Nov. 15, 2006

Extensive multimedia coverage of “Judgment Day” featuring #2 Michigan at #1 Ohio State, in a showdown of undefeated rivals, Saturday, Nov. 18 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC will be highlighted by (specific details below):

Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, Bob Davie and reporters Lisa Salters and Bonnie Bernstein calling the game telecast on ABC Saturday, Nov. 18 at 3:30 p.m.

John Saunders, Craig James and Doug Flutie hosting an extended one-hour College Football Countdown pre-game show on ABC at 2:30 p.m. which follows SportsCentury: Woody Hayes at 2 p.m.

ESPN’s College GameDay and College GameDay on ESPN Radio originating from the site of the game. ESPN Radio’s The Herd with host Colin Cowherd will also originate from Columbus.

A daily block of classic games between the two rivals on ESPN Classic.

Daily features and analysis on SportsCenter, Cold Pizza and Quite Frankly.

More than 60 hours of Michigan and Ohio State content on ESPNU, including classic games, an original show highlighting each team’s games from this season, and a recruiting program evaluating the top high school football recruits and their classes, focusing on Ohio State and Michigan.

Dedicated sections featuring current and classic content on and ESPN360, ESPN’s signature broadband service, with past games and extended interviews.

ESPN International coverage in more than 60 international territories and to the U.S. troops in 177 countries via the United States Armed Services Radio and Television.

Downloadable games on Apple iTunes.

Overall, “Judgment Day” will include six of the top 10 teams and four telecasts featuring ranked programs on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. In addition to #2 Michigan at #1 Ohio State, the schedule will feature #17 California at #4 USC (8 p.m. on ABC), #21 Maryland at #20 Boston College (noon on ESPN), #19 Virginia Tech at #14 Wake Forest (7 p.m. on ESPN2), South Florida at #10 Louisville (7:30 p.m. on ESPNU) and #7 Rutgers at Cincinnati (7:45 p.m. on ESPN).

College GameDay, College GameDay on ESPN Radio and The Herd on ESPN Radio
College GameDay Built by The Home Depot (Saturdays at 10 a.m. on ESPN) and College GameDay on ESPN Radio (Saturdays from noon to 7 p.m.) will originate from Columbus. College GameDay is hosted by Chris Fowler with analysts Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, and contributor Desmond Howard. College GameDay on ESPN Radio is hosted by Dave Revsine with analysts Gerry DiNardo and Todd McShay.

ESPN Radio’s The Herd (10 a.m.-1 p.m. M-F) with host Colin Cowherd will originate from “Eddie George’s Grill 27” sports-bar-restaurant on Friday. Joining Cowherd on-site will be former Ohio State running back Eddie George and actress Tara Reid, involved in a movie project with George. Friday will mark the second time The Herd has been in Columbus – it was also in town for the 2005 Texas-Ohio State game.

SportsCenter, Cold Pizza and Quite Frankly
Every SportsCenter edition this week will feature Michigan-Ohio State segments involving several ESPN college football analysts commenting on specific topics as well as reports from Tom Rinaldi in Columbus and Lisa Salters in Ann Arbor. The segments will also include daily discussions between Rece Davis, Lou Holtz and Mark May and College GameDay features from this year.

ESPN2’s Cold Pizza (M-F 8-10 a.m.) will offer daily analysis and commentary from college football analysts Lenn Robbins, Todd McShay, Joe Schad, Pat Forde and Jim Donnan as well as prominent alumni and former players, including New York Jets teammates Mike Nugent (Ohio State) and Victor Hobson (Michigan).

ESPN2’s Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith (M-F, 11 p.m.-midnight) will present a week-long preview leading up to the game. Smith will talk with players and alumni from both colleges including Ohio State’s Archie Griffin (Wednesday) and Chris Spielman (Wednesday) and Michigan’s Jamie Morris (Thursday). Friday’s program will feature the second part of his interview with Griffin.

