ESPN College Football Thursday Primetime
StarringMatt Barrie
Louis Riddick
Harry Lyles Jr.
Country of originUnited States
Running time3 hours (approximate)
Original networkESPN or ESPN2
Original releaseSeptember 3, 1992 (1992-09-03) –

ESPN College Football Primetime is a live game presentation of Division 1-FBS college football on ESPN or sometimes ESPN2. In the past, the presenting sponsor was Cooper Tires, but since the 2006 season, the current presenting sponsor is Applebee's. The game telecast airs every Thursday night at 7:45pm ET during the college football regular season. The game is preceded by a 30-minute segment with Matt Barrie, Joey Galloway and Jesse Palmer, all of whom also appear on the halftime report. This game telecast is also presented in high definition on ESPNHD.

It has broadcast games from numerous conferences including the SEC, ACC, Sun Belt and the American. This game is often seen as the ESPN Game of the Week along with the Saturday night telecast.

The most visible voices of ESPN College Football Primetime over the years have been Mike Tirico, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso, but none remain in the booth, with Tirico and Herbstreit being promoted and Corso cutting back on his schedule. The current commentators are Matt Barrie on play-by-play, Louis Riddick as analyst and Harry Lyles Jr. as sideline reporter since 2022.




By year

Game Play-by-play Analyst(s) Field Reporter(s)
1997 Mike Tirico Mike Gottfried or Todd Blackledge Jerry Punch
1999 Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit
2004 Jill Arrington
2005 Kirk Herbstreit Erin Andrews
2006 Chris Fowler
2007 Doug Flutie and Craig James
2008 Craig James and Jesse Palmer
2010 Rece Davis Jenn Brown
2012 David Pollack and Jesse Palmer Samantha Ponder
2015 Joe Tessitore Kaylee Hartung
2016 Dave Flemming Jesse Palmer Laura Rutledge
2017 rotating analysts
2019 Adam Amin Matt Hasselbeck and Pat McAfee Molly McGrath
2020 Matt Barrie Mike Golic Jr.
2021 Roddy Jones Harry Lyles Jr.
2022 Louis Riddick

Game features

See also


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