ESPN College Football Kickoff Schedule 2018: Announcer Pairings

The 2018 college football schedule is just around the corner and ESPN is preparing for a loaded slate of games that sets up to be one of the most exciting opening weekends across the nation in recent memory. This year, opening weekend will span across five days beginning on Thursday, Aug. 30 and concluding on Monday, Sept. 3 with Virginia Tech at Florida State in primetime.

On opening weekend, fans will get their first taste of five new commentary teams — Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, and Olivia Dekker, who will cover Western Kentucky at Wisconsin; Adam Amin, Rod Gilmore, and Quint Kessenich, who will cover BYU at Arizona; Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, and Molly McGrath, who will cover Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech; Kevin Brown and Andre Ware covering Central Michigan at Kentucky; and Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, and Dawn Davenport who will cover Eastern Illinois at Arkansas.

The top team of Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will work three games over Labor Day Weekend beginning with Northwestern at Purdue, then heading to Orlando for Alabama vs. Louisville, and ending with the ACC clash between Virginia Tech and Florida State.

Chris Fowler will join Herbstreit and Taylor for Alabama-Louisville and Virginia Tech-Florida State.

The full list of announcer pairings for ESPN’s first full weekend of the 2018 college football season can be seen below.

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Aug. 30 7 p.m. UCF at Connecticut
Clay Matvick, Dan Orlovsky, Paul Carcaterra
ESPNU
Central Connecticut State at Ball State
Jim Barbar, Mark Herrmann
ESPN+
Kennesaw State at Georgia State ESPN+
8 p.m. Northwestern at Purdue
Dave Flemming, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
ESPN
Southeastern Louisiana at Louisiana-Monroe ESPN+
8:30 p.m. Northwestern State at Texas A&M
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
Friday, Aug. 31 6:30 p.m. Monmouth at Eastern Michigan
Dan Gutowsky, Marcus Ray
ESPN+
7 p.m. Army at Duke
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey
ESPNU
9 p.m. Western Kentucky at Wisconsin
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Dekker
ESPN
Sat, Sept. 1 Noon Oregon State at Ohio State
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
ABC
2018 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff: Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech from Houston
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath
ESPN
James Madison at NC State
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
ESPNU
Coastal Carolina at South Carolina
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Kris Budden
SEC Network
Villanova at Temple
Clay Matvick, Dan Orlovsky,
ESPNEWS
12:20 p.m. Furman at Clemson ACC Network Extra
12:30 p.m. Alcorn State at Georgia Tech ACC Network Extra
1 p.m. Massachusetts at Boston College ACC Network Extra
2 p.m. Howard at Ohio ESPN+
3:30 p.m. 2018 Chick-fil-A Kickoff: Washington vs. Auburn from Atlanta
TV: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ABC and ESPN Radio
Austin Peay at Georgia
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
ESPN
Central Michigan at Kentucky
Kevin Brown, Andre Ware
ESPNU
Marshall at Miami (Ohio)
Dave Weekley, Hutson Mason
ESPN+
Albany at Pittsburgh
Joel Meyers, Dustin Fox
ACC Network Extra
4 p.m. Eastern Illinois at Arkansas
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
Tennessee-Martin at Missouri
Mark Neely, Barrett Jones, Alex Corddry
SEC Network Alternate
6 p.m. Delaware State at Buffalo
Robert Lee, Jerod Cherry
ESPN3
South Carolina State at Georgia Southern ESPN+
Richmond at Virginia
Shawn Kenney, John Gregory
ACC Network Extra
Boise State at Troy
Dave LaMont, Ray Bentley
ESPNEWS
North Carolina A&T at East Carolina
Josh Appel, Stan Lewter
ESPN3
Elon at South Florida ESPN3
7 p.m. Cincinnati at UCLA
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
ESPN
Louisiana Tech at South Alabama ESPN+
Mercer at Memphis ESPN3
Central Arkansas at Tulsa ESPN3
VMI at Toledo
Michael Reghi, Barrett Brooks
ESPN3
Nicholls at Kansas ESPN3
Grambling at Louisiana ESPN3
Southeast Missouri State at Arkansas State ESPN+
7:30 p.m. Charleston Southern at Florida
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
Middle Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones
SEC Network Alternate
Stephen F. Austin at Mississippi State
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison
ESPNU
8 p.m. 2018 Camping World Kickoff from Orlando: Louisville vs. Alabama
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
Radio: Marc Kestecher, John Congemi, Paul Carcaterra
ABC and ESPN Radio
10:45 p.m. BYU at Arizona
Adam Amin, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
Sun, Sept. 2 Noon 2018 MEAC/SWAC Challenge from Atlanta: Prairie View A&M vs. North Carolina Central
Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker, Olivia Dekker
ESPN2
7:30 p.m. Miami  vs. LSU from Arlington, Texas
TV: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ABC and ESPN Radio
Mon, Sept. 3 8 p.m. Virginia Tech at Florida State
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
ESPN