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SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (branded for sponsorship purposes as SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ON ABC PRESENTED BY WALMART ) is a weekly presentation of prime time broadcasts of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) college football games that are produced by ESPN
ESPN
, and televised on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC). Games are presented each Saturday evening starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time during the college football regular season (however until ESPN/ABC lost the NASCAR
NASCAR
television rights to NBC Sports Group
NBC Sports Group
in 2015, games were not broadcast during weeks when ABC was scheduled to carry a Saturday nighttime Sprint Cup Series race).

As of 2017 , the primary broadcast team includes play-by-play announcer Chris Fowler and analyst Kirk Herbstreit , with Maria Taylor as sideline reporter. Kevin Negandhi , Mack Brown
Mack Brown
and Booger McFarland host the studio halftime show , as well as brief pre-game and post-game shows. Other ESPN
ESPN
broadcast teams may also occasionally appear for regional (and some national) telecasts.

CONTENTS

* 1 Overview

* 2 Broadcast teams

* 2.1 2006 * 2.2 2007 * 2.3 2008 * 2.4 2009 * 2.5 2010 * 2.6 2011 * 2.7 2012 * 2.8 2013 * 2.9 2014 * 2.10 2015 * 2.11 2016 * 2.12 2017

* 3 Schedules

* 3.1 2006 schedule * 3.2 2007 schedule * 3.3 2008 schedule * 3.4 2009 schedule * 3.5 2010 schedule * 3.6 2011 schedule * 3.7 2012 schedule * 3.8 2013 schedule * 3.9 2014 schedule * 3.10 2015 schedule * 3.11 2016 schedule * 3.12 2017 schedule

* 4 Standings

* 5 Nielsen ratings

* 5.1 Seasonal

* 6 Theme music * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links

OVERVIEW

Saturday Night Football
Saturday Night Football
premiered on September 2, 2006 , with a game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets . While ABC and ESPN
ESPN
have aired college football games on Saturday nights for decades, this program marks the first time that a collegiate sports broadcast has officially been part of any major broadcast television network's primetime schedule.

Twelve weeks of regular season games were televised during the three-month college football season in 2006, 2007 and from 2009 to 2011; the Dr. Pepper
Dr. Pepper
Big 12 Championship Game closing out each season until a conference realignment in which four university football programs left and two others joined the Big 12 Conference
Big 12 Conference
resulted in the Championship Game being discontinued after the 2010 event. With the college football season being extended by one week, ABC televised thirteen weeks of games in 2008, closing with the 2008 Big 12 Championship Game on December 6.

The Advocare Classic (formerly the Cowboys Classic) became the opening game for Saturday Night Football
Saturday Night Football
beginning in 2011; however in 2013, the matchup between the Georgia Bulldogs and Clemson Tigers served as the opening game with the Classic matchup between LSU and TCU being broadcast on ESPN. The Classic served as the opening game for Saturday Night Football
Saturday Night Football
again in 2014 (that year, involving the Florida State Seminoles and Oklahoma State Cowboys ), in 2015 (Alabama Crimson Tide and Wisconsin Badgers ) and in 2016 (Alabama Crimson Tide and USC Trojans ). In 2017, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Alabama Crimson Tide and Florida State Seminoles) will serve as the opening game for Saturday Night Football
Saturday Night Football
(first time since 2010).

Games from the Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference
, the Big 12 Conference
Big 12 Conference
, the Big East Conference , the Big Ten Conference , the Pac-12 Conference the now-defunct Western Athletic Conference
Western Athletic Conference
and the American Athletic Conference have aired on Saturday Night Football, as well as non-conference games in which teams from these conferences were either playing at home or a neutral-site game to which ABC holds the television rights. Only North Carolina State and Virginia (from the ACC), Indiana (from the Big Ten) and Utah (from the Pac-12) have not appeared on Saturday Night Football. All BCS and Power 5 conferences have appeared on Saturday Night Football, as the Southeastern Conference
Southeastern Conference
has had its teams featured in 13 non-conference games. Boise State , Temple , UCONN and Cincinnati are the only Group of 5 teams to be featured on "Saturday Night Football" to date, with the latter two teams being featured when they were members of the BCS-aligned Big East or American Athletic conference.

In recent years, following the loss of some broadcast rights of the Pac-12 Conference
Pac-12 Conference
to Fox Sports in 2012, the Pac-12's Saturday Night Football appearances have been limited to non-conference games, especially home games against Notre Dame and games against the Southeastern Conference, as well as road games against conferences that still have broadcast rights with ABC.

Besides Pac-12 and Big Ten games, ABC makes most of its game broadcast selections or options twelve days prior to the game (with some being made six days beforehand). This allows ABC to 'flex' the most compelling game it has the rights to broadcast into the Saturday Night Football slot. As a result, the Saturday night game is usually ABC's "game of the week". With the loss of the Sprint Cup Series
Sprint Cup Series
to NBC and NBCSN
NBCSN
, Saturday Night Football
Saturday Night Football
will expand its seasonal game schedule full-time to 13 weeks beginning in 2015, starting with the Advocare Classic .

As of the 2016 college football season, all games on ABC are broadcast in the 16:9 letterbox format on both the SD and HD feeds.

