The series is an expansion from last year's schedule of four Saturday primetime games, which included Texas' riveting 25-22 comeback at Ohio State. Each telecast will begin at 7 p.m. (Central Time). Coverage will kick off September 2 with Notre Dame at Georgia Tech and be followed, September 9, with Fiesta Bowl champ Ohio State at the defending National Champion Texas.
Even without Texas QB Vince Young and all three starting Ohio State linebackers from the 2005 tilt, both programs are projected as top-five pre-season teams. Texas could, conceivably, be featured in four other prime time games this season. The series will include the Big 12 Championship Game (in Kansas City) as well as three split-national telecasts involving a Big 12 school to be determined 12 days before the scheduled kickoff.
Matchups from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac-10 as well as Notre Dame will be offered each week. Similar to ABC Sports' Saturday afternoon coverage, select ABC Saturday Night College Football broadcasts will feature split-national coverage with multiple games in one window. Much of the schedule has been determined, and additional games from the Big 12, ACC or BIG EAST- where a 12-day selection is permitted for primetime games will be chosen during the season.
ABC Saturday Night College Football will be hosted by commentator Brent Musburger and analyst Bob Davie. They will be joined by ESPN College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit on certain weeks. (Herbstreit's presence in the ABC Saturday Night College Football booth will depend on the College GameDay site, which will continue to originate from the day's best game and be selected on a week-to-week basis)
In addition to the Texas-Ohio State showdown, the schedule highlights of announced games include Notre Dame at USC, Nebraska at USC and Michigan at Penn Stae. This year's primetime schedule does not include games on October 21 and 28.
2006 ABC SATURDAY NIGHT COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Date Time (CT) Game
Sept. 2 - 7 p.m. Notre Dame at Georgia Tech
Sept. 9 - 7 p.m. Ohio State at Texas
Sept. 16 - 7 p.m. Nebraska at USC
Sept. 23 - 7 p.m. Notre Dame at Michigan State, USC at Arizona
Sept. 30 - 7 p.m. Ohio State at Iowa or Michigan at Minnesota*
Oct. 7 - 7 p.m. Oregon at California, ACC, Big 12 or BIG EAST (12-day selection)
Oct. 14 - 7 p.m. Michigan at Penn State, Arizona State at USC
Nov. 4 - 7 p.m. UCLA at California, ACC, Big 12 or BIG EAST (12-day selection)
Nov. 11 - 7 p.m. ACC, Big 12 or BIG EAST (12-day selection)
Nov. 18 - 7 p.m. California at USC, ACC, Big 12 or BIG EAST (12-day selection)
Nov. 25 - 7 p.m. Notre Dame at USC
Dec. 2 - 7 p.m. Big 12 Championship Game
Windows with multiple games will be split national telecasts
* One game will be on ABC and the other in prime time on ESPN or ESPN2