2010 College Football Season Kicks off Thursday First Week of Season Includes 31 Games in Five Days

ESPN will kick off the 2010 college football season with 31 games in five days across ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3.com, 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 ESPN3.com;
• No. 5 Texas at Rice on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN3.com
• No. 13 Miami against Florida A&M on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3.com;
• No. 14 USC at Hawaii on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 11 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN3.com;
• No. 16 Georgia Tech against South Carolina State on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 1 p.m. on ESPN3.com;
• 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, ESPN3.com, ESPN Classic, ESPN Mobile TV and ESPN Radio College Football Schedule
Note: All ABC split national, ESPN and ESPN2 games will be simulcast on ESPN3.com

Date Time (ET) Game
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
    UCLA at Kansas State **
Carter Blackburn, Mike Bellotti & Brock Huard
    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
  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