ESPN College Football is the branding used for broadcasts of NCAA Division I FBS college football across ESPN properties, including ESPN , ESPN2 , ABC , ESPN Classic , ESPNU , and ESPN Radio . ESPN College Football debuted in 1982.Coverage overview
ESPN College Football consists of four to five games a week, with ESPN College Football Primetime , which airs at 7:30 on Thursdays. Saturday includes ESPN College Football Noon at 12:00 Saturday, a 3:30 or 4:30 game that isn't shown on a weekly basis, and ESPN College Football Primetime on Saturday. A Sunday game, Sunday Showdown, was added for the first half of 2006 to make up for the loss of NBC .
ESPN also produces ESPN College Football on ABC and ESPN Saturday Night Football on ABC in separate broadcast packages.Major conference rights
ACC , Big Ten , Big East , MAC , Pac-12 , SEC , , and . ESPN began televising games for the independent in 2011.History
In recent years, ESPN and ESPN2 air games at noon, which usually includes a Big Ten game. Both networks also air primetime games, typically featuring teams from the ACC and/or SEC .
With the expansion of ESPN, including multiple networks and outlets, their coverage has likewise increased. In 2005, with the creation of ESPNU , over 300 games were aired on its networks.
In 2007, the ESPN family of networks aired over 450 games. Also, they aired a weekly game on ESPN Radio for the first time ever. ESPN started that season with 25 hours of college football programming.
Also, ESPNU has rapidly increased the coverage of spring intermural team scrimmages with entire programs dedicated to this phenomenon. In 2008, ESPN aired College GameDay from Florida Field prior to their spring scrimmage game.
Starting with the 2007 season, ESPN began sublicensing games from Fox Sports Net , with the Big 12 Conference (later extended until 2009) and with the Pac 10 Conference. However, the games cannot air during the reverse mirror slot.
During the 2008 season, ESPN aired over 400 games.
Beginning in the 2010 season, ESPN acquired exclusive broadcast rights to the Bowl Championship Series in a four year contract, where all games in the BCS would be aired on ESPN.Programs
College Football Live - Daily program during the season and weekly show in the offseason
College Gameday - Weekly show (in-season) from the site of the biggest day of the game and/or significance
College Football Final - Saturday show reviewing the highlights of the days and the biggest storiesESPNU programs
ESPNU Inside The Polls
ESPNU Coaches Spotlight
ESPNU Recruiting InsiderFormer programs
Thursday GameNight (formerly the Weekend Kickoff Show)Coverage
ESPN airs Spring Football games and coverage. Coverage includes College Football Final which wraps the annual Spring Games.
During the regular season, ESPN airs pre-selected Thursday night marquee matchups. ESPN2 airs pre-selected Friday night contests from lesser known Division I schools.
The weekend games with the exception of the regular season are typically selected a week or two weeks out. ABC gets the first pick of games for all the major conferences, with the exception of the SEC, in which case CBS get their first selection.
ESPN/ESPN2 airs coverage of ABC games in a "reverse mirror" format. Both networks will also air other selected midweek games and Sunday games, typically teams from more minor conferences.
ESPN Radio airs a weekly game as well as selected BCS games including all BCS games.
ESPNU usually airs 5 games per week.
ESPN Classic airs selected games throughout the year.Typical games
Kickoff Week is the first weekend of the college football weekend. Games include the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff and other non-conference action.
Championship Weekend always features the MAC Championship Game and will feature the Pac-12 Championship game every other year beginning in 2013. Previously it has featured the WAC Championship Game, the C-USA Championship Game, and the Big 12 Championship game before they changed affiliates or dropped below the minimum 12 teams required for a football championship.
The ESPN family of networks air the Division I FCS conference playoffs as well as other lower NCAA division championships.
ESPN and ESPN2 air the bulk of the games during Bowl Week . ESPN Radio also owns the rights for many games including BCS matchups.Non-game action College GameDay
ESPN airs the nationally renowned College GameDay . Since 1993 and almost exclusively in recent years, it has aired from the top game of the week or one of significance. For the 2010 season, the show was expanded to three hours, with the first hour airing on ESPNU.
Since 1990, ESPN has aired the show live from the Boardwalk in . The show airs several awards.Heisman Trophy Presentation
Since 1993, ESPN has aired the Heisman Trophy from New York City . It is typically an hour long program featuring interviews with past winners and nominees (with their families and/or coaches).Personalities See also
ESPN College Football Primetime
ESPN College Football Primetime
ESPNU College Football
College Football on ABC
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