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College Football Viewership Hits New Heights

Michigan at Penn State Tops Week 11 College Football Viewership, ABC’s Most-Watched November Saturday Since 2016

ESPN networks secured a strong Saturday showing in Week 11, as ABC/ESPN registered multi-year viewership highs and several marquee matchups set the stage for a primetime sweep.

ESPN leaned into a strong Big Ten doubleheader and a top 15 matchup in the SEC to deliver its most-viewed week of the year. Overall, viewers watched 5.3 billion minutes of live games on Saturday, making it the most-watched day of the college football season across ESPN networks. ESPN platforms were responsible for 64% of the minutes watched in Week 11 and aired four of the top six most-watched games on Saturday.

Michigan at Penn State (noon ET, ABC) was the most-viewed game of Week 11 across all networks with 5,942,000 viewers. It ranks as ABC’s most-viewed noon or afternoon game of the season and fifth-best game overall. The audience for Wolverines-Nittany Lions peaked with 8.7 million viewers as Michigan edged Penn State for the win.

ABC’s B1G Saturday aided the network in airing its most-viewed November Saturday of games since 2016. The 3:30 p.m. matchup of Purdue and Ohio State recorded 4,739,000 viewers on ABC, ESPN networks’ most-viewed game in the afternoon window since Week 1. Across the trio of matchups, ABC averaged 4,701,000 viewers, its most-viewed tripleheader since Week 1 and most-watched November Saturday since Nov. 26, 2016.

ESPN/ABC Reign Supreme in Primetime

Texas A&M at Ole Miss (3.5 million viewers, ESPN) and Notre Dame at Virginia (3.3 million viewers, ABC) helped ESPN and ABC rank as the top two networks in primetime among all viewers and all key male and adult demos for a second consecutive week. In the average minute, 7.6 million viewers and 2.4 million P18-49 viewers were watching college football on ESPN networks from 8-11 p.m.

CFB Viewership Continues to Experience Exponential Year-Over-Year Growth

For the second straight week, viewership across ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 is up at least double digits from Week 11 in 2020 and 2019. ABC aired its most-viewed Week 11 since 2016 and was up 13 percent from the same week in 2020 and 20 percent from 2019. ESPN was up more than 50 percent from both 2020 (50 percent) and 2019 (57 percent), while ESPN2 was up 91 percent from the same week in 2020 and up 32 percent from 2019. ABC and ESPN both posted audiences above their season averages.

Additional Viewership Highlights:

  • Washington State at Oregon (1,991,000 viewers, ESPN): Most-viewed game starting after 10 p.m. on any network since Sept. 8, 2018 (Michigan State-Arizona State)
  • North Carolina at Pittsburgh (1,213,000 viewers, ESPN): ESPN’s second-best Thursday game this year
  • Kansas at Texas (487,000 viewers, ESPNU): Most-viewed game of the year on ESPNU. Kansas has now participated in the top game on ESPNU in 2021, the second-most-watched game on ESPN2 and third-ranked noon/afternoon game on ESPN

College GameDay’s Return Trip to The Grove Garners Second-Best Viewership of 2021

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot‘s trip to The Grove at Ole Miss registered 1,962,000 viewers, making it GameDay’s second-most-watched telecast of the season. College GameDay remains tops among Saturday morning college football pregame shows, and 2,460,000 viewers tuned in for the final hour. The show is up 44 percent from 2020’s Week 11 show, which was GameDay‘s once-in-a-lifetime telecast from The Masters.

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ESPN College Football Schedule

Crucial Conference Clashes Take Center Stage on ESPN Networks, 15 Ranked Teams and Nearly 50 Games Highlight ESPN’s Week 11 College Football Schedule

Big Ten tussles between No. 7 Michigan and Penn State, Purdue and No. 5 Ohio State – both on ABC

SEC West on the line in primetime on ESPN, featuring No. 14 Texas A&M at No. 16 Ole Miss

Additional key matchups: No. 17 Mississippi State at No. 13 Auburn, No. 19 NC State at No. 9 Wake Forest, No. 10 Notre Dame at Virginia, Northwestern at No. 21 Wisconsin

Week 11 of the 2021 college football season features 15 of the CFP Top 25 – including three matchups with ranked teams on both sides of the ball – in action on ESPN networks. In total, nearly 50 games are slated for ESPN platforms, with every game available on the ESPN App.

ESPN’s Saturday primetime game features a big SEC West battle, as No. 14 Texas A&M takes on No. 16 Ole Miss in Oxford. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Radio, with Chris FowlerKirk Herbstreit and Holly Rowe on TV, and Marc Kestecher and Ben Hartsock announcing the action on ESPN Radio. The Aggies-Rebels showdown will be supplemented by the AT&T 5G SkyCast and the Great Clips Command Center on ESPN3 and the ESPN App. The game will be amplified by ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot from The Grove on Saturday morning (9am – noon, ESPN & ESPNU).