As ESPN
ESPN
has signed new contracts with various conferences to produce college football coverage, the network has begun branding its coverage of select conferences to which it has rights. This branding was first seen on SEC broadcasts in 2011, which became the "SEC on ESPN". ACC broadcasts followed suit in 2012 becoming the "ACC on ESPN". Despite the fact that ACC games also air on ABC, the games remain branded as the "ACC on ESPN" regardless of network. In 2016, a new contract brought conference branding to Big Ten telecasts as well, which air on both ESPN
ESPN
and ABC. While Big Ten games that air on ESPN
ESPN
cable channels are branded as the "Big Ten on ESPN", games airing on ABC are now branded as the "Big Ten on ABC". While the program is still officially part of ESPN
ESPN
College Football which is reflected when talent appears on screen, the Big Ten on ABC logo and branding is used for intro, program IDs, and replay wipes. This is the first time any regularly schedule sporting event outside of the National Spelling Bee has carried any ABC branding since 2006.

BROADCAST TEAMS

2006

* Brent Musburger
Brent Musburger
, play-by-play; Kirk Herbstreit and Bob Davie , analysts; and Lisa Salters , sideline reporter.

* Ten games: Notre Dame–Georgia Tech, Ohio State–Texas, Nebraska–USC, Notre Dame–Michigan State, Ohio State–Iowa, Oregon–California, Michigan–Penn State, Oklahoma–Texas A Tim Brant , analyst; and Jack Arute , sideline reporter.

* Three games: USC–Arizona, Nebraska–Iowa State, and UCLA–California.

* Mark Jones , play-by-play; David Norrie , analyst; and Stacey Dales , sideline reporter.

* Two games: Arizona State–USC and Virginia Tech–Miami (Fla.).

* Gary Thorne
Gary Thorne
, play-by-play; Andre Ware , analyst; and Todd Harris , sideline reporter.

* One game: Texas–Kansas State.

* Brad Nessler , play-by-play; Bob Griese
Bob Griese
and Paul Maguire , analysts; and Erin Andrews
Erin Andrews
, sideline reporter.

* One game: California–USC.

* Mike Patrick , play-by-play; Todd Blackledge , analyst; and Holly Rowe , sideline reporter ( ESPN
ESPN
crew).

* One game: Nebraska–Oklahoma (Big 12 Championship Game ).

2007

* Brent Musburger, play-by-play; Kirk Herbstreit, analyst; and Lisa Salters, sideline reporter.

* Eleven games: Tennessee–California, USC–Nebraska, Iowa–Wisconsin, USC–Washington, Ohio State–Purdue, Michigan–Illinois, Ohio State–Penn State, Florida State–Boston College, Kansas–Oklahoma State, Missouri–Kansas, and Oklahoma–Missouri (Big 12 Championship Game ).

* Dan Fouts, play-by-play; Tim Brant, analyst; and Todd Harris, sideline reporter.

* Two games: Washington State–USC and Notre Dame–UCLA.

* Terry Gannon , play-by-play; David Norrie, analyst; and Jeannine Edwards , sideline reporter.

* Two games: Oregon State–USC and USC–California.

* Ron Franklin , play-by-play; Ed Cunningham , analyst; and Jack Arute, sideline reporter.

* One game: Texas A Chris Spielman , analyst; and Quint Kessenich , sideline reporter.

* One game: Boston College–Maryland.

* Brad Nessler, play-by-play; Bob Griese
Bob Griese
and Paul Maguire , analysts; and Bonnie Bernstein
Bonnie Bernstein
, sideline reporter.

* One game: Oklahoma–Texas Tech.

2008

* Brent Musburger, play-by-play; Kirk Herbstreit, analyst; and Lisa Salters, sideline reporter.

* Twelve games: Alabama–Clemson (with Erin Andrews), Ohio State–USC (with Andrews), Georgia–Arizona State, Illinois–Penn State, Missouri–Texas, Penn State–Ohio State, Texas–Texas Tech, Oklahoma State–Texas Tech, Boston College–Florida State, Texas Tech–Oklahoma, Oklahoma–Oklahoma State, and Missouri–Oklahoma (Big 12 Championship Game ).

* Ron Franklin, play-by-play; Ed Cunningham, analyst; and Heather Cox or Jack Arute, sideline reporter.

* Two games: Michigan State–California (with Cox) and Oklahoma State–Colorado (with Arute).

* Sean McDonough , play-by-play; Chris Spielman, analyst; and Rob Stone or Erin Andrews, sideline reporter ( ESPN2
ESPN2
crew).

* Two games: Virginia Tech–Nebraska (with Andrews) and California–USC (with Stone).

* Mike Patrick, play-by-play; Todd Blackledge, analyst; and Holly Rowe, sideline reporter ( ESPN
ESPN
crew).

* One game: Ohio State–Wisconsin.

* Mark Jones , play-by-play; Bob Davie, analyst; and Todd Harris, sideline reporter ( ESPN2
ESPN2
crew).

* One game: Oregon–USC.

2009

* Brent Musburger, play-by-play; Kirk Herbstreit, analyst; and Lisa Salters, sideline reporter.

