College football kickoff 2013 on ESPN

College Football Kickoff 2013: North Carolina at South Carolina, Alabama vs. Virginia Tech and a roundup of opening weekend college football highlights.

College Football Kickoff 2013

College football season kicks off on Aug. 29 with a Thursday night matchup at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the North Carolina Tar Heels (ESPN, 6pm ET). The second game in ESPN’s doubleheader has the Ole Miss Rebels visiting the Vanderbilt Commodores in Nashville, Tenn.

College football’s opening weekend continues on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 5:30pm ET, with a big matchup between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Virginia Tech Hokies at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Last season, head coach Nick Saban’s Tide rolled to a 42-14 victory over Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game. Following that  game is another neutral site clash on ESPN as the LSU Tigers and the TCU Horned Frogs show down in the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas.

ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNEWS, Longhorn Network and ESPN Radio Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Aug 29 6 p.m. North Carolina at No. 6 South Carolina
ESPN: Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Ponder
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
  6 p.m. Liberty at Kent State
Michael Reghi & John Gregory
  6:30 p.m. Presbyterian at Wake Forest
Roy Philpott, Brian Kinchen & Angela Mallen
  7 p.m. Tulsa at Bowling Green
Joe Davis & David Diaz-Infante
  7 p.m. Illinois State at Ball State
Jim Barbar & Rocky Boiman
  7 p.m. Akron at UCF
Drew Fellios, Al Groh & Tiffany Greene
  7:30 p.m. Towson at Connecticut
Bob Picozzi, KC Keeler & John Brickley
  7:30 p.m. Southern Utah at South Alabama
Mike Gleason & Cole Cubelic
  9:15 p.m. Ole Miss at Vanderbilt
Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Maria Taylor
  10:30 p.m. Rutgers at Fresno State
Dave Flemming, Mike Bellotti & Lewis Johnson
Fri, Aug 30 7 p.m. Samford at Georgia State
Ryan Rose & Cory Chavous
  8 p.m. Texas Tech at SMU
Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams
  8 p.m. Florida Atlantic at Miami (Fla.)
Tom Hart, John Congemi & Brooke Weisbrod
  8:30 p.m. Southern at Houston
Brett Dolan, Kevin O’Connell & Sean Adams
Sat, Aug 31 Noon Buffalo at No. 2 Ohio State
Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Paul Carcaterra
    Purdue at Cincinnati
Eamon McAnaney & Anthony Becht
    Villanova at Boston College
Ryan Ruocco, Pete Najarian & Cassidy Hubbarth
    Elon at Georgia Tech
Shawn Kenney, Stan Lewter & Steffi Sorenson
  12:21 p.m. Toledo at No. 10 Florida
Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano
SEC Network & ESPN3 *
  12:30 p.m. Louisiana Tech at NC State ESPN3 & ACC Network *
    Florida International at Maryland ESPN3 & RSN *
  1 p.m. Rice at No. 7 Texas A&M
Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Tom Luginbill
  3:30 p.m. 2013 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff: Mississippi State vs. No. 13 Oklahoma State (from Houston)
Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore & Quint Kessenich
ABC & ESPN2 **
    Syracuse vs. Penn State (from East Rutherford, N.J.)
Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
ABC & ESPN2 **
    BYU at Virginia
Anish Shroff & Kelly Stouffer
  4 p.m. North Carolina Central at Duke
John Sadak, Al Groh & Jeff Taylor
    Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas
Bob Rathbun, Tim Couch & Elizabeth Moreau
  5:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game: No. 1 Alabama vs. Virginia Tech (from Atlanta)
ESPN: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Shannon Spake
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
  6 p.m. Howard at Eastern Michigan
Dan Gutowsky & Mark Hermann
    Austin Peay at Tennessee
Mike Keith & Pat Ryan
    Furman at Gardner-Webb
Chuck Hussion, Corey Stewart & David Cobb
  7 p.m. Washington State at Auburn
Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb & Dawn Davenport
    Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky (from Nashville)
Joe Davis, David Diaz-Infante & Joe Budden
    McNeese State at South Florida
Drew Fellios, Doug Graber & Tiffany Greene
    Arkansas Pine-Bluff at Arkansas State
Brock Bowling & Forrest Connoly
    UAB at Troy
Dave Weekley & Cole Cubelic
    Murray State at Missouri ESPN3
  8 p.m. No. 5 Georgia at No. 8 Clemson
Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Heather Cox
    New Mexico State at No. 15 Texas
Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley & Kaylee Hartung
Longhorn Network
  9 p.m. Cowboys Classic: No. 20 TCU vs. No. 12 LSU
Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
    Appalachian State at Montana ESPN3
  10:30 p.m. No. 22 Northwestern at California
Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Lewis Johnson
Sun, Sep 1 11:45 a.m. MEAC/SWAC Challenge: Florida A&M vs. Mississippi Valley State
Tom Hart & Jay Walker
  3:30 p.m. Ohio at No. 9 Louisville
Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Maria Taylor
  8 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at Tennessee State ESPN3
Mon, Sep 2 8 p.m. No. 11 Florida State at Pittsburgh
Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Ponder

* Local blackout may apply
** Reverse mirror in which ESPN2 will regionalize two games on ABC to markets not receiving the telecast

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