College football likes to tout its traditions, and in recent years one of its best traditions is the weekly Saturday Night Football game that airs in primetime on ABC. Featuring one of the best matchups of each week, Saturday Night Football is appointment viewing for college football fans.
Saturday Night Football travels across the country to broadcast these games, often including the ESPN College Gameday pregame broadcast in the mornings. The crew for Saturday Night Football for the 2021 seasons will return Chris Fowler as the play-by-play announcer, Kirk Herbstreit as the color commentator, as well as the new addition of Holly Rowe as the sideline reporter.
This week’s matchup for Saturday Night Football, will be see the University of Washington travel to the Big House and take on the Michigan Wolverines.
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Washington vs. Michigan matchup preview
The 2021 season got off to a rough start for the Washington Huskies. Earning the No. 20 ranking in the AP preseason polls, an opening home loss to Montana (an FCS team) 13-7 has already dropped them from the top 25 and in big need of a win to get things back on track.
It was a poor effort all around by Washington in their opening game. An offensive line that is billed as having multiple NFL-caliber players was pushed around and gave up three sacks. Meanwhile, starting quarterback Dylan Morris threw three interceptions in the game, including in the closing seconds that sealed the Huskies fate.
Injuries played a part of it too, as Washington’s top three receivers (Jalen McMillan, Rome Odunze, Terrell Bynum) were out for the Montana game and are still considered week-to-week, while their fourth receiver Ja’Lynn Polk went out on the first play of the game against Montana and expected to be out for the entire regular season.
Head coach Jimmy Jake owned up to the team’s embarrassing performance and said that they will try “to make amends” as soon as this week. It’s desperately needed, as a 0-2 start could quickly crater a season that had high expectations.
Things are rosier in Michigan, as the Wolverines handled their business in week one, topping Western Michigan in their home opener 47-14. Michigan is a college football powerhouse, but they’re starting the 2021 season in the unfamiliar position of being unranked, but another dominating performance against Washington could change that.
Looking to make that case will be quarterback Cade McNamara, who earned rave reviews for his performance, including a 76-yard touchdown toss to wide receiver Ronnie Bell.
However, the Wolverines have some injury issues themselves with the receivers. Bell suffered an injury during the game and has been ruled out for the rest of the season. Someone will need to step up and become the go-to target for McNamara and the Wolverine offense, especially as Washington has a defense that is fully capable of stopping the run.
As of publication, the Michigan is a 6.5 point favorite at home.
As of publication, only three Saturday Night Football games have been confirmed, that is because they like to figure out what will be the most intriguing matchups by how the season is playing out. What to Watch will update the schedule for Saturday Night Football as future games are announced.
Here’s the schedule that we know right now:
Sept. 4: Georgia 10 at Clemson 3
Sept. 11: Washington at Michigan, 8 p.m. ET
Sept. 18: Auburn at Penn State, 7:30 p.m. ET
While ESPN produces the Saturday Night Football broadcasts, the games air on ABC, providing a way for national audiences to easily tune in for the game. This includes watching the game through either a traditional cable subscription, where ABC is included in virtually all local channel lineups, or with an antenna to receive the local ABC signal. There’s also the more likes of vMVPD streaming services — i.e. Fubo TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV — that provide subscribers access to their local broadcast channels, including ABC.
ESPN will carry the Saturday Night Football game through its Watch ESPN website and app, however. To view the game on these platforms — with your computer, mobile phone or tablet — you will still need a subscription to a traditional or compatible vMVPD service to be able to watch live game action.
Select college football games will be broadcast each week for U.K. audiences on BT Sport, generally on BT Sport ESPN. For £10 BT TV subscribers can add BT Sport to their package, or consumers can add BT Sport as a standalone service for £25.
The BT Sport schedule is not yet available as to whether the Georgia at Clemson game will be available for U.K. audiences.
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