ESPN releases CFB commentator line-up (Erin Andrews is relevant!)


Erin Andrews Pat White

I’ve said it a few times, but it really can’t be said enough: I CAN’T WAIT FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL TO START. This blog will basically become devoted to college football once the season starts. Spring practice is over, teams are really getting into the rough practices and ESPN is releasing their commentator line-ups for the upcoming season.

Hold on, I need to grab some tissues. I’m excited.

Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Lisa Salters will once again be working ABCs Saturday Night Football which could obviously be predicted. Musburger is an absolute champ in the box and I don’t really mind Herbstreit all that much unless I’ve been playing NCAA Football for 10 hours and have to listen to his voice over and over. Musburger needs to be in that game by the way. I don’t think I could ever get bored of his voice. Salters isn’t a problem for me, it’s mostly just the idea of a sideline reporter and their uselessness (unless it’s Ms. Andrews, of course). They ask stupid questions and it annoys the hell out of me.

Mizzou is playing Nebraska October 8th, which means I’ll be able to watch four hours of Erin Andrews walking up and down the sideline at Faurot Field. Oh yeah, and Chris Fowler, Craig James and Jesse Palmer will be in the booth every Thursday as well. It’s a give and take type of thing but I still think I’m coming out on the long end of the stick. Last year she wore hot leather pants (NO PICS! poo) so she has to out-do herself this year. My suggestion: nothing.

ESPN has continued to make Matt Millen-esque mistakes by making Matt Millen an in-studio analyst on Saturdays in addition to his work on the WWLs NFL coverage. He’ll also be the analyst with Sean McDonough on the ABC Saturday afternoon game. I call bullshit as to why Ron Franklin and Ed Cunningham got snubbed on the ABC or ESPN afternoon telecast. ME NOT HAPPY!

Brad Nessler (whose voice also graces EA’s NCAA Football) will continue his work on Saturday nights in the prime-time spot with Todd Blackledge and Erin Andrews (HELL YEAH!). My preference is to not let every GD former quarterback in the booth after mediocre professional careers and I’m sure ESPN could have found someone that was a qualified journalist/professional commentator. Blackledge just seems boring to me and tells lame stories that he’s the first (and sometimes only) to laugh at.

The rest of the line-ups are somewhat boring and I don’t find it necessary to spell out the mid-day commentators for you.

ESPN will also be adding new casts for their coverage of the SEC, including Rob Stone, the jack of no trades. Is this a prank? They buy the rights to the conference and put Rob Stone on the telecast. Seriously? Seriously.

Oh yeah, Lou “I-FINK-NOTER-DAME-VILL-GO-UNDEPHEATED” Holtz is coming back. What’s wrong with this world?

And just for reference, here is the full line-up without having to fuel the beast with hits on an ESPN website. Take that! And that! And… oh wait, I’m giving them publicity. Damn.

Saturday Night Football (on ABC)
Brent Musburger
Kirk Herbstreit
Lisa Salters

ESPN College Football Primetime (Saturday)
Brad Nessler
Todd Blackledge
Erin Andrews

ESPN2 College Football Primetime (Saturday)
Mark Jones
Bob Davie

ESPNU SEC Saturday primetime
Eric Collins
Brock Huard

ESPN College Football Primetime (Thursday)
Chris Fowler
Craig James
Jesse Palmer
Erin Andrews

ABC Saturday Afternoon
Sean McDonough
Matt Millen
Holly Rowe

ABC Saturday Afternoon
Mike Patrick
Craig James
Heather Cox

ABC or ESPN Saturday Afternoon
Ron Franklin
Ed Cunningham

ESPN College Football (Saturday afternoons)
Dave Pasch
Bob Griese and Chris Spielman

ESPN2 College Football (Saturday afternoon)
Pam Ward
Ray Bentley

ESPNU Saturday noon
Clay Matvick
David Diaz-Infante

ESPNU Saturday afternoon
Todd Harris
Charles Arbuckle

ESPNU late Saturday
Carter Blackburn
TBD

ESPN and ESPN2 Fridays and select ABC Saturdays
Joe Tessitore
Rod Gilmore

ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 Saturdays and select Fridays
Terry Gannon
David Norrie

ESPN and ESPN2 midweek games
Rece Davis
Mark May and Lou Holtz
Rob Stone

ESPNU Thursday
Charlie Neal
Jay Walker

ESPN Radio games
Bill Rosinski
Dennis Franchione
Joe Schad

SEC Network (ESPN Regional Television syndicated games)
Dave Neal
Andre Ware
Cara Capuano

BIG EAST Network (ESPN Regional Television syndicated games)
Mike Gleason
John Congemi
Quint Kessinich

ESPN Regional Television MAC Syndication
Michael Reghi
Doug Chapman

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