Saturday Night Football

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For further information on ABC's college football coverage, see ESPN College Football on ABC.
Saturday Night Football
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Saturday Night Football logo
Genre College football telecasts
Presented by Chris Fowler
Kirk Herbstreit
Heather Cox
John Saunders
Danny Kanell
Mack Brown
Brent Musburger (2006–2013)
Lisa Salters (2006–2009)
Erin Andrews (2010–2011)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 112
Production
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 210 minutes or until game ends
Production company(s) ESPN
Release
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original release September 2, 2006 (2006-09-02) – present
Chronology
Related shows ESPN College Football on ABC

Saturday Night Football (branded for sponsorship purposes as Saturday Night Football on ABC presented by Wells Fargo) is a weekly presentation of prime time broadcasts of NCAA Division I FBS college football games that are produced by 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 television rights to 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 2014, the primary broadcast team includes play-by-play announcer Chris Fowler and analyst Kirk Herbstreit, with Heather Cox as sideline reporter. John Saunders, Danny Kanell and Mack Brown host the studio halftime show, as well as brief pre-game and post-game shows. Other ESPN broadcast teams may also occasionally appear for regional (and some national) telecasts.

Overview[edit]

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 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 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 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 Cowboys Classic became the opening game for Saturday Night Football beginning in 2009; however in 2013, the Cowboys Classic matchup between the Georgia Bulldogs and Clemson Tigers served as the opening game. The Classic served as the opening game for Saturday Night Football again in 2014 (that year, involving the Florida State Seminoles and Oklahoma State Cowboys).

Games from the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big 12 Conference, the Big East Conference, the Big Ten Conference, the Pacific-12 Conference and the Western 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, Virginia, Louisville (from the ACC), Rutgers, Indiana (from the Big Ten) and Utah (from the Pac-12) have not appeared on Saturday Night Football. All BCS conferences have appeared on Saturday Night Football, as the Southeastern Conference has had its teams featured in eight non-conference games. Boise State is the only non-BCS school to be featured to date.

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 to NBC and NBCSN, Saturday Night Football will expand its seasonal game schedule full-time to 13 weeks beginning in 2015, starting with the Cowboys Classic; a bye week will also be included in October to avoid competing with Fox Sports' coverage of the World Series.

Broadcast teams[edit]

2006[edit]

2007[edit]

2008[edit]

  • Brent Musburger, play-by-play; Kirk Herbstreit, analyst; and Lisa Salters, sideline reporter.
    • Twelve games: Alabama–Clemson (with Erin Andrews),[37] Ohio State–USC (with Andrews),[38] Georgia–Arizona State (with Andrews),[39] Illinois–Penn State,[40] Missouri–Texas,[41] Penn State–Ohio State,[42] Texas–Texas Tech,[43] Oklahoma State–Texas Tech,[44] Boston College–Florida State,[45] Texas Tech–Oklahoma,[46] Oklahoma–Oklahoma State,[47] and Missouri–Oklahoma (Big 12 Championship Game).[48]
  • Ron Franklin, play-by-play; Ed Cunningham, analyst; and Heather Cox or Jack Arute, sideline reporter.
    • Two games: Michigan State–California (with Cox)[49] and Oklahoma State–Colorado (with Arute).[50]
  • Sean McDonough, play-by-play; Chris Spielman, analyst; and Rob Stone or Erin Andrews, sideline reporter (ESPN2 crew).
    • Two games: Virginia Tech–Nebraska (with Andrews)[51] and California–USC (with Stone).[52]
  • Mike Patrick, play-by-play; Todd Blackledge, analyst; and Holly Rowe, sideline reporter (ESPN crew).
    • One game: Ohio State–Wisconsin.[53]
  • Mark Jones, play-by-play; Bob Davie, analyst; and Todd Harris, sideline reporter (ESPN2 crew).
    • One game: Oregon–USC.[54]

2009[edit]

