ESPN Unveils 2010 College Football Slate
ESPN has unveiled its 2010 college football schedule, featuring more than 400 regular- and postseason games across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3.com, ESPN 3D, ESPN Regional Television, ESPN Radio, ESPN Classic, ESPN Mobile TV and ESPN GamePlan.
For the first time, the entire Bowl Championship Series – the Rose Bowl Game (Jan. 1), Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1), Orange Bowl (Jan. 3), Allstate Sugar Bowl (Jan. 4) and Tostitos BCS National Championship Game (Jan. 10) – will be telecast on ESPN as part of agreements with the BCS and the Rose Bowl Game. ESPN Radio will continue to broadcast all five BCS Bowl games.
The majority of game selections will generally be made 12 or six days before the date as the season progresses.
Although ESPN has yet to reveal which regular-season games will air on ESPN 3D, the network already has slotted the Tostitos BCS National Championship as part of its 3D schedule.
Overall, ESPN outlets will present 31 bowl games as part of the highly rated Capital One Bowl Week, including the five BCS games and the addition of the Insight Bowl (Dec. 28 on ESPN), inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 30 on ESPN), inaugural Dallas Football Classic (Jan. 1 on ESPNU), and Gator Bowl (Jan. 1 on ESPN2);
ESPN3.com will stream more than 350 games online, including approximately 40 exclusive games plus simulcasts.
ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will air Saturday night action across while ESPN and ESPNU will feature Thursday prime-time telecasts.
As many as 12 Saturday afternoon windows will offer “reverse mirror” coverage, featuring ABC’s split national telecasts televised regionally on ESPN or ESPN2 and ESPN3.com to markets receiving another game on ABC.
Every ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2 telecast and all live Thursday and Saturday ESPNU games will be produced in HD.
The season will begin with the third annual Kickoff Week, Monday, Aug. 23-Monday, Sept. 6, featuring extensive studio programming and 32 games in five days, concluding with Boise State vs. Virginia Tech from FedEx Field Monday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN3.com as part of an ESPN Labor Day doubleheader.
Regular-season coverage will conclude with Championship Saturday on Dec. 4 and include three conference championships — the ACC Championship Game on ESPN and ESPN3.com at 7:45 p.m., the Big 12 Championship Game on ABC at 8 p.m. and the Conference USA Championship Game (time and network TBD) — and three BIG EAST games that could play a role in the conference title. ESPN2 and ESPN3.com will televise the MAC Football Championship Game on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m.
For the fourth consecutive year, ESPN will be the only network to offer coverage of home games from all six of the BCS automatic qualifying conferences (SEC, Big Ten, ACC, BIG EAST, Pac-10 and Big 12) in addition to the MAC, WAC, Conference USA and Sun Belt. ESPN will also televise road games featuring Notre Dame, Navy and teams from the Mountain West Conference.
For the full slate of games non ESPN networks, click here.