ESPN College Football Thursday Primetime

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.

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) 

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.



  • Matt Barrie: (play-by-play, 2020present)
  • Louis Riddick: (analyst, 2022–present)
  • Harry Lyles Jr.: (field reporter, 2021–present)


By year

Game Play-by-play Analyst(s) Field Reporter(s)
1997Mike TiricoMike Gottfried or Todd BlackledgeJerry Punch
1999Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit
2004Jill Arrington
2005Kirk HerbstreitErin Andrews
2006Chris Fowler
2007Doug Flutie and Craig James
2008Craig James and Jesse Palmer
2010Rece DavisJenn Brown
2012David Pollack and Jesse PalmerSamantha Ponder
2015Joe TessitoreKaylee Hartung
2016Dave FlemmingJesse PalmerLaura Rutledge
2017rotating analysts
2019Adam AminMatt Hasselbeck and Pat McAfeeMolly McGrath
2020Matt Barrie Mike Golic Jr.
2021Roddy JonesHarry Lyles Jr.
2022Louis Riddick

Game features

  • Starting Lineups: The starting lineups are presented during the first possession of each team's offense and defense.
  • Impact Players: Following the starting lineups, Barrie and Jones run down the top two or three impact players on each team's side of the ball.
  • Halftime Report: Kevin Connors, Joey Galloway and Jesse Palmer present the halftime report, which features analysis of the first half, highlights of earlier games and a look at other happenings in the sports world.

See also


  1. Video on YouTube
  2. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2008-12-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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