Brent Musburger, the man who’s been exiled to SEC Network for college football since 2014, will be back on the Mothership for opening weekend. He’ll be on the call for Clemson-Auburn on ESPN with his SEC Network partners, Jesse Palmer and Kaylee Hartung on Saturday, September 3 at 9 p.m. ET.

And believe it or not, it will be their second game in three games. They’ll be calling a game on SEC Network before Clemson-Auburn.

Last season, Brent and Jesse called a North Dakota State-Montana Division I FCS game on ESPN and it turned out to be a barnburner. With them in familiar SEC country for the Mothership for the opening weekend slate of games, they have the potential for another good game.

In addition to Brent and Jesse calling two games in three days in Week 1, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Samantha Ponder will pull double duty on Labor Day Weekend as they’ll be in Arlington, TX for USC-Alabama on ABC, September 3 and then in Orlando, FL for Mississippi-Florida State on ESPN.

Steve Levy will make his return to college football as he calls LSU-Wisconsin from Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

Other games to be aired that weekend are as follows with the broadcast teams:

Day Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Sept 3 Noon Oklahoma vs. Houston (NRG Stadium, Houston)
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
  3:30 p.m. LSU vs. Wisconsin (Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.)
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
  5:30 p.m. Georgia vs. North Carolina (Georgia Dome, Atlanta)
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
  8 p.m. USC vs. Alabama (AT&T Stadium,  Arlington, Texas)
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder
  9 p.m. Clemson at Auburn
Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Kaylee Hartung
Sun, Sept 4 7:30 p.m. Notre Dame at Texas
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
Mon, Sept 5 8 p.m. Mississippi vs. Florida State (Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.)
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder

This makes for a rather tasty Week 1 of college football on ESPN and ABC. And as long as get Brent back on the Mothership in a marquee matchup albeit for one day, all will be right with the world in Week 1.


About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

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