ESPNU is adding three new studio shows to its fall line-up, beginning Monday, Aug. 29, at 1 p.m. ET with the new Palmer & Pollack show, hosted by college football analysts’ Jesse Palmer and David Pollack. CFB Final Verdict and Film Room also kick off that same week. These shows, along with returning programs, reflect the networks commitment to college football; “College Football Lives Here… every day on the U”.
In addition to football games on Thursday and all day Saturday, the following programs return to ESPNU: All-Access, BCS Countdown, College Football Live, College Football Whiparound (The Whip), Crunch Time, First & Ten, ESPNU Recruiting Nation, Road Trip and The Experts.
Weekday College Football Programming:
|Monday||1-4 p.m.||Palmer & Pollack|
|4:30-5 p.m.||CFB Final Verdict|
|5-6 p.m.||Crunch Time|
|6-7 p.m.||BCS Countdown|
|7-9 p.m.||Game of the Week|
|9-12 p.m.||Palmer & Pollack*|
|Tuesday||1-4 p.m.||The Experts|
|4-4:30 p.m.||College Football Live|
|7-10 p.m.||The Experts *|
|Wednesday||4-4:30 p.m.||College Football Live|
|7:30-8 p.m.||Road Trip|
|Thursday||4-4:30 p.m.||College Football Live|
|5-6 p.m.||ESPNU Recruiting Nation|
|7-7:30 p.m.||Film Room|
|7:30-10:30 p.m.||College Football Game|
|Friday||4-4:30 p.m.||College Football Live|
|5-5:30 p.m.||Film Room *|
|5:30-6 p.m.||First & Ten|
New Shows on ESPNU
Every Monday, Palmer & Pollack will tackle the previous weekend’s biggest moments and the upcoming week’s most anticipated stories and matchups in a three hour block airing at 1 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. The co-hosts played the game from opposite sides of the line during their respective college careers – Palmer a Florida quarterback and Pollack a defensive-end at Georgia – and will be taking the desk together for the first time on ESPNU.
“I’m excited to have the vehicle to talk games with one of the very best every week on ESPNU,” Palmer said of his new co-host Pollack. “We plan on covering the game from every angle, and that includes the fan angle.”
Palmer joined ESPN in 2007 and is known for continually studying, analyzing and soaking up new facets of the ever-changing college football landscape. Pollack joined ESPN in 2009 and has developed credibility with his instinctual eye and inherent knowledge of the sport.
“We want fans to watch the show, but more importantly, we want them to be a part of it.” said Pollack. “Jesse and I are going to be attacking the game in a way that relies on fan involvement every week. I want fans to consider themselves our co-host.”
By embracing various social media platforms, the Palmer and Pollack show will create a community that not only encourages fan participation, but also provides viewer content throughout the show. During the week #teampalmer and #teampollack will continue to provide exclusive content through twitter, ESPNU’s Facebook page and other social media outlets.
New shows continue on Mondays at 4:30 p.m. with CFB Final Verdict – a half-hour spin-off of a former weekly segment with Lou Holtz, Mark May, and Rece Davis. Holtz and a variety of contributors will now be casting judgments on the weekend’s football action from a permanent ESPNU home.
Film Room rounds out the freshmen class, airing Thursdays at 7 p.m., breaking down film in a half-hour show similar in style to The Edge NFL Match-up on ESPN.
- ESPNU College Football WhipAround– hosted by Dari Nowkhah the show will whip around the country to preview the day’s biggest college football games and to grab all the latest news and commentary. Several ESPN analysts contribute to the show throughout the season. Past contributors include Brent Musburger, Todd Blackledge, Bob Davie, Bob Griese, Brian Griese and Andre Ware.
- College Football Live – ESPNU will televise the college football studio show in an original, 30-minute episode Tuesday-Friday at 4 p.m.
- The Experts – the weekly three-hour studio show rotates in top college football “experts” bringing fans intelligent conversation and debate.
- Crunch Time – each show will look back at the last few minutes of the best college football games from the previous week, all packaged into a one-hour program.
- ESPNU BCS Countdown – the hour-long live studio show, hosted by Nowkhah, will discuss the ever-changing college football standings. ESPN’s Mike Bellotti, David Pollack and Tom Luginbill will share analyst responsibilities.
- ESPNU Road Trip – a 30-minute series which taps into the tradition, rivalry and revelry on select college campuses that is synonymous with the college football experience
- ESPNU Recruiting Nation – a weekly hour-long studio show to discuss high school athletes and their future impact on the college scene, as well as provide inside information surrounding recruiting news. The show will include analysis from Luginbill, Craig Haubert, Jamie Newberg and Corey Long.
- SportsCenterU – ESPNU’s news and information show focuses on men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletics.
ESPNU launched March 4, 2005. The 24-hour college sports television network televises more than 650 live events annually. Action includes a variety of top football and men’s and women’s basketball games, as well as Olympic sports from 26 Division I conferences. ESPNU is the destination for premier high school programming, including elite football and basketball events. The network also has a wide-ranging agreement with the NCAA for extensive coverage of NCAA Championships.
ESPNU offers over 600 original studio shows, including SportsCenterU, ESPNU Recruiting Nation, The Experts, The WhipAround, College Basketball Live, BCS Countdown and is the television home of ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd. The brand is also available in high definition on ESPNU HD, now in over 20 million homes. In addition, ESPNU Campus Connection is a multiplatform, student-generated content initiative to enhance the network’s link to college campuses nationwide.
ESPNU has seen a steady increase since its inception and is now in approximately 73 million households across the country. The network has long-term carriage agreements with all 10 of the top multichannel TV providers – Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 208), DISH Network (Channel 141), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.