* Twelve games: Alabama–Virginia Tech, Texas Tech–Texas, Iowa–Penn State, Oklahoma–Miami (Fla.), Michigan–Iowa, Texas–Missouri, USC–Oregon, Connecticut–Cincinnati, Notre Dame–Pittsburgh, Oregon–Arizona, Notre Dame–Stanford, and Texas–Nebraska (Big 12 Championship Game ).

* Mike Patrick, play-by-play; Craig James , analyst; and Heather Cox, sideline reporter.

* Three games: Oregon State–USC, USC–Arizona State, and Texas Tech–Oklahoma State.

* Ron Franklin, play-by-play; Ed Cunningham, analyst; and Shelley Smith , sideline reporter.

* Three games: USC–California (with Smith), Oklahoma–Nebraska, and Kansas–Texas (with Smith).

* Sean McDonough, play-by-play; Matt Millen , analyst; and Holly Rowe, sideline reporter.

* Two games: Texas–Oklahoma State and Georgia–Georgia Tech.

2010

* Brent Musburger, play-by-play; Kirk Herbstreit, analyst; and Erin Andrews, Heather Cox, or Holly Rowe, sideline reporter.

* Ten games: LSU–North Carolina, Oregon State–Boise State, Stanford–Oregon, Florida State–Miami (Fla.) (with Cox), Oklahoma–Missouri, Oregon–USC, Arizona–Stanford, Nebraska–Texas A and Craig James, analyst.

* Four games: USC–Stanford (with Shelley Smith), Ohio State–Minnesota (with Ray Bentley ), Clemson–Florida State (with Jeannine Edwards), and Florida State–Maryland.

* Ron Franklin, play-by-play; and Ed Cunningham, analyst.

* Three games: Texas–Texas Tech (with Jeannine Edwards), Missouri–Texas Tech, and USC–Arizona (with Shelley Smith).

* Sean McDonough, play-by-play; Matt Millen, analyst; and Heather Cox, sideline reporter.

* Two games: Notre Dame–Boston College and Oklahoma State–Texas.

* Brad Nessler, play-by-play; and Todd Blackledge, analyst (ESPN crew).

* Two games: Notre Dame–Michigan State (with Holly Rowe) and Notre Dame–USC (with Shelley Smith).

* Mark Neely , play-by-play; Mike Bellotti and Brock Huard , analysts.

* One game: USC–Oregon State.

2011

* Brent Musburger, play-by-play; Kirk Herbstreit, analyst; and Erin Andrews or Lisa Salters, sideline reporter.

* Seven games: Oregon–LSU, Oklahoma–Florida State, LSU–West Virginia, Nebraska–Wisconsin, Stanford–USC, Kansas State–Oklahoma State (with Salters), and Oregon–Stanford.

* Sean McDonough, play-by-play; Matt Millen, analyst; and Heather Cox or Jeannine Edwards, sideline reporter.

* Two games: Ohio State–Nebraska (with Edwards) and Washington–Stanford (with Cox).

* Mike Patrick, play-by-play; Craig James, analyst; and Jenn Brown , sideline reporter.

* One game: Clemson–Georgia Tech.

* Brad Nessler, play-by-play; Todd Blackledge, analyst; and Holly Rowe, sideline reporter ( ESPN
ESPN
crew).

* One game: Texas Tech–Oklahoma.

* Mark Jones , play-by-play; and Ed Cunningham, analyst ( ESPN2
ESPN2
crew)

* One game: Notre Dame–Wake Forest.

2012

* Brent Musburger, play-by-play; Kirk Herbstreit, analyst; and Heather Cox, sideline reporter.

* Twelve games: Michigan–Alabama, Notre Dame–Michigan State, Clemson–Florida State, Wisconsin–Nebraska, Nebraska–Ohio State, Florida State–Miami, Notre Dame–Oklahoma, Oklahoma State–Kansas State, Notre Dame–Boston College, Stanford–Oregon, and Notre Dame–USC.

* Sean McDonough, play-by-play; Chris Spielman, analyst; and Quint Kessenich, sideline reporter.

* One game: Baylor–Texas.

* Brad Nessler, play-by-play; Todd Blackledge, analyst; and Holly Rowe, sideline reporter ( ESPN
ESPN
crew).

* One game: Texas–Kansas State.

2013

* Brent Musburger, play-by-play; Kirk Herbstreit, analyst; and Heather Cox, sideline reporter.

* Eleven games: Georgia–Clemson, Notre Dame–Purdue, Kansas State–Texas, Wisconsin–Ohio State, Ohio State–Northwestern, Florida State–Clemson, Miami–Florida State, Notre Dame–Pittsburgh, Stanford–USC, Baylor–Oklahoma State, Duke–Florida State.

* Sean McDonough, play-by-play; Chris Spielman, analyst; and Shannon Spake , sideline reporter.

* Two games: Michigan–Connecticut, UCLA–USC.

* Brad Nessler, play-by-play; Todd Blackledge, analyst; and Holly Rowe, sideline reporter ( ESPN
ESPN
crew).

* One game: Penn State–Ohio State.

2014

* Chris Fowler , play-by-play; Kirk Herbstreit, analyst; and Heather Cox, sideline reporter.

