohio State
Dave Pasch, Urban Meyer, Chris Spielman & Quint Kessenich
  Noon Utah State at No. 23 Auburn
Beth Mowins, Mike Bellotti & Ivan Maisel
  Noon Northwestern at Boston College
Rob Stone & Danny Kanell
  Noon Kent State at No. 2 Alabama
  12:30 p.m. Appalachian State at No. 13 Virginia Tech
Steve Martin, Dave Archer & Mike Hodgewood
  3:30 p.m. Minnesota at No. 25 USC
Carter Blackburn, Brock Huard & Shelley Smith
ABC and ESPN2 * /
  Western Michigan at Michigan
Mike Patrick, Craig James & Jeannine Edwards
ABC and ESPN2 * /
  3:30 p.m. Louisiana Monroe at No. 6 Florida State
Pam Ward & Dan Hawkins
  3:30 p.m. Troy at Clemson
Joe Davis & Warrick Dunn
  3:30 p.m. James Madison at North Carolina
  4:45 p.m. BYU at Mississippi
Bob Wischusen, Bob Davie & Jessica Mendoza
  6 p.m. Buffalo at Pittsburgh
John Sanders & John Bunting
  6 p.m. Liberty at North Carolina State
Darren Goldwater & Rene Ingoglia
  6 p.m. William & Mary at Virginia
Dave Weekley & John Gregory
  6 p.m. Montana at Tennessee
  7 p.m. Richmond at Duke
Neil Solondz & Jay Taylor
  7 p.m. Army at Northern Illinois
Shawn Kenney & Bob Chemeil
  7 p.m. Indiana at Ball State
Jim Barbar & Adam Archuletta
  7 p.m. Florida Atlantic at No. 22 Florida
Clay Matvick, Brian Griese & Allison Williams
  7 p.m. East Carolina at No. 12 South Carolina
  7 p.m. Missouri State at No. 15 Arkansas
  7 p.m. Austin Peay at Cincinnati
  7:30 p.m. Elon at Vanderbilt
  8 p.m. Cowboys Classic: No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 4 LSU (from Arlington)
Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Erin Andrews
ABC / ESPN Radio
  8 p.m. Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game: No. 5 Boise State vs. No. 19 Georgia (from Atlanta)
Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
  8 p.m. Ohio at New Mexico State
  10:15 p.m. Colorado at Hawaii
Dave Lamont & David Diaz-Infante
  10:30 p.m. Grambling State at Alcorn State
Adam Amin & Jay Walker
ESPNU ** / (at 7 p.m.)
Sun, Sep 4 Noon MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney: Prairie View A&M vs. Bethune Cookman (from Orlando)
Morgan & Jay Walker
  3:30 p.m. Marshall at No. 24 West Virginia
Joe Tessitore, Rod Gilmore & Quint Kessenich
Mon, Sep 5 8 p.m. Miami at Maryland
ESPN: Sean McDonough, Matt Millen & Heather Cox
ESPN 3D: Joe Tessitore, Tim Brown & Ray Bentley
ESPN Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN / / ESPN Radio / ESPN 3D

* Part of reverse mirror in which ABC’s split national telecast is televised regionally on ESPN or ESPN2 and to markets receiving another game on ABC
** Same day delay

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