August 6, 2012

2012 ESPN College Football Announcer Pairings

I saw this ESPN press release this morning and completely forgot that college football is about to start around the corner (along with the NFL). The Olympics and MLB have taken my mind off the thought that yeah we're less than a month away from college football. Anyway here are the 2012 ESPN college football announcer pairings.

Let's go over the changes first:

-Chris Spielman is replacing Matt Millen as Sean McDonough's partner for the ABC afternoon games.

-Brian Griese will replace Spielman with Dave Pasch for the ESPN morning game.

-Millen will work with Joe Tessitore on a select Primetime package on ESPN

-Carter Blackburn will replace Tessitore on Friday nights.

-Ed Cunningham will now work with Mike Patrick on ABC afternoon games

-Danny Kanell (who used to work with Pam Ward, RIP Pammy's college football days) will also move to the ABC afternoon games with Bob Wischusen*.

*If you're counting at home. All three ABC afternoon games have new analysts.

-David Pollack replaces Craig James on the Thursday night game to work alongside Rece Davis and Jesse Palmer

-Joey Galloway will work the ESPN 2 Noon crappy Big Ten game with Beth Mowins.

- A new team of Tom Hart and John Congemi will now call the ESPNU noon game.

- Brock Huard replaces Bob Davie on the ESPN2 night game with Mark Jones.

-Matt Stinchcomb will call the ESPNU primetime game with Clay Matvick

I feel bad for Joe Tessitore. He's a genuinely good announcer and now he's stuck with Millen. I also feel bad for Cunningham who is  now stuck with Mike Patrick. I feel good for McDonough who doesn't have to work with Millen anymore. I don't care much for Blackburn so I don't know how much of the Friday night games I'll watch now. It's nice seeing a Griese with Pasch again on the morning game.

Also of note this is going to be weird not having Pam in our lives. Pam Ward has been a part of my life since 2006 when I really started following college football in a hardcore way. She was soooooooo bad she was good. RIP Pammy.

Here's the master schedule of announcers:

Game TelecastPlay-by-playAnalystReporter
Saturday Night Football (on ABC)Brent MusburgerKirk HerbstreitTBA
ESPN College Football Primetime (Saturday)Brad NesslerTodd BlackledgeHolly Rowe
ESPN Saturday Prime TimeJoe TessitoreMatt MillenJessica Mendoza, Shelley Smith or Shannon Spake
ESPN2 College Football Primetime(Saturday)Mark JonesBrock HuardJessica Mendoza or Shelley Smith
ESPNU Saturday Prime TimeClay MatvickMatt StinchcombAllison Williams
ESPN College Football Primetime(Thursday)Rece DavisJesse Palmer and David PollackSamantha Steele
ESPN and ESPN2 FridayCarter BlackburnRod GilmoreJemele Hill
ABC Saturday AfternoonSean McDonoughChris SpielmanQuint Kessenich
ABC Saturday AfternoonMike PatrickEd CunninghamJeannine Edwards
ABC Saturday AfternoonBob WischusenDanny KanellMaria Taylor
ESPN College Football (Saturday afternoon)Dave PaschBrian GrieseJenn Brown
ESPN2 College Football (Saturday afternoon)Beth MowinsJoey Galloway 
ESPNU Saturday AfternoonTom HartJohn Congemi 
ESPNU Saturday AfternoonAnish ShrofDan Hawkins 
ESPNU Thursday (HBCU)Joe DavisJay Walker 
ESPNU Late Saturday (HBCU)Joe DavisJay Walker 
ESPN RadioBill RosinskiDavid NorrieJoe Schad
SEC Network (ESPN Regional Television syndicated games)Dave NealAndre WareCara Capuano
BIG EAST Network (ESPN Regional Television syndicated games)Eamon McAnaneyDavid Diaz-InfantePaul Carcaterra

(Via the ESPN Media Zone)


  1. McDonough & Spielman were really good together on the ESPN Friday night games a few years back.

  2. I just realized I have no idea what Tess/Millen will be calling? I'm guessing it will be a regional coverage deal.

    1. Seems like all of those distinctions get muddled(other than Pasch on the early Saturday game) once the season starts anyway.

  3. Lose the women football announcer that is currently at the C.Florida vs. Ohio State Football game this Saturday afternoon on ESPN2. It is very annoying to hear a women call the plays! I mute my TV so I do not have to hear her.