A trio of top-10 teams are set for the spotlight on ABC in Week 11. A B1G Saturday kicks off ABC afternoon action, with a quartet of Big Ten teams scheduled for conference contests. Penn State hosts No. 7 Michigan at noon, with Sean McDonoughDan Orlovsky and Molly McGrath on the call. At 3:30 p.m., Purdue looks to knock off fifth-ranked Ohio State, with Joe TessitoreGreg McElroy and Katie George commentating from Columbus.

ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital One features No. 10 Notre Dame on the road against Virginia. The primetime presentation is set for 7:30 p.m. on ABC and ESPN Radio, with Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek and Tom Luginbill on ABC and Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones and Ian Fitzsimmons on the ESPN Radio call from Charlottesville.

In addition to the seventh-ranked Wolverines, several ranked squads are slated for noon kickoffs on Saturday. On ESPN, another SEC West showdown is set between No. 17 Mississippi State and No. 13 Auburn. Bob Wischusen, Jordan Rodgers and Kris Budden are announcing the action from The Plains. On ESPN2, No. 21 Wisconsin hosts Big Ten foe Northwestern featuring Clay MatvickRocky Boiman and Tiffany Blackmon on the mic. On SEC Network, second-ranked Alabama welcomes New Mexico State to T-Town, with Taylor ZarzourMatt Stinchcomb and Alyssa Lang calling the Aggies-Crimson Tide contest.

In primetime on ESPN2, No. 18 Kentucky visits Vanderbilt Stadium to face the Dores at 7pm, with Anish ShroffMike Golic Jr. and Taylor McGregor on the call. ACC Network is home to the third ranked vs. ranked matchup of the day on ESPN networks, as No. 9 Wake Forest plays host to in-state ACC rival NC State. The 19th-ranked Wolfpack are set to take on the Demon Deacons at 7:30pm, with Dave O’BrienTim Hasselbeck and Kelsey Riggs announcing the ACC action.

ESPN’s robust schedule of ranked games kicks off Thursday with No. 25 Pittsburgh hosting North Carolina. Matt BarrieRoddy Jones and Katie George will be on the ESPN call at 7:30 p.m. Friday night features a primetime battle between No. 6 Cincinnati and American rival South Florida on ESPN2. Set for 6pm, Jason BenettiAndre Ware and Paul Carcaterra will be providing commentary. Closing out live CFB coverage Saturday on ESPN is No. 4 Oregon welcoming Washington State to Autzen Stadium. Dave FlemmingRod Gilmore and Stormy Buonantony are slated to announce the Pac-12 After Dark action.

ESPN Networks – Additional Week 11 Highlights

  • Secretaries’ Cup: Merchant Marine Academy vs. Coast Guard Academy: Saturday at noon,  ESPN3
    • Talent: Robert Lee, Craig Haubert
  • SIAC Championship: Albany State vs. Miles College: Saturday at 3 p.m., ESPN3
    • Talent: Drew Carter, Charles Arbuckle
  • Southern Miss at UTSA: Saturday at 3:30 p.m., ESPN+
  • Jackson State at Southern: Saturday at 7 p.m., ESPN3
    • Talent: Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker

College Football Playoff Top 25 Revealed on Tuesday at State Farm Champions Classic

In a college football season filled with upsets and thrillers, ESPN will exclusively reveal the second week of the College Football Playoff Top 25 with the College Football Playoff Top 25 Ranking Show Presented by Goodyear on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at approximately 9 p.m. between State Farm Champions Classic men’s college basketball games. Rece Davis will host the show live from New York City, joined by college football analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Joey Galloway and David Pollack.

College Football on ESPN+

ESPN+ features 50 college football games this week, including action from the SEC, American, Conference USA and Sun Belt. Highlights from this week’s ESPN+ college football original programming include:

  • Eli’s Places– The season finale, Episode 10: “Big Manning on Campus,” debuted last week. Eli Manning returns to The University of Mississippi and joins his father and Ole Miss all-time great, Archie Manning, to reminisce and have his college jersey retired.
  • Our Time: UCF Football– Available to stream now on ESPN+, Episode 8: “Tough Love” looks at offensive line coach Herb Hand — despite his demand for perfection, he cares more about his guys than what they can do on the field. New episodes debut every Thursday throughout the season.
  • SMU Football: The Hilltop– “Trick or Treat,” the ninth episode of SMU Football: The Hilltop, debuted last week. New episodes of The Hilltopwill be available to stream every Thursday during the season.

