ESPN announces in-game and studio pairings for 2014 college football


If you were wondering who’s voices you might be hearing when you tuned in to a Georgia Bulldogs game on ESPN this year, you can now begin to narrow it down.

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ESPN has announced their pairings for in-game announcers, as well as the studio hosts for their various pre and post-game shoes.

Here are a few highlights of what can be expected, per the Worldwide Leader’s press release:

Chris Fo


, who called ESPN’s Thursday night college football series from 2006 to 2009, will join returning analyst

Kirk Herbstreit

and reporter

Heather Cox

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series on ABC. He will continue to host

College GameDay

with analysts Herbstreit,

Lee Corso


Desmond Howard


David Pollack

, and reporters

Samantha Ponder


Tom Rinaldi


Scott Van Pelt


Gene Wojciechowski


May 21, 2014; New York, NY, USA; SEC Network analyst Jesse Palmer arrives for the 2014 Sports Business Awards at the New York Marriott Marquis. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sports broadcasting legend Brent Musburger, analyst Jesse Palmer and reporter Maria Taylor will be the lead game announcer for SEC Network telecasts. Palmer will also continue to work on ESPN’s Thursday night series with Rece Davis, Pollack and Ponder.
  • Former coaches Mack Brown and Butch Davis have joined ESPN as studio analysts. Brown will work on ABC with host John Saunders and analyst Danny Kanell, who will continue to work a Friday night game on ESPN or ESPN2, while Davis will be on ESPN2 with host Adnan Virk and analyst Robert Smith.
  • Todd McShay, an ESPN college football and NFL Draft analyst, will join Sean McDonough and analyst Chris Spielman as a sideline analyst on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC Saturday game telecasts.
  • Dave Flemming, who has called select college football games across ESPN networks in previous years, will work Friday night games on ESPN and ESPN2 with Kanell and reporter Allison Williams.
  • Analyst Mike Bellotti, a member of the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame class, will work select Friday night games with Mark Neely and appear across multiple studio programs on ESPNU.
  • Several of the Saturday game assignments will include new commentator and analyst pairings:

    • Joe Tessitore, who will host the SEC Network’s SEC Nation from an SEC campus every Saturday (10 a.m. to noon), will return to call a weekly night game on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC with analyst Brock Huard and reporter Shannon Spake. He will work SEC Nation with Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears, Paul Finebaum and Kaylee Hartung.
    • Two new teams for ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC telecasts include Mark Jones, analyst Rod Gilmore and reporter Jessica Mendoza, and Bob Wischusen, analyst Matt Millen and reporter Quint Kessenich. ESPNU will also introduce two new teams: Adam Amin with analyst John Congemi, and Clay Matvick with analyst Anthony Becht.
    • Announcer Tom Hart and analyst Matt Stinchcomb will pair up to work a weekly SEC Network game.

    It was a sure thing that there would be some changes and shakeups in the announcer pairings and studio shows with the launch of the SEC Network by ESPN. Looks like Georgia fans will get to hear a lot of Palmer and Musburger this year.