  • Brent Musburger, play-by-play; Kirk Herbstreit, analyst; and Lisa Salters, sideline reporter.
  • Mike Patrick, play-by-play; Craig James, analyst; and Heather Cox, sideline reporter.
    • Three games: Oregon State–USC,[67] USC–Arizona State,[68] and Texas Tech–Oklahoma State.[69]
  • Ron Franklin, play-by-play; Ed Cunningham, analyst; and Shelley Smith, sideline reporter.
    • Three games: USC–California (with Smith),[70] Oklahoma–Nebraska,[71] and Kansas–Texas (with Smith).[72]
  • Sean McDonough, play-by-play; Matt Millen, analyst; and Holly Rowe, sideline reporter.
    • Two games: Texas–Oklahoma State[73] and Georgia–Georgia Tech.[74]

2010[edit]

  • Brent Musburger, play-by-play; Kirk Herbstreit, analyst; and Erin Andrews, Heather Cox, or Holly Rowe, sideline reporter.
    • Ten games: LSU–North Carolina,[75] Oregon State–Boise State,[76] Stanford–Oregon,[77] Florida State–Miami (Fla.) (with Cox),[78] Oklahoma–Missouri,[79] Oregon–USC,[80] Arizona–Stanford,[81] Nebraska–Texas A&M (with Cox),[82] Oklahoma–Oklahoma State,[83] and Nebraska–Oklahoma (Big 12 Championship Game) (with Rowe).[84]
  • Mike Patrick, play-by-play; and Craig James, analyst.
    • Four games: USC–Stanford (with Shelley Smith),[85] Ohio State–Minnesota (with Ray Bentley),[86] Clemson–Florida State (with Jeannine Edwards),[87] and Florida State–Maryland.[88]
  • Ron Franklin, play-by-play; and Ed Cunningham, analyst.
    • Three games: Texas–Texas Tech (with Jeannine Edwards),[89] Missouri–Texas Tech,[90] and USC–Arizona (with Shelley Smith).[91]
  • Sean McDonough, play-by-play; Matt Millen, analyst; and Heather Cox, sideline reporter.
    • Two games: Notre Dame–Boston College[92] and Oklahoma State–Texas.[93]
  • Brad Nessler, play-by-play; and Todd Blackledge, analyst (ESPN crew).
    • Two games: Notre Dame–Michigan State (with Holly Rowe)[94] and Notre Dame–USC (with Shelley Smith).[95]
  • Mark Neely, play-by-play; Mike Bellotti and Brock Huard, analysts.
    • One game: USC–Oregon State.[96]

2011[edit]

  • Brent Musburger, play-by-play; Kirk Herbstreit, analyst; and Erin Andrews or Lisa Salters, sideline reporter.
    • Seven games: Oregon–LSU,[97] Oklahoma–Florida State,[98][99] LSU–West Virginia,[100] Nebraska–Wisconsin,[101] Stanford–USC,[102] Kansas State–Oklahoma State (with Salters),[103] and Oregon–Stanford.[104]
  • Sean McDonough, play-by-play; Matt Millen, analyst; and Heather Cox or Jeannine Edwards, sideline reporter.
    • Two games: Ohio State–Nebraska (with Edwards)[105] and Washington–Stanford (with Cox).[106]
  • Mike Patrick, play-by-play; Craig James, analyst; and Jenn Brown, sideline reporter.
    • One game: Clemson–Georgia Tech.[107]
  • Brad Nessler, play-by-play; Todd Blackledge, analyst; and Holly Rowe, sideline reporter (ESPN crew).
    • One game: Texas Tech–Oklahoma.[108]
  • Mark Jones, play-by-play; and Ed Cunningham, analyst (ESPN2 crew)
    • One game: Notre Dame–Wake Forest.[109]

2012[edit]

  • 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.[110]
  • Brad Nessler, play-by-play; Todd Blackledge, analyst; and Holly Rowe, sideline reporter (ESPN crew).
    • One game: Texas–Kansas State.