Additional college football updates will be forthcoming, and the schedule is subject to change. Please continue to check @ESPNPR and ESPN Press Room for more information.

The full schedule and on-air talent grid can be found here.

Note: all rankings above are based on the Nov. 2 CFP Top 25

Ranked Teams Battle on ESPN Networks illustration by Vaughn Lowery use by 360 Magazine

ESPN × College Football Week 8

ESPN networks will highlight nearly a dozen ranked squads during Week 8 of the college football season, including four of the top five programs ranked in the AP Top 25. In total, nearly 40 games are set for the spotlight on ESPN platforms, with every game available on the ESPN App.

One of the week’s biggest matchups is No. 10 Oregon taking on UCLA on Saturday afternoon. Set for ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Holly Rowe will be on the call. The game will be amplified by ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot pregame show on Saturday morning (9 a.m. – noon) on the campus of UCLA.

ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital One features the fifth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes visiting the Indiana Hoosiers, with Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek and Tom Luginbill announcing the action at 7:30 p.m. Rounding out the ranked teams taking the field Saturday on ABC, No. 7 Penn State hosts Illinois at noon with Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky and Kris Budden on the call.

A trio of ranked squads are set for ESPN Saturday, as No. 3 Oklahoma kicks off the action at noon against Kansas. The Big 12 battle, this week’s 4K Game of the Week, features Mark Jones, Robert Griffin III and Quint Kessenich calling the action. At 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, No. 23 Pittsburgh clashes with Clemson, as Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge and Molly McGrath provide commentary. The Panthers-Tigers matchup will be supplemented by the AT&T 5G SkyCast on ESPN3 and the ESPN App.

ESPN’s Saturday lineup is rounded out by Tennessee traveling to fourth-ranked Alabama. The matchup is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Radio, with Jason Benetti, Greg McElroy and Katie George on ESPN and Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones and Ian Fitzsimmons on the ESPN Radio call from Tuscaloosa. The Great Clips Command Center and SkyCast viewing option will also be available on ESPN3 and the ESPN App for the primetime presentation.

ESPN2 highlights two conference contests with ranked road squads on Saturday. At noon, No. 2 Cincinnati takes on Navy with Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore and Stormy Buonantony announcing the American Athletic Conference action. At 7:30 p.m., No. 18 NC State flies to South Florida to face off against Miami. Anish Shroff, Mike Golic Jr. and Taylor McGregor will commentate the ACC cross-divisional matchup.

ESPN networks will showcase two early-week games featuring ranked teams, highlighting No. 14 Coastal Carolina and No. 21 SMU. On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., the Chanticleers take on Appalachian State on ESPN2, with Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill and Tiffany Blackmon on the call. Thursday, Matt Barrie, Roddy Jones and Harry Lyles Jr. are on the call for Tulane at the 21st-ranked Mustangs, set for 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Ranked Teams Battle on ESPN Networks illustration by Vaughn Lowery use by 360 Magazine

ESPN × College Football

Week 5 of college football across ESPN networks boasts a baker’s dozen of ranked squads in action, including three of the top four featured in this week’s AP Top 25. Highlighting the schedule this week is an all-SEC tripleheader on ESPN, featuring No. 2 Georgia, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 10 Florida and No. 22 Auburn.

At noon ET, the eighth-ranked Razorbacks head between the hedges to battle the second-ranked Bulldogs featuring Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Holly Rowe on the call, with the AT&T SkyCast available on ESPN3 and the ESPN App. ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot pregame show arrives in Athens on Saturday morning (9 a.m. – noon).

At 6 p.m., the No. 10 Gators look to Lexington and a matchup with undefeated Kentucky as Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky and Kris Budden announce the action. At 9 p.m., No. 22 Auburn is set for a showdown with SEC West foe, LSU. The Tigers vs. Tigers tussle is set for both ESPN and ESPN Radio, with Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy and Katie George live on ESPN and Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones and Ian Fitzsimmons on the radio call in Baton Rouge. Auburn-LSU features a SkyCast viewing option on ESPN3 and the ESPN App.

It’s an action-packed Saturday on ABC with a trio of games set for the spotlight. ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital One features a Big Ten battle between Indiana at No. 4 Penn State at 7:30 p.m. ET, with SkyCast and the Great Clips Command Center available on ESPN3 and the ESPN App. Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge and Molly McGrath are on the TV call, with Marc Kestecher and Ben Hartsock live on ESPN Radio.

Pac-12 action is set for mid-afternoon on ABC, as Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore and Stormy Buonantony call No. 3 Oregon at Stanford at 3:30 p.m. Gilmore returns to his alma mater where he was a two-sport athlete in football and baseball for the Cardinal. At noon, a Lone Star State showdown looms between Texas and TCU, as Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek and Tom Luginbill kick off the day’s action on ABC.