* Nine games: Florida State–Oklahoma State, Tennessee–Oklahoma, Clemson–Florida State, Notre Dame–Syracuse, Nebraska–Michigan State, Notre Dame–Florida State, Ohio State–Michigan State, Florida State–Miami, Florida State–Georgia Tech

* Brad Nessler, play-by-play; Todd Blackledge, analyst; and Holly Rowe, sideline reporter ( ESPN
ESPN
crew).

* Three games: Ohio State–Penn State, USC–UCLA, Oregon-Oregon State

* Sean McDonough, play-by-play; Chris Spielman, analyst; and Todd McShay , sideline reporter.

* One game: Illinois–Ohio State

* Bob Wischusen , play-by-play; Matt Millen, analyst; and Quint Kessenich, sideline reporter.

* One game: Oklahoma State–Kansas State

2015

* Chris Fowler or Rece Davis
Rece Davis
, play-by-play; Kirk Herbstreit, analyst; Heather Cox and Tom Rinaldi, sideline reporters.

* Eleven games: Wisconsin–Alabama, Oregon–Michigan State (with Davis), UCLA–Arizona, Notre Dame–Clemson, Miami–Florida State, Penn State–Ohio State, Ohio State–Rutgers, Notre Dame-Temple, Oklahoma-Baylor, Oklahoma-Oklahoma State (with Rinaldi), North Carolina-Clemson (with Rinaldi).

* Brad Nessler, play-by-play; Todd Blackledge, analyst; and Holly Rowe, sideline reporter ( ESPN
ESPN
crew).

* Two games: Minnesota-Ohio State, TCU-Oklahoma

* Sean McDonough, play-by-play; Chris Spielman, analyst; and Todd McShay, sideline reporter.

* One game: Stanford–USC

2016

* Chris Fowler or Rece Davis, play-by-play; Kirk Herbstreit, analyst; Samantha Ponder and Tom Rinaldi, sideline reporters, Jerry Punch and Marty Smith pit reporters (Battle at Bristol only)

* Twelve games: USC-Alabama, Virginia Tech-Tennessee (with Davis, Punch and Smith), Stanford-UCLA, Louisville-Clemson (with Rinaldi), Florida State-Miami, Ohio State-Wisconsin, Ohio State-Penn State, Clemson-Florida State, Nebraska-Ohio State, Michigan-Iowa, Oklahoma-West Virginia, Clemson-Virginia Tech

* Joe Tessitore , play-by-play; Todd Blackledge, analyst; Holly Rowe, sideline reporter ( ESPN
ESPN
crew).

* Two games: USC-Stanford, Florida-Florida State

2017

* Chris Fowler or Rece Davis, play-by-play; Kirk Herbstreit, analyst; Maria Taylor and Tom Rinaldi, sideline reporters

* Two Games: Florida State–Alabama (with Rinaldi), Oklahoma–Ohio State (with Davis)

SCHEDULES

All rankings are from that week's AP Poll .

2006 SCHEDULE

ABC did not air games on either October 21 or October 28 to avoid competing with the World Series .

DATE AWAY HOME NOTES

September 2 #2 Notre Dame 14 Georgia Tech 10 Series Premiere of Saturday Night Football

September 9 #1 Ohio State 24 #2 Texas 7

September 16 #19 Nebraska 10 #4 USC 28

September 23 #12 Notre Dame 40 Michigan State 37 Split-national (79% of the United States)

#3 USC 20 Arizona 3 Split-national (21% of the United States)

September 30 #1 Ohio State 38 #13 Iowa 17

October 7 #11 Oregon 24 #16 California 45 Split-national (62% of the United States)

#22 Nebraska 28 Iowa State 14 Split-national (38% of the United States)

October 14 #4 Michigan 17 Penn State 10 Split-national (79% of the United States)

Arizona State 21 #3 USC 28 Split-national (21% of the United States)

November 4 #18 Oklahoma 17 #21 Texas A&M 16 Split-national (43% of the United States)

#23 Virginia Tech 17 Miami (Fla.) 10 Split-national (38% of the United States, no HD)

UCLA 24 #10 California 38 Split-national (19% of the United States)

November 11 #4 Texas 42 Kansas State 45 Split-national (56% of the United States)

#18 Wake Forest 30 Florida State 0 Split-national (44% of the United States)

November 18 #17 California 9 #4 USC 23

November 25 #6 Notre Dame 24 #3 USC 44

December 2 #19 Nebraska 7 #8 Oklahoma 21 Big 12 Championship Game ( Arrowhead Stadium
Arrowhead Stadium
, Kansas City )

2007 SCHEDULE

ABC did not air games on either September 8 or October 13 due to broadcasts of NASCAR
NASCAR
NEXTEL Cup Series races.