2013[edit]

  • 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–Pittsburg, Stanford–USC, Baylor–Oklahoma State, Duke–Florida State.
  • Sean McDonough, play-by-play; Chris Spielman, analyst; and Quint Kessenich, sideline reporter.
    • Two games: Michigan–Connecticut, UCLA–USC.
  • Brad Nessler, play-by-play; Todd Blackledge, analyst; and Holly Rowe, sideline reporter (ESPN crew).
    • One game: Penn State–Ohio State.

2014[edit]

  • 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 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

Schedules[edit]

All rankings are from that week's AP Poll.

2006 schedule[edit]

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
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)[111]
#3 USC 20 Arizona 3 Split-national (21% of the United States)[111]
September 30 #1 Ohio State 38 #13 Iowa 17
October 7 #11 Oregon 24 #16 California 45 Split-national (62% of the United States)[112]
#22 Nebraska 28 Iowa State 14 Split-national (38% of the United States)[112]
October 14 #4 Michigan 17 Penn State 10 Split-national (79% of the United States)[113]
Arizona State 21 #3 USC 28 Split-national (21% of the United States)[113]
November 4 #18 Oklahoma 17 #21 Texas A&M 16 Split-national (43% of the United States)[114]
#23 Virginia Tech 17 Miami (Fla.) 10 Split-national (38% of the United States, no HD)[114]
UCLA 24 #10 California 38 Split-national (19% of the United States)[114]
November 11 #4 Texas 42 Kansas State 45 Split-national (56% of the United States)[115]
#18 Wake Forest 30 Florida State 0 Split-national (44% of the United States)[115]
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, Kansas City)

2007 schedule[edit]

ABC did not air games on either September 8 or October 13 due to broadcasts of 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)[116]
Iowa 13 #9 Wisconsin 17 Split-national (39% of the United States)[116]
September 29 #1 USC 27 Washington 24
October 6 #4 Ohio State 23 #23 Purdue 7 Split-national (83% of the United States)[117]
Notre Dame 20 UCLA 6 Split-national (17% of the United States)[117]
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)[118]
Texas A&M 14 #5 Oklahoma 42 Split-national (20% of the United States, no HD)[118]
Oregon State 3 #13 USC 24 Split-national (18% of the United States)[118]
November 10 #5 Kansas 43 Oklahoma State 28 Split-national (63% of the United States)[119]
#8 Boston College 35 Maryland 42 Split-national (19% of the United States, no HD)[119]
#12 USC 24 #24 California 17 Split-national (18% of the United States)[119]
November 17 #3 Oklahoma 27 Texas Tech 34
November 24 #3 Missouri 36 #2 Kansas 28 Border Showdown (Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City)
December 1 #9 Oklahoma 38 #1 Missouri 17 Big 12 Championship Game (Alamodome, San Antonio)

2008 schedule[edit]

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

Date Away Home Notes
August 30 #24 Alabama 34 #9 Clemson 10 Chick-fil-A College Kickoff (Georgia Dome, Atlanta)
Split-national (74% of the United States)[120]
Michigan State 31 California 38 Split-national (26% of the United States)[120]
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)[121]
Virginia Tech 35 Nebraska 30 Split-national (30% of the United States)[121]
October 4 #14 Ohio State 20 #18 Wisconsin 17 Split-national (63% of the United States)[122]
#23 Oregon 10 #9 USC 44 Split-national (37% of the United States)[122]
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)[123]
#21 California 3 #7 USC 17 Split-national (18% of the United States)[123]
November 15 Boston College 27 #20 Florida State 17 Split-national (80% of the United States)[124]
#11 Oklahoma State 30 Colorado 17 Split-national (20% of the United States)[124]
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, Kansas City)

2009 schedule[edit]

