via press release:

2010 College Football Season Kicks off Thursday

First Week of Season Includes 31 Games in Five Days, College GameDay from Atlanta

ESPN will kick off the 2010 college football season with 31 games in five days across ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU,, ESPN 3D and ESPN Radio beginning Thursday, Sept. 2. ESPN’s opening weekend of action will conclude with a Labor Day doubleheader Monday, Sept. 6, highlighted by No. 3 Boise State vs. No. 10 Virginia Tech from FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN Radio and ESPN 3D, ESPN’s newest outlet and the first 3D network to launch in the industry.

ESPN and ABC will each televise a matchup between ranked teams in prime time Saturday, Sept. 4: No. 24 Oregon State vs. No. 6 TCU in the Cowboys Classic from Arlington, Texas, at 7:45 p.m. on ESPN, and No. 21 LSU vs. No. 18 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game from Atlanta at 8 p.m. on Saturday Night Football on ABC.

Other ranked teams in action include:

  • No. 4 Florida against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday, Sept. 4, at noon on ESPN and;
  • No. 5 Texas at Rice on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN and
  • No. 13 Miami against Florida A&M on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 7:30 p.m. on;
  • No. 14 USC at Hawaii on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 11 p.m. on ESPN and;
  • No. 16 Georgia Tech against South Carolina State on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 1 p.m. on;
  • No. 20 Florida State against Samford on Saturday, Sept. 4, at noon on ESPNU.

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – expanded to three hours and now beginning on ESPNU at 9 a.m. and continuing on ESPN at 10 a.m. every Saturday – will open the season Sept. 4 live from Atlanta. Erin Andrews will anchor several segments of the first hour on ESPNU and contribute reports, interviews and features during the ESPN portion of the two-time Emmy Award-winning program. Chris Fowler will return as show host with analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard. College GameDay is entering its 24th season and 18th consecutive year of originating from the site of one of the day’s best games or a game with the most compelling storyline.

ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU,, ESPN Classic, ESPN Mobile TV and ESPN Radio College Football Schedule

Note: All ABC split national, ESPN and ESPN2 games will be simulcast on

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Sep 2 6:30 p.m. Presbyterian at Wake Forest

Ryan Rose & Warrick Dunn
7:30 p.m. Southern Miss at South Carolina

Rece Davis, Craig James, Jesse Palmer & Jenn Brown

7:30 p.m. Florida A&M at No. 13 Miami

Dave Weekley & Jeremy Bloom
7:30 p.m. Norfolk State at Rutgers

Dave Popkin & Drew Henson
7:30 p.m. Minnesota at Middle Tennessee

Anish Shroff & Jay Walker

11 p.m. No. 14 USC at Hawaii

Mark Jones, Bob Davie & Robert Smith

Fri, Sep 3 5 p.m. Villanova at Temple

Scott Graham & Rene Ingoglia
8 p.m. Arizona at Toledo

Joe Tessitore & Rod Gilmore

Sat, Sep 4 Noon Miami (OH) at No. 4 Florida

Dave Pasch, Chris Spielman, Bob Griese & Quint Kessenich

Noon Western Michigan at Michigan State

Bob Wischusen & Brian Griese

Noon Samford at No. 20 Florida State

Rob Stone & David Pollack

1 p.m. South Carolina State at No. 16 Georgia Tech

Trey Bender & Jay Taylor
1 p.m. Weber State at Boston College

Dave Popkin & Curt Warner
3:30 p.m. Connecticut at Michigan **

Sean McDonough, Matt Millen & Heather Cox

ABC and ESPN2 /
UCLA at Kansas State **

Carter Blackburn, Mike Bellotti & Brock Huard

ABC and ESPN2 /
Kentucky at Louisville

Dave Lamont & JC Pearson

3:30 p.m. No. 5 Texas at Rice

Ron Franklin & Ed Cunningham

3:30 p.m. North Texas at Clemson

Pam Ward & Danny Kanell

6 p.m. Western Carolina at N.C. State

Ryan Rose & Warrick Dunn
6 p.m. Richmond at Virginia

Jim Barbar & John Gregory
6 p.m. Syracuse at Akron

Michael Reghi & TBA
7 p.m. Memphis at Mississippi State

Clay Matvick & Herm Edwards

7 p.m. Elon at Duke

Dave Weekley & Derek Rackley
7:45 p.m. Cowboys Classic: No. 24 Oregon State vs. No. 6 TCU (from Arlington)

Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe

8 p.m. Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game: No. 21 LSU vs. No. 18 North Carolina (from Atlanta)

ABC: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Erin Andrews

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad

ABC / ESPN Radio
10 p.m. Cincinnati at Fresno State

Beth Mowins & Trent Dilfer

Sun, Sep 5 Noon 2010 MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney: Southern vs. Delaware State

Charles Neal & Jay Walker

2 p.m. Tulsa at East Carolina

Mike Gleason & John Congemi

3:30 p.m. SMU at Texas Tech

Mark Jones, Bob Davie & Holly Rowe

Mon, Sep 6 4 p.m. Navy vs. Maryland (from Baltimore)

Mike Patrick, Craig James & Quint Kessenich

8 p.m. No. 3 Boise State vs. No. 10 Virginia Tech (from Landover, Md.)

ESPN: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Heather Cox

ESPN 3D: Joe Tessitore, Tim Brown & Ray Bentley

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad

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