ESPNU will offer extensive programming with more than 60 hours of Michigan and Ohio State content beginning Wednesday, Nov. 15. The network’s lineup will include two-hour re-airs of memorable Michigan-Ohio State contests dating back to 1969 (chronological: 1969, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1987, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2002 and 2005); Road to Judgment Day: Michigan vs. Ohio State, an original one-hour show highlighting each team’s games from this season; and SportsCentury programs featuring former players and coaches of each school.

In addition, ESPNU Recruiting Insider (Fri., Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.), a 30-minute show evaluating the top high school football recruits and their classes, will focus on Ohio State and Michigan with updates on current recruiting and will look back at how they built their existing programs, while ESPNU Coaches Spotlight (Tues., Nov. 14 at 12 p.m.) will feature coverage of Michigan and Ohio State’s weekly coach’s press conferences. ESPNU’s Mike Hall and Tom Luginbill will also break down the key matchups and what to look for in the game during 10 different one-minute interstitials integrated in commercial breaks throughout the week. For a complete ESPNU schedule, log on to

ESPN Classic
ESPN Classic will provide classic Michigan-Ohio State matchups every day leading up to the game from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, the entire Friday Tailgate (from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.) will be dedicated to the two teams. Classic games include:

Wednesday, Nov. 15
10 a.m.: Michigan at Ohio State (1974)
2 p.m.: Ohio State at Michigan (1995)

Thursday, Nov. 16
10 a.m.: Ohio State at Michigan (1997)
2 p.m.: Michigan at Ohio State (1996)

Friday, Nov. 17
10 a.m.: Michigan at Ohio State (2002)
2 p.m.: Ohio State at Michigan (2003)
4 p.m.: Michigan at Ohio State (1988)

ESPN360, the signature broadband service from ESPN available in nearly seven million homes nationwide and free to fans who receive their high-speed internet service from an ESPN-affiliated provider, will provide expansive coverage including:

Condensed versions of classic Michigan-Ohio State games, including from 1970, 1973, 1997 and 2002 as well as the 2006 game within hours of telecast.

An exclusive music video featuring game highlights put to Sony Urban Music and Columbia recording artist Xzibit’s “Concentrate” available on the Monday after the game.

Nearly a dozen extended interviews about the rivalry from the ESPN Classic vaults, including former players and coaches, analysts and other notables.

In addition to ESPNU, ESPN360 will offer extended coverage of the coach’s press conferences, offer a look at Ohio State and Michigan’s developing recruiting classes for the 2007 season, as well as breaking down how the 2006 teams were recruited; and ESPNU Honor Roll segments.
On, fans will find a special section dedicated to coalescing ESPN’s complete editorial coverage of the showdown.

Coverage will include reporting, columns and features from leading college sports analysts and experts. Among the contributors are ESPN’s Herbstreit, Davie and Fowler, ESPNU’s Luginbill and Haubert,’s Pat Forde, Ivan Maisel and Jim Donnan, contributor Bruce Hooley and more. Additionally, the experts at ESPN Scouts, Inc. will provide a comprehensive game preview and matchup breakdown, as well as examining the professional prospects on both teams.

Ohio State-Michigan Games On iTunes
Fans can purchase and download full versions of the classic 1973, 1997 and 2002 Ohio State – Michigan games from The iTunes Store for $1.99 each.

Additionally, the complete 2006 Michigan at Ohio State game will be available on iTunes the day after the game.

ESPN Podcasts
ESPN podcasts will deliver perspectives, analysis and coverage of the matchup directly to listeners’ computers and portable digital media devices via the PodCenter and, and The iTunes Store. The daily ESPN U College Football Insider podcast and the weekly ESPN College GameDay To Go podcast will take fresh looks at the many angles of the historic game, as well as the other top college football stories of the week.

ESPN International
ESPN International will provide the game to more than 60 international territories including live in the UK, Russia, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Iceland. The game will be aired on Tuesday, Nov. 21 in France, Africa, Monaco, Andorra, Luxemburg, Mauritius and other French territories. In addition, live and re-air coverage will be offered on the United States Armed Services Radio and Television Service in 177 countries, representing a reach of more than 800,000 U.S. service men and women and their families.