DATE AWAY HOME NOTES

September 1 #15 Tennessee 31 #12 California 45

September 15 #1 USC 49 #14 Nebraska 31

September 22 Washington State 14 #1 USC 47 Split-national (61% of the United States)

Iowa 13 #9 Wisconsin 17 Split-national (39% of the United States)

September 29 #1 USC 27 Washington 24

October 6 #4 Ohio State 23 #23 Purdue 7 Split-national (83% of the United States)

Notre Dame 20 UCLA 6 Split-national (17% of the United States)

October 20 #24 Michigan 27 Illinois 17

October 27 #1 Ohio State 37 #24 Penn State 17

November 3 Florida State 27 #2 Boston College 17 Split-national (62% of the United States)

Texas A&M 14 #5 Oklahoma 42 Split-national (20% of the United States, no HD)

Oregon State 3 #13 USC 24 Split-national (18% of the United States)

November 10 #5 Kansas 43 Oklahoma State 28 Split-national (63% of the United States)

#8 Boston College 35 Maryland 42 Split-national (19% of the United States, no HD)

#12 USC 24 #24 California 17 Split-national (18% of the United States)

November 17 #3 Oklahoma 27 Texas Tech 34

November 24 #3 Missouri 36 #2 Kansas 28 Border Showdown ( Arrowhead Stadium
Arrowhead Stadium
, Kansas City )

December 1 #9 Oklahoma 38 #1 Missouri 17 Big 12 Championship Game ( Alamodome
Alamodome
, San Antonio )

2008 SCHEDULE

ABC did not air games on either September 6 or October 11 due to broadcasts of NASCAR
NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series
Sprint Cup Series
races.

DATE AWAY HOME NOTES

August 30 #24 Alabama 34 #9 Clemson 10 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game ( Georgia Dome
Georgia Dome
, Atlanta
Atlanta
) Split-national (74% of the United States)

Michigan State 31 California 38 Split-national (26% of the United States)

September 13 #5 Ohio State 3 #1 USC 35

September 20 #3 Georgia 27 Arizona State 10

September 27 #22 Illinois 24 #12 Penn State 38 Split-national (70% of the United States)

Virginia Tech 35 Nebraska 30 Split-national (30% of the United States)

October 4 #14 Ohio State 20 #18 Wisconsin 17 Split-national (63% of the United States)

#23 Oregon 10 #9 USC 44 Split-national (37% of the United States)

October 18 #11 Missouri 31 #1 Texas 56

October 25 #3 Penn State 13 #10 Ohio State 6

November 1 #1 Texas 33 #6 Texas Tech 39

November 8 #8 Oklahoma State 20 #2 Texas Tech 56 Split-national (82% of the United States)

#21 California 3 #7 USC 17 Split-national (18% of the United States)

November 15 Boston College 27 #20 Florida State 17 Split-national (80% of the United States)

#11 Oklahoma State 30 Colorado 17 Split-national (20% of the United States)

November 22 #2 Texas Tech 21 #5 Oklahoma 65

November 29 #3 Oklahoma 61 #11 Oklahoma State 41

December 6 #19 Missouri 21 #4 Oklahoma 62 Big 12 Championship Game ( Arrowhead Stadium
Arrowhead Stadium
, Kansas City )

2009 SCHEDULE

ABC did not air games on either September 12 or October 17 due to broadcasts of NASCAR
NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series
Sprint Cup Series
races.

DATE AWAY HOME NOTES

September 5 #5 Alabama 34 #7 Virginia Tech 24 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game ( Georgia Dome
Georgia Dome
, Atlanta
Atlanta
)

September 19 Texas Tech 24 #2 Texas 34

September 26 Iowa 21 #5 Penn State 10

October 3 #8 Oklahoma 20 #17 Miami (Fla.) 21 Split-national (81% of the United States)

#7 USC 30 #24 California 3 Split-national (19% of the United States)

October 10 Michigan 28 #12 Iowa 30

October 24 #3 Texas 41 Missouri 7 Split-national (81% of the United States)

Oregon State 36 #4 USC 42 Split-national (19% of the United States)

October 31 #4 USC 20 #10 Oregon 47 Split-national (54% of the United States, with SD reverse mirror on ESPN2)

#3 Texas 41 #13 Oklahoma State 14 Split-national (46% of the United States, with SD reverse mirror on ESPN2) This marked the first time that the "reverse mirror" was used in primetime

November 7 Connecticut 45 #4 Cincinnati 47 Split-national (46% of the United States)

#20 Oklahoma 3 Nebraska 10 Split-national (35% of the United States)

#12 USC 14 Arizona State 9 Split-national (19% of the United States)

November 14 Notre Dame 22 #8 Pittsburgh 27 Split-national (83% of the United States)

Texas Tech 17 #17 Oklahoma State 24 Split-national (17% of the United States)

November 21 #11 Oregon 44 Arizona 41 (2OT) Split-national (65% of the United States)

Kansas 20 #3 Texas 51 Split-national (35% of the United States)

November 28 Notre Dame 38 Stanford 45 Split-national (74% of the United States, with SD reverse mirror on ESPN2)

Georgia 30 #7 Georgia Tech 24 Split-national (26% of the United States, with reverse mirror on ESPN2)

December 5 #3 Texas 13 #21 Nebraska 12 Big 12 Championship Game ( Cowboys Stadium
Cowboys Stadium
, Arlington, Texas
Arlington, Texas
)

2010 SCHEDULE

ABC did not air games on either September 11 or October 16 due to broadcasts of NASCAR
NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series
Sprint Cup Series
races.