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

Date Away Home Notes
September 5 #5 Alabama 34 #7 Virginia Tech 24 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Georgia Dome, 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)[125]
#7 USC 30 #24 California 3 Split-national (19% of the United States)[125]
October 10 Michigan 28 #12 Iowa 30
October 24 #3 Texas 41 Missouri 7 Split-national (81% of the United States)[126]
Oregon State 36 #4 USC 42 Split-national (19% of the United States)[126]
October 31 #4 USC 20 #10 Oregon 47 Split-national (54% of the United States, with SD reverse mirror on ESPN2)[127]
#3 Texas 41 #13 Oklahoma State 14 Split-national (46% of the United States, with SD reverse mirror on ESPN2)[127]
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)[128]
#20 Oklahoma 3 Nebraska 10 Split-national (35% of the United States)[128]
#12 USC 14 Arizona State 9 Split-national (19% of the United States)[128]
November 14 Notre Dame 22 #8 Pittsburgh 27 Split-national (83% of the United States)[129]
Texas Tech 17 #17 Oklahoma State 24 Split-national (17% of the United States)[129]
November 21 #11 Oregon 44 Arizona 41 (2OT) Split-national (65% of the United States)[130]
Kansas 20 #3 Texas 51 Split-national (35% of the United States)[130]
November 28 Notre Dame 38 Stanford 45 Split-national (74% of the United States, with SD reverse mirror on ESPN2)[131]
Georgia 30 #7 Georgia Tech 24 Split-national (26% of the United States, with reverse mirror on ESPN2)[131]
December 5 #3 Texas 13 #21 Nebraska 12 Big 12 Championship Game (Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas)

2010 schedule[edit]

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

Date Away Home Notes
September 4 #21 LSU 30 #18 North Carolina 24 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Georgia Dome, Atlanta)
September 18 #6 Texas 24 Texas Tech 14 Split-national (54% of the United States, with SD reverse mirror on ESPN2)[132]
Notre Dame 31 Michigan State 34 (OT) Split-national (46% of the United States, with reverse mirror on ESPN2)[132]
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)[133]
Notre Dame 31 Boston College 13 Split-national (47% of the United States)[133]
October 9 #23 Florida State 45 #13 Miami (Fla.) 17 Split-national (79% of the United States)[134]
USC 35 #16 Stanford 37 Split-national (21% of the United States)[134]
October 23 #3 Oklahoma 27 #18 Missouri 36
October 30 #1 Oregon 53 #24 USC 32 Split-national (79% of the United States)[135]
#10 Ohio State 52 Minnesota 10 Split-national (21% of the United States)[135]
November 6 #13 Arizona 17 #10 Stanford 42 Split-national (82% of the United States)[136]
#14 Missouri 17 Texas Tech 24 Split-national (18% of the United States)[136]
November 13 #12 Oklahoma State 33 Texas 16 Split-national (61% of the United States)[137]
Clemson 13 Florida State 16 Split-national (20% of the United States)[137]
USC 24 #18 Arizona 21 Split-national (19% of the United States)[137]
November 20 #9 Nebraska 6 #18 Texas A&M 9 Split-national (53% of the United States)[138]
Florida State 30 Maryland 16 Split-national (28% of the United States)[138]
#20 USC 7 Oregon State 36 Split-national (19% of the United States)[138]
November 27 #14 Oklahoma 47 #10 Oklahoma State 41 Split-national (54% of the United States)[139]
Notre Dame 20 USC 16 Split-national (46% of the United States)[139]
December 4 #10 Oklahoma 23 #13 Nebraska 20 Big 12 Championship Game (Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas)

2011 schedule[edit]

Notes:

  • 1) ABC did not air games on either September 10 or October 15 due to broadcasts of NASCAR 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 (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[140]
#22 Washington 21 #7 Stanford 65 Split-national
October 29 #4 Stanford 56 #20 USC 48 (3OT) Split-national[141]
#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)[142]
Notre Dame 24 Wake Forest 17 Split-national (with reverse mirror on ESPN2)[143]
November 12 #6 Oregon 53 #3 Stanford 30
November 19 #18 USC 38 #4 Oregon 35 Split-national[144]
#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[edit]