On ESPN2, 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III calls his first game featuring his alma mater, as the No. 21 Baylor Bears take on Big 12 rival Oklahoma State. The 7 p.m. matchup between Baylor and the 19th-ranked Cowboys is this week’s 4K Game of the Week.

Also in primetime, No. 15 Texas A&M hosts Mississippi State at 7 p.m. on SEC Network, with the SEC Saturday Night trio of Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers and Cole Cubelic on the call. At 7:30 p.m., Boston College looks to keep their unbeaten streak going against No. 25 Clemson on ACC Primetime Football, as Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck – a former Eagles quarterback – and Kelsey Riggs announce the action.

Finally, Saturday’s slate concludes with a matchup of undefeated teams in the Big Sky as Montana (3-0) travels to Eastern Washington (4-0). Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman and Tiffany Blackmon have the call at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

Running illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

On Athletics Club (OAC)

On, the fastest growing running brand in the U.S., has announced the debut of its first professional run crew, the On Athletics Club (OAC). Coached by Dathan Ritzenhein, the inaugural roster includes Joe Klecker, Alicia Monson, Leah Falland (O’Connor), Emily Oren, Alicja Konieczek, Carlos Villarreal, Oliver Hoare and George Beamish.

Based in Boulder, Colorado, the team collectively holds two International Gold Medals, 22 NCAA National Titles, 29 NCAA Conference Titles and 43 All-American Honors. Three-time U.S Olympian and NCAA title-holder, Dathan Ritzenhein, will take the helm as the coach of OAC. After recently retiring from competition, Ritzenhein will help build an infrastructure for the club’s ongoing recruitment and developmental program.

“We’ve selected some of the finest athletes in our inaugural roster for the On Athletics Club, including national and international record-holders,” says Olivier Bernhard, On Co-Founder. “Our world-class, founding members include a multi-national group of top ranked athletes from the NCAA who have proven to be among the best in their field. 

Under the tutelage and leadership of our professional management team, OAC is committed to supporting talented and disciplined individuals in their quest to become champions in their sport.  We are excited to announce this significant milestone for our first residential program in talent development that will also bring some unique and exciting content for track fans to follow.”

All eight athletes will be based full-time at the OAC training facility in Boulder, Colorado and will train to compete in national and international competitions throughout the world. On’s Global Sports Marketing Manager, Steve DeKoker, and two-time U.S. Olympian and On’s Sports Marketing Specialist, Andrew Wheating, will join Ritzenhein in managing OAC operations.

Over the next ten months, the OAC team will have their sights set on the Olympic Games in Tokyo for individual representation of their respective nations. The mission for OAC remains to develop and support a group of talented and disciplined individuals in their quest to become champions in their sport.

On August 10, OAC will reveal its Draft Day video production. Created to bring a light-hearted approach to the selection process, the show will spotlight each athlete in a satirical fashion. Draft Day will be hosted by Ryan Fenton, a longstanding figure in the sport and podcast co-host of “Beneath the Grandstands,” and Alex Lohr, one of the best known voices in professional track in the United States.

OAC Founding Member Athletes: 

  • Joe Klecker: University of Colorado graduate, bona fide All-American athlete, PAC-12 Champion, 7-time All -American and 2-time NCAA runner-up in cross country. 
  • Alicia Monson: University of Wisconsin graduate, NCAA indoor 5,000m Champion, Milrose Games Champion and Big Ten record holder in 3,000m.
  • Leah Falland (O’Connor): Michigan State University graduate, captain of the 2014 NCAA Cross Country national championship team and winner of over a dozen Big Ten championship titles. Personal achievements include two-time NCAA Champion for the indoor mile and 3,000m Steeplechase.
  • Emily Oren: Hillsdale College graduate, nine NCAA national titles, a national force in the 3,000m Steeplechase and a Honda Women’s Collegiate Sports Award recipient.
  • Alicja Konieczek: Native of Poland, Western States College graduate, 9 NCAA Championships, ran for Poland’s IAAF World Championships team in 2019 and was the Summer Universiade Gold Medalist.
  • Carlos Villarreal: Native of Mexico, Gold Medalist at the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru, national U-23 Mexican record holder in 1,500m and the first Mexican U-23 to run a mile in under 4 minutes.
  • Oliver “Olli” Hoare: Native of Australia, University of Wisconsin graduate, 1,500m NCAA Champion, eight-time All-American and nine-time Big Ten Champion in Cross Country, indoor and outdoor track.
  • George “Geordie” Beamish: Native of New Zealand, NAU graduate, with personal achievements that include three-time NCAA Cross Country Team Champion and six-time NCAA All-American.

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