DATE AWAY HOME NOTES

September 4 #21 LSU 30 #18 North Carolina 24 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game ( Georgia Dome
Georgia Dome
, Atlanta
Atlanta
)

September 18 #6 Texas 24 Texas Tech 14 Split-national (54% of the United States, with SD reverse mirror on ESPN2)

Notre Dame 31 Michigan State 34 (OT) Split-national (46% of the United States, with reverse mirror on ESPN2)

September 25 #24 Oregon State 24 #3 Boise State 37

October 2 #9 Stanford 31 #4 Oregon 52 Split-national (53% of the United States, with SD reverse mirror on ESPN2)

Notre Dame 31 Boston College 13 Split-national (47% of the United States)

October 9 #23 Florida State 45 #13 Miami (Fla.) 17 Split-national (79% of the United States)

USC 35 #16 Stanford 37 Split-national (21% of the United States)

October 23 #3 Oklahoma 27 #18 Missouri 36

October 30 #1 Oregon 53 #24 USC 32 Split-national (79% of the United States)

#10 Ohio State 52 Minnesota 10 Split-national (21% of the United States)

November 6 #13 Arizona 17 #10 Stanford 42 Split-national (82% of the United States)

#14 Missouri 17 Texas Tech 24 Split-national (18% of the United States)

November 13 #12 Oklahoma State 33 Texas 16 Split-national (61% of the United States)

Clemson 13 Florida State 16 Split-national (20% of the United States)

USC 24 #18 Arizona 21 Split-national (19% of the United States)

November 20 #9 Nebraska 6 #18 Texas A&M 9 Split-national (53% of the United States)

Florida State 30 Maryland 16 Split-national (28% of the United States)

#20 USC 7 Oregon State 36 Split-national (19% of the United States)

November 27 #14 Oklahoma 47 #10 Oklahoma State 41 Split-national (54% of the United States)

Notre Dame 20 USC 16 Split-national (46% of the United States)

December 4 #10 Oklahoma 23 #13 Nebraska 20 Big 12 Championship Game ( Cowboys Stadium
Cowboys Stadium
, Arlington, Texas
Arlington, Texas
)

2011 SCHEDULE

NOTES:

* 1) ABC did not air games on either September 10 or October 15 due to broadcasts of NASCAR
NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series
Sprint Cup Series
races. * 2) Many of the markets scheduled to receive the Texas Tech–Oklahoma game on October 22 instead saw Washington–Stanford, as a thunderstorm delayed the start of the former game, and most affiliates stuck with the latter even after the storm cleared.

DATE AWAY HOME NOTES

September 3 #3 Oregon 27 #4 LSU 40 Cowboys Classic Cowboys Stadium
Cowboys Stadium
( Arlington, Texas
Arlington, Texas
)

September 17 #1 Oklahoma 23 #5 Florida State 13

September 24 #2 LSU 47 #16 West Virginia 21

October 1 #8 Nebraska 17 #7 Wisconsin 48

October 8 Ohio State 27 #14 Nebraska 34

October 22 Texas Tech 41 #3 Oklahoma 38 Split-national

#22 Washington 21 #7 Stanford 65 Split-national

October 29 #4 Stanford 56 #20 USC 48 (3OT) Split-national

#6 Clemson 17 Georgia Tech 31 Split-national

November 5 #17 Kansas State 45 #3 Oklahoma State 52 Split-national (with reverse mirror on ESPN2)

Notre Dame 24 Wake Forest 17 Split-national (with reverse mirror on ESPN2)

November 12 #6 Oregon 53 #3 Stanford 30

November 19 #18 USC 38 #4 Oregon 35 Split-national

#5 Oklahoma 38 #25 Baylor 45 Split-national

November 26 #22 Notre Dame 14 #4 Stanford 28

December 3 #13 Oklahoma 10 #3 Oklahoma State 44

2012 SCHEDULE

ABC did not air Games on either September 8 or October 13 due to broadcasts of NASCAR
NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series
Sprint Cup Series
races.

DATE AWAY HOME NOTES

September 1 #8 Michigan 14 #2 Alabama 41 Cowboys Classic (held at Cowboys Stadium
Cowboys Stadium
, Arlington, Texas
Arlington, Texas
)

September 15 #20 Notre Dame 20 #10 Michigan State 3

September 22 #10 Clemson 37 #4 Florida State 49

September 29 Wisconsin 27 #22 Nebraska 30

October 6 #21 Nebraska 38 #12 Ohio State 63

October 20 #12 Florida State 33 Miami 20 Split-national

Baylor 50 #25 Texas 56 Split-national

October 27 #5 Notre Dame 30 #8 Oklahoma 13

November 3 #24 Oklahoma State 30 #2 Kansas State 44

November 10 #4 Notre Dame 21 Boston College 6

November 17 #13 Stanford 17 #1 Oregon 14 (OT)

November 24 #1 Notre Dame 22 USC 13

December 1 #18 Texas 24 #6 Kansas State 42

2013 SCHEDULE

ABC did not air Games on either September 7 or October 12 due to broadcasts of NASCAR
NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series
Sprint Cup Series
races.