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

Date Away Home Notes
September 1 #8 Michigan 14 #2 Alabama 41 Cowboys Classic (held at Cowboys Stadium, 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[edit]

ABC did not air Games on either September 7 or October 12 due to broadcasts of NASCAR 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[145]
Kansas State 21 Texas 31 Split-national[146]
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)

2014 schedule[edit]

ABC did not air games on either September 6 or October 11 due to broadcasts of NASCAR 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[edit]

Date Away Home Notes
September 5 Alabama Wisconsin Cowboys Classic
September 12 Oregon Michigan State
September 19 Stanford USC

Standings[edit]

Team Appearances Wins Losses Win Pct.
Alabama 3 3 0 1.000
LSU 3 3 0 1.000
Georgia 2 2 0 1.000
Boise State 1 1 0 1.000
Cincinnati 1 1 0 1.000
Pittsburgh 2 2 0 1.000
Florida State 17 14 3 .824
USC 24 18 6 .750
Stanford 8 6 2 .750
Ohio State 9 6 3 .667
Kansas State 6 4 2 .667
Virginia Tech 3 2 1 .667
Wisconsin 3 2 1 .667
Notre Dame 17 11 6 .647
Texas 11 7 4 .636
Oklahoma 17 10 7 .588
Oregon 9 5 4 .556
Texas Tech 9 5 4 .556
Oklahoma State 10 5 5 .500
California 8 4 4 .500
Iowa 4 2 2 .500
Baylor 2 1 1 .500
Maryland 2 1 1 .500
Wake Forest 2 1 1 .500
Penn State 5 2 3 .400
Michigan State 5 2 3 .400
Michigan 4 1 2 .333
Georgia Tech 3 1 2 .333
Kansas 3 1 2 .333
Miami (Fla.) 3 1 2 .333
Texas A&M 3 1 2 .333
Missouri 7 2 5 .286
Nebraska 11 3 8 .273
Boston College 4 1 3 .250
Oregon State 4 1 3 .250
Colorado 1 0 1 .000
Connecticut 2 0 1 .000
Duke 1 0 1 .000
Iowa State 1 0 1 .000
Minnesota 1 0 1 .000
North Carolina 1 0 1 .000
Purdue 1 0 1 .000
Tennessee 1 0 1 .000
Washington State 1 0 1 .000
West Virginia 1 0 1 .000
Illinois 2 0 2 .000
UCLA 2 0 2 .000
Washington 2 0 2 .000
Arizona State 3 0 3 .000
Clemson 4 1 3 .250
Arizona 4 0 4 .000

Nielsen ratings[edit]

Series high: 14.6 million viewers (11/25/2006); Series low: 3.7 million viewers

Seasonal[edit]

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of 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[147]
2nd 18 September 1, 2007 December 1, 2007 2007–2008 #121 6.2[148]
3rd 18 August 30, 2008 December 6, 2008 2008–2009 #61 8.3[149]
4th 20 September 5, 2009 December 5, 2009 2009–2010 #78 6.3[150]
5th 22 September 4, 2010 December 4, 2010 2010–2011 #95 6.0[151]
6th 16 September 3, 2011 December 3, 2011 2011–2012 #88 6.4[152]
7th 14 September 1, 2012 December 1, 2012 2012–2013 #66 6.9[153]
8th 14 August 31, 2013 December 7, 2013 2013–2014 #82 5.6[154]
9th 14 August 30, 2014 December 6, 2014 2014–2015 6.1[155]
10th TBA September 5, 2015 December 5, 2015 2015–2016

Theme music[edit]

At the time the Saturday night package was began in 2006, ABC Sports became integrated with ESPN, resulting in 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 College Football and College GameDay broadcasts was used on ABC's college football telecasts – including 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 during this period were produced identically to 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.

See also[edit]

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