Analysts Rod Gilmore and Danny Kanell have new ESPN college football assignments, the network announced Tuesday. Gilmore will move from ESPN's weekly Friday night series to Saturday afternoon matchups on ABC and ESPN with Bob Wischusen and reporter Quint Kessenich. Kanell, who called Saturday telecasts last season, will move to Fridays with returning commentator Carter Blackburn and reporter Allison Williams. In addition, analyst Kelly Stouffer, who worked select games last year, will join Anish Shroff on the weekly ESPNU Saturday afternoon telecasts.
All four Saturday prime-time telecasts on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will feature the return of the play-by-play and analyst pairing. Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit will team up for their eighth season on ABC prime time, and Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge will work their fifth season on ESPN prime time. Mark Jones and Brock Huard will pair up on the weekly ESPN2 prime-time game for the second year in a row, and Clay Matvick and Matt Stinchcomb will return for their second year on the ESPNU prime-time game.
The ESPN Thursday prime time games will be called by Rece Davis, analysts Jesse Palmer and David Pollack, and reporter Samantha Ponder for the second season.