DATE AWAY HOME NOTES

August 31 #5 Georgia 35 #8 Clemson 38

September 14 #21 Notre Dame 31 Purdue 24

September 21 #15 Michigan 24 Connecticut 21 Split-national

Kansas State 21 Texas 31 Split-national

September 28 #23 Wisconsin 24 #4 Ohio State 31

October 5 #4 Ohio State 40 #16 Northwestern 30

October 19 #5 Florida State 51 #3 Clemson 14

October 26 Penn State 14 #4 Ohio State 63

November 2 #7 Miami 14 #3 Florida State 41

November 9 #24 Notre Dame 21 Pittsburgh 28

November 16 #5 Stanford 17 USC 20

November 23 #4 Baylor 17 #12 Oklahoma State 49

November 30 #22 UCLA 35 #23 USC 14

December 7 #22 Duke 7 #1 Florida State 45 ACC Championship Game ( Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
)

2014 SCHEDULE

ABC did not air games on either September 6 or October 11 due to broadcasts of NASCAR
NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series
Sprint Cup Series
races.

DATE AWAY HOME NOTES

August 30 #1 Florida State 37 Oklahoma State 31 Cowboys Classic

September 13 Tennessee 10 #4 Oklahoma 34

September 20 #22 Clemson 17 #1 Florida State 23 (OT)

September 27 #8 Notre Dame 31 Syracuse 15

October 4 #19 Nebraska 22 #10 Michigan State 27

October 18 #5 Notre Dame 27 #2 Florida State 31

October 25 #13 Ohio State 31 Penn State 24 (2OT)

November 1 Illinois 14 #13 Ohio State 55 Split-national (78% of the United States)

Oklahoma State 14 #11 Kansas State 48 Split-national (22% of the United States)

November 8 #13 Ohio State 49 #7 Michigan State 37

November 15 #3 Florida State 30 Miami 26

November 22 USC 20 #11 UCLA 38

November 29 #3 Oregon 47 Oregon State 19

December 6 #2 Florida State 37 #12 Georgia Tech 35 ACC Championship Game

2015 SCHEDULE

DATE AWAY HOME NOTES

September 5 #20 Wisconsin 17 #3 Alabama 35 Advocare Classic

September 12 #7 Oregon 28 #5 Michigan State 31

September 19 Stanford 41 #6 USC 31

September 26 #9 UCLA 56 #16 Arizona 30

October 3 #6 Notre Dame 22 #12 Clemson 24

October 10 Miami 24 #12 Florida State 29

October 17 Penn State 10 #1 Ohio State 38

October 24 #1 Ohio State 49 Rutgers 7

October 31 #9 Notre Dame 24 #21 Temple 20

November 7 Minnesota 14 #1 Ohio State 28

November 14 #12 Oklahoma 44 #4 Baylor 34

November 21 #11 TCU 29 #7 Oklahoma 30

November 28 #5 Oklahoma 58 #9 Oklahoma State 23

December 5 #8 North Carolina 37 #1 Clemson 45 2015 ACC Championship Game
2015 ACC Championship Game

2016 SCHEDULE

DATE AWAY HOME NOTES

September 3 #20 USC 6 #1 Alabama 52 Advocare Classic

September 10 Virginia Tech 24 #17 Tennessee 45 Battle at Bristol

September 17 USC 10 #7 Stanford 27

September 24 #7 Stanford 22 UCLA 13

October 1 #3 Louisville 36 #5 Clemson 42

October 8 #23 Florida State 20 #10 Miami 19

October 15 #2 Ohio State 30 #8 Wisconsin 23 (OT)

October 22 #2 Ohio State 21 Penn State 24

October 29 #3 Clemson 37 #12 Florida State 34

November 5 #9 Nebraska 3 #6 Ohio State 62

November 12 #3 Michigan 13 Iowa 14

November 19 #8 Oklahoma 56 #10 West Virginia 28

November 26 #13 Florida 13 #15 Florida State 31

December 3 #3 Clemson 42 #19 Virginia Tech 35 2016 ACC Championship Game

2017 SCHEDULE

DATE AWAY HOME NOTES

September 2 #3 Florida State 7 #1 Alabama 24 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

September 9 Oklahoma Ohio State

September 16 Miami Florida State

September 23 TBD TBD TBD

September 30 TBD TBD TBD

October 7 TBD TBD TBD

October 14 TBD TBD TBD

October 21 TBD TBD TBD

October 28 TBD TBD TBD

November 4 TBD TBD TBD

November 11 TBD TBD TBD

November 18 TBD TBD TBD

November 25 TBD TBD TBD

December 2 TBD TBD TBD

STANDINGS

TEAM APPEARANCES WINS LOSSES WIN PCT.

Alabama 5 5 0 1.000

LSU 3 3 0 1.000

Georgia 3 2 1 .667

Boise State 1 1 0 1.000

Cincinnati 1 1 0 1.000

Pittsburgh 2 2 0 1.000

Florida State 21 17 4 .810

Ohio State 16 13 3 .813

Southern California 31 19 12 .613

Stanford 13 10 3 .769

Kansas State 6 4 2 .667

Virginia Tech 4 2 2 .500

Notre Dame 21 13 8 .619

Texas 14 10 4 .714

Michigan 5 3 2 .600

Oklahoma 22 14 8 .636

Oregon 12 6 6 .500

Texas Tech 9 5 4 .556

Oklahoma State 15 6 9 .400

California 8 4 4 .500

Iowa 4 2 2 .500

Baylor 4 1 3 .250

Maryland 2 1 1 .500

Wake Forest 2 1 1 .500

Michigan State 7 3 4 .429

Wisconsin 6 2 4 .333

Georgia Tech 3 1 3 .250

Kansas 3 1 2 .333

Miami (FL) 8 1 7 .125

Texas A Series low: 3.7 million viewers

SEASONAL

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Saturday Night Football
Saturday Night Football
on ABC .

