ESPN announces schedule, announcer pairings for opening weekend

If you are tuning in to college football’s opening weekend, there is a great chance you will spend a few hours watching the ESPN family of networks. That is because many of college football’s marquee match ups on opening weekend will be airing on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, SEC Network, ACC Network Extra and ESPN3.

In total, 40 games will air on the ESPN networks from Thursday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 5.

“We have been looking forward to week 1 since the day after last season’s College Football Playoff National Championship,” said ESPN senior coordinating producer Lee Fitting in a statement.

“It is the best opening weekend college football has ever had and ESPN’s networks have the most marquee games and the best overall schedule in the industry.”

So where can you tune in to see your favorite team play and who will be calling the game?

The full schedule can be seen below:

Friday, Aug. 26

Time (ET) Game Network
10 p.m. Hawaii vs. Cal from ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia
Allen Bestwick, Mike Bellotti and Warren Smith
ESPN

Saturday, Aug. 27

Time (ET) Game Network
7:30 p.m. FCS Kickoff: No. 6 Charleston Southern at No. 1 North Dakota State
Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Molly McGrath
ESPN

Week 1

Thursday, Sept. 1 

Time (ET) Game Network
7 p.m. Charlotte at Louisville ACC Network Extra*
  Tulane at Wake Forest ACC Network Extra
  Presbyterian at Central Michigan ESPN3
  Tennessee-Martin at Cincinnati ESPN3
  Maine at UConn ESPN3*
7:30 p.m. Appalachian State at No. 11 Tennessee
Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
  Indiana at Florida International
Mike Couzens, Clint Stoerner
ESPNU
  William & Mary at NC State ACC Network Extra
8 p.m. South Carolina at Vanderbilt
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
9 p.m. Montana State at Idaho ESPN3*

Friday, Sept. 2

Time (ET) Game Network
6 p.m. Mississippi Valley State at Eastern Michigan ESPN3
7 p.m. Colgate at Syracuse ACC Network Extra
  Albany at Buffalo ESPN3
  Ball State at Georgia State ESPN3*
8 p.m. Colorado State vs. Colorado from Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo.
Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Molly McGrath
ESPN
9 p.m. Toledo at Arkansas State

Roy Philpott, Clint Stoerner

ESPNU

Saturday, Sept. 3

Time (ET) Game Network
7:30 a.m. Georgia Tech vs. Boston College from Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
Noon 2016 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff: No. 5 Oklahoma vs. No. 18 Houston from NRG Stadium in Houston
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
ABC
  Hawaii at No. 3 Michigan
Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch
ESPN
  Western Michigan at Northwestern
Clay Matvick, Dusty Dvoracek
ESPNU
  South Alabama at Mississippi State
David Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Olivia Harlan
SEC Network
  Eastern Kentucky at Purdue
Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley
ESPNEWS
  Boise State at Louisiana-Lafayette ESPN3*
12:30 p.m. Liberty at Virginia Tech ACC Network Extra*
1:30 p.m. Villanova at Pittsburgh ACC Network Extra
3:30 p.m. No. 6 LSU vs. Wisconsin from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
ABC
  Miami (Ohio) at No. 23 Iowa
Eamon McAnaney, John Congemi
ESPNU
  Richmond at Virginia ACC Network Extra
4 p.m. Louisiana Tech at Arkansas
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
SEC Network
5:30 p.m. 2016 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game: No. 13 Georgia vs. No. 19 North Carolina from Georgia Dome in Atlanta
TV: Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
Radio: Marc Kestcher, Tom Ramsey
ESPN and ESPN Radio
6 p.m. North Carolina Central at Duke ACC Network Extra
  Florida A&M at Miami (Fla.) ACC Network Extra
  Western Carolina at East Carolina ESPN3
6:30 p.m. VMI at Akron ESPN3
7 p.m. Southeast Missouri State at Memphis ESPN3
  South Carolina State at UCF ESPN3
  Towson at South Florida ESPN3
  Rhode Island at Kansas ESPN3*
  Oklahoma Panhandle State at Sam Houston State ESPN3
7:30 p.m. Southern Mississippi at Kentucky
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks
ESPNU
  UMass at Florida
Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
8 p.m. No. 12 USC vs. No. 1 Alabama from AT&T Stadium  in Arlington, Texas
TV:
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, and Ian Fitzsimmons

ABC and ESPN Radio
  Coastal Carolina at Lamar ESPN3*
9 p.m. No. 2 Clemson at Auburn
Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Kaylee Hartung
ESPN

Sunday, Sept. 4

Time Game Network
1 p.m. 2016 MEAC/SWAC Challenge: Alcorn State vs. Bethune-Cookman

Eric Clemons, Jay Walker

ESPN
6 p.m. Texas Southern vs. Prairie View A&M
Mark Neely, Forrest Conoly
ESPNU
7:30 p.m. No. 9 Notre Dame at Texas
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
ABC

Monday, Sept. 5

Time Game Network
8 p.m. 2016 Camping World Kickoff: No. 14 Ole Miss vs. No. 4 Florida State from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN and ESPN Radio

*Not exclusive

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