SEASON EPISODES TIMESLOT SEASON PREMIERE SEASON FINALE TV SEASON Season rank Viewers (in millions)

1ST 18 Saturday 8:00 September 2, 2006 December 2, 2006 2006–2007 #97 7.6

2ND 18 September 1, 2007 December 1, 2007 2007–2008 #121 6.2

3RD 18 August 30, 2008 December 6, 2008 2008–2009 #61 8.3

4TH 20 September 5, 2009 December 5, 2009 2009–2010 #78 6.3

5TH 22 September 4, 2010 December 4, 2010 2010–2011 #95 6.0

6TH 16 September 3, 2011 December 3, 2011 2011–2012 #88 6.4

7TH 14 September 1, 2012 December 1, 2012 2012–2013 #66 6.9

8TH 14 August 31, 2013 December 7, 2013 2013–2014 #82 5.6

9TH 14 August 30, 2014 December 6, 2014 2014–2015 #88 6.4

10TH 14 September 5, 2015 December 5, 2015 2015–2016 #92 5.2

11TH 14 September 3, 2016 December 3, 2016 2016–2017 #67 6.0

12TH 14 September 2, 2017 December 2, 2017 2017–2018 TBD TBA

THEME MUSIC

At the time the Saturday night package began in 2006, ABC Sports was integrated with ESPN, resulting in ESPN
ESPN
production concepts being applied to ABC-televised sports events. As a result, during the 2006 and 2007 seasons, the theme music used for the ESPN
ESPN
College Football and College GameDay broadcasts was used on ABC's college football telecasts – including Saturday Night Football
Saturday Night Football
– with the exception in both years being the Rose Bowl , during which it used the bowl game version of the network's 1998-2005 sports theme (a cut that had traditionally been used in broadcast intros). Saturday Night Football games began using the bowl version of the 1998-2005 theme as well in 2008, continuing through the 2010 BCS National Championship Game .

The intro theme was updated in 2011, with the main theme music being changed to a different cut of the 1998-2005 bowl game theme (one that had usually been used during studio shows in the past). Bowl Championship Series games aired on ESPN
ESPN
during this period were produced identically to Saturday Night Football
Saturday Night Football
productions, and used this same theme music arrangement.

In 2013, the theme for all college football telecasts on both ESPN and ABC was changed to a heavily updated version of yet another one of ABC's 1998-2005 themes (this one had usually been used for intro teasers in the past). However, unlike previous SNF themes, this theme was a completely new recording, using the tune of the 1998-2005 song as the base.

In 2015, ABC began using the same theme used by all ESPN
ESPN
college football productions since the 2014-15 New Years' Six bowl games.

SEE ALSO

* College GameDay * College Football Final * College Football Scoreboard * ESPN
ESPN
College Football Thursday Primetime * ESPN
ESPN
College Football Saturday Primetime * ESPN2
ESPN2
College Football Saturday Primetime * College Football on ABC
College Football on ABC

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* ^ "Final 2009-10 Broadcast Primetime Show Average Viewership". TV by the Numbers . June 16, 2010. * ^ "2010-11 Season Broadcast Primetime Show Viewership Averages". TV by the Numbers. June 1, 2011. * ^ "Complete List of 2011-12 Season TV Show Viewership: \'Sunday Night Football\' Tops, Followed by \'American Idol,\' \'NCIS\', \'Dancing with the Stars\'". TV by the Numbers. May 24, 2012. * ^ "Complete List of 2012-13 Season TV Show Viewership: \'Sunday Night Football\' Tops, Followed by \'NCIS,\' \'The Big Bang Theory,\' \'NCIS: Los Angeles\'". TV by the Numbers. May 29, 2013. * ^ "2013-14 TV Season Series Rankings". Deadline.com . May 2014. * ^ http://deadline.com/2015/05/2014-15-full-tv-season-ratings-shows-rankings-1201431167/ * ^ http://deadline.com/2016/05/tv-season-2015-2016-series-rankings-shows-full-list-1201763189/ * ^ http://deadline.com/2017/05/tv–season–2016–2017–series–rankings–shows–full–list–1202102340/

EXTERNAL LINKS

* Grossman, Ben (May 16, 2006). "ABC Fields Team for College Ball Game". Broadcasting & Cable . Retrieved October 26, 2007. * "ABC to Broadcast 12 prime-time Saturday Games". ESPN.com news services. May 17, 2006. Retrieved September 7, 2006. * Sarzniak, Matt (2005–2010). "Matt\'s College Sports on TV Website". Retrieved October 26, 2007.

Weekly listings for the 2006 through 2010